Hands Are Itching For Fidget Quilts

Are you familiar with a “fidget quilt?” Harriett Whitlock, a member of the Swamp Fox Quilters’ Guild, chose to prepare a fidget quilt for her entry in this year’s quilt challenge.

Harriett Whitlock stands with her fidget quilt.

A fidget quilt is used to calm the busy fidgety hands of an Alzheimer’s or dementia patient. One of the last senses that an Alzheimer’s patient retains is the sense of touch. The anxious and restless fingers reach out for tactile stimulation. A fidget quilt can be a mat, a blanket, or even an apron. Flannel is often used for backing on these quilts to help adhere to the patient’s lap. Fabric choices are important for their texture and color. Accent pieces include zippers, buttons, velcro, pockets, and laces. The different textures and activities help soothe the patient and ease the agitation. Harriett’s quilt, titled “Citrus Memories” features bright summery colors of yellow, orange, and lime green. Her piece is available for sale.

Casey Hancock

Nerd by birth; chemist by training. Self-employed IT Consultant by trade. So, yeah, nerd.

Other interests include food, wine, technology, animals, design, and wine. I grew up in Hartsville, SC, and went to Clemson University for college. Eventually, I returned to Hartsville to work and live.