2631 - Lessons of Strength and Courage

2631 - Lessons of Strength and Courage
Peggy Trickler
Henderson, NC   USA

Width: 7.5"   Length: 7.5"

Materials/Techniques: Satin brocade fabrics; appliqué, machine quilting

Artist's Statement: Elizabeth of the Butterfly Sisterhood is a retired public school teacher. In her darkest moments of Alzheimer's, she bemoans the fact that she no longer teaches and can no longer influence the universe through her students. She will often speak in intelligible languages, unknown to the modern world, much like the Latin she once so eloquently spoke for her sophomores and juniors. Her mind is a mixture of the past and present, and it seems that she cannot be pulled completely in either direction. In her better moments, she becomes the teacher once again and wishes to discuss, in length, the state of the world and her desire to make any small change for the betterment of its children and their future.

It is the Sisterhood who strives to hold her steadfast in reality; who reminds her that she is still the teacher and they, her students; who convinces her that her courage in this disease is a lesson to them all. It is the Sisterhood who holds Elizabeth in their arms and allows her to be their teacher. It is the Sisterhood who makes Elizabeth smile and gives her courage to live to teach the one lesson that could, indeed, change the world, the story of the Butterfly Sisterhood.
Peggy Trickler

Dedication: To Elizabeth, whose lessons will go on forever in the hearts of the Sisterhood and in the world she has changed for me.

This quilt is displayed with a hanging ring.

This quilt earned $44.84 for the AAQI.