Quilts Donated to Open Arms Crisis Pregnancy Center & Project Linus

Members who donated quilts include Bridge O'Malley, Barbara Nicholls, Judy Smith, Ann Snellman, Marti Sofie, and Areas 1 and 8.

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Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
Raising Awareness & Funding Research Through Art

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.AlzQuilts.org) is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI has raised more than $763,000 since January 2006 and currently sponsors two major programs. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan, is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)3 nonprofit operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope, a nationwide travelling quilt exhibit, features 182 "Name Quilts" six inches wide and seven feet tall, containing the names of more than 10,000 individuals who have or had Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Hanging among the Name Quilts are 53 small format art quilts (9" x 12") that each interpret Alzheimer's in some way. The exhibit will tour the United States for 5 years.

Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts is a project that conducts monthly online auctions of small quilts. It is named for the urgent need for research dollars and the hope that quilters across the country would make participation in this project a priority. The quilts fit inside the flat rate cardboard priority mailers from the USPS, which the group uses to ship quilts to winning bidders after the auctions.

The WNCQG participants in the Priority Quilts project are members of the Area 5 Art Quilting Group. The quilts shown below were donated to the project after the show. Participating members are Getchen Batra, Pat Crawford, Jean Jones, Tynne Karas, Karol Strang and Carolyn Zink.

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The group of little quilts donated for the Priority Quilts Project.

Good Fortune by Tynne Karas

"This is a Japanese kanji symbol for Good Fortune. It is thread painted and than appliquéd to a linen background. Small figures are made with bubble paint."

Pear by Tynne Karas

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Grey Matter by Carol Strang

Coy Koi by Tynne Karas

"This is a 9" x 12" piece of fabric which has been fussy-cut to feature the fish. It has metallic thread and crystals to embellish the fish."

Hope from the Desert
by Pat Crawford

"The gecko is a favorite of mine and the native American symbols all promise good omens of hope and happiness."

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Unending Stitches by Gretchen Batra

"I used couching, my machine's decorative stitches and hand embroidery to create this sampler of stitches."

Untitled by Carolyn Zink

My Memories are Silver and Gold
by Jean Jones

"This quilt was inspired by a painting I did in memory of my mother Carolyn Chapman Fraser. Materials include matte toile, Misty Fuse, glass beads, and 4 'Fast Finish' triangles on the back for easy display."

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Feathers & Flowers
by Gretchen Batra

"This small quilt is composed of various cut-outs of fabric to make a composition."

Free by Jean Jones

Butterfly Gardens by Jean Jones

Boys & Girls Clubs

The Western NC Quilters Guild has sponsored a quilting program for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Henderson and Transylvania Counties for many years. The Guild purchased the sewing machines and provides the materials and volunteers to staff the program. The middle school students with whom we work in Hendersonville learn basic machine sewing skills, progresssing from making a pillow case to making a quilted table runner. By the end of the year the student has completed a small bed quilt made with fabrics that he or she has chosen from our donated supply. The pictures show some of the students working on or with their completed projects.

Most of the students in WNCQG Area 5's program in the Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County are between the ages of 9 and 11 and are having their first experience with a sewing machine. Because of limited space and the age and number of our students, we work one-on-one with small projects. Each project entails learning a quilting skill - half-square triangles, flying geese, prairie points, the 10-minute block, etc. This past year we made tote bags, table runners, wallhangings, aprons, and pillows. We also had a group project - fleece quilts for the Linus Project. Twenty-four students, including six boys, participated. Plans for the coming year include Halloween wall hangings, pillow cases, and the disappearing nine-patch.

Our program is made possible by the dedication of our volunteers. We like to think of ourselves as another set of Grandmas for the children.

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two quilts


These two quilts were chosen for merit awards this year and are highlighted in the Quilts Made By Youth section on the Art, Youth & Group awards page.

Left: Vanessa's Quilt

Right: Butterflies