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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.

The Michigan State University Museum and the MSU College of Human Medicine have launched a Quilts and Health Project that will be linked to the Quilt Index. This blog is a first step in building a community of individuals who make, use, and study health-related quilts.

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  1. September 7, 2011 6:46 pm

    I made a quilt called, Ground Zero. It has pictures of people who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 printed on it. I would LOVE if you could feature it on Sept 11, 2011. You can reach me at
    Warmly from WI,
    Lois Jarvis
    Madison, WI —–See my quilt, Ground Zero, featuring
    faces of people who died at the World Trade Center on 9-11-01 ——————-Learn about rust dyeing ——–Rust dyeing blog

  2. October 20, 2011 3:12 pm

    Dear Lois,

    Thank you so much for sharing your quilt. It really speaks to healing. We only blog once a week and are sorry that our blogger on duty that week was out of town so was unable to post this on 9/11. At some point though, we will get it featured. — Marsha

  3. JoAn GODFREY permalink
    October 22, 2011 2:25 pm

    don’t forget ami simms” alzheimer’s art quilt inititive. she has done a fantastic job of fundraising for this cause. THE POWER OF THE NEEDLE.
    her site is AAQI.ORG

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