"Sing With One Voice" is my submission for the Breaking Traditions Art Quilt Exhibit. This exhibit will hang at the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan at the Rock Financial Showplace. The exhibit dates for 2008 are: September 26-September 28. It will also be a traveling exhibit.
"This year the Breaking Traditions exhibit will give a voice to all the good that is present in the world. From the next door neighbor who helped to shovel your snowy walk, to organizations built solely on the purpose of serving those in need, to famous individuals using their influence to do good. We honor all those who stand up and say, in one loud clear voice, 'I will make a difference.'"
ALZHEIMER'S ART QUILT INITIATIVE
My art quilt is dedicated to Ami Simms, who is the founder of Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is an Internet-driven, grassroots, totally volunteer effort to raise awareness and fund research through art. Ami founded the AAQI in January 2006 because her mother has Alzheimer's disease. All profits are donated to Alzheimer's research. In two years, the AAQI has raised more than $157,000 for Alzheimer's research.
Last fall I joined Ami in helping her raise awareness and funds to benefit Alzheimer's research. Making a promise to help raise $1,000 was a giant leap. Through Ami's efforts and my art quilts, I was able to meet my promised goal and raised $1,155 to date. My next goal is to raise another $1,000.
ALZHEIMER'S: FORGETTING PIECE BY PIECE
"Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" is an exhibit of 52 extraordinary art quilts about Alzheimer's disease that is traveling throughout the United States. If you're not able to see this exhibit in person, there are two available options: a book and a CD.
THE CREATION OF "Sing With One Voice"
The entire quilt, except for the birds and the word "Remember," was machine pieced. The borders are pieced Sawtooth designs. The piano keyboard is an original pieced design.
The image of the timepiece is a fabric photo transfer of a copyright-free image. The word "Remember" was printed onto fabric and fused onto the timepiece.
The birds are original designs and produced from fabric that is printed with the words "Sing With One Voice." The birds were painted with acrylics and fabric medium.
The background is heavily quilted with stipple quilting, wood grain quilting, and swirls.
SING WITH ONE VOICE
"Sing With One Voice" was created around the idea of "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece By Piece."
If we unite as a group--Sing With One Voice--to work towards causes such as finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease or cancer, we can make a difference.
I want to make a difference.