7772 – Blue Pansy

7772 – Blue Pansy

Sue Marie Palmer
Walsenburg, CO   USA

Width: 8"   Length: 11"

Materials/Techniques: The flower itself is made from 1930's era feed sack material, the embroidery is done with black embroidery floss in the outline and blanket stitches. The flower is appliquéd to unbleached muslin, batting is 100% cotton and the back is current vintage unbleached muslin. Piece is hand quilted in a half-diagonal pattern. Binding is made of a current fabric in coordinating colors.

Artist Statement: I made this quilt out of an orphan block, thinking about my Dad. He died at the age of 88, but it was 23 years ago. He never had a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s but I am pretty sure he suffered from it. It was heartbreaking to watch him becoming more and more childlike and my Mom take care of him as she did me when I was a child. One day, no longer able to recognize her as his wife, he beat my Mom terribly. Faced with no other alternative, Mom admitted him to a nursing home where he died within a few months.

Dedication: I would dedicate this to my Dad and to my Mom. To my Dad because he was robbed of a happy end to his time on earth and to my Mom because of her never-ending devotion to my Dad and to the heart wrenching decisions she had to find the courage to make.

This quilt has Fast Finish Triangles.

This quilt earned $36.70 for the AAQI.