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Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative: Own a Quilt, Help a Cause

"A Bouquet for You" (33" x 33") by Sue Nickels, Ann Arbor, MI

How would you like to own this lovely quilt, made by award-winning quiltmaker, author, and teacher, Sue Nickels? You can, if yours is the winning bid during the upcoming Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative’s online quilt auction!

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is an all-volunteer national charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research through art. Quiltmaker Ami Simms, whose mother suffered with Alzheimer’s, is the founder and executive director of AAQI, which has raised over $570,000 for the cause since January 2006.

“A Bouquet for You” is one of twenty outstanding pieces awaiting your bid on the AAQI site from August 1 – 10. All of the quilts were part of the AAQI’s first traveling exhibit,  Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece, which was seen by more than 300,000 people!

"Mourning Too Soon" (30" x 32") by Diane Gaudynski, Waukesha, WI

In addition to Sue Nickels, quiltmakers with works up for bid include Diane Gaudynski, Cindy Cooksey, Melody Crust, Donna Hudson, Marsha McCloskey, Nancy Brenan Daniel, Elsie Campbell, Mary Stori, Debbie Bowles, and others.

"Holes in My Memory" (34 1/2" x 33 1/2") by Donna Hudson, Seattle, WA

Although bidding officially opens on August 1, you can preview the quilts and start planning your strategy NOW.

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity:

  1. to acquire a quilt made by a nationally acclaimed quilter, some of whom rarely ever sell their work

  2. to own a quilt from the exhibit that has touched the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people

  3. to help raise much-needed funds to fight a disease that has–based on the statistics–likely touched the life of someone you know

"Gaps" (30 3/4" x 30 3/4") by Cindy Cooksey, Irvine, CA

There are a number of other ways that you can support the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. One way is to make and donate a Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt; that is, a 9″ x 12″ (maximum) quilt that will fit into a USPS Priority envelope without folding. These little quilts have proven to be excellent fundraisers when they are auctioned or sold. For more info, visit the AAQI webpage.

“There are an estimated 5.4 million with Alzheimer’s in the US alone. We believe we can make a difference, one quilt at a time.” –Ami Simms, founder and executive director of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt InitiativeJust a few reminders before I sign off:If you haven’t already, don’t forget to tell us about your favorite tool or notion for piecing by making a comment at the end of our July 26 group post. Deadline to be included in the random drawing is noon (PDT) Friday, August 5.  Don’t miss this chance to win a basket filled with piecing goodies, including Clover Fork Pins, Alex Anderson’s 4-in-1 Essential Sewing Tool, a technique-loaded book, and more!

And finally, our next post (Tuesday, August 2) will feature a very special guest poster. Hint: Many of us love to use her gorgeous fabrics in quilts, garments, totes, home-dec items…‘Til then, happy stitching,

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