I-387 – Mourning Too Soon

I-387 – Mourning Too Soon

Diane Gaudynski
Waukesha, WI    USA

Width: 30"   Length: 32"

Techniques: Machine piecing, free motion machine quilting. This quilt has a Traditional Sleeve.

Artist Statement: Using somber colors suitable for Victorian latter-stage mourning dresses, I chose silk dupioni fabric for this classic strippy style quilt to create a quilted elegy. It signifies the sadness we feel at the loss of our loved ones too soon because of Alzheimer's disease.

The flowing vines are cut short at the top and bottom, much like Alzheimer's will cut short lives. The quilting motifs are original, and most are freehand, done in silk thread with wool batting on my home sewing machine, a Bernina 730.

The Mourning Dove, the central image, emits its haunting cry of loss amid leaves and feathers lightly touched by end-of-year color, and its cry is echoed in our minds when all of us are affected by this disease. I made this to commemorate those I know who suffer from this disease, and also for the caregivers whose patience, love, and caring is a testament to the depth of human compassion.

About The Artist: Diane is an NQA Master Quilter, has won numerous prestigious national and international awards and authored two best-selling books on machine quilting, Guide to Machine Quilting and Quilt Savvy – Gaudynski’s Machine Quilting Guidebook. Known for her traditional, intricate and original designs in home-machine quilting, she is a patient teacher to machine quilters around the world.

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 $1,810 for the AAQI.