Starks, LA USA
Width: 9" Length: 10"
Materials/Techniques: Pieced, machine appliqué, hot fix crystals, glow in the dark thread.
Artist Statement: As my grandmother's Alzheimer's disease progressed, she became increasingly unpredictable. Papa took her to her doctor's appointment in the neighbors car because his truck was in the shop. After getting her situated in the car, he ran back in to get the appointment card which he had left on the counter. When he got back outside, she and the car were gone. It had only been a matter of seconds! She drove the car until it was out of gas and then started walking on the side of the highway. A man in an 18 wheeler stopped to help after he almost ran over her. He contacted the police on his CB and found out that there was already an APB out for her. He stayed with her until the police could get Papa to the scene.
This was the first of several harrowing incidents. In the end, the children convinced Papa that she would be safer in a home with around the clock care. I know that was the most difficult thing he ever had to do. Even when she was in the home, Papa was there to bathe her and for mealtimes. He took her to senior citizens dances and home to visit during the day as long as he was able. They were married over 60 years when he passed away. She died three years later.
The print fabrics on the front and back are from my grandmother's stash.
Dedication: For my grandmother, Barbara Alexander, who had Alzheimer's disease.
This quilt has Fast Finish Triangles.