I-386 – A Day With Beebe

I-386 – A Day With Beebe

Marsha McCloskey
Eugene, Oregon    USA

Width: 32"   Length: 45"

Techniques: Machine piecing, machine quilted by Sheila Snyder. This quilt has a Traditional Sleeve.

Artist Statement: I've long held that using someone else's pattern, or copying an antique quilt, gives one insight into that person's creative process. I asked Ami to send me what she had left of a fabric line her mom designed a few years before being diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Using Beebe's fabric was, as I had hoped, like spending the day with her.

The fabrics are whimsical and quirky. Dandelions and giraffes, elephants and guinea hens on the march — intrepid travelers, painted with broad strokes. The fabrics and Beebe told me what to do. I had a good day.

Midway through the sewing, though, I lost a bright green square. The piece was not to be found, so I replaced it with a dull gray one. Then the next large piece was somehow sewn on upside down, and I just left it that way. The gray square and the gray border are for "forgetfulness" and memories lost.

"All those memories will be lost in time, like tears in the rain." —Roy, in the movie Blade Runner

About The Artist: Marsha is one of the quilting world’s best-known authors and teachers. She has written or co-authored more than 20 books on quiltmaking since 1981. Specializing in traditional designs, such as the Feathered Star, she has taught drafting, rotary cutting and machine piecing to quilters all over the United States and in eight foreign countries. She has her own small publishing company, Feathered Star Productions, and has designed lines of quilting fabric for In The Beginning-Fabrics and Clothworks.

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.