Archive for June, 2008

June Auction Earns $2,468

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative’s June 2008 small quilt auction wrapped up last night with total winning bids reaching $2,468. Winning bids ranged from $30 all the way to $225 for a quilt made by AAQI board member Kathy Kennedy Dennis featuring signatures of more than 40 quilting liminaries. There were a total of 168 bids received.  Quilt #2167 (“Texas Blues”) by Vicki Craig of Abilene, Texas had the most bids with 15.

Huge thanks to everyone who participated wether by threading their needle or openinig their wallet. Winning bidders can purchase their quilts here, and the rest of you can see what treasures you missed. The next auction will begin July 1st.

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June 11, 2008 at 11:08 am 1 comment

One Of Our Own

Mary Matton is one of more than 50 quilters who are participating in the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative’s$1,000 Promise.” Each quilter has pledged to create and donate as many Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts as it takes to each raise $1,000. Mary has already fulfilled her promise having donated more than 20 quilts (some are featured above). Plus she says she has at least that many more ready to send in to continue her generous support of the AAQI. The AAQI uses all profits to fund Alzheimer’s research.

Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts are no larger than 9″ x 12″ and need not be Alzheimer’s-related. Any technique, style, color, or shape (as long as it can be fit into a USPS priority mailer without folding) are accepted. Each quilt is assigned a number and gets its own web page where makers can track how much money it raised. We welcome everyone’s participation. This is an ongoing project.

Yesterday Mary was featured in an article by Heather Roth, writing for The Capital newspaper. Click here to read it.

Several Annapolis Quilt Guild members, including Mary and fellow “$1,000 Promise” quilter Ann Kelsall, demonstrated quilting at the Textile Museum in Washington D.C. this past weekend in connection with their annual “Celebration of Textiles.” Mary brought along about 20 “Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts” which were prominently displayed and told anyone who would listen about the AAQI. “Hopefully,” she wrote, some of them will turn into buyers.” The June auction ends tonight at 10pm EST. (Hint, hint…)

The Annapolis Quilt Guild has their show this weekend and Mary’s new Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts will be displayed there. They’ve also been displayed at the Federal Courthouse for two months, and at the local Barnes and Noble for a month.

High fives to Mary Matton for getting “ink” and mentioning the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, and for spreading the word so effectively.

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June 10, 2008 at 1:58 pm 2 comments

It’s Nice To Be Needed

I spent Friday and Saturday helping to move our daughter from one apartment to another. She actually moved on her own power, it was all her belongings that required my assistance. Jennie did all the packing and I basically showed up for the heavy lifting. It’s nice to be needed. On Friday we drove over a couple loads to her new place. It was approaching 90 degrees and the humidity was about as high. Thankfully there was a nice breeze right before the tornado warnings and the torrential downpour. And the hail. We made it inside just in time and had a radio so we knew when it was safe to resume the moving, but in case you ever visit Jennie during a tornado, the best place to hide is in her bedroom closet. Move the shoes.

On Saturday Steve came up to help with the U-Haul. Actually, it was a He-Haul becase neither Jennie nor I had any desire to drive it. Some of Jen’s friends from work came to help too and they let me boss them around which was way fun.

Max, Jennie, and Jason taking a break.

Max, Jennie, and Jason are relaxing in anticipation of the He-Haul truck.

Max, Kari, Jennie, and Jason (top row); Amy and Joel (bottom row) were really sweet to strike a pose after the truck was loaded. Not only did they help unpack the truck, but they helped put Jen’s stuff away too. Steve and I left for home to drain the dog (Madison had to stay home) while they were connecting electronic components I couldn’t even identify. It was most impressive.

This morning I discovered muscles I didn’t even know I had. Yesterday I pretended to be young. It was fun.

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June 8, 2008 at 9:05 pm 5 comments

Quilts From The Selvage Edge

New AQS bookI love this idea; why didn’t I think of it first?! Karen Griska beat me to it, but I’m not jealous. I am in AWE. She’s made “new fabric” by stitching together selvages I’ve been throwing away or slicing up accidentally. Her book is chock full of really different quilts, the ultimate in scraps!

You’ll never look at your stash the same way. Forget your stash, you might want to go dumpster diving at the end of your next workshop. What treasures might you find?

Visit Karen’s website at for more information.

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June 7, 2008 at 7:00 am 6 comments

Embroidered Toilet Paper

What\'s In Your Rest Room?I have it on good authority that the ladys’ room at the Westerville, Ohio Senior Center has a roll of embroidered toilet paper. How do I know this? Madeline H. takes her camera EVERYWHERE!

Is this the first time I’ve ever seen embroidered toilet paper? Heck no! I’ve got a few rolls myself!

What’s In YOUR Restroom?

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June 6, 2008 at 6:50 am 5 comments

So You Don’t Speak Dutch?

So you don’t speak Dutch? Not a problem. Really. The Hema department stores have the BEST home page I’ve ever seen and I don’t speak Dutch either, although I have visited their store in Amsterdam and brought back a pair of serrated sewing shears and a black rubber doormat as souvenirs. Take a peek at their web page and I promise you’ll smile: When you get there, just wait about 5 seconds; don’t do anything. Then enjoy! They should double the salary of their web designer. Amazing!

Thanks to Charlotte Angotti for sharing this!

June 5, 2008 at 7:13 am 3 comments

Cathy Miller, The Singing Quilter

Cathy Miller Visits Flint!I had no idea Tuesday was going to be so much fun! Cathy Miller (The Singing Quilter) and her husband John Bunge stopped by for lunch! (No, I didn’t cook. We went out for Lebanese food. That’s us in the parking lot of Bada West.)

Cathy and John just happened to be in the neighborhood and were able to make a slight detour off the freeway to stop in for a visit. They started their trek from British Columbia, and after a stop with family in Ontario, were headed to Illinois for a gig Wednesday night in Lake Villa, Illinois. Then they’re on to Wisonsin. If you are in the area, you won’t want to miss their performance.

Cathy holds a hexagon quilt she is sewing in the car.

Cathy has FOUR quilting CDs out and they are all wonderful. She’s a quilter who writes songs about quilting. You’ll see yourself in her music and you’ll learn about incredible quilts of that past brought to life through Cathy’s lyrics and music.

To stay sane on their long car trips Cathy is piecing a quilt top. She’s working on a QUARTER INCH hexagon quilt that just blew me away. Check out the close-up photograph of her quilt below. The back is folded over onto the top of the quilt so you could see the teeny tiny seam allowances. That’s Cathy’s pinky finger as a guide to show you how small those little pieces are! Oh my goodness!

Cathy quilts AND sings!

If you want Cathy and John to sing for your guild, email them for availability from their web page. They might just be able to add your to their itinerary.

June 4, 2008 at 1:16 pm 3 comments

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