IOWA CITY — Zippers with no openings, buttons that don’t hold fabric together and even a small plush dog sewn inside a pocket all serve an important purpose on a “fidget quilt” designed to lay on the lap of a dementia patient and provide comfort when they feel the various textures.
Fidget quilts are just one type of project that the roughly 150 members of the Old Capitol Quilters Guild make year-round to help the community. Between July 2015 and September 2016, members of the organization made almost 150 quilts to donate to domestic violence survivors, as well as organizations like the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center in Iowa City.
Members also make burp cloths, bibs and totebags.
Additionally, members often complete special projects like quilts to donate to charity auctions, place mats for Meals on Wheels and pillow cases for Shelter House in …