Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)

I've been involved with a group of 12 quilters for the
last 10 years or so. We are so very fortunate to share
a love of quilting and the companionship of each other.
Years ago we started recognizing each other's birthdays
with a Fat Quarter of we became better
acquainted the gifts kept getting bigger and bigger.
This year we decided to donate a gift to charity since none
of us really NEED more fabric (yes we still WANTED it! lol)
We celebrated Mary's birthday last night and Mary's wish
was for each of our group members to make a mini art
quilt to donate to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.
What FUN I had designing this little quilt!
The idea for the quilt came from a single line from the
book "High Season" by Jon Loomis which I read several
months ago.....
"Now you see me, Now you don't."
I sat down a couple of nights ago with this
pad of paper, a pencil and a BIG eraser!
This was my initial design.
I wanted to portray a women who was fully present,
and then the same woman as *gone*.
I had lots of ideas, but was having trouble with the execution
of those ideas.........
and then I decided that I could just omit the eyes
and cover the mouth and achieve the feeling I wanted.
Here is what I came up with:
I've since added the words "Now you see me, Now you don't"
and still have to quilt and bind this.
Click on the above title to learn more about the AAQI
and the wonderful work that Ami Simms has done for
research for Alzheimer's.
I'll post the completed quilt in a few days.....with any luck that is!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful idea this is! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.

    Ami Simms