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Thread: Aaqi challenge for qb members (first annual?)

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    Red face Aaqi challenge for qb members (first annual?)

    In honor of the 10,000th little quilt donated to AAQI, and in honor of the upcoming 3rd Anniversary of the QB Doll Quilt Swap, QB members are challenged to create and donate, collectively, 250 little quilts to AAQI. The time period for this Challenge is Jan. 1, 2012 to July 30, 2012, for quilts registered with AAQI during that time period.

    AAQI is the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. It was founded in 2006 by Ami Simms, a quilter in Michigan. AAQI is entirely run by volunteers, so its expenses are low. The money raised by AAQI (more than $700,000 to date) funds promising research into the causes and cures of Alzheimer's Disease.

    AAQI raises money by accepting donations of Priority: Alzheimer's quilts and selling them -- on its website, through monthly online auctions and at the huge quilt show in Houston each November.

    Now that AAQI has reached 10,000 donated little quilts, it's time to spur them on to the next thousand! QB members can do this!

    Want to play? Here are the steps:

    1. Visit the AAQI website, www. alzquilts.org, to READ the RULES for a Priority: Alzheimer's quilt. You will see that the rules are few but important. The great thing is, that you can create a quilt in any style, any fabric, using any inspiration that comes to you, as long as you keep it within the rules.

    2. Make your little quilt -- or maybe more than one! They really are fun!

    3. Register your quilt with AAQI on their new, easy Quilt Registration page.

    4. Wait patiently for the AAQI volunteer to send you an email with the Registration Number for your quilt and easy mailing instructions.

    5. Then, post a picture of your little quilt and its Registration Number in this thread, so we can keep track of how many little quilts we send in.

    6. Relax in the glow of having done a very good thing!

    I've made 20 little quilts for AAQI so far, since I learned about it from Chele last May, and I'm hooked! That's why I'm posting this Challenge for everyone. (PatriceJ approved this Challenge.)

    IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS: You can post them in this thread, and I'll do my best to answer them. Or, you can PM me, LeslieFrost.

    I have an Album of My Little Quilts for AAQI, which you can look at, or search the tag, Miniature Quilting, and you'll see lots of others. As I find other QB members with Albums of AAQI quilts, I'll add the links to this thread.

    Hope you'll join in!

    Reading, cooking, sewing in retirement! Heaven!
    I'm proud to say that I'm a member of the Quilt A Month Club for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative! www.alzquilts.org
    I have a blog on QB now -- please drop in!

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    will be interesting to see the quilts for sure! good luck

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    I'm in Leslie! Already planning!
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    I'm in! Can't wait to get back home and get going on this. Thank you for hosting and encouraging participation in this worthy cause.
    Ronda





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    Oksewglad makes lots of quilts for AAQI also. You can find her album of AAQI quilts here.

    Thanks for joining in!
    Reading, cooking, sewing in retirement! Heaven!
    I'm proud to say that I'm a member of the Quilt A Month Club for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative! www.alzquilts.org
    I have a blog on QB now -- please drop in!

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    Count me in. Love the album of oksewglads. Really excited! Love these mini's!!!!
    Mary

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    Let's not forget your little beauties, Leslie. She has 20 registered quilts with AAQI!
    Several of us here on board donate, so let's get started.
    Here are a couple by catracher:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...lt-t67893.html
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/links-r...on-t67814.html
    from Jennifer22206
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...ed-t88996.html
    adnil458's album
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...lbums1051.html

    What a wide variety of quilts made for the project!

    Thanks Leslie for issuing this challenge.
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    Registration was really easy; I’m waiting for the number now.
    Thank you Leslie for the link.

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    I went to take a look around the albums! Beautiful quilts!!
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    I was looking for something to do today...I'm in...

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    Quote Originally Posted by oksewglad View Post
    Let's not forget your little beauties, Leslie. She has 20 registered quilts with AAQI!
    Several of us here on board donate, so let's get started.
    Here are a couple by catracher:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...lt-t67893.html
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/links-r...on-t67814.html
    from Jennifer22206
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...ed-t88996.html
    adnil458's album
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/members...lbums1051.html

    What a wide variety of quilts made for the project!

    Thanks Leslie for issuing this challenge.
    Gladie, Thanks for sharing these picture sites with us, I really enjoy looking at others creations. They are just great little quilts. Just want to thank everyone that donates these little quilts to help find help for those that suffers from this horrible disease.
    Mary

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    Leslie, thank you so much for this challenge. I have been meaning to make quilts for AAQI for a long time. But, I hate to admit it, it just keeps getting postponed. Your challenge will help me be committed and get going. Thank you again.

