Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Record sales of $62,000 at IQF Houston

No wonder it took me a week to recover!! The numbers are in! The AAQI sold 1,141 Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts during International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX, raising the most money ever during the four and a half day quilt show. This was the sixth year the AAQI was invited to display and sell Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts by IQF founder and director Karey Bresenhan. Brooke and John Flynn, from Billings, Montana, again sponsored the booth. Thank you, quilt makers, quilt buyers, sponsors, and volunteers. Click here to see a list of all the quilts that sold at IQF Houston. Click here to see more than 500 quilts for sale. They make great gifts.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Another Addition to My PQ Collection!

This is the second quilt that I purchased in Houston at the International Quilt Festival this year.  It was made by Ellen White of St. Augustine, FL and the artist statement reads:  "I bought the hand dyed, fused fabric shapes from Frieda Anderson some time ago.  As I was looking for something to inspire me to make my quilt this month, the cut-out circles reminded me of all the lost items and memories that disappeared as Alzheimer's took over my Mom's brain."  Ellen lost her mom 5 years ago.  I lost my dad nearly a year ago (it doesn't seem possible that it's been that long already!) and like Ellen, I miss him every day.

This quilt kept poking me from across the room.  Not in a literal sense, but every time I looked up from the check out table it caught my eye.  I decided to let fate have her way and since it was still there at the end of the day I decided it was meant to come home with me.  Thanks Ellen, for making this quilt for AAQI -  I just love all the bright colors and the fun way you used Frieda's fabrics!

If you are so moved and would like to make a quilt for us, all the instructions can be found here: How to make a Priority Quilt