Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

We made it! $1 Million for Alzheimer’s Research!

Booth goes wild!IQF Houston was amazing!

One pin for every quilt sold!We brought 2,469 quilts and sold 1,823 of them. Check out the straight pins in the picture. That’s one pin for every quilt sold, collected during the four and half days of IQF Houston by Beth Hartford and Debbie Chenail who staffed checkout lanes #1 and #2.
This year the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative earned  $10,000 more in quilt sales and donations than  last year!
If you want to bandy about a nice round number, try $85,000. 
$1 Million for Alzheimer's Research
The highlight of the show was Thursday morning when we reached our $1,000,000 goal for funds raised for Alzheimer’s research. It took us 8 long years, but we did it!

We still have more to do!

The AAQI brought back more than 600 quilts from Houston. They have joined other quilts on our Quilts For Sale page. Every single quilt needs to find good a home because we are still raising funds for Alzheimer’s research.

We have until December 30th to sell all the quilts.

Quilts will be reduced in price periodically until the bitter end. Please let your friends know and encourage their support. Selling out could help fund one more research grant.
For your viewing pleasure:
Watch this video to see AAQI volunteers setting up the booth.
We have just about finished updating quilts that sold in Houston. There are several ways to check to see if your quilt sold.
  1. Type the quilt number (no # sign, but WITH the comma) into the purple search bar on the top of every page on our website.
  2. If you don’t know the quilt number, type your name into the search box.
  3. Look at all the quilts here. (This page will only hang around for a few days, so look now.)
  4. Watch happy buyers posing with their new quilts (the ones you made) as they uploaded their images to the IQF FaceBook site.
This year we were again fortunate to have Cathy Miller, The Singing Quilter, in our booth singing the quilts home. Below are two videos. More can be found on the AAQI YouTube page.
Thank you for your support!
Please consider purchasing a quilt (or three) before the end of the year. Make every quilt count.
Ami Simms
Founder & Executive Director, AAQI

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Iris Lacustris Alzheimer Quilt

What is Dwarf Lake Iris?
Dwarf Lake Iris is a minature iris with showy deep blue flowers.  They only grow around the Great Lakes shorelines in cool, moist lakeshore air.  Their habitat has been greatly reduced so that they have been added to the endangered list.

This is much like protecting our love ones who have Alzheimers.  We change their environment to keep them from harm.  We try to stimulate their memory and as they slip away all we can do is to love them.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Alzheimer Priority Quilts News

Burton, Michigan) -- February 12, 2013: Last month the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) awarded three research grants, the most awarded in a single month since the AAQI became a nonprofit in 2008.

  • $40,894 was awarded to Texas A & M Health Science Center to explore the connection between type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. The research will be conducted by Ian V.J. Murray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics; and Carmen Ramirez, M.D., M.Sc., Assistant Professor, Texas A & M Health Science Center.
  • $35,000 was awarded to The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to understand why some individuals remain cognitively intact despite the presence of abundant plaques and tangles (the hallmark signs of Alzheimer's) in their brains. The research will be conducted by Nicole L. Bjorklund, Ph.D., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Postdoctoral Trainee.
  • $38,354 was awarded to Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, to identify and target molecular mechanisms of cell death in the Alzheimer’s brain. The research will be conducted by Lucian Soane, M.D., Research Associate.

The AAQI has funded 14 research studies to date. These grants are made possible, in large part, by the money raised from the sale of donated quilts.

For more in depth explanation of the funded research see
Purchase quilts online at

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is a national charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI has raised more than $894,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Her mother had Alzheimer’s. This is the last year the AAQI will be fundraising.

For more information about the AAQI or to make a donation, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern), or