A few days ago I received an e-mail from Jeffree Itrich who works with patients in the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study at the University of California in San Diego.
I am involved in a very special quilt project that is gathering lap-sized quilts for Alzheimer’s research participants. Might you be able to put something on your blog about our project? We are looking for newly made lap-sized quilts. Thank you for whatever you can do.
The Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS) and the University of California San Diego are able to collect and distribute quilts which brightening the lives of Alzheimer's patients around the nation thanks to a unique donation program.
The Alzheimer’s Study Quilt Program began in late January 2010, jumpstarted by an employee who quilts. The request for needed quilts is then spread via quilting newsletters and blogs.
Communication with Jeffree further defined their definition of lap size. I tend to think of lap size as 40 in X 50 in, but wanted to be sure. Here is the reply I received:
Yes, 40 x 50 or even 35 x 45. Some of our study participants are small women and others are larger men. We’re looking for quilts in all colors so we will have something for everyone. I’ve received a lot of very feminine quilts which I can’t give to men. One woman gave me a very cute quilt made of a fabric featuring old cars. Very cute and very manly.
If you would like to donate a lap-sized quilt to the Alzheimer’s Quilt Study Project, please contact Jeffree Itrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having just finished this quilt (39 in X 41 in) with no one in particular in mind, I asked if it would be acceptable. The reply was yes, so it is now on it’s way to Ms Itrich to be given to an Alzheimer’s patient.
It is a scrappy serviceable quilt. Both the top and batting layer are pieced to use up scraps. It is machine pieced and quilted.