Wow. This one is really tough to write. I am submitting a quilt I completed to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative in honor of my mother, Melba Gene Brown Martin. I just registered it and got an email back — it is #10,699!
Her diagnosis came in April of 2007, and I drive to Louisiana to visit her at least once a month, usually twice. She is now 83 years old, and is living in a nursing home. She still enjoys going out, reading the paper and magazines, and talking about family. She also loves to go shopping for fabric with me, although she cannot comprehend the prices — they are way too high!
For my submission, I was inspired by Moira McSpadden’s “Drunkard Path” block and have her permission to use my adaptation of her design for this fundraiser. Her website has a .pdf of the paper-pieced pattern.
The quilt is called”Journey into Darkness” and is 8 wide x 9 inches high. The bottom left corner fabric represents clear thinking. As the sunbursts peel off the circle, the fabrics get blurred and darker.
More information about the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative can be found on their website.
There is also a TV show that featured Ami Simms; what a gift she has given back to her mother. Click here to watch Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson interviewing Ami.
My mom’s memory is slipping away fast. She currently resides in Lafayette, LA.
Love you, Mamma! Thank you for all the memories that we have made together over my lifetime — and thank you for teaching me to sew!