Sunday, November 04, 2007

Priority Alzheimer's Quilt

On the Artquilt list there was a lot of talk about going to Houston for the really big Quilt Festival (see the post below). Several of us who were not going joined a “Stay-at-home-Challenge” to make some Priority Alzheimer’s quilts for Ami Simms’ fundraising effort. We decided to make as many small quilts for Ami’s auction as we could before November 4, 2007 while we were at home. Diane Petersmarck organized the project. I managed to make one little quilt.
TITLE: Remember the REAL ME

The quilt honors our Aunt Ginnie (yes, that's how she spelled her name). She had Alzheimer's for the last few years of her life. She was a favorite at the care facility because she was one of their most cheerful patients. She was, of course, vague, occasionally fearful, and sometimes confused, but she retained her sweetness.

She had been an expert needlepointer and an avid gardener. She maintained her 1/2 acre terraced garden all by herself until she was in her 80s.

I found a nice old photo of Ginnie and her daughter Judy.

I isolated Ginnie’s image and placed her on a scanned fabric background. I distorted the right side of the composite image using some tools in Paint Shop Pro. I printed the finished image on fabric and hand-quilted it.

You can see more of the stay-at-home-challenge quilts HERE on a page Diane created for the project.

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9 Comments:

Blogger Tanya Brown said...

Sad, but evocative. You have perfectly conveyed the idea of the person gradually fading away.

1:08 PM  
Blogger QuiltingFitzy said...

This piece is fantastic Christine!

The hand quilting was the perfect added addition.

4:33 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

This is stunning. So evocative of the experience as I have seen it.

10:16 AM  
Blogger Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

I love your Stay-at-Home Challenge quilt. Thanks for posting the link to the other quilts in the challenge.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Gerrie said...

This is beautiful and very meaningful! good work.

9:10 PM  
Blogger meggie said...

My MIL developed Alzheimers, & I think this is a wonderful, gifted, representation of the sad condition, and the beautiful woman.

10:44 PM  
Blogger Laura Krasinski said...

Oh Wow.. Christine... this is incredible... I just love how you manipulated the photograph... REally beautiful...

4:41 AM  
Blogger Del said...

Great little quilt. What an imaginative alteration of the photo!
And Happy Birthday to Robert - I also hope you have many more walks together.

9:46 AM  
Blogger blackbearcabin said...

you have truly captured the sadness of alzheimers, while also capturing the love you have for your Aunt Ginnie. Your piece makes a strong statement, while representing your Aunt in a beautiful way! An increadible piece...you should be very proud! thank you for sharing!
lisajo

11:45 AM  

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