All fabrics are pre-washed before sewing. High contrast stripes, large checks, large design motifs, knits, seersucker, cottons, fur, corduroy, flannel, wool, lace, etc., are used to make nine-inch blocks, set five across and six down. Two or three of the blocks are made with pockets (about 2/3 the size of the block) and the edges are trimmed in cording, lace or other trims to add texture. In addition to quilts, Tactile Toy Snakes and Soft Block tactile toys are made from the same types of materials. Again, the emphasis is on high contrast and multiple textures.
Where do these quilts and toys go? They are given to the LSU Children's Learning Center, a family-centered program that serves children with visual impairment from birth to school age (0-5 years). The center-based program, a joint venture of LSUMC Department of Child and Family Services and the Louisiana Association for the Blind, provides services to promote independence and support to families. The center utilizes its expertise and experience to serve families and professionals through support services, education and research.
Would you like more information about this project? Contact Tina Thomas with your questions.