Henderson, NC USAWidth:
Cotton and satin brocade fabrics; appliqué, machine quiltingArtist's Statement:
Rachel of the Butterfly Sisterhood is the romantic member, married many years to a husband whom, at times, she fails to remember, with children whose faces are strangers at any given visit. Her family had been, and is, her life and her reason to continue.
Rachel unknowingly named the Sisterhood during a discussion of what Alzheimer's is like for her. She recalled the horror of forgetting and of being frightened by her disease, but she also glowingly described the intermittent, unpredictable moments of clarity she can experience. "It's the butterfly moments," she explains. "Like butterfly wings touching your mind for a moment before they are gone, memories are there and bring you great joy and peace before they disappear again. And like butterfly wings that touch your heart, they bring you smiles without your really knowing why. I live for the touch of my butterflies. My heart listens for the sound of their wings."
Gladys, Cora, and Elizabeth sat silently, knowing of what Rachel spoke, and listening for the sounds of their own butterflies in the distance.
Peggy Trickler Dedication:
For Rachel. I will always listen for the sounds of butterflies and smile because of her.
This quilt is displayed with Fast Finish Triangles
This quilt earned $44.84 for the AAQI.