Supporting Alzheimer’s Research Becomes a Family Affair



(BURTON, MI -- March 25, 2008) When Georgia Solorzano of Provo, Utah saw directions for fabric postcards on her sister’s blog she knew exactly what she wanted to do. “My sister, Naomi Adams, included a little plug at the end of her directions about donating them to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). My older two children (ages 5 and 4) are always wanting to sew on my machine, but I have a hard time thinking of small projects that they can do. These little postcards were perfect for them. They loved the designing process and enjoyed the actual sewing even more.”

One family night, Georgia and her three children Joseph, Seth, and Catherine (ages 2, 4, and 5) made six postcards and donated them to the AAQI’s “Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts” project.

The “Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts” project is a simple way for people to make finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease a priority. By creating mini art quilts in any theme with a maximum size of just 9" x 12" (so that it fits a USPS Priority Mailer without folding) anyone can easily become involved. Auctions are held on the first 10 days of every month. All profits raised are used to fund Alzheimer’s research.

“As far as advice goes, I would suggest allowing your children to be involved in your hobbies as soon as they show interest. When my oldest was as young as 3, I would give her a little pair of scissors and scraps of the fabric I was working with. Under supervision, she would cut away. I recently started allowing both her and her brother to use my machine. They use a presser foot on a box so their feet can reach and I’m always in the room while the machine is on. They also know that they have to turn the machine off whenever they walk away from it to protect their younger siblings,” said Solorzano.

Naomi Adams has a quilt, “Lost Moments” in the traveling exhibit “Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece.” The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research for Alzheimer’s disease. “Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece” and “Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts are two of its efforts. The AAQI has raised and donated more than $157,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of AAQI and curator of the exhibit. Her mother has Alzheimer’s.

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

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Ami Simms (Ami@AlzQuilts.org) Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509
Phone: 810.637.5586 www.AlzQuilts.org

Below are the quilts made by the Solarzano family.



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    "Perspective"
    by Georgia Solorzano
    Provo, UT
    File Size: 3390 KB
    Print Size: 6" x 4"
    DPI: 300


    "Piggies"
    Arranged by Joseph Solorzano, age 2
    Sewn by Georgia Solorzano
    Provo, UT
    File Size: 3324 KB
    Print Size: 6" x 4"
    DPI: 300


    "All In A Row"
    Designed by Georgia Solorzano
    Sewn by Catherine Solorzano, age 5
    and Seth Solorzano, age 4
    Provo, UT
    File Size: 4145 KB
    Print Size: 4" x 6"
    DPI: 300


    "Stars & Planets"
    Designed and sewn by Seth Solorzano, age 4
    Provo, UT
    File Size: 4183 KB
    Print Size: 6" x 4"
    DPI: 300


    "Cutie"
    Designed and sewn by Catherine Solorzano, age 5
    Provo, UT
    File Size: 2152 KB
    Print Size: 6" x 4"
    DPI: 300


    "Pattern"
    Designed and sewn by Seth Solorzano, age 4
    Provo, UT
    File Size: 4289 KB
    Print Size: 6" x 4"
    DPI: 300