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    Leslie, please count me in on this. Haven't ever made something this small, but with Mom having Alzheimer's - we need to do whatever we can.

    Di

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    I am for waiting for "written permission" from pattern designer - which I know will come - then on to the sewing!
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    What a coincidence that I found this thread now! I have just finished registering two quilt and waiting on instruction to mail. They will be my first two to AAQI, but hopefully not the last. I enjoyed making them and I love small projects, and what a great cause!
    Thanks for starting the challenge, I will be posting pictures after I get a response.
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    I finished two tops today...will put them together tomorrow and then contact for registration no"s.

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    What a fabulous response! Thanks to you ALL!

    Thanks for adding other names, oksewglad. I just couldn't remember them while I was writing this post. Also, be sure to PM me with the reg. numbers for your recent quilts to AAQI. I'm going to set up a Group Challenge on the AAQI site, and I need the reg. nos. to link the quilts to that Group.

    Hooray! Good start!!
    Reading, cooking, sewing in retirement! Heaven!
    I'm proud to say that I'm a member of the Quilt A Month Club for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative! www.alzquilts.org
    I have a blog on QB now -- please drop in!

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    Oh yes, Everose! I did dedicate one of my recent quilts to you and your Mom, but it's not pictured on the AAQI site yet. I'll try to let you know when it is.


    Quote Originally Posted by Everose View Post
    Leslie, please count me in on this. Haven't ever made something this small, but with Mom having Alzheimer's - we need to do whatever we can.

    Di
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    I'm proud to say that I'm a member of the Quilt A Month Club for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative! www.alzquilts.org
    I have a blog on QB now -- please drop in!

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    Love to pp, need to get some patterns out!
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    Thanks, Leslie, for starting this! Also, I'm glad you are posting it to their site under Group Challenges! The 9 minis I sent in are from these 2 threads:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t179645.html


    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t181190.html


    The registration #'s are: 9687 - 9695

    I've done one more improvisational mini since then and will get pics posted of it today. I was surprised how a great big heart just showed up in the mini, a real surprise at the end! It seems hearts are always finding their ways into my quilts somehow and I suppose it's making a statement of my great love for quilts and flowers.

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    Yeah another AAQI contributer heard from! Thanks for sharing your work, n2.
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    Thanks for the numbers! I tried to do the Group Challenge form on the AAQI site last night, but it did not go through for some reason. I will try again tonight and hope to have better luck.



    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr View Post
    Thanks, Leslie, for starting this! Also, I'm glad you are posting it to their site under Group Challenges! The 9 minis I sent in are from these 2 threads:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t179645.html


    http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t181190.html


    The registration #'s are: 9687 - 9695

    I've done one more improvisational mini since then and will get pics posted of it today. I was surprised how a great big heart just showed up in the mini, a real surprise at the end! It seems hearts are always finding their ways into my quilts somehow and I suppose it's making a statement of my great love for quilts and flowers.
    Reading, cooking, sewing in retirement! Heaven!
    I'm proud to say that I'm a member of the Quilt A Month Club for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative! www.alzquilts.org
    I have a blog on QB now -- please drop in!

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    Hello Leslie,
    I got the registration number for my mini quilt Blooming Star:
    #10,031

    I'll post it tomorrow.

    Thank you!
    Patricia
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    What a RELIEF(!!) to know that each one of us do not have to make 250 quilts! haha! Somehow I thought I was committing to do 250, but you meant for the group total to be 250! haha! They are so addictive that it probably would not take me long to do 250. Anyway, here is one more I finished 3/22, but am holding this to send in with a bunch more that I need to make. The butterfly applique is from DM's estate as I am trying to use up some of the things in her stash I find. It's vintage and 40+ years old. It's fun to just do a wonky flower with no planning. However, I thought my focal point were the flowers, but when I got done, all I saw was the great big heart between them.....lol....it pays to plan ahead sometimes. Here's the mini called Heart and Flowers.
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    I love the Hearts and Flowers! Good inspiration for others -- just begin with something, and stop when it's 9" by 12"! When you register this, be sure to note the use of your vintage fabric -- that should make it more attractive to buyers. And we want them to sell!
    Reading, cooking, sewing in retirement! Heaven!
    I'm proud to say that I'm a member of the Quilt A Month Club for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative! www.alzquilts.org
    I have a blog on QB now -- please drop in!

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