Pine Brook, NJ USA
Width: 36" Length: 36"
Techniques: Machine pieced and quilted, free motion machine embroidery. This quilt has a Traditional Sleeve.
Artist Statement: My mom was one of my biggest fans. She still recognizes me, but it really doesn’t register. She doesn't know who I have become and what I do any more.
It took a long time for me to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. (I began my quilting career at the ripe old age of 53.) I miss talking about and sharing my successes with my mother. Since my dad is gone, she is the only family member left to share with and it saddens me that she is so clueless.
When I saw this fabric I thought, “Remember when we used to communicate?” The envelopes and stamps, which would have been used in my mom’s younger days, made me realize how much I miss talking with her, sharing my life with her. It pains me to see her slowly disappearing. I miss her . . .
Since my mother took the same path as her mother, I am very concerned about what lies in my future. I am anxious to do as much as I can now within an industry that I love (before I forget what it is I want to do) to make the future a brighter one.
This quilt is in tribute to my mother, Betty Lyons, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
About The Artist: Barbara is a quilt and pattern designer who also has a background in technical reading for magazine publications as well as individual designers. She was editor of two quilting magazines and has written and contributed to several books, including A Gathering of Days by Elisa Wilson. She is the author of Denim Divas (with Jacqui Clarkson) and Holiday Quilts and Fuse It And Be Done (with Yolanda Fundora).
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 $180 for the AAQI.