Saturday, October 8, 2011

AAQI Receives 8,000th Donated Quilt

AAQI Receives 8,000th Donated Quilt

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) has received its 8,000th donated quilt. Intermingled made by Audrey Arno of Tuttle, Oklahoma is part of the Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt project.

The 8.5-inch by 11.5-inch quilt features a variety of colorful fabrics arranged in a tangle of rings and dots on a black background. It is part of the AAQI’s October online auction.

“I was quite surprised at one of my quilts hitting a magic number,” said Arno. AAQI supporters were not. Arno, has donated 316 quilts to date, more than any other quilter so far. More remarkable still, her quilts have raised nearly $18,000 for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.

“I am so honored to have made quilt number 8,000 for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative,” said Arno. “This charitable organization is growing so fast with so many more quilters participating as the word spreads, resulting in more and more grants for research. I intend to keep on quilting for a cure for as long as I am able.”

Arno isn’t alone in her passion to stitch towards a cure. She is one of 130 people to make the $1,000 Promise, a program in which participants pledge to donate as many quilts as it will take to raise $1,000 for the AAQI. This project is an extension of the Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts project, named for making quilts that fund research a priority, and because quilts purchased at auction or from the charity’s web page are shipped in USPS priority mail envelopes. The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative has raised more than $591,000 since January 2006. Sixty percent of those funds came from the sale of Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts.

To make a Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt, go to Make a Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt.

To see the list of people making the $1,000 Promise or to join them, go to .

And here’s that online auction link again:

The auction ends on October 10th. Please bid generously as all profits fund Alzheimer’s research.

Michele Bilyeu of With Heart and Hands quilts for AAQI and runs the AAQI Liberated Challenge..won't you join in all of our fun...donate or buy a quilt, today!To see all of our quilts to date, check out our AAQI webpage at