I-377 – Losing My Mind A Piece At A Time

I-377 – Losing My Mind A Piece At A Time

Jannett Caldwell
Avondale, PA    USA

Width: 37.5"   Length: 58"

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

Artist Statement: My quilt symbolizes my mother's coming battle with Alzheimer’s. She realizes her mind is going, and she has a great sadness, shown by the weeping eyes.

The top two rows of the quilt are 30's reproduction fabrics, and the circles are feed sack fabric. These fabrics represent my mother's bright and happy childhood.

As the blocks continue downwards, blank patches show the memory loss, and finally the falling apart of the mind altogether.

About The Artist: Inspired by her artistic nature, Jannett has been creating quilts for her family and friends since 1971. She welcomes any child wanting to make a fabric creation into her studio. In addition to teaching children to love quilting, Jannett uses her quilts to help others. She makes quilts for the local rescue squad and for sick children. Another passion is finding, documenting and re-creating old quilts. For the past two years she assisted the Delaware Quilt Documentation Project. Alzheimer’s has touched Jannett’s family and, by extension, her art.

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 $205 for the AAQI.