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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Celebrity Quilt Auction - AAQI

The Celebrity Invitational Quilt Auction  runs thru November 10th.  

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative® (www.AlzQuilts.org) is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's. The AAQI has raised more than $773,000 since January 2006.

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

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AlzQuilts.org) offers an online auction during the first 10 days of every month. Each November, in honor of National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, the AAQI offers 12 very special quilts. This year the auction quilts have been made by world renowned quilters 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.

Celebrity Invitational Quilt Auction  
Row 1: Alex Anderson, Hollis Chatelain, Caryl Bryer Fallert, John Flynn.
Row 2: Diane Gaudynski, Becky Goldsmith, Pat Holly, Libby Lehman.
Row 3: Marsha McCloskey, Sue Nickels, Mary Sorensen, and Ricky Tims

Here is a short video about this auction:

There is also "Cool Stuff" that you can buy with the images of these quilts printed on them too and these purchases also help raise funds for AAQI.  The cool stuff (e..g. totes, mugs, tshirts, etc) also makes excellent Christmas gifts too.  

The quilts are about 16" x 16" and the auction is open to anyone.

{above} :"Joy Remembered", made by Diane Gaudynski

{above} :"Radiant Feathered Star", made by Marsha McCloskey

{above} :"Sentinels at Sunset II, made by Ricky Tims

{above} :"Fresh Flowers for a Friend", made by Sue Nickels

For those attending IQF/Houston:  

Volunteers are needed to help in the AAQI booth selling Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts at International Quilt Festival Oct 31-Nov 4. Help a little or a lot, whatever fits your schedule. On-the-job training. Details here.

Here is a short video about the quilts to be auctioned at this event:
You can also help AAQI by sharing insights with your friends and family about this this Celebrity Quilt Auction, as well as their monthly auction.  

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