Dodge City, KS USA
Width: 30" Length: 32.5"
Technique: Machine pieced, machine quilted. This quilt has a Traditional Sleeve.
Artist Statement: Alzheimer's is confusion. Commonplace things become mysterious, their identity and purpose impossible to discern. With confusion often comes loneliness and isolation.
The Lone Star parallels the progression of Alzheimer's. In the early stage (top), only one or two pieces are confused. A question mark and its mirrored image form a heart. As the disease progresses (middle), pieces are mixed up, left out, and transposed. Things don’t quite make sense anymore. Patches become misshapen and distorted.
In the final stages (bottom), even the central purple diamonds, one's deepest memories, become distorted and go missing. Finally, memories fade and become nearly unrecognizable. Patches appear to lie in a pile on a table.
About The Artist: Elsie is an award-winning quiltmaker, international teacher, writer, and editor. She is the author of Nine Patch and Snowball Quilts and /Winning Stithces. Her 75 plus awards include Best of Show—Quilt America! 2000, Mary Krickbaum Award for Best Hand Quilting—National Quilt Association, 2001, and Excellence in Hand Workmanship Award—American Quilters Society 2003.
History: This quilt was part of "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece," a 54-quilt traveling exhibit about Alzheimer's, sponsored by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). The exhibit traveled from August 2006 until October 2010 when the exhibit retired.
"Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" was shown at 49 venues in 31 states. More than 300,000 people had an opportunity to see this exhibit and learn about Alzheimer's. You can read comments about this extraordinary exhibit here. Many of the quilts are mentioned by name.
The quilts which traveled as part of "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece" were loaned to the AAQI to be returned to the artists at the conclusion of the exhibit. Twenty quilts, including this one, were donated to the AAQI by their makers. We are grateful for the opportunity to offer these quilts at auction and thank their makers sincerely for their donations.
The AAQI reserves the right to use images of this quilt to further its mission in any and all media in perpetuity.
This quilt earned $290 for the AAQI.