Monday, December 23, 2013

I wish you Joy!

Legend has it that when you see a sandpiper (I'm hoping a picture of one will do the trick since very few of us live on the beach!) that means you have the gift of joy.

I wish everyone a very special holiday joy!

Monday, November 11, 2013

All Gave Some . . . Some Gave All

Another journal page - appropriate for today.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

FLOW - Art Journaling

I've been away from blogging for awhile and away from creativity. I figured I'll start in with something new and what seems relatively simple ... art journaling. This one is called FLOW.
I plan to make my art journal using quotations and general knowledge depicted artistically. More in a day or two . . .

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

AAQI Awards Three Research Grants in One Month!

If you're a supporter of the AAQI or just curious about what we do with all that money, check out the links below!


(Burton, Michigan) -- February 12, 2013: Last month the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) awarded three research grants, the most awarded in a single month since the AAQI became a nonprofit in 2008.

$40,894 was awarded to Texas A & M Health Science Center to explore the connection between type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's disease. The research will be conducted by Ian V.J. Murray, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics; and Carmen Ramirez, M.D., M.Sc., Assistant Professor, Texas A & M Health Science Center.

$35,000 was awarded to The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to understand why some individuals remain cognitively intact despite the presence of abundant plaques and tangles (the hallmark signs of Alzheimer's) in their brains. The research will be conducted by Nicole L. Bjorklund, Ph.D., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Postdoctoral Trainee.

$38,354 was awarded to Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, to identify and target molecular mechanisms of cell death in the Alzheimer’s brain. The research will be conducted by Lucian Soane, M.D., Research Associate.

The AAQI has funded 14 research studies to date. These grants are made possible, in large part, by the money raised from the sale of donated quilts.

For more in depth explanation of the funded research see

Purchase quilts online at

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is a national charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI has raised more than $894,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Her mother had Alzheimer’s. This is the last year the AAQI will be fundraising.

For more information about the AAQI or to make a donation, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern), or


Saturday, November 3, 2012

New Ownerfor "Nelumbo"

Beth just sent me a picture from Houston - the first of my quilts to get sold.
Width: 10.75" Length: 7.5"
Materials/Techniques: The background fabric had too wide a repeat, so I sliced it up and put it back together on a piece of Lutradur. On a whim, I glued the seams with some iridescent glue. The flower was stitched first and then painted with acrylics. I finished with some Pearl Ex for shimmer and a deeper color. The binding is painted background fabric.
Artist Statement: Nelumbo is a genus of aquatic plants with large, showy flowers resembling water lilies, commonly known as lotus. The north American lotus is native to North America and the Caribbean. I had this Asian-feel background, so searched the internet for a flower I could paint on it - and found the lotus.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

AAQI in Houston!

We will have a DIZZYING number of quilts for sale in Houston. Join the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative in Row S, (hard right as soon as you enter the exhibit area from the front of the George R Brown) October 31 to November 4th. Watch the video and you'll understand what I mean about dizzy! AAQI quilts headed for Houston!

Saturday, October 27, 2012


The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative ( offers an online auction during the first 10 days of every month. Each November, in honor of National Alzheimer's Awareness Month, the AAQI offers 12 very special quilts. This year the auction quilts have been made by world renowned quilters Alex Anderson, Hollis Chatelain, Caryl Bryer Fallert, John Flynn, Diane Gaudynski, Becky Goldsmith, Pat Holly, Libby Lehman, Marsha McCloskey, Sue Nickels, Mary Sorensen, and Ricky Tims. The quilts are about 16" x 16" and the auction is open to the public. Last year the 12 quilts offered in the November auction raised more than $14,000 for the AAQI, an all-volunteer effort to raise awareness and fund research through art. Visit to preview the quilts. On November 1st you can bid on the quilts here: To watch the video: (Click the SHARE button and then select embed for the code to put the video on your blog.) The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative® ( is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. The AAQI auctions and sells donated quilts, and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's. The AAQI has raised more than $773,000 since January 2006. 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.