Thursday, April 26, 2012

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative - In Memory of Mom

You may know about the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative created by Ami Simms  in 2006.  People like you and me make small quilts - no larger than 9" x 12"  - which are then auctioned or sold through this non-profit organization to fund Alzheimer's research. The 10,000th quilt was just donated and to date the program has raised more than $700,000 for this important cause.


So, today I'd like you to meet my Mom - Verna Smith. She would have been 93 today;  born on April 26, 1919 on a farm in Minnesota - the last of eight children....and on the very day her own mother turned 40!
She was married to my dad for nearly 50 years and was a wonderful mother, grandmother and all around sweet person. Sadly, she spent the last several years of her life suffering from Alzheimer's.

So in honor and loving memory of the woman who gave me life and with the hope that someday, soon, there will be a breakthrough, I got busy. For a couple of days I explored ideas and then I worked on fabric selection and template making with Dean Martin crooning in the background - she loved Dean Martin!
Today I sat in the sun porch enjoying the applique and embroidery work and playing back fond memories of mom in my head.
I got the top done...I'll show you when I finish quilting it....but I'll give you a hint: a vintage quilt was my inspiration and a bird is involved - she loved little birds, too.

 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * UPDATE: July 11, 2012  * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 

The quilt sold for $50! I'm thrilled - more in the making

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  1. A very worthy cause. I look forward to seeing your quilt!

  2. A very worthy cause Jean and I will look forward to seeing your quilt. My Mum too suffered the same fate. Take care

  3. I can't wait to see your creation.

  4. Great cause to create a little quilt for. I think they are over $700,000 raised so far.
    I'm looking forward to your quilt!

  5. Thanks Dawn - I made the $$ correction. I know you've made a few of these - I will tack the binding tonight and register it.


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