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sewing for others

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Quilters are among the most generous people I know. Every quilt guild (I think?) has charitable efforts where quilts are made for others and given freely with no expectation of any return. Many individual quilters sew for others as well. Quilts for preemies, for seniors, for veterans, …, and the list goes on.

April is National Autism Awareness month. The diagnoses of autism have increased greatly from when I was young. I’m not sure if that’s due only to more awareness of the syndromes, or if it is occurring in the population in higher numbers than in the past. Probably a bit of both. Almost all of us know, or know of, a child who has been diagnosed to be somewhere along the autism spectrum.

This quilting project might be just the thing if someone you care about is autistic. This tutorial is for a weighted blanket, taught by Rob Appell who is now associated with Jenny Doan’s empire. Some babies who are hard to sooth, are comforted by a heavier blanket. Have a look at this and see what you think. Click here.


  1. Loretta Cadwallader says:

    I made one of these cuddle quilts using flannel for a cousin’s grandson. He loved it, and the family was so grateful. It does take a little time and can be messy, but it is worth the effort. They are not inexpensive to make, but a lot less expensive than buying a premade one. I, also, stitched each seam twice to give it extra “wearability.”

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