By Christina Bagni GLOBE CORRESPONDENT
When her elderly mother began losing her sight, Tammy Rousell searched for a way to keep her happy.
“She was depressed, and felt isolated,” Roussell said. “She struggled to reengage with her family and friends.”
Tammy Roussell’s mother, Mitsy Fowler, sewing a quilt by touch.
With her mother’s love of stitching in mind, Roussell, of Lowell, created a tactile-based method with a burlap ribbon sewn onto pre-cut fabric. Her mother was able to feel her way around the borders and sew the quilt without help.
“She began making presents for her grandkids,” Roussell said. “It really improved her quality of life. So I decided to develop a kit to help others, and began marketing it to senior centers and blind centers.”
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