Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt Challenge

PPQs on display
Jannett Caldwell and her daughter Sandy Powers came up with one of the best ways I’ve seen to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. Not only did they challenge their guild, the Ladybug Quilters of Newark, DE, to create Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts for us, but at the guild meeting I attended last month they displayed the quilts pinned to a clothesline at the front of the room. They didn’t stop there. They wanted to award a Viewer’s Choice for the best quilt donated. Guild members voted with dollar bills (and some higher denominations too)!

Ballot BagsYou’ll notice that there is a small paper lunch sack clothes pinned behind each Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt. Guild members stuffed dollar bills into these clever “ballot bags” and raised a tidy sum for the AAQI.

Thank you for the beautiful quilts (some not shown in photograph),  for the additional funds you raised for Alzheimer’s research, and for this great idea!

9 thoughts on “Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt Challenge

  1. Fabulously cute and clever idea! And it all goes to such a wonderful cause!

    I think this tip should be presented in your newsletter and broadcast by word of mouth to quilt guilds everywhere. It could be used for So many guild project displays…and still have the proceeds go to AAQI.

    I just love this idea!


  2. Ah, yes! What a grand way to learn a new skill, practice something you’ve been wanting to try, work on your color selections…all in a small way but ending up as a BIG help to a worthy end!

    DO pass it on, in every way possible. I can see it as an addition to any guild or bee meeting or something a bee might display at a bank or a library or ???? to publicize their being and promote giving simultaneously!

    Love it love it love it — and now I need to get ready to visit the Galileo exhibit at the Franklin Institute AND remember to stuff extra kleenex in my purse. Those grandsons are gonna want to see Stomp at the IMAX theater while we are there! Grand thing to do on a dreary rainy day in Philadelphia.



  3. Love the idea to raise even more money and the display. Have to say that my favorites (just from the picture) are the palm trees and the puzzle pieces. Very nice and well done. Congrats and kudos to all involved!


  4. I’m forwarding this idea to my local quilt guild, Calico Cut-Ups, here in Arizona. Clever people there in DE.


  5. What a fantastic idea! Each of the quilts is a tiny work of art, and the voting procedure was truly inspired. Talk about putting your money where your mouth is!


  6. What a wonderful idea! Our guild is having a show in 2010 and I would like to sponsor an event like this one. Are there any forms I need to fill out are things that need to be done?


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