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Friday, October 2, 2009

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative


I wanted to bring The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative into your awareness.
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is in the process of creating a new traveling exhibit called  "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope."  It will be exhibited at venues throughout the United States from January 2011 through December 2015.

This new exhibit will replace the current exhibit "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" after it retires at the end of 2010.

"Alzheimer's Illustrated" will feature 182 quilts, like the one pictured at the left, each measuring 6 inches wide by approximately 7 feet tall. The long and narrow Name Quilts will be made from 55 purple patches sewn together wrong side out. Each patch will be marked with the name of a person who has/had Alzheimer's disease.

Here is a part of the website I don't want you to miss.
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is asking for your help in creating an exhibit of textile art called "Alzheimer's Illustrated." We are creating 182 long and narrow "Name Quilts" which will be the "backdrop" for 52 small quilts about Alzheimer's. Each Name Quilt will have 55 patches with a name of a person who has/had this disease (or a related dementia) in each patch. The 10,000 names will represent the 5.3 million Americans with Alzheimer's disease. We are asking for your help in collecting names.  Go here to get to that page.
My guess is that some of you will want to get involved.

Trust me, the quilt looks a lot better than the image on this website.

After you look at the website, let us know your reaction in the comments box below this article.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
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