Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Who Doesn't Love Pink!!!

I know I do!

I had so much fun making this set. I could make baby stuff every day of my life! You can get away with all the cute in the world and colors most adults just wont do :)....Like I said whats not to love!!!I am SO happy with this pattern. Its the Snake River quilt by Judy Martin...I would TOTALLY recommend this to anyone. It was fun and very rewarding. :)..I cannot wait to give this to the new momma :)And just because I am having so much fun creating ne baby stuff I thought I would show you one of the latest additions to the Turtle Trax Too Store!!! Check us out on facebook!!!

Monday, August 27, 2012

An Exciting Update :)

Soaring Sales for AAQI: All Because of YOU!

Every month Debbie Chenail (AAQI treasurer) and I sit down to update the Show Me The Money page on the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative website. We list every expense, we add up all the quilt sales and donations, and we calculate the profits so far this year. That number is then added to our cumulative total of how much the AAQI has raised for Alzheimer’s research. (Profits: All our profits fund research.)

Do you know of any other charity that posts that kind of information on its website? I didn’t think so. Don’t you wish they all did, so you can know how the money you give is spent?! (Sorry. I digress.)

Well, we just crunched the numbers and as of the end of July we have raised…

more than $747,000

…for Alzheimer’s research. Makes me think of an airplane, you know, a 747. I just had to tell you!

The AAQI’s “bread and butter” are Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts. You donate them; we sell them.

So how are we doing so far? Pretty good!

Below is a graph showing Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt sales by year, starting in 2008. So far this year we’ve raised about $56,000 through “priority” quilt sales, not counting the August auction. Last year in Houston we sold $62,000. Plus we have three more online auctions before the end of the year. (The November auction doesn’t count because that’s the Celebrity Invitational Quilt Auction, and those aren’t technically Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts.)

If (and that’s a big “if”) we can do as well at Houston in 2012 as we did in 2011, and we have three auctions each bringing in $2,000 or more, we could generate $126,000 for the year in Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt sales alone.

So what’s the bottom line?

If you’re making a Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt and have hopes for Houston, get it registered and in the mail by August 31st. That gives our volunteers 6 weeks to receive it, scan it, price it, tag it, and ship it from your house to Illinois, from Illinois to Michigan, and from Michigan to Texas.

Keep in mind that there are already 611 quilts in that particular pipeline, and the following volunteers probably won’t be able to take a stitch in their own quilts from now to mid-November:

Your quilt registrar and quilt page maker: Beth Hartford
Your quilt scanners: Diane Petersmarck, Donna Moscinski, and Eileen O’Regan
Your quilt pricers: Ruth Langdon and Ami Simms
Your quilt tag-makers: Martha Wolfersberger, Jen Hinwood, Susan Vore, and Niki Gottesman

And, of course, we thank YOU, our quilt makers and quilt buyers!

Thank you! And please share this blog!
Ami Simms

Friday, August 24, 2012

Back To Work

If any of you have been wondering where I have been I promise I havent been out playing..I wish I could be out playing :)

I signed up for my first craft fair. Its not a super duper large one but its supposed to be good sized. I am hoping to get signed up for the large one but well we are still waiting on paperwork and sales tax and what not.....Boring stuff.

So in the mean time I am having my own little panic attack at having product to sell. In the leantime my favorite customer is keeping me from getting bored.Lol.....This is the latest. Isnt it adorable! I love the Dick and Jane fabric. For once too its NOT king size!!

Believe it or not I have MORE fiber content to show you too! Remember the strips and curves top? Well there is progress on that one! AND I even got another baby set done. I can hardly believe it myself :)...

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.

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