Sewing Guild makes quilts for area aged care homes

CLEAR WATER, Wis. (WEAU) – A group of local couture connoisseurs are stitching up for a cause.

The Western Wisconsin Indianhead chapter of America Sewing Guild dedicates one month of each calendar year to a community service project, and in March, seniors in nursing and assisted living facilities are the beneficiaries.

This year, the band landed on choppy quilts.

Fidget quilts or sensory blankets provide a form of stimulation that can be helpful for people with memory loss or people who need to keep their hands busy, such as patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

The local sewing guild decided that all quilts made would be donated to several assisted living and memory loss centers in the area.

“Creativity is one of our main things, learning to sew and being creative and stretching out, so these quilts are just perfect community service and giving us the chance as sewers or seamstresses to really be creative,” says Chapter President Winnie. Doxsie. “They make quilts and give them away, you make hats and mittens and give them away, it’s just because you can do stuff.”

This gives residents a chance to calm their minds and hands by giving them something to fidget with for sensory stimulation.

If anyone with a sewing machine and some basic sewing knowledge would like to participate in quilt making, it takes place Thursday, March 24 starting at 10 a.m. at Lake Street United Methodist Church.

Doxsie says they will sew until about 2 p.m. and hope to make about 50 quilts to give away.

“It’s just a promoting, learning, sharing, sewing group and we’re always looking for members,” laughs Doxsie.

To learn more about the Western Wisconsin Indianhead Chapter of the American Sewing Guild, click here.

The Fidget quilt will be in progress at 10 a.m. Thursday morning at Lake Street United Methodist Church in Eau Claire.(wow)

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