Bilyeu, Michele (75/75)

Michele Bilyeu
Salem, OR   USA

Statement: As a member of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, I was asked by Ami Simms to send a 2" x 6" strip of purple fabric with the name of someone I loved on the back. The name of someone who has, or has had, Alzheimer's Disease, or a related dementia. As I began to write their names on the back, it was like I could hear an honorary roll call being read out loud with each and every name. At first I had a lump in my throat, and then a pain in my heart and suddenly I began to feel tears as they streamed down my face.

Nine names, nine purple strips, nine lives touched and destroyed by the hurricane force of this horrible disease. Nine people in my family alone, in my memory, in my own relating generation, in my DNA, in my own heart. Since that day, six more names have been added to that fate-filled list, including my own mother who now has advanced Alzheimer's, and my father who just passed away with his own early dementia. Now, there are not nine, but 15 members of my immediate family whose purple ribbons are waving in the ribbons of love in my heart.. and out of that 15....only my mother is still alive, and still facing the challenges of a changed, and ravaged life.

And just as these purple banners wave across the hearts of all of those who view the "Alzheimer's Forgetting Piece by Piece" quilts, and will wave again in the "From Heartbreak to Hope" traveling exhibit in 2011, they wave, too, in all of our lives. My life and the life of my family has been forever changed, and I am so grateful to have this wonderful organization supporting research into Alzheimer's. AAQI has given me the gift of knowing I can make a difference...in my life, and in the lives of all who face the challenges of Alzheimer's Disease.

Total raised so far: $4,516.88


1954 -The Heartbreak of Alzheimer's  ($30)
1955 - For Better, For Worse ($30)
1956 - What Dreams May Come  ($30)
1957 - You Don't Bring Me Flowers  ($30)
1958 - Each And Every Day Is A Gift  ($30)
1959 - Love Is All There Is  ($35)
4946 - Liberated Rose   ($45)
4947 - Transitioning Between the Polarities   ($80)
4948 - Alzheimer's: It's More Than Black and White  ($40)
5211 - Mama's Brain Got Tangles...but Mama's Still Inside ($70.00)
5625 - The Butterfly Upon the Sky   ($75)
5626 - The Parasol is the Umbrella's Daughter   ($75)
5969 - Fish Tales  ($79.59)
5970 - Pickled Mushrooms   ($40)
6077 - Within the Depths ($80)
6078 - Far, Far, Away   ($130)
6165 - Twilight Dreams ($60)
6399 - The Alzheimer's Prayer  ($105.00)
6439 – Fly Away Home   ($80)
6598 – I Want to Go Home ($75)
6761 - Sparks of Heavenly Fire   ($165)
6956 – The Alzheimer’s Prayer   ($87.16)
7148 – Bah Humbug!   ($50.46)
7322 – Topsy Turvy ($75)
7656 – Remembering Laurel  ($50)
7820 – Laurel Points the Way   ($45.88)
8227 – Rainbow Snout   ($59.64)
8228 – With You All the Way   ($64.23)
8500 – Froggie Went A Courtin’   ($50.81)
8501 – A Heart Filled With Hope and Love   ($85)
8672 - Rock On   ($55)
8673 - Country Cowgirl at Heart   ($41.57)
8674 - Come and Play   ($41.57)
8738 - The Power of Transition   ($55)
8953 - Don't Worry, Spiders ($75.00)
8954 - Let Me Entertain You ($70.00)
9125 - Change and Transition  ($175)
9400 - A Dream Within A Dream ($75.00)
9648 - Changing the World   ($90)
9992 - Tied Together By Love   ($55)
10,006 - One World, One Shared Challenge ($50.81)
10,281 - Longing For Freedom    ($64.67)
10,680 - Ethereal ($55.43)
11,086 - Song of the Hills ($75.00)
11,372 - At Peace In My Garden ($50.00)
11,682 - The Shirt Off Their Backs ($55.43)
11,819 - Bright Heart of Many Blessings ($65.00)
12,230 - Well, Hello Kitty!  ($60.00)
12,614 - Imperfectly Perfect in Every Way! ($73.90)
12,976 - Attic Window Posy ($65.00)
13,161 - East Meets West ($50.00)
13,398 - In The Flow ($75.00)
13,704 - I Will Remember You ($50.00)
13,705 - Dreaming of Freedom ($41.57)
13,706 - A Walk on the Wild Side ($46.19)
13,837 - Strength and Love ($69.28)
13,838 - Asian Elegance ($60.00)
13,841 - Beauty Shared Is Love Multiplied ($55.43)
13,889 - Wild, Wacky and Wonderful ($46.19)
13,890 - We Are All In This Together ($50.00)
13,891 - When The Heart Grieves ($25.00)
14,232 - Laurel's Colorful Cats ($45.00)
14,602 - The Senility Prayer ($46.19)
14,850 - Thank You, Lord, For Family ($40.00)
14,851 - Fan Dance ($60.05)
14,853 - Our Family ($41.57)
14,929 - Jennie's Roses ($46.19)
14,930 - Our Family: A Prayer for All of Us ($50.81)
14,931 - Blessings of Faith ($17.50)
14,932 - Blessings of Hope ($15.75)
14,933 - Blessings of Charity ($36.95)
14,934 - Blessings of Love ($26.25)
14,998 - Blessings Of The Messenger ($50.81)
14,999 - Hope Springs Eternal ($65.00)
15,000 - And The Greatest Of These Is Love ($105.00)