Henderson, NC USAWidth:
Cotton fabrics; appliqué, machine quilting.Artist's Statement:
The Butterfly Sisterhood often seeks humor within their disease, at the things that they do or the accommodations they have made in their lives. Gladys long ago decided to wear mismatched socks everyday, so no one could tell if she meant to or not. Bright and colorful and often thematic to the occasion, her socks are the highlights of the group, and I must admit that I have now begun to wear the same style, although I have not the courage to wear two that do not match. She tells me, however, that courage or indifference will come with age. Elizabeth begins all statements with "As you know" not really caring if the listener knows or not, but feeling that this adds a sense of fact to her proclamations that no one would dare correct. Cora always introduces herself to the group so that we know what her name is on that particular day. Famous in the group for forgetting her name for hours on end, she feels content knowing that "Cora by any other name is still Cora," and the Sisterhood agrees. Rachel smiles at everyone, lest she omit a friend from her greeting or have someone feel unwelcome or unloved. She smiles almost constantly, but assures us that her face doesn't hurt because of it.
Life's adaptations, they call them. Adjustments. Peculiarities. Oddities. Whatever you call these behaviors, they are a sign that the Sisterhood will not go quietly into that night, so frequently spoken of in literature and life. They stave off their illness with a sense of owning their destiny. They do not fool themselves, but hope to fool, for a little while longer, the savagery of their disease.
So we sit together laughing at Gladys' and my socks, nodding as if we know of what Elizabeth speaks, calling Cora by her name of the day, and smiling at passersby with Rachel. We are happy. We are loved. We have adapted to our life together. We are the Butterfly Sisterhood.
Peggy Trickler Dedication:
To the Sisterhood, who admires my Laurel Burch socks.
This quilt is displayed with a picture hook
This quilt earned $95 for the AAQI.