Vallejo Times Herald (11.25.2013)
The Vallejo Times-Herald recently reported that Diana Roberts, a 72-year-old local quilter, volunteered to complete a 36-square Solano County HIV AIDS quilt in time for Vallejo, Calif.’s World AIDS Day event on November 24. The quilt squares were part of a Solano AIDS Coalition (SAC) effort that began in August and has collected more than 100 12-by-12-inch squares that contain HIV prevention messages and memories of friends and family who have died of AIDS. The project aimed to “teach HIV through art” and to awaken the community to the ongoing HIV threat, according to SAC President Mario Saucedo.
Saucedo recently met Roberts, a member of the Vallejo Piecemakers Quilting Club, at the Vallejo Farmers Market, where Saucedo was collecting quilt squares. She sorted the colorful squares into groups, arranged them into a pattern, and pieced them together in three 12-hour days of sewing. The quilt included messages like, “Get yourself tested, it’s not too late,” and names of people who have died of AIDS.
Since August, Saucedo and other coalition members have attended events around Vallejo County, encouraging the public to design squares for HIV quilts. Saucedo expressed amazement at how much teens knew about HIV; he urged HIV prevention efforts to communicate HIV messages in language used by teens and to keep communication lines open. Roberts and Saucedo were seeking volunteer quilters to assist in completing additional AIDS quilts that SAC could take to events and display in galleries.
To learn more or to contribute a square, contact Saucedo at (707) 450–5861 or SolanoAIDSCoalition@yahoo.com.