Oct 12, 2011

What Did the Little Alzheimer's Quilt Say to the Big Alzheimer's Quilt?

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Answer: I raised $805 for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

Linda Woodard of Marion, Illinois, raised $805 for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) with her donated 8.75 inches by 10 inches quilt which sold during the organization's October auction.

The AAQI holds online auctions during the first ten days of every month.

Woodard's quilt, Making Waves in the Fight Against Alzheimer’s, sets a new AAQI record for Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt sales.

This surpassed Sue Nickels' quilt, This Bud's For You, which sold for $350 in 2009.

Wow, that is one small but powerful quilt if you ask me.

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Small Quilt Raises $805 for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

"I am in shock—a good shock. How exciting!" said Woodard after the auction closed." She continued, "I loved making the quilt and grew very attached to it. I know the person who purchased it will love it too. I am so pleased that my quilt raised so much for Alzheimer's research."

Woodard's quilt was created as part of a challenge issued by the Shawnee Quilters of Southern Illinois.

The group has supported the AAQI for several years through the AAQI's Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts project. More than 8,500 quilts (none larger than 9" x 12") have been donated by quilt guilds and individual quilters since 2006 as quilters make finding a cure for Alzheimer's a priority in their lives.

To download high resolution images for publication go to http://www.alzquilts.org/WoodardQuilt.html.

The AAQI's November auction (November 1-10) in honor of National Alzheimer's Awareness Month features quilts by Alex Anderson, Hollis Chatelain, John Flynn, Becky Goldsmith, Renae Haddadin, Sue Nickels, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Pat Holly, Libby Lehman, Judy Mathieson, Mary Sorensen, and Ricky Tims, as they compete in the "Stanley Cup Quilt-Off."

To make a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt, go to http://www.alzquilts.org/paq.html.

To learn more about the Stanley Cup Quilt-Off, go to: http://www.alzquilts.org/qo.html.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project and sponsors a touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's called "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope."

Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's.

For more information on the AAQI or to make a donation, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern), ami@alzquilts.org or www.alzquilts.org.

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Original content Bob DeMarco, the Alzheimer's Reading Room