Tied Together by Love...We are Changing the World!

I am so delighted that I have now earned $145 more for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) and Alzheimer's Disease research..thank you so much to my two newest quilt buyers!

9992 - Tied Together By Love (SALE PENDING)

Michele Bilyeu

Salem, OR USA

Width: 8.25" Length: 11.25"

Designer: Original design

Materials/Techniques: Needlepoint panel of Aida cloth and embroidery floss, silk necktie opened up and used as the border, with vintage buttons for trim.

Artist Statement: I created this little needlepoint art quilt, with its sampler like neckties and buttons, in memory of a dear friend's husband who had just passed away suddenly after a short illness. His life ended with the sudden and severe challenges of dementia. After his passing, my friend gave me some of her husband's neckties to use as the border, and I remember telling her then, that all of us are 'tied together by love."

Dedication: In memory of Clay and all those whose families face the challenges of illness complicated by Alzheimer's or a related dementia. May we always remember that we are truly connected by our love for one another, as well as by our shared challenges. Our lives are a sampler of both good times and bad times, but the love and the caring for one another tie us all together with love.

9992 - Tied Together By Love just sold for $55.00 to a very dear lady in Honolulu, Hawaii...Margie.. who knows its story and has the heart connection of kinship from being a sister to my dear friend, Pat, whose husband, Clay passed away this January. After his passing, Pat asked me if I could use any of Clay's ties in my quilting and of course, I said an emphatic 'yes!'

It helps all of us when we can feel that one huge loss can still somehow lead to different blessings and gains. And while there is no comparison, it is still a solace to know that others live on in our memories from all they have left behind. And greatest of all of these is love.

My second sale, was this lovely art quilt that was part of the AAQI June Auction. The auction ran from June 1-10th.

Quilt #9648 - Changing the World

Michele Bilyeu
Salem, OR USA

Width: 12" Length: 9"

Designer: Original design

Materials/Techniques: Batik cottons, raw edge applique, free motion quilting, inkjet printing, Shiva paint sticks, and beads.

Artist Statement: Margaret Mead wrote, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." This is what we, as quilters, do with our donation of art quilts to AAQI, and it is what the quilt buyers do with their purchases. We are seeking to change the world of Alzheimer' little quilt at a time.

Dedication: For all of us who seek change in the world...the doers, the movers, and the shakers...and the quilt lovers who seek to do all donating or purchasing AAQI quilts.

This quilt has Fast Finish Triangles.

Quilt #9648 - Changing the World sold at the AAQI June Auction for a winning bid of $90! I thank the quilt buyer/art and quilting arts patron so very, very much for his bid. So thank you very, very much to Bill Volkening...aka the amazing Willy Wonky Quilts. I asked for someone to up the ante on facebook and he did. Made my heart soar. Thank you so much!!! What an appropriate quilt loving and appreciating home for this dear little quilt of mine!

Thank you for supporting my art quilting and for supporting Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) You are, indeed, helping us to change the world, one little quilt at a time!

Ahhh, I love that! Thank you :)

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join in the Liberated Quilting Challenge and make or donate small art quilts to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!