Starting the fall of 2018, we will be expanding our Blind Baby Quilt projects to make two different types of quilts supporting the children of the Arizona State School for the Deaf and the Blind located here in Tucson.
Blind Baby Quilts are distinctive in that they emphasize texture, which provides the blind or visually impaired infants and toddlers learning opportunities about the world in alternative ways other than vision. These touching experiences are a precursor to learning braille. The quilts are floor quilts and en- courages a baby to explore. These quilts utilize a variety of fabric textures and embellishments such as lace, braid, rickrack, small stuffed toys and pockets. The “I Spy” Quilts are made for young children who are deaf or hearing-impaired. “I Spy” de- signs can be helpful when children are learning to recognize objects and speak or sign. It is an interactive tool to encourage vocabulary development, plus a comforting lap size blanket. “I Spy” fabrics are 100% cotton and include pictures of any topic a child is interested in, such as cars, trucks, dogs and cats, farm animals, insects, butterflies, flowers and more —the choices are endless for the objects and the ways they are incorporated into quilts. We welcome any donation of fabric to support these projects!
Should you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please call Connie (520-889-5009) or stop by when a work bee is in progress!