Nancy Brenan Daniel
Prescott, AZ USA
Width: 30" Length: 44"
Techniques: Machine piecing, machine quilting, photo transfer. This quilt has a Traditional Sleeve.
Artist Statement: I’m a lucky daughter. In my mother’s 90th and 91st years, we had a lot of time to visit and talk of many things — mostly family things, and funny things, and our lives together. We were very lucky to have had that time, and for Mom to be fully rational.
Sometime after her 90th birthday party, she phoned me with an urgent request to visit. She was worried about something. She wanted to talk right away. I settled in for a bombshell.
"I’ve misplaced my stamps. I haven’t been able to find them all day,” she said. “Do you think I have ‘Early Onset Dementia?’” She was TOTALLY serious. She no sooner said the words than she remembered where she had hidden the stamps.
"Mom," I said, "At your age, I don’t think anything could be called ‘EARLY Onset!’" Five seconds passed before the two of us broke into uncontrolled, tear producing laughter. We were the lucky ones. We had each other, totally, until the day she crossed over the Rainbow Bridge to be with Dad and her lifelong collection of dogs and friends who were there waiting for her.
This quilt is dedicated to RESEARCH—and those who do the research. I hope that soon all daughters and sons, grandchildren and spouses will have their loved ones totally present until it is their time to leave this earth.
About The Artist: Nancy is a traditional and a studio quilt maker, designer, and teacher. As the granddaughter of a quilter she has had a lifelong interest in the art. After the university she began her professional life as an art educator. Today, she is a skilled designer and teacher, as well as a prolific author of books and magazine articles – mostly about the art of the quilt.
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 $310 for the AAQI.