"Rose of Sharon" Partner Companies Support Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

"Rose of Sharon" Partner Companies Support Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
(Burton, Michigan)--May 22, 2010-- The "Rose of Sharon" Project conceived by quilter Sharon Pederson (pictured), and her Nine Patch Media business partner Elizabeth Phillips, was premiered at the International Quilt Market in Minneapolis today.

More than 850 different blocks were digitally submitted by designers in 11 countries last year in an EQ6 online contest hosted by The Electric Quilt Company. Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims selected the final top 12 designs for Pederson's "Roses of Remembrance" quilt.

Designers were asked to share their connection with Alzheimer's (if any) and companies partnering with Pederson in the Rose of Sharon project are supporting the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

These Rose of Sharon partners include Martingale & Company who will publish Sharon Pederson's Rose of Sharon book due out this fall, Island Batik who is coordinating a "Roses of Remembrance" BOM (block-of-the-month) for quilt shops with fabrics used in original quilt, and Aurifil who is offering two Rose of Sharon thread collections.

In addition, AccuQuilt is offering licensed Rose of Sharon Go! and Studio Dies for all the Rose of Sharon appliques, and Oklahoma Embroidery Supply & Design (OESD) has digitized Rose of Sharon blocks for machine embroidery and/or applique. Nine Patch Media, has created a Rose of Sharon instructional DVD.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is very pleased to have these generous allies in the fight against Alzheimer's.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative 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. The AAQI has raised more than $407,000 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 Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative or to make a donation, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m. 3 p.m. Eastern), AmiSimms@aol.com 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