I-385 – Forever Flowers

I-385 – Forever Flowers

Janet Jones Worley
Huntsville, AL    USA

Width: 32"   Length: 30"

Techniques: Machine appliqué, hand painting, hand beading, and machine beading. This quilt has a Traditional Sleeve.

Artist Statement: I designed this one-of-a-kind quilt in honor of my mother-in-law, Mary Knowles Worley. Flowers have always given her such pleasure. Thankfully they still do. Sometimes, even with Alzheimer's, when Mary looks at a flower, a glimpse of that joy shines through.

I began by drawing a single fanciful blossom and then added others in various sizes. Choosing the color was the simplest part of the process, since I knew it must be in Mary's favorite shades of pink. As the design progressed, I developed a new appliqué technique. Hand painting, hand beading, and machine beading were used on the petals to get just the right shades. The end result ... a bouquet of "Forever Flowers" ... unforgettable.

I wanted to create a quilt that would capture and express the joy in Mary's life. It's very important to me that the effects of this disease do not overshadow the zest and enjoyment for life she once had. When people see my quilt, I hope it brings back the memories of happy times to everyone, not letting the disease have the ultimate victory.

About The Artist: Janet is a professional quilt artist, designer, author, and teacher. Her newest book is Quilts for Ice Cream Lovers. She has appeared on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson (HGTV), The Morning Show, and Global View (Canadian television). Janet is the creator of the irresistible Quilters With Attitude soft-sculpture lapel pins. One of her quilts is on permanent display in the library of Peking, China.

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.