made by Mary Lambert Matton of
Davidsonville, MD, USA
I mentioned the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative in my New Years goals - I want to talk about it a little more. I hope you will check out the website and see the new quilts up for auction in January - the three above are just a sneak peek of what is up for bid.
made by Kristi Burt
of Lincoln, NE, USA
made by Rebekkah Tario
of Lapeer, MI, USA
In addition to the quilts up for auction in January, there are a large number of quilts such as those above for sale. What's even better? Right now many of them are on sale so you can save some money! You can read more about AAQI while you are looking at the eye candy. They work to raise awareness about Altzeimers and raise money for research for the search for a cure.
My decision to contribute small art quilts to the group this year came from my own raised awareness about Alzheimers, brought about by long conversations with my good friend, Debbie Q., at this year's CQI retreat. Debbie's darling mom had been battling this awful disease for twelve years and I learned a lot by hearing about the journey she and Debbie took together. Debbie's mother passed away on Christmas Eve.
Once I had decided to make quilts for AAQI, I looked carefully at the $1,000 Promise but hesitated to take the step to make this commitment: making enough quilts to raise $1,000 sounded a little daunting. I have decided to take the plunge now after I learned yesterday that my wonderful aunt, Olive, has fallen victim and is already in Stage 4 of Alzheimers. So, for Olive and for Debbie's mom, I'm going to do it! I will make time for this by foregoing participation in round robins this year. I'll still have crazy quilting to share though because the quilts I make will, of course, be cq!
I would like to challenge anyone interested to visit the website and to consider whether making a small art quilt (maximum size 9" X 12") to donate to the causeis something you could do. If you decided to make the $1,000 Promise we could have a race! If that doesn't work for you, consider these small art quilts as gift items or a treat for yourself - some are priced as low as $20.00!
Lastly, I would like to thank Ami Simms, the founder of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, for granting me permission to feature photos of some of the quilts here in my blog.