Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Celebrates 5,000th Donated Quilt

Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Celebrates 5,000th Donated Quilt


(Burton, Michigan)--April 13, 2010-- The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) has received its 5,000th donated quilt. "Spring Time On The Farm," a small format art quilt measuring just 9" x 12", was donated by Marlene Woodfield of LaPorte, Indiana as part of the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project.

"This is a gorgeous quilt, and like so many of the quilts we receive, the story behind it is just as beautiful as the quilt itself," said AAQI founder and executive director, Ami Simms.

Woodfield explains that the quilt was created in memory of Ralph Clendenin, the husband of one of her guild friends.

"…Alma Clendenin called me one day to chat. During the conversation, she said that her husband, Ralph, had had Alzheimer's disease and she wished she could make a quilt in his memory. However, since she has macular degeneration and can barely see, she knew she couldn't do it. I asked her to describe what she would put on the quilt if she could have made one. I wrote what she described to me. She told me about the farm house, the barn with red doors and roof, a dogwood tree, tulips by the barn and flowers around the house, a mailbox with the flag up and a split rail fence! After I completed the quilt, her daughter took it to her so she could see as best she could, what I had made. The result is Spring Time on the Farm. It has beads for the blossoms so she could "feel" the flowers on the trees around the farm house and barn,” said Woodfield.

Woodfield has donated 35 Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts, raising $2,702 for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. Her guild, the String-A-Long Quilters Guild of northwest Indiana, adopted the AAQI as one of their community service projects. Guild members have donated 84 quilts since 2007 and raised more than $5,500 to fight Alzheimer's. The guild donated an additional 28 quilts including the 5,000th quilt this week.

Woodfield is also part of the AAQI's $1,000 Promise (http://www.alzquilts.org/1000.html), a challenge for individuals who pledge to donate as many quilts as it takes to earn $1,000. Having met her pledge — twice — Woodfield plans to continue supporting the AAQI with her quilts.

"I love to sew and I think I've found a way I can use my hobby to create funds for research for this terrible disease," she said.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.AlzQuilts.org) is a national, grassroots effort to raise awareness and fund research. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's called "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece." The AAQI has raised more than $390,000 since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's.

For more information on the AAQI or to make a donation, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern), ami@alzquilt.org or www.alzquilts.org.

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Contact:
Ami Simms
Founder and Executive Director
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509
(810) 637-5586
www.alzquilts.org

Contact information is available for Marlene Woodfield upon request.

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                       Artist: Marlene Woodfield
                       Name of Quilt: "Spring Time on the Farm"

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