Shelburne group creates 'fidget quilts'

Tactile awareness for those with brain disorders

Published on February 21, 2016

SHELBURNE _ A local quilters group has stitched some extra special quilts while thinking of people with Alzheimer’s.

The Nimble Thimble quilters club has made a series of quilts to help people with brain disorders connect through a tactile world.

Each quilt has many different squares, each with its own feel from fuzzy to bumpy with items expertly sewn on for people to fidget with.

“They really are helping people,” said Audrey Williamson, one of the members of the group. 

Linda McLachlan introduced the idea to the group and the members didn’t take long to begin researching ideas, collecting materials and working together to create a dozen quilts for local nursing homes.

“It was a different project than what we usually do,” said Williamson, but it was one the whole group enjoyed.

They have been researching possible additions to the quilts, including adding weight to help those with spatial awareness and people with other disabilities like autism who could benefit from a fidget quilt.

The group welcomes extra hands and asks anyone with interest to join them at the Shelburne fire hall on the third Thursday of every month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.