FAQ

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What else can I do to make these useful?

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We have found that adding aromatherapy oils to the backing of the quilt can be quite useful. If the scent relates to the picture (lemon oil on a quilt with a lemon picture) it was particularly useful to help the client relate the picture to their memories. There are many good scents out there to try. Keep in mind that the scent should have some connection to your patients past. For example, if they hated being outside, you may not want to use a pine or hay scented oil. If they had a farm and loved to be outside, these may be just the right scents for them.

Some scents can also be used to help encourage particular responses. For example, lavender is a calming scent while lemon is an energizing one. If you want to give them one to help get them moving in the morning, pick a scent to help with that. Eucalyptus can be quite motivating. If you want them to calm down maybe a light floral or ocean breeze type scent would work for them. You want to keep in mind that quality oils will hold their scents longer so you may want more than one quilt so you don’t have to wash it during the day for the aromatherapy benefits.

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One of my quilts is slightly smaller than the other that is supposed to be the same size. Why?

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The listed sizes are approximate. It’s because we use so many different fabrics. Since they are various thicknesses and some fold over more flatly than others, they sew differently. We also cut by hand and small discrepancies can occur. These won’t make any difference to how this product is used or its wear ability.

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Can I remove the tag that hangs off the edge of the quilt?

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Yes you can. These are just like those annoying tags on mattresses that say “Do not remove.” We are required by law to put those on but as the end consumer you are quite welcome to remove it. Some clients find the movement of the tag interesting and relaxing, some become agitated. Pay attention to the way your person uses the quilt and if it bothers them, or just for looks, feel free to take it off.

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Why does the tag say some of the material is unknown?

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In order to have a wide variety of materials, we purchase a lot of upholstery and other remnants. These don’t usually have tags that tell the material composition. When we know what something is made of, we include that info on the tag.

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How do I choose the right one for my family member?

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It depends on how they self soothe. Check out our video on how to choose the right quilt. In addition to considering which style of quilt to choose you will also want to choose a quilt whose pictures or color may have meaning to your particular patient. For example, if your patient is afraid of water you won’t want to pick the quilt with the loons swimming on the lake, but if they enjoyed bird watching, fishing, etc. this might be the perfect choice.

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How are these made?

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We make each of these by hand one at a time here in Northern Virginia. No robots work for us – the oil changes alone are crazy.

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What is fabric nap and why do I care?

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Some fabrics have a nap which means that when you stroke in one direction it is smooth and in the other it is rough. Some clients love having the second level of texture, some prefer no nap at all. Velvet, velour and other fabrics are known for this. I have tried to note in the description when there is a nap and how much of a difference there is. Low nap means that there is a distinctive difference by direction but it’s not major. High nap means that it is VERY rough when stroked backwards. Kinda like a cat.

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What is thread tracing?

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This is a self soothing method where you take your finger and follow a line of stitching around and around or back and forth. We have accommodated these clients by using contrasting thread colors. Some of our quilts have embroidered fabrics included for additional opportunities to trace.

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Why did you use white thread on black fabric?

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It looks strange, doesn’t it? If we were making these for the average consumer we would match the color of the thread to the color of the material. In our testing we learned that many of our clients like to trace the lines of the stitching as a way to self soothe. We made the threads a contrasting color to make it easier to see both on the front and on the back.

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Where do you manufacture these products?

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We are based here in Northern Virginia. We do not export any of the work out of the country.

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Where do you get your materials?

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We get our materials from all over the country. Many are imported from other countries and we are continuing to look for US based manufacturers that will produce the types of materials we are looking for.

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When will I get it?

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In stock quilts ship within 2 weeks of order.

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How will this help my mom?

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Sensory stimulation has been shown to help Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients to relate better to their world. It can help bring up memories and can encourage interaction with the people around them. Sensory stimulation is actively introducing activities and products that encourage the patient to explore using one or more of their senses. These quilts not only use age appropriate picture panels but there are at least 4 textures on each quilt including rough, soft, fluffy and satiny types of fabrics. Some also have a “crinkle” material included which adds an auditory component. Many of our caregivers use essential oils on the quilts as well so now a fourth layer – scent – has been included into this one activity. The more we can make the brain work and integrate, the better it is for the patient. The last sense would encourage eating the quilts (taste) but it is not recommended in this case but four out of 5 isn’t bad.