Healing Quilts in Medicine

Art Quilts Making a Difference in the Lives of Patients and their Families


Healing Quilt exhibit on display at National Institutes of Healing

On August 6, 2016, Sacred Threads sponsored an outing to see the SAQA exhibit at NIH

Made by artists in New Mexico as regional members of Studio Art Quilt Associates. This exhibit showcases the plants and animals used to promote human wellness from ancient times through cutting edge medicines today.

Enjoy these images of local quilters viewing the exhibit

On display in New Mexico


Natural HealingClick here to launch the Flip Book and view all the images and read the artist statements about the healing properties.

To order the full exhibit catalog, click here. (Blurb, $22.49)


Twenty pieces from The Natural Healing exhibit are available now for traveling.

To order the traveling exhibit catalog, click here. (Amazon, $12.99)

Exhibit Schedule (Subject to change)

2016 - 2017

- Hubbard Museum of the American West, Ruidoso Downs, NM
- National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD (July 9 - September 9, 2016)
- University of Chigaco Medical,IL (Mid-September to Mid-December, 2016)
- University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI (December 19, 2016 – March 12, 2017)
- Inova Cancer Center, Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, VA (Late March - May, 2017)

Enjoy this gallery of the twenty traveling pieces:

If your hospital is interested in receiving this exhibit, please contact Betty Busby at fbusby3@comcast.net.

About Us

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 meet our mission for providing artwork for hospitals.

Do you have a project that you have created for a hospital? We would love to include it in our galleries and links. Please email Lisa Ellis at lisa@ellisquilts.com.

Houston Video

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

Learn more about us:

Check out the December '14 /January '15 issue of Quilting Arts.

Our latest installation of quilts installed at the University of Michigan hospital are featured in the gallery section.

Installations were delivered in September 2014 to the University of Michigan and include two new galleries. Click on these links to view the galleries for the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit and the Viewing Room.

Healing Quilts in Medicine Catalog

Our book features the twenty-one quilts that traveled with the International Quilt Festival and are now installed at the INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital Cancer Center in Fairfax, VA. Our book of this complete exhibit is for sale at Amazon. All proceeds go to support our healing quilt projects.
Buy Now on Amazon

For more information contact: Lisa Ellis at Lisa@Ellisquilts.com. To make a tax deductible donation online, use your credit card or PayPal account.