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Looking for Quilts

October 13, 2015

HIV Positive: Reaching for a Cure Marion Coleman MSUM#2014:20.1 Photo by Pearl Yee Wong

Do you have a quilt or quilt-related story associated with health and wellbeing?

Name a disease or illness and you will find at least one quilt related to this disease that has been made in support of personal well-being, health education, patient advocacy, memorialization of victims, and/or fundraising. For some diseases you will find not just one quilt but literally thousands as in the case of the NAMES AIDS Quilt Project. Collectively, the number of quilts made and used by individuals, their caregivers and advocates, and by health professionals around the world is in the tens of thousands. The number of quilts is staggering.

We are seeking stories and images for a book we are working on and to add to a special Quilts and Health section of the Quilt Index.

If you have a health-related quilt or quilt story, contact us by email or complete a Quilts and Health form and send us the information and images.

You may print out a form and fill it in: Quilts and Health form-to print
Or use your computer with the Quilts and Health form-to fill

Join us on the Quilts and Health Facebook page, and follow this Quilts and Health Blog.

We would like to hear from you!


Beth Donaldson, Digital Cultural Collections and Coordinator, The Quilt Index (
Marsha MacDowell, Ph.D. Curator and Professor, Michigan State University Museum and Director, The Quilt Index
Clare C. Luz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University


Looking for Health related quilts for the Quilt Index

July 8, 2015
Nevilyn quilt

Nevilyn by Linda J. Huff, Algonquin, IL. MSUM#2011:141.1, Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved.

The researchers at the MSU Museum are looking to add quilts to the Quilts and Health ( section of the Quilt Index. If you have a quilt you’d like to add to this project, you can find the forms at the links below. The form has two options, one is to print (if you prefer documenting with paper and pencil). The other form is for folks who like to use their computer to document (-to fill). Remember to send nice pictures of your creations when you send the form.

Quilts and Health form-to print
Quilts and Health form-to fill

We also have a Facebook page, join us.


March 17, 2015

Looking for a way to donate a quilt for a good cause? Check out Confessions of a Fabric Addict’s Hands2Help post. Click on the logo to choose between three worthy charities.


Woman Uses Quilt To Help Others Heal at UNCG

October 16, 2014

Please clip through to watch the video about making quilts as a way to heal after losing someone dear. In two years the quilt squares will become part of a giant quilt that will cover parts of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Quilts of Comfort auction raised over $50,000!

September 8, 2014

Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah auctioned quilts to raise funds for patients in need of assistance. This auction was so successful that they are held another on April 12, 2014. Check out this page to see the quilts,

P. Buckley Moss Original panel quilted by Brenda Dahl and Ellen Bloomberg. Proceeds for this quilt were shared equally with the P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education.

Passage Quilting

August 4, 2014

Learn about making quilts for loved ones that have passed at this website:

Powerful Quilt Project Honors Victims in Detroit

May 9, 2014

A quilt from the Remember Me Quilt Project


Watch this video to learn about a moving quilt project that honors the victims of unsolved murders in Detroit.

You can help by going to their website: