On this day in 1930, Sandra Day O’Connor was born in El Paso. She was the first woman to be appointed to the United States Supreme Court. In 2009 she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor. Her husband John Jay O’Connor suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for nearly 20 years until his death, and Justice O’Connor has devoted herself to raising awareness of the disease.

Didi Salvatierra of Abingdon, Maryland made this 16” x 16” wall quilt, titled “Salute to Ami’s Army” for the 2011 Quilt Alliance contest “Alliances: People, Patterns, Passion.” Salvatierra wrote in her artist’s statement: “I honor the work of Ami Simms, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative and her corps of volunteers. This national, grassroots charity is dedicated to raising awareness and funding research for Alzheimer’s Disease through art.”

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance