I-373 – Puzzling Memories

I-373 – Puzzling Memories

Peggy Mages
Lake View, NY    USA

Width: 36"   Length: 46"

Techniques: Machine pieced, machine quilted. This quilt has a Traditional Sleeve.

Artist Statement: The pieces in this jigsaw puzzle represent individual experiences that make up our memories. When this project began, all the fabric pieces were bright, bold and easily distinguished, one from another. So it is before the onset of Alzheimer’s.

As the process continued, even the well-defined rectangular shape of the quilt became distorted. The border is now uneven, unraveled, and ragged as if it were coming apart. Meandering, black quilting stitches seem to have no beginning or end. The ravages of Alzheimer’s disease are unstoppable and irreversible.

Special thanks to Liz Schwartz and Stephen Seifert for allowing me to use their "Quilter's Puzzle" pattern for this quilt. It is available at eQuiltPatterns.com.

About The Artist: In her “former life,” Peggy was a children’s librarian who amassed a fantastic personal library of quilting books, but had little time to open them. Now retired, she is finding plenty of opportunity to put her collection to use and attempt those projects she had previously only imagined. Making charity and gift quilts provide her greatest satisfaction.

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.

This quilt earned $290 for the AAQI.