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June's Garden Quilt Pattern

A Free Fidget Quilt Pattern for Alzheimer's Patients

Junes Garden Quilt Pattern

Use your quilting skills to help a good cause! November is National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month in the United States, and fidget quilts are a popular comfort project that provide sensory stimulation to Alzheimer's patients.

To help spread awareness of Alzheimer's, quilt designer Melanie Rudy has designed a full tutorial for how to make a fidget quilt for FaveQuilts' readers. This quilting tutorial comes with step-by-step instructions for creating this lap-sized fidget quilt, so it's a perfect project for new quilters. Melanie also shares how Alzheimer's has affected her life, as well as the symbolism behind her quilt design. 

Whether you're creating this project for a loved one or are looking for a great charity project for your quilt guild, be sure to check out Melanie's detailed tutorial for how to make a fidget quilt.

To learn more about Alzheimer's, and how you can help spread awareness, visit the Alzheimer's Association's website here.

June’s Garden

A Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer’s Relaxation

My mother-in-law, June, recently passed away after a 10-year struggle with Alzheimer’s. Her journey was long. She went through a stage of anxiety where she became very fidgety. The idea for fidget quilts came along after she needed it, but this would have been a wonderful thing for her at that time. June was a marvelous gardener. This quilt is dedicated to her and all of those who deal with Alzheimer’s as she did.  

“June’s Garden” consists of many different parts which includes textures, colors, and shapes that are meant to be interactive. This pattern will give you the basics for the quilt, but there is room for a lot of variation in color and texture depending on what you use to embellish it with.  

The “Forget-Me-Not” flower is the symbol for the Alzheimer’s Society.  It is represented on the applique of “June’s Garden”. 

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Materials:

This quilt measures 38 ½” x 48”.

Please note that these materials came from my stash. There is room for a lot of variety in this quilt. 

- 1 yard (in total) of a variety of dark neutral colored fabrics for the garden
- 1 yard of a light neutral colored fabric for the background
- 1 yard (in total) of a variety of colored fabrics for garden and flowers
- 3 yards (in total) of colored ribbons in a variety of widths
- 1 ½ yards of thin ribbon to string buttons onto
- 20 brightly colored buttons with large holes to string over thin ribbon and to use for embellishing
- ½ yard of chenille fabric (Chenille is the best as it does not stretch, although other fuzzy fabrics will work)

The Garden:

Cut 9 width-of-fabric (WOF) 2 ½” strips of dark neutral colored fabric.

Cut 20 – 3 ½” green squares.

Cut 20 (in total) – 3” red, yellow, and orange squares.

Iron all the squares into prairie-points by folding twice on the diagonal.

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients
June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Trim 5 – 2 ½” dark neutral colored strips to 38 ½” long.

Place and pin raw edges of prairie-points and raw edges of ribbon loops of varying lengths onto long edges of the strips using the photo as a guide.  Please note that I have looped the ribbons in two different ways as you will see on the photos. 

Sew long seams using ¼” seam allowance. 

Set this section aside.

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients
June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Trim 5 – 2 ½” dark neutral colored strips to 19 ½” long.

Place and pin raw edges of prairie-points and raw edges of ribbon loops onto long edges of these strips.

Sew long seams using ¼” seam allowance. Trim to 19 ½” x 10”. 

Set this section aside.

Trim 5 – 2 ½” dark neutral colored strips to 10” long.

Place and pin raw edges of prairie-points and raw edges of ribbon loops onto long edges of these strips.

Sew long seams using ¼” seam allowance. Trim to 10” x 10”.

Set this section aside.

Cutting for Flower, Plain, Bead, and Fuzzy Blocks:

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Cut 10 – 10” squares of light neutral colored fabric.

Cut 6 – 5 ¼” squares of light neutral colored fabric.

Cut 6 – 5 ¼” squares of chenille fabric.

Fuzzy 4-Patch Squares: Make 3 Blocks

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Using 2 Chenille 5 ¼” squares and 2 Neutral 5 ¼” squares, make a 4-patch block using ¼” seam allowances.

Trim to 10” square.

Repeat two more time to make 3 blocks in total.

Set these blocks aside.

Button Block: Make 1

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Cut 4 pieces of thin ribbon 12” each.

Using the photo as a guide, string buttons onto 2 of the ribbons, then pin all the ribbons in place onto the block.

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients
June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

The ribbons with the buttons will be sewn onto the edges of the block only.

The intersecting ribbons will be zig-zagged onto the block for the full length of the ribbon.

Set this block aside.

Flower Applique Blocks (rectangles): Make 3

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Sew a pair of neutral 10” blocks together using a ¼” seam allowance, inserting 2 tab loops at the bottom edge to represent leaves. See photo for details.

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Depending on the size of ribbon you have, you can play with the loop size to get your desired leaf shape.

Repeat twice more to have 3 of these rectangle blocks in total.

Applique Flowers for the 3 Rectangle Blocks:

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Cut 15 petals in a variety of blue shades of fabric.

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Cut 15 linings -  3” wide x 5” long out of a neutral fabric. I used scraps of cotton.  See photos for details.

Sew right sides together, petal to lining, ALL the way around.

Use pinking shears to trim edges. This will nicely grade the seam allowances.

Pull petal and lining apart slightly. Cut a small slit in the lining.

Turn flower petal right side out and press.

No need to sew the slit together as it will be hidden.

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Place, pin, and sew flower petals to rectangle blocks above the ribbon leaves. You can use a straight stitch or another that you prefer for applique.

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Putting it Together:

Using photo as a guide, layout the sections and blocks of your quilt on a design wall or the floor.

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Sew your quilt together using a ¼” seam allowance.

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

After this is quilted, more of the bright colored buttons will be added to embellish the flower and neutral blocks.

Quilting Suggestions:

Wavy Lines with multiple lines side by side.  
or
Stitch BY the Ditch.

Here are some detailed photos:

June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients
June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients
June's Garden Fidget Quilt for Alzheimer's Patients

Find more of Melanie's quilt projects and patterns on her blog, Quilters...Enjoy Color!

Do you have ideas about quilting for a cause? We'd love to hear from you. Let us know below in the comments!

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This is such a wonderful idea! My own great grandmother suffered from Alzheimer's before she passed away, so this would have been something to help her deal with her anxiety. Thanks so much for sharing your story, Melanie!

You're most welcome and thank you for your note, Melanie

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