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Textile Artist and Quilt Maker,dedicated to community and national volunteering to creating comfort quilts for those in need, and art quilts for the raising of funds for Alzheimer's Disease research.

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative volunteer and art quilt who makes small format art quilts for the raising funds for a very special cause.. Read why I am a vocal advocate at:  http://www.alzquilts.org/frheofqu.html , read the AAQI group I created and run at: http://www.alzquilts.org/liqublliqume.html

*Two of my small format art quilts are currently traveling the country from 2012 through 2015 as part of" Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope":http://www.alzquilts.org/alil.html


Charitable Quilt of merit and Blogger of the Month at the Quilting Gallery: http://quiltinggallery.com/2008/07/17/michele-bilyeu-charity-quilter/

See My Profile at:   http://www.alzquilts.org/bilyeu.html

My websites: 

With Heart and Hands:  www.with-heart-and-hands.com

Liberated Quilting Challenge:  http://liberatedquiltingchallenge.blogspot.com/

My AAQI Quilting: http://aaqiquilting.blogspot.com/

My Free Link Collection to over 3,000 quilts and and quilt block patterns for quilters at:  Free Quilt Patterns:http://freequiltpatterns.blogspot.com/





  • 26 Dec 2010
  • Art Quilters Finance Alzheimer's Research Discovery

    Imagine seeing our own Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative listed right next to the National Institutes of Health on one of the many thousands of web sites carrying this story on the latest Alzheimer's discovery!

    In March of this year, the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative awarded a $30,000 grant to the University of Michigan for research under the direction of assistant professor Dr. Mi Hee Lim for research she has been doing with lab members Jung-Suk Choi and Joseph Braymer regarding molecular tools that both grab metal ions and interact with amyloid-beta tangles in Alzheimer's victims brains.

    AAQI has now awarded six grants since we began making, donating, and raising research monies with quilts and this was the third of those six awarded so far. Ami and her support team not only brought the check for our earned research monies but she also brought quilts to show the researchers, as well. Just picture that amazing scene.....Ami and her support staff showing our quilts as they described how we make them, donate them, and auction them off to raise the money for the check that Ami then handed over to them! What a wonderful and amazing thing!

    Everyone is so hopeful that this latest discovery at the University of Michigan will lead to new ways of stopping Alzheimer's from being able to grow plaques and tangles in the brains of those of us who are most susceptible to its disease process.

    As someone with 15 members of my immediate family, having or having had, this horrible disease, I am praying for a cure, a treatment, or a way to stop it in its tracks!



  • 14 Aug 2009
  • Alzheimer's Art Quilts: 182 Quilters Needed

    Ami Simms of AAQI needs 182 machine quilters to quilt one top each for the AAQI’s next traveling exhibit— ”Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope.”

    As Ami says: "A quilter would only have to quilt one top, six inches wide and about seven feet long. They can quilt it any way they want. They won’t even have to do the binding. And they’ve got lots of time in which to do it. This is a totally volunteer effort; nobody gets paid. They don’t get to keep the quilt either. The quilt they stitch on will travel around the country helping to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s, and then it will be auctioned or sold outright when the exhibit is retired. All profits from the sale will fund Alzheimer’s research."

  • 4 Jun 2009
  • Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

    Support the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative by making a bid on an auction quilt. The June 2009 "Slow & Silent" Auction runs from June 1st until 10pm (EDT) June 10th. Please bid generously, all profits are used to fund Alzheimer's research.

    Donations of quilts are accepted throughout the year. Founder and Executive Director, Ami Simms hopes to take 1,000 of these Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts (just 9″ x 12″ in size) to International Quilt Festival in Houston in October. Check out the rules and help this great cause