Perry, Laura Keyes (129/129)

Laura Keyes Perry
Roanoke, Virginia   USA

Statement: Alzheimer's has got to be in the Top Ten Worst Ways to Die. My mother and her twin sister both suffered from this, and it was terrible to see them losing their short-term memories, their memories of the past, the names of their friends, the faces of their children, their speech, their mobility, their ability to eat, and finally even the sad, bewildered look in their eyes. Luckily, their children, grandchildren, and relatives by marriage rallied around and loved them anyway. How we miss them!

In making my quilts, I recall stories of how the twins went to sewing classes together in the 1920s, when sewing machines (like Model Ts and upright telephones) all were black. Beulah made sure her daughter knew how to sew, too. I remember how Bertha delighted in making matching outfits for her children, or for herself and Beulah. Well into her eighties, she was still making quilted tote bags that her friends and family all recognize as Bertha's Bags. Sometimes, I have been able to incorporate a piece of fabric from the dresses they made into my Alzheimer's quilts.

Beulah cared for her husband during his long, last illness, with courage and constant love. I also honor the caregivers -- friends, family, and professionals -- who care for those no longer able to thank them.

Total raised so far: $4,645.94

2663 - The Secret Message is Joy  ($34.79)
2664 - African Sun  ($9.82)
2665 - Autumnal  ($15)
2666 - Black Makes the Brights Brighter  ($15)
2667 - Cheery Day  ($34.79)
2668 - Descending Blocks  ($14.79)
2669 - Desert Dusk  ($14.79)
2670 - Favorite Fabrics  ($34.79)
2671 - George Goes Up and Over  ($15)
2672 – George is Happy  ($14.79)
2673 – Green Paths  ($15)
2674 – Hot Pinks  ($14.79)
2675 – Peppered with Pink  ($14.79)
2676 – Pink Posy Nine-Patch  ($15)
2677 – Pink, Sapphire, Teal  ($14.79)
2678 – Pieced Flag  ($35.00)
2679 – Pinks and Blue Pansies  ($10)
2680 – Razzle-Dazzle Blocks  ($14.79)
2681 – Rooster Charm Quilt  ($14.79)
2682 – The Flapper Abroad  ($45.00)
2683 – The Red Stripe  ($34.79)
2684 – Sun * Sand * Sea * Stars  ($30)
2685 – "Rachel" Charm Quilt  ($35.00)
2686 – Red, White, Blue, and Black  ($34.79)
2687 – Scattered Stars  ($34.79)
2688 – Star-Spangled Flag  ($39.79)
2689 – Variations in Blue  ($15)
2690 – Pink and Blue Nine-Patch  ($15)
7212 – Air Force Patches ($35.00)
7213 – Alphabet ($15.00)
7214 – Bugle Beads Star Flag   ($41.29)
7215 – Cat with Golden Eyes  ($45)
7216 – Dual Needle Flag   ($40)
7217 – Flag with Rickrack Star   ($41.29)
7218 – Farmer in the Dell - A Cathedral Window Quilt   ($41.29)
7219 – Flowered Happiness   ($32.11)
7220 -  Four Seasons by Norman Rockwell   ($36.70)
7221 -  The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat are Valentines   ($36.70)
7222 -  The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat Dance by the Light of the Moon  ($40)
7223 -  Grand Old Flag   ($41.29)
7224 -  Grandmother’s House    ($40)
7225 -  Ho, Ho, Ho with Bows on It   ( $36.70)
7226 -  Jesus’ Name Puzzle ($40.00)
7227 -  Jesus’ Name (Optical Illusion) ($43.00 )
7228 -  JOY (A Charm Quilt) ($35)
