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Tuttle quilter makes money for disease research

BY JENNIFER GRISWOLD Published: December 27, 2009
TUTTLE — Audrey Arno spends most mornings at her sewing machine designing and piecing together quilts.

Arno, 76, of Tuttle has always loved quilting, but these days she’s found some extra incentive to keep making them.

She’s quilting for a cause, raising money for Alzheimer’s research.

Arno joined the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative three years ago, pledging to make enough quilts to raise at least $1,000 through the organization’s quilt auctions.

She has exceeded everyone’s expectations, raising more than $10,000 during the past three years, and she has no plans to stop quilting anytime soon.

Arno has raised more money than any of the other 80 quilters around the world who have joined the project.

The mini quilts Arno makes measure no larger and 9 by 12 inches. She produces between 50 and 80 of them each year, working on them most mornings in her Tuttle home.

"I love to do them,” she said. "It’s a good way to indulge myself.”

Arno’s mother taught her to sew when she was a child, but it wasn’t until the late 1980s that she began piecing material into different designs to make quilts.

At first she made them for family and friends, but in 2006, she read about the quilt initiative and decided she could help out. Know It: Giving

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