431 - Star Light, Star Bright ($50)

431 -  Star Light, Star Bright ($50)
Julie Sefton
Bartlett, TN   USA

Width: 9"   Length: 9"

Designer: 1941 Nine-patch pattern ©Marcia Hohn, The Quilter's Cache. Used with written permission of the designer.

Materials/Techniques: cotton fabrics; machine pieced and quilted.

Artist's Statement: Along with Alzheimer's, my mother suffered from Sundowning. Because I couldn't be with Mom often enough (she lived in Michigan and I live in Tennessee), I made her a spiral lone star lap quilt which I named "First Star to the Right and Straight On Until Morning" in honor of the remnants of "Peter Pan" somewhere deep within her. I wanted her to have something for those anxious fingers to "fidget" with, something to comfort her and to warm her legs as she sat in her wheelchair. With my apologies to Mother Goose, this humble Priority Quilt offers up the following wish: Star light, star bright
First star you see tonight,
I pray you may, I pray you might,
Find some peace in all this strife.

Julie Sefton

Dedication: For Hospice of Michigan and all caregivers everywhere who do what they can to reassure and comfort.

This quilt has a plain back.

This quilt earned Alzheimer's research $50.00
(photo taken by co-worker, Sue Nolan: Janet (left) & Julie (right) holding Star Light, Star Bright)

During the bidding process, I didn't know that I was actually bidding against Julie, the quilt's maker and my co-worker. When the bidding ended and I didn't win, I told Julie how disappointed I was. She started to laugh and then told me that she had bid on her own quilt because the prices were so low! So, when the quilt arrived, I bought it from her (we had actually bid the same amount but her bid got there first).

Anyway, the quilt now lives with me in Olive Branch where I keep it on top of my dresser and can see it every day. Julie's vibrant quilts have been the source of a good deal of conversation and admiration in our office. Her considerable talent at quilt making is displayed on a wall for everyone to enjoy — and we do! More significantly, Julie, through her quilts, has been instrumental in heightening our awareness of those who afflicted with Alzheimer's, those who have been lost to Alzheimer's, and the families who have, and are, lovingly caring for them. So, through Julie's education, we no longer look at her quilts solely for the beautiful creations they are. We look at them from a "different" perspective, with a clearer understanding of what Alzheimer's is and does via a medium that educates us "piece by piece."

Janet Towery
Olive Branch, Mississippi