Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tiny Quilts Raise Big Money to Fight Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) raised $75,000 selling small format art quilts at International Quilt Festival (IQF) in Houston, Texas, October 31 through November 4, 2012.

Volunteers sold 1,597 Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts (mini quilts measuring 9" x 12" or less) breaking all previous sales records for the all-volunteer nonprofit.

This was the seventh year the AAQI was invited to sell Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts by IQF founder and director Karey Bresenhan. Brooke and John Flynn, from Billings, Montana, have sponsored the AAQI booth in Houston since 2006.

There were 2,185 quilts for sale. In case you’re curious that’s approximately 230 pounds of quiltlets, shipped to Houston in three 50-gallon Rubbermaid trash cans. They’re sturdy as the dickens, they have wheels so they can be rolled around, and holes drilled in the lids/rims to secure them with “zip-ties.”

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