1,000 Quilts

It’s nothing short of amazing: a thousand quilts! I have held the work of your hearts in my hands, felt the compassion in the hills and valleys of your quilting stitches, and am humbled beyond measure that you have given your time and energy to a project, just because I asked.

A thousand Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts are priced, tagged, bagged, and on their way to the International Quilt Festival where the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative will offer them for sale. They include every kind of quilt imaginable, in every taste, style, technique, and color—all small enough to fit into a flat cardboard priority mailer. “Priority Quilts.”

Yes, these quilts are small, just 9″ x 12″. But don’t let their small size fool you. In Houston, with your help, they will bring us tens of thousands of dollars closer to a cure. Come and see them.  Help us sell them all!

Yes, there are quilts made by “big name” quilters. And plenty made by quilters whose names you’ve never heard of. But the names that are the most important are not the names of the quiltmakers, they are the names YOU will write on 2″ x 6″ patches of purple fabric when you come and see the quilts. They are the names of people you know who have/had Alzheimer’s and we will honor them by wearing the patches in Houston. And people will ask, and we will share, and more people will understand why quilts not much larger than a piece of paper, made by people you never heard of, are important.


We have purple patches here for you, markers too. We have some patches with names already on them if you are lucky enough not to have a name to write. 

Keep your purple patch or bring them back to the booth on Sunday afternoon. Your patch will be used in a Ceremony of Remembrance or stitched into a quilt like the one shown here

Please share this message with as many people as you can. The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt initiative will be in booth 5726, Row R. All profit funds Alzheimer’s research.

Thank you!
Ami Simms

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6 thoughts on “1,000 Quilts

  1. Ami, blessings to you and all those who will be working the AAQI booth in Houston. And super-congratulations on the 1,000 quilts ~ may their sale bring lots of funding for research AND lots of awareness to their viewers.


  2. It was an honor to be a part of making this quilt. It was a humbling experience. I am proud to be a supporter and participate, even in a small way.Thank you for all you do and for what your foundation does. You are a blessing!


  3. Ami,
    Sorry I’ll miss you in Houston this year but I’ve got a good excuse, my Mom’s 90th birthday party next weekend. Here’s to you raising a ton of money and opening a lot of minds about Alzheimer’s. Cheers!


  4. Ami, Thank you for all your work towards Alzheimer’s. I must admit, I often think about doing something to help, but so far I have not put those thoughts into action. I just looked at the quilt with the names of loved ones written on the wrong side of the fabric. At first I thought it was a mistake, but I soon realized what a wonderful way to express how Alzheimer’s hides away the life and memories of our loved ones. Simply beautiful, and a wonderful inspiration. God bless.


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