Thursday, December 8, 2011

AAQI Quilts Sold in Houston

Before I get into the quilts in Houston, I need to remind everyone there are two days left on December's AAQI auction!  There are still some bargains to be had so think about your Christmas shopping list.  Here is a sampler but check out the rest here.

Quilt #7475 - Tis the Season
Donated by: Charlotte Rayl

Quilt #7791 - Driven Snow
Donated by: Marlene Woodfield

Quilt #8505 - Phoenix
Donated by: Ann Louise Mullard-Pugh

And now the news from Houston!  The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) raised $62,000 during International Quilt Festival (IQF) in Houston, Texas. From November 2-6, 2011, volunteers sold 1,141 Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts (mini quilts measuring 9" x 12" or less) breaking all previous sales records for the all-volunteer nonprofit organization.

Click here to see the quilts that sold in Houston.

This was the sixth year the AAQI was invited to display and sell Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts by IQF founder and director Karey Bresenhan. Brooke and John Flynn, from Billings, Montana, again sponsored the booth.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative awarded $115,000 in grants in 2011, funding research at the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, and CornellUniversity. AAQI grants are made possible in large part from income generated by selling quilts made by its supporters. Nearly 9,000 Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts have been donated since the effort began.

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope, a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's, and the Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts project are two of its programs. The AAQI has raised more than $679,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 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), or

I was very happy to see a couple of my quilts included in the ones that sold in Houston!  I hope they bring happiness to the folks who bought them!

1 comment:

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

Hi Kerry. Thank you for checking out my site! I'm glad your liked the ornaments. I love your quilts! Such talent!

~Kara (your newest follower too ;)