I-390 – A Bouquet For You

I-390 – A Bouquet For You

Sue Nickels
Ann Arbor, MI    USA

Width: 33"   Length: 33"

Techniques: Machine appliqué, machine quilting. This quilt has a Traditional Sleeve.

Artist Statement: My family has not been touched by Alzheimer’s but I have seen friends take on the challenge of care giving, acutely aware of the person their loved one used to be, grieving for what is already lost, and what is yet to be forgotten. I can imagine, too, the fear and sadness Alzheimer's patients must feel when they can contemplate the path their lives will take.

This bouquet is for you, for the wives and husbands, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers who care for family members with Alzheimer's. And it is for those who suffer with the confusion and fear that this disease brings.

My bouquet is framed with tears of sorrow for all that is lost, but bright with the promise of hope that someday very soon a cure will be found. Like the flowers gathered in my hand let us come together to make this happen.

About The Artist: Sue uses machine applique and machine quilting techniques to create traditional quilts often based on a theme and inspired by antique folk art style quilts. Sue’s most well-known quilt is The Beatles Quilt made with her sister Pat Holly. This quilt won the 1998 AQS Best of Show award and is in the collection of the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society.

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 $1,011 for the AAQI.