Austin, TX USA
Width: 8.5" Length: 11.75"
Materials/Techniques: Photoshop enhancements to an original scanned photograph, permanent ink-jet image transfer onto fabric, machine pieced and quilted, and a commercially produced embellishment. Made from 100% cotton fabric and batting (except for the polyester embellishment).
Artist Statement: My mother always said her younger sister, Verdean, was "the pretty one.” The color photo on this quilt is of my 'Auntie Dean' and I believe it was on the occasion of her engagement to be married. My Auntie Dean was such an active and lively woman for as long as I knew her and it was sad to see her quick wit and physical abilities fade along with her memory. I guess the moral of the story is that even pretty girls can grow up and develop Alzheimer’s. I added a photo of Auntie Dean and me to the back of the quilt; the photo was taken the last time I saw her.
While I enjoy contemporary quilt making, every now and then I like to sew traditional blocks and create perfect points. Though she was not a quilter, Auntie Dean was an accomplished seamstress who would have certainly appreciated that I made my best effort at a few perfectly executed points.
Dedication: This quilt is made in memory of my Auntie Dean who suffered from Alzheimer’s at the time of her death in 2009. Years before, she and my mother cared for their own mother, while grandma (and the whole family, really) also suffered with this dread disease. Alzheimer’s spared my mother, but I fear my chances of getting it are pretty high. So, selfishly, I made and donated this quilt to the Alzheimer's Quilt Initiative in the hope that contributions from the sale of the quilt can help researchers find a cure before my occasional forgetfulness turns into a full blown disease.
This quilt has Fast Finish Triangles.
This quilt earned $75 for the AAQI.