Salem, CT USA
Width: 33" Length: 39"
Techniques: My three sisters and I each created a complete 12" x 12" quilt. I combined the four quilts into the finished piece you see here.
This quilt has a Traditional Sleeve.
Artist Statement: Each of my three sisters and I, and our families, has been affected by this horrible disease and how it affects our Mother. It has truly shattered our lives. This quilt represents that shattering. The black header, footer, bars and spacers represent the black voids that are left in our lives when Mom isn’t with us; it's the place that Mom goes during those times. The spaces between the bars represent the missing pieces from her life and ours.
Row 1, Quilt 1: Dona McCready-Lewis, Tupper Lake, NY
Row 1, Quilt 2: Sandra McCready-Bianco, Sun City Center, FL
Row 2, Quilt 1: Timi Bronson, Salem, CT
Row 2, Quilt 2: Cherile Johnston, Macks Creek, MO
About The Artist: Timi lives in a small town in Connecticut with her husband. She is the primary caregiver for her parents who also live with them. She is the youngest of the four McCready sisters who each made a component of their exhibit quilt. Timi is an avid collector of fabric and finds some time every day to fondle her collection.
Cherille loves quilts. She has collected, reconstructed, and repaired antique quilts for more than twenty-five years, finding satisfaction in hand quilting these. After participating in a round robin with her three sisters, she found a whole new world of quilting and now even machine quilts!
Sandra is the second of the four McCready sisters. She lives in Sun City Center, Florida, with her husband. She has been sewing as long as she can remember and started quilting after receiving a maple leaf quilt all hanging from her elder sister more than 20 years ago. She especially enjoys making miniature quilts.
First of the sisters, Dona has sewn since age 10, at one time designing and sewing for others. Along the way she discovered that, unlike sewing, quilting only required a small amount of many fabrics. Quilting (at least collecting fabrics) became an addiction. At Timi’s instigation, Dona now enjoys the challenge of making art quilts.
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 $330 for the AAQI.