Monday, April 30, 2012

AAQI: An Open Letter from Ami Simms

Hello, My name is Ami Simms. I am the founder and the executive director of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, or AAQI for short.

During the first 10 days of each month, the AAQI auctions 27 small art quilts to raise money for Alzheimer's research.

Actually, everything we do supports Alzheimer's disease research. To date our profits exceed $713,000. We have been raising money to fight Alzheimer's since 2006, one quilt at a time.

The money we raise is used to fund Alzheimer's research. We hope that it will ultimately help scientists learn enough about Alzheimer's to prevent this horrible disease, find a way to effectively treat it, and perhaps even one day find a cure for it.

We also have quilts that are not auctioned. You can pick from more than a thousand quilts right now and purchase them from our website.

You can find us at

Our small quilts are called Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts. We named them that for two reasons. First we ship them to their new owners in flat rate cardboard priority mailers from the post office. They are small enough to fit inside without folding.

Second, we hope that quilters everywhere will make fighting Alzheimer's disease a priority in their lives. We hope they make quilts for the AAQI and we also hope they purchase quilts from the AAQI. We can't have one without the other.

Our monthly online auctions run from the first of the month to the 10th of the month. Every month. We hope you enjoy bidding on these beautiful pieces of art, and we hope that once you get your bid in, you tell your friends.

We are totally Internet driven. Our web address is

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is a national charity run entirely by volunteers. We hope you will join us in the fight against Alzheimer's.

Help us turn quilts into cash for research.

The web address again is

May Auction is now beginning. It runs from May 1-10th. Check out all of the wonderful quilts and make a bid on your favorites!

The May Online Quilt Auction Starts Tuesday!
Please bid generously.
All profits fund Alzheimer's research.

The May Online Quilt Auction
Has Begun!

By Michele Bilyeu

Michele Bilyeu Quilts With Heart and Hands for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Join in my Liberated Quilting Challenge...and buy or donate a quilt, today!! We are changing the little quilt at a time.