Quilters Newsletter (December/January 2012)

Quilters Newsletter (December/January 2012)
"Quilts & Health" by Marsha McDowell and Clare Luz (Quilters Newsletter, Dec/Jan 2012, p. 44-47) explores the deep connections between quilts and health. Quilts can help their makers and those who use the quilts cope with trauma, illness, and grief.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is mentioned on page 46 as a resource for gathering stories about quilts and their impact on the people who stitch them, as well as the impact of Alzheimer's disease on American society. (Each donated quilt features an artist's statement about the quilt, how and why it was made, as well as a dedication. Often these statements provide insight into how making quilts can help the maker grieve and heal.)

"Research Now" by Nancy Brenan Daniel is shown on page 46. "Nevilyn" by Linda J. Huff is shown on page 47. Both quilts were part of a 52-quilt exhibit about Alzheimer's created by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative called "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" which traveled from 2006 through 2010 to 49 venues in 31 states.

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