7229 -  Lady with a Monkey ($45)
7230 -  Little Lady Charm Quilt   ($35)
7231 -  The Mole (An Optical Illusion)   ($50.46)
7232 -  Murphy, a Cat with Golden Eyes   ($36.70)
7233 -  Perrydell Farm   ($35)
7234 -  Pinwheeeeeels   ($41.29)
7235 -  Raggedy Christmas   ($32.11)
7236 -  Santa in the Center   ($32.11)
7237 -  Scalloped Flag   ($36.70)
7238 -  Stairstep Pastels   ($15)
7239 -  Star Gems Flag   ($36.70)
7240 -  Star Spangled Flag   ($41.29)
7241 -  Star Within Stars Flag   ($36.70)
7242 -  Vintage Buttons Tic-Tac-Toe: Dark vs. Light ($10.00)
7243 -  Vintage Buttons Tic-Tac-Toe: Gold vs. Silver ($30.00)
7244 -  Vintage Buttons Tic-Tac-Toe: Red vs. White   ($32.11)
7245 -  Vintage Buttons Tic-Tac-Toe: Round vs. Square ($28.00)
7246 – Windmills of My Mind   ($36.70)
7247 – World War II Scene ($20.00)
7248 – Pink and Blue Squares    ($15)
8521 – Edwardian Lady   ($65)
8522 – Alphabet Bears Squares ($35.00)
8523 – One of These Buttons is Not Like the Others ($40.00)
8524 – Pink Ribbon Baby   ($32.33)
8525 – Blue Ribbon Baby  ($32.33)
8526 – Baltimore Aquarium ($42.45)
8527 – They Watch ($35.00)
8528 – Tea and Coffee ($55.00)
8529 – Beary Much   ($36.95)
8530 – Football Players   ($36.95)
8531 – School Days ($21.00)
8532 – School Crossing   ($41.57)
8533 – Nearer God’s Heart ($45.00)
8534 – Butterflies on Ferns ($40.00)
8535 – Flutter-bys   ($36.95)
8536 – We Will Remember Them ($35.00)
8537 – A Plaid Christmas Tree  ($41.57)
8538 – Run Free ($60.00)
8539 – Chocolates ($50.00)
8540 – Lion’s Head   ($55.43)
8541 – Jean’s Joy Charm Quilt ($30.00)
8542 – Christmas Triangles with Vintage Buttons ($35.00)
8543 – Harvest Vegetables with Grace  ($36.95)
8544 – The Eyes of Texas   ($60.05)
8545 – Sunbonnet Sue’s Wash Day    ($75)
11,800 - Kathryn's Yo-Yo Quilt ($46.19)
11,801 - Yo-Yo Flag with Pearls ($46.19)
11,802 - Yo-Yo Flag on Denim ($46.19)
11,803 - Yo-Yo Flag on Gold ($46.19)
11,804 - Black and White and Red All Over ($41.57)
11,805 - The Tailor's Toys ($38.00)
11,806 - The Lovely Lady  ($45.00)
11,807 - Yo-Yo Fiesta  ($46.19)
11,808 - My Best Friend Is Named Elizabeth ($50.00)
11,809 - Yo-Yo Carnival ($46.19)
11,810 - Self-Advertisement  ($36.95)
15,106 - Maxine versus Winter ($50.00)
15,107 - I Love Cats ($41.57)
15,108 - Lady With A Monkey ($36.95)
15,109 - Smiling Yo-Yos ($41.57)
15,110 - Tessellated Birds ($85.00)
15,111 - Anchors Aweigh ($50.00)
15,112 - Old Glory on Denim ($46.19)
15,113 - Nekomusume (Cat Daughter)  ($65.00)
15,114 - Seven Sisters ($55.00)
15,115 - Silver Streak ($41.57)
15,116 - Get Your Button Gear ($41.57)
15,427 - Maxine's Crabby Christmas ($32.33)
15,428 - Cat In An Oval Frame ($45.00)
15,429 - Joy ($17.50)
15,430 - Smile ($36.95)
15,431 - Ooh, Granny, What Big Buttons You Have! ($36.95)
15,432 - Peace Sign ($36.95)
15,433 - Hope ($38.00)
15,434 - Back To The Garden ($41.57)
15,553 - Hello ($24.00)
15,554 - Bakeneko (Monster-Cat) ($46.19)
15,555 - Black And White And Red All Over Too ($38.00)
15,556 - What Do Cows Think? ($41.57)
15,557 - What Do Animals Think? ($41.57)
15,558 - Playful Pups ($36.95)
15,559 - Autumn Leaves ($32.33)
15,560 - Heart of Gold ($8.75)
15,561 - Sunbonnet Sue's Laundry Day ($50.81)