Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Alzheimer Quilt Initiative

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. I have been asked to help spread the information on this wonderful project the Alzheimer's Quilt Initiative. Please check out the web sight and see all the wonderful things being done.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.alzquilts.org) is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research through art. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project and sponsors a touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's called "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope." The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative has raised more than $735,000 since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's.


1. AAQI Gets Inventory System Up and Running
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative continues to make improvements on its web page. They now have an inventory sytem on their Quilts For Sale page (http://www.alzquilts.org/quiltsforsale.html)
Gone are the SALE PENDING notifications on the Quilts For Sale page. Instead, the web page just won’t let you put the quilt in your basket if somebody ordered it before you did.

You can still place quilts in your shopping cart temporarily as you decide which ones you really, really, really want. Just know that putting them in there doesn't make it impossible for another shopper to buy them out from under you.

Once an order is placed, however, those quilts are off the market.

You’ll notice an error message telling you a particular quilt is “unavailable” should you desire a quilt someone else has already ordered. But, you can always email an AAQI volunteer just to be sure.

When quilts are processed, they will be marked as SOLD and the buy button will be removed. After a few days they will be removed from the web page and sorted into the Sold Quilts pages.

2. AAQI Starts Hoarding Quilts For Houston
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative hopes to bring 2,000 quilts to sell in its booth at IQF Houston. (Exhibit area, number and row as yet unknown.) They've already started moving quilts from the Quilts For Sale page (http://www.alzquilts.org/quiltsforsale.html) over to the Hoarding For Houston page (http://www.alzquilts.org/houston2012.html) They will continue to move quilts, starting with the lower numbers first. So if you're not going to Houston, it's time to shop now!
And, if you've got a quilt in the works: GER 'ER DONE!
We are working really hard to shorten the time it takes to get your quilt from registration to sale.
3. "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" will be at the AQS Show in Grand Rapids
(Or, FaceBook Your Chest!)
"Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" continues its five-year journey across the United States with a stop at the American Quilters Society Quilt Show & Contest in Grand Rapids, Michigan, August 22-25, 2012.

The exhibit will hang at the DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Avenue NW in Grand Rapids.

The AAQI is asking everyone who attends the AQS show to make sure they get stickered and to FaceBook a photo of their sticker.
Ami Simms, AAQI founder and executive director, will be in attendance Saturday afternoon.

"Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" is an exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's sponsored by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). Fifty-four small format art quilts (9" x 12") illustrate the disease from a variety of perspectives.

These small quilts hang among 182 "Name Quilts," each 6 inches wide and 7 feet tall, which carry the names of more than 10,000 individuals who have/had Alzheimer's or a related dementia. The names of loved ones, written on fabric patches by family members and friends, honor the 5.4 million Americans in the United States struggling with Alzheimer's disease.


2 comments:

Ami Simms said...

Thank you so much for helping us spread the word about the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative!

Ami :)

Michele Bilyeu said...

Lovely of you to add to our blogging PR, Becca! As another quilter/volunteer I'm delighted to have another visit to your blog, and this time I bookmarked you so I can add you to my list..come on over and see my fun, as well!