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Welcome to the Healing Quilts in Medicine Website


We are dedicated to projects that bring beauty and education through art quilts into hospitals. This is the vision of Judy House who died of breast cancer in July 2005. In 2012, we brought our organization under the umbrella of Sacred Threads, a 501(c)3 non-profit. This allows us to better our mission for providing artwork for hospitals.

Houston Video

View Video of the interview by Bonnie McCaffery in Houston International Quilt Festival, 2013.



We are pleased to announce the sale of our book of the 21 quilts traveled with the International Quilt Festival and is installed at the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital. Our book of this complete exhibit is for sale at Amazon. All proceeds will go to support our healing quilt projects. Buy Now on Amazon


Here are Judy's inspiring words:

A dear friend of mine who lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer said, "Cancer equals WAITING". You are either waiting for doctors appointments, tests, results of those tests, treatments, and results of treatments. This is stressful time for the patient, their family members and friends. I would therefore like to provide them with something pleasant to look at and reflect on during those often-difficult moments.

In 2005, before Judy died, she organized a group of 37 art quilters to make art quilts based on the plants and animals used in chemotherapies. These quilts now hang in the oncology areas of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. You can view images of these quilts by going to the Walter Reed Quilt Gallery.

Since the Walter Reed project, a group of quilters from the Washington D.C. metro area have continued Judy's legacy and are involved in several healing quilt projects. We call ourselves Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends. We have been working with the Gifts of Art at the University of Michigan and the Society for the Arts in Healthcare to bring healing quilts to new venues. Our latest projects include cancer quilts for Auburn University, the National Institutes of Health and Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.


For more information contact: Lisa Ellis at Lisa@Ellisquilts.com or Steve House at judy@healingquiltsinmedicine.org