Many of you will probably remember the World Quilt Federation Smackdown that John Flynn, Sue Nickels, Hollis Chatelaine and I took part in. We each made a small quilt that was auctioned off in a head-to-head auction and all the money raised went to benefit the Alzheimers Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). Ami Simms is the driving force behind AAQI and she just wrote a $30,000 check to fund research led by Dr. Mi Hee Lim at the University of Michigan. You can read about the check-writing day on Ami's blog, Through The Eyes Of A Quilter.
Ami sent me this photo that was taken that day by Jennifer Farina, University of Michigan. Ami took a handful of quilts to share. One of them happened to be my quilt from the current exhibit.
Ami (far right) is showing the research team my quilt, helping them to learn about Alzheimer's from a different perspective. The woman on the left in the white shirt is Dr Mi Hee Lim, the scientist in charge of the study AAQI is funding. Debbie (AAQI treasurer) is next to Ami. The other folks gathered around are the researchers. I feel honored that my quilt was one of the ones they got to look at closely.
Read even more about the grant here. There are always quilts up for auction and quilts for sale on the AAQI site. All funds raised go to benefit Alzheimer's research so it's a win win situation when you buy a quilt. Happy hunting!