Friday, October 26, 2012

AAQI Celebrity Invitation Quilt Auction starts Nov. 1

Did you know that the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AlzQuilts.org) has an online auction during the first 10 days of every month? And each November, in honor of National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, the AAQI offers 12 very special quilts. 

Celebrity Invitational Quilt Auction
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.

 The quilts are about 16" x 16" and the auction is open to the public. Last year the 12 quilts offered in the November auction raised more than $14,000 for the AAQI, an all-volunteer effort to raise awareness and fund research through art. Take a look at just a few of the beautiful works being auctioned:

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“Clouded” by Hollis Chatelain (16" x 16")

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“May the Lord Bless You” by Becky Goldsmith (16" x 16")


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“Fresh Flowers for a Friend” by Sue Nickels (16" x 16")

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“Sentinels at Sunset II: Someone to Watch Over Me”
by Ricky Tims
(14.5" x 12.5")

Visit http://www.alzquilts.org/ciqa.html to preview all the quilts. You can also see them in this video: 



On November 1st you can bid on the quilts here:
http://www.benefitbidding.com/listings/categories/index.cfm?category=965774286

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.