Fiddle Finger Quilts (FFQ)

Fidget quilts are colourful and tactile small quilts which are designed to soothe and stimulate people living with restless forms of dementia. FFQ has been set up to encourage people to make these quilts for donation to those who will benefit.

28 June 2018
West Midlands
Voluntary Sector, Arts, Other
Local Alliances:
Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

Providing quilts which soothe and stimulate people with restless forms of dementia Developing designs which provoke conversation between older person and loved ones/carers Raising awareness about dementia Bringing together groups of people to make the quilts Links to useful relevant organisations, information and advice for people with dementia and their families/carers

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

Connecting with people who would like to make fidget quilts, as the idea is relatively underdeveloped Connecting with organisations/individuals who would like to receive them Establishing what is best practice for design of quilts Stimulating self-supporting networks to make and distribute the quilts

2. Actions

  • Improve understanding of dementia and how fiddle quilts can help

    Establish presence on social media – achieved

    Develop website – achieved

    Participate in local activity for Dementia Action week annually from 2017 – achieved & ongoing

    Connect with recipients/loved ones/professionals and publish stories on website about benefits and what works best in design terms – in progress

    Bursary awarded by the national quilters guild to develop body of knowledge of what makes a good fiddle quilt taking into account diverse backgrounds; produce teaching packs for workshop leaders; involve young people in the making of Fiddle quilts

    Become Dementia Champion ( note this is entirely separate but complementary activity)

    Being implemented

    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    Completed Level 3 education and training course

    Participated in various events during DAW 2018; Stall at Wolves DAA Dementia information event & at Asda; Crafts event at FBC Manby Bowdler

    Worked with local resident to create fiddle quilts suitable for the Windrush generation

    Delivery of Dementia Friends session at Wolverhampton CAB

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    Ran stall at DAA event for Wolverhampton Residents week

    Became Dementia champion

    Delivery of Dementia friends information session at Wolverhampton Dentist

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    School in Sheffield becoming involved in making Fiddle quilts

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    "Wearing some quilts" at the National Festival of Quilts" NEC August 2017

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Facebook  set up - search fiddlefingersquilts

    Website live

    Stall held during Dementia Awareness week - a number of new contacts made

    Some stories collected

  • Connect with people already making fiddle quilts or interested in doing so

    Use of social media

    Write articles for quilt related publications

    Hold stall at AGM for the National Quilters Guild (2017 & 2018)

    Publicise at local quilting weekend (March & November  2017)

    Visit local quilting groups (various)

    Visit Quilting shows (Malvern, regional days, Festival of Quilts)


    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    Stall at Quilters Guild AGM

    Meet stakeholders and begin preparations for workshops at Alrewas Arts festival

    Delivered talk to Pershore Quilters

    Meeting Hollie and her mother about young peoples workshops in Derbyshire

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    Supplied Quilts to region 5 quilters guild regional day - to engage potential makers for residents in home in Frome and Cheltenham

    Delivered talk to Brockhampton Quilters

    Engagement meeting with Camden Memory Service

    Plan delivery of workshop at Alrewas biennial Arts festival August 2018

    2017 - Fourth Quarter Update

    Article published in winter edition of "The Quilter"  - magazine of the National Quilters guild

    Showed quilts at local quilting weekend

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    Attend the National Festival of Quilts  "wearing some quilts" NEC August 2017

    Delivered 5 Fiddle quilts to residents in home in Cheltenham

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Two articles published in regional quilters guild magazine

    Quilts show at quilting weekend, Malvern show, regional day

    Visits to Telford and Shenstone quilting groups

  • Support local groups to make and distribute quilts

    Run workshops on the basis  of “see one, do one, teach one” (Abingdon achieved March)

    Develop and provide tools and tips for the making and distribution of fidget quilts via website - initial scoping   

    Collect donations of fabric and twiddly bits via stalls and workshops (underway)

    Engage with providers whose patients/residents/service users may benefit from quilts


    2018 - Second Quarter Update

    Begun preparations for children and young peoples workshops over the summer holidays

    2018 - First Quarter Update

    Visits to nursing home in Frome; 4 residents identified who would benefit from a quilt; details for personalisation collected 

    Contact with residential home in Cheltenham 12 residents identified who would benefit from a quilt; details for personalisation collected 

    Contact with Camden Memory service; exploration of concept of generic quilts

    2017 - Third Quarter Update

    Mobile stash of fabric and fiddly bits established

    5 personalised quilts delivered to care home in Cheltenham

    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Two venues identified for the delivery of workshops 2017-2018

    Tools and Tips sheets updated and distributed via email contacts list and by request

  • Provide information about advice and support for carers

    Provide leaflets at events – planning

    Provide links to relevant organisations on website – initial scoping


    2017 - Second Quarter Update

    Website design in development