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Show 2509: Amy Milne

Featuring: Amy Milne

Posts On: October 20, 2019


Alex and Ricky meet Amy Milne, Executive Director of the Quilt Alliance, who shares the history and samples of quilts made by children. Amy also discusses the Kids Initiative, for which a kit has been created. The kit is a backpack with a wholecloth quilt designed for hand sewing as a way for children to learn to quilt. Amy also talks about the importance of documenting your quilts and the various ways to create a label.

Also in this show, Alex shares her experience with her parents' Alzheimer’s and the help she received to make an Activity mat for her mother. She discusses how you can make your own activity mats geared toward individual needs.

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Amy Milne (Quilt Alliance)

Kids Quilt!

From Chapter One:

Alex shares a fast, fun, and easy to make tactile activity quilt for calming those with special needs, Alzheimers, etc.

From Chapter Two:

Amy shows her quilts to Alex and Ricky during Show N Tell and talks about her role as the Executive Director of Quilt Alliance, which she's held since 2006. 

From Chapter Three:

Alex and Amy discuss Kids Quilts, a non-profit project to encourage the making and sharing of the quilting process, and how to introduce quilting to younger people.

From Chapter Four:

Amy and Ricky talk about the importance of adding vital information (such as the maker, title, date, location, and any special notes) to a quilt label for each and every quilt you make. Ricky then shares his labeling method on several quilts.

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#6 pwofford 2019-12-19 23:13
I just watched this episode -- It's been a tough, busy year, and I didn't have much time for sewing, quilting or keeping up with TQS. My mother-in-law died in April, and my mom died in May 2019. Both had dementia. I wish I could have made fidget quilts for them before they left us. What a wonderful idea. I'm so sorry to hear that both of you, Alex and Ricky, and your parents had to deal with the disease. Dementia is a terrible condition, but caring for my loved ones was such an honor.
#5 marianneh 2019-10-29 03:54
Nancy, what a wonderful thing to do for your mother in law, how rewarding to see the pleasure it gave her and has left you with memories etched on yourself, I can imagine how much you miss her peace be your guide M from UK
#4 TerreK 2019-10-23 10:31
Besides loving this show, Alex I LOVE LOVE LOVE your beautiful RED embroidered top!!
#3 hdpetunia 2019-10-22 14:06
Loved this show. I taught my granddaughter to sew and then to quilt starting at age 7. Now that she is 13, she has become quite a quilter. Please use this show to inspire other children and their teachers. I know of 2 teachers that could benefit from having access to this show. Right now, I collect my pieces and donate to them. I am definitely going to pass on the Quilt Alliance and Kids Quilt! sites. Thanks, Helen Dalinis
#2 GeneBlack 2019-10-22 10:17
FYI - not all smart phones can scan QR codes without additional software. Some phones can scan QR codes natively but that needs to be enabled in settings.

I was disappointed that I would require extra software to enable QR code reading on my phone
#1 norwich 2019-10-21 13:14
My wonderful mother-in-law, Marilyn, died of dementia 3 years ago. I made her 5 fidget quilts for her while she was in the nursing home, but the one that she enjoyed the most was her picture quilt. I did photo-transfers of her 7 kids and their spouses and one of her and her husband in the middle. Then on the other side, I did photo transfers of Jesus and Mary. Then she could see pictures of those who love her! I miss her dearly. I wish I could post pictures here, but if you look me up on Pinterest, I have a folder called "Mom's Memory Quilt" - Nancy Kastenholz
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