How To: Dementia Texture Quilts

Texture quilts are therapeutic quilts used with dementia patients to provide visual and tactile stimulation, warmth, familiarity, comfort and relaxation.

FABRICS:  Collect a stash of fabrics with texture, pattern, color, movement, or high contrast. Any or all of the following types of fabrics will work:  minky, cotton prints, corduroy, seersucker, dotted swiss, terrycloth, velvet, lycra, satin, flannel, chenille, fake fur, fleece, black and white, neon colors, swirls, zig zag, plaids, stripes, etc.   All fabrics must be able to survive rough handling and be machine washed and dried.  If questionable, please test the fabrics in a wash and dry cycle to assure they will work.

BACKING:  Use prewashed fleece.  This could be one complete piece or several pieces patched together.

BATTING:  No batting is necessary

OTHER SUPPLIES:  Sewing machine, thread for piecing (this is a great project for using up miscellaneous spools and bobbins), quilting pins, basting pins, walking foot AND any other basic sewing supplies you like to use.

INSTRUCTIONS:
Cut fabric into 10 inch squares. 

Lay out the quilt blocks on a large table or floor space.  Create a variation of texture, color and movement within the quilt.  Use your imagination!

LAP SIZE = 16 blocks, four by four = 36 x 36 inches finished            

NAP SIZE = 30 blocks, five by six = 45 x 54 inches finished

Once you are satisfied with the arrangement, sew the blocks together with a ½ inch seam.  Some pinning may be necessary when stitching stretchy to non-stretchy fabrics. 

Finger press the seams open and stitch over them with a variable stitch so they will remain flat.

Layer the quilt top and fleece backing right sides together.  Stitch around the outside edge with a ½ inch seam leaving an opening so that the quilt may be turned right side out.

Turn the quilt then stitch the opening shut, very close to the edge. 

Quilt the top and back of the quilt together, by stitching in the ditch or with a wide decorative stitch on several seams in the quilt.  This is to hold the quilt together during the washing process, but is not to be heavily quilted which would flatten the textures.

Topstitch around the outside of the quilt with a 1/2 inch seam from the edge.

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