Draper, UT USA
Statement: I recently read about Priority: AAQI in The Quilt Show's newsletter (Ricky Tims & Alex Anderson). If I had been struck by lightning it wouldn't have been more clear that this project is exactly what I've been looking for to fill a hole in my soul. There is a woman whom I've never met who has served me in a monumental, life-changing way and I need to be able to provide an anonymous service for her. Many in her family have suffered from severe, debilitating, even fatal dementia and it appears she will also suffer from the disease. When I saw that AAQI helped fund research for dementia as well as Alzheimer's I knew this was the answer to my prayers. This special woman will never know about my $1,000 promise but in time our son will and I hope he will be proud of my contributions and, particularly, the motivation behind them. There is no way I can match what this woman has done for me so I will endeavor to put drops in the ocean in hopes it will someday make a difference.
I have been quilting in earnest for about 10 years now. I love to teach new quilting techniques to avid students as well as "sewing sessions" involving my original patterns. As you can imagine, I have plenty of scraps from a plethora of projects over the years. Nothing satisfies me more than sitting down with a tiny pile of scraps and making a Priority quilt from them. It's play time for me! As I cut & sew I think about Mrs. Bailey and what her life must have been like and I am inspired to go the extra mile with beadwork or other embellishments. While I normally have a difficult time naming my quilts - my youngest daughter has named most of them - usually by the time I sew the second seam on a Priority quilt I have it named. This truly is an inspired program for which I am extremely grateful. And it's cool to be on the Honor Roll.
Total raised so far: $2,754.04