Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)

Today I received an email from Suzi, who purchased one of my patterns with the idea to make a little quilt for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI).  If you haven't come across the AAQI in your travels around the web (or even if you have already!), I hope you'll take a few minutes now to explore their interesting and well-designed site, and consider supporting their work in whatever way you can, however small.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative was founded by internationally-known quilter Ami Simms, with the mission to raise awareness of and fund research for Alzheimer's Disease.  Since its beginnings in 2006, the AAQI has raised over $500,000. It is a registered non-profit charity, staffed entirely by volunteers.  Many quilters make and donate little quilts (they must be 9" x 12" or smaller)  for auction or sale, with all proceeds going towards Alzheimer's research.  There are many other ways to help (35 and counting) too!  Even if you don't have time to make a quilt or money to buy one (though it's a fantastic way to purchase an original art piece for a very modest amount), you can still contribute simply by spreading the word about AAQI through Twitter, Facebook, your local quilt guild, and telling your friends and family. 

Suzi used the Rosie's Rose block to make The Yellow Rose of Texas (8.5 x 8.5"), in tribute to her mother, Doris, who had Alzheimer's.  Suzi hand-dyed the cotton fabrics for the rose, and, if you click on the image, you can see her teeny-tiny hand quilting stitches.  The unusual red, white, and blue background adds so much to the Texas spirit of the quilt! 

Many thanks to Suzi for sharing her beautiful work, and giving me an opportunity to promote this very worthwhile organization.  You can read more about Suzi's quilt here (as I write, the quilt is still awaiting categorization for auction or sale, so the link may have changed by the time you read this -- I'll try to keep up with it).

Please feel free to use any Piece By Number pattern (whether purchased or freebie) to make a quilt for donation to AAQI, or any other charitable organization;  you don't need to contact me for explicit permission.  A mention of Piece By Number as design source is much appreciated, but not required.