Henderson, NC USAWidth:
Cotton fabrics; appliqué, machine quilting.Artist's Statement:
The Butterfly Sisterhood has a traveled all over the world, as young girls with their families, as wives with military husbands, or as single professional adults on vacation. European countries or community adventures, some went farther than others, to be sure, but all found satisfaction and excitement in their jaunts. They contemplate now the journey before them. Cora and Elizabeth are ahead of them but are still within sight. Rachel follows next, with Gladys not very far behind. This is not a vacation; there is no joy or excitement. This is a journey of high importance and they arm themselves for the inevitable. Each day brings them closer to their destination.
They gather each morning to see how many moments they have traveled during the night. They review the signs of their paths, and, at times, can see their arrival in the not-too-distance future. They summon the courage and strength and hope and faith to continue, for Alzheimer's has given them no road map. There are few guides to show them their way and fewer still to share their challenges.
The Sisterhood prefers to travel together. There is comfort in their unity that eases the certainty of their future. Together, they have taken away the bleakness of their path and have attempted to make it into their very own yellow brick road. They tell me that they often feel like Dorothy, the Lion, the Tinman, and the Scarecrow, but, if indeed they are like these long loved characters in a book, I see hope in Dorothy's steps, faith in Scarecrow's skip, courage in the Lion's walk, and strength of heart in the Tinman's pace. I hope they reach their destination with excitement and joy. And I hope there are butterflies in heaven waiting just for them.
Peggy Trickler Dedication:
To the Sisterhood, who lets me travel with them as far as I can.
This quilt is displayed with a picture hook
This quilt earned $40.00 for the AAQI.