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Suggestions needed for wheelchair lap quilt

Hello all. I need some input on a lap quilt for my SIL. She is in a wheelchair after having both legs amputated, one below the knee and one above. I am toying with the idea of giving her the option of having it loose or being able to fold it under and make a pouch for her legs. Does anyone have suggestions for a closure for the pouch? I don't want to use Velcro, I tested strings to tie but they drag when not in use. I'm now thinking a button and buttonhole. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.   Thanks.

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Comment by Roxann on April 20, 2014 at 8:30am

It is beautiful!  The colors are very happy! 

Comment by Pam/NY on April 20, 2014 at 4:56am

It is gorgeous!!!! What a bright, cheery, colorful quilt!

Comment by Evelyn Paff on April 19, 2014 at 8:11pm

I finally got my sister-in-law's quilt done and sent out to her.  She was very happy and likes the bright colors.  Thanks again for all the help with this.

Comment by Bonnie on April 1, 2014 at 8:32am

What about double magnets- one sewed in a little pocket of each side of the quilt where you want it wrapped?  My purse has that to hold the flap down and it works well- I wash it just fine.

Comment by pat adney on March 31, 2014 at 9:24pm

I like a 36 in square lap quilt with fleece for the batting/backing. Fleece is so snug and warm and it will not slide off her lap so easily. Also it does not require much quilting,so you can get it doen really fast,which might be a consideration...

Comment by Roxann on March 31, 2014 at 6:31pm

Prayers go out to you and your family.  I am sure she will love and appreciate whatever you make for her.

Comment by Evelyn Paff on March 31, 2014 at 5:28pm

Thanks all for your suggestions.  I was going to do the snaps until I read Pam's comment.  I really appreciate your view, Pam.  Having been there you know better than all of us.  I will go with a regular lap quilt at this time.  Her health is deteriorating and I certainly don't want to add any more stress.  Thanks Pam and good luck to you.

Comment by Shannon, ON on March 31, 2014 at 2:35pm

i am thinking velcro would be the easiest for her to use?  on the other hand Pam might be the resident expert here speaking from experience.

Comment by Pam/NY on March 31, 2014 at 12:43pm

I would leave it open and the size of a lap quilt. I too am a double amputee, she does not want something that cumbersome to deal with and she doesn't want to be reminded that things are so different now that even a simple quilt is a big deal. I know where your heart is, but she is dealing with so much on her plate. I hope she is looking forward to the future when she will be fitted and walking again. I am available to talk with her if she wants. There is a huge difference in who she goes to...to be fitted. Good luck to her.

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on March 31, 2014 at 10:07am

I'm leaning toward for Barbara's idea.  Tying strings might be too difficult for her at knee level, but she might have the same problem with buttons (or snaps for that matter.)  Hmm..  How about stitching the sides of the lap quilt together, lapped just far enough up to make a suitable pouch?  It would be like slipping her legs into an envelope.

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