As a volunteer for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI), and a quilt contributor to the current traveling exhibit, I am always delighted when I learned that Alzheimer's Illustrated from Heartbreak to Hope has journeyed to a new destination. And more viewers will have the opportunity to see, and hopefully have their hearts touched, and minds opened by this amazing exhibit.
“Alzheimer’s Illustrated” Exhibit at AQS Show (Grand Rapids, MI)
Fifty-four small format art quilts (9″ x 12″) illustrate the disease from a variety of perspectives. These small quilts hang among 182 “Name Quilts,” each 6 inches wide and 7 feet tall, which carry the names of more than 10,000 individuals who have/had Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. The names of loved ones, written on fabric patches by family members and friends, honor the 5.4 million Americans in the United States struggling with Alzheimer’s disease.
We are asking everyone who attends the show in Grand Rapids to get stickered at the AAQI exhibit. Anyone in an AAQI apron should be able to get you a sticker. To help encourage others to see the exhibit, please FaceBook a photo of you and your sticker to your status update and to the AAQI wall at https://www.facebook.com/AAQI.
Please also leave a written comment about your feelings after viewing the exhibit. Your comments are the paychecks for our supporters who donated the quilts in the exhibit.If you are at the AQS show on Saturday afternoon, please come by the AAQI exhibit and say hi. Debbie Chenail (AAQI treasurer) and I will be at the exhibit and we would love to meet you.
Fifty-four small format art quilts, none larger than 9" x 12", are hung amidst 182 "Name Quilts, " each 6 inches wide and 7 feet tall, carrying the names of more than 10,000 individuals who have/had Alzheimer's or a related dementia. The names of loved ones, written on the on the purple fabric patches by family members and friends, to honor the 5.4 million Americans in the United States living with Alzheimer's.
I feel so very privileged to have these two quilts in this exhibit.
#5211 - Mama's Brain Got Tangles...but Mama's Still Inside
Michele M. Bilyeu
Salem, OR USA
#6399 - The Alzheimer's Prayer
Salem, OR USA
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!