When a few quilters mentioned that their quilts were in the July auction for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative . . . I started wondering whatever happened to the little quilt I had sent to them at the end of January.
When it sat in the "waiting for assignment" area for a few months, I assumed it would be going to one of the big shows in the Spring . . . and figured it had been sold by now. So I went looking for it, first in the sold quilts (not there), then in the waiting for assignment quilts (not there), then in the quilts being "hoarded" for the Houston show (not there, either).
There was an area for quilts being considered for a new exhibit . . . and that's where I found it. I was shocked and pleased–especially since I had not submitted the quilt for consideration. Someone had seen something