Thursday, November 1, 2012

Q.U.I.L.T.S. & The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

Once upon a time, my guild said, "Oh Lynn, our AAQI Quilt Registration Goddess, will you please create a booth for our quilt show all about the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and our relationship with it?"
"Sure," I replied and then had no idea how to proceed.

Inspiration finally came within months of the show. (It's amazing how a real deadline will inspire action!)  I wanted a display which would function as not only beautiful but also informational even if I was not standing right by it. So off to the internet I went. 

My first stop was Ami Simms. As founder and curator of AAQI, I thought she might have a banner or something to offer. She said that she did not, but I was welcome to the official AAQI logo as long as I blogged about the results. Thank you, Ami.

The next step was a HUGE risk. I found All State Banners, did my own clicking for sizing, used the AAQI logo for design and instantly had a beautiful vinyl banner which will be used, hopefully, for many years to come.

Finally, I encouraged the guild to keep quilting for AAQI, made a few signs to explain what folks were seeing in this booth and this is what it looked like:

There were 25 quilts in the display from 12 women. Below are the first 15 which have been registered on the AAQI site and are awaiting assignment for sale or auction. All profits go directly to Alzheimer's research projects. The AAQI has raised more than $773,000 since January 2006.

12,286 - My Coneflower

Currently, AAQI has a booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. Over 2,100 quilts are there for sale. Here is the link for a slideshow of all the quilts for sale in Texas:
The AAQI November 2012 Celebrity Auction has also begun and features quilts by the following Superstars of the quilting world:
 Alex Anderson, Hollis Chatelain, Caryl Bryer Fallert, John Flynn.
  Diane Gaudynski, Becky Goldsmith, Pat Holly, Libby Lehman.
  Marsha McCloskey, Sue Nickels, Mary Sorensen, and Ricky Tims.

This is an online auction. Everyone is invited to bid. Check out the quilts here: Celebrity Auction.

Thank you for your interest in our charitable quilting, and also, thank you to the ladies of Q.U.I.L.T.S. (Schenectady) for all your beautiful work and your giving spirits!!


  1. That is a really nice display, Lynn! I like the idea of the vinyl banner - makes it look very professional!

  2. They were all great to see in person. I have a favorite and I'm hoping I can win the bid.

    You did a terrific job with this and I hope to have a few for next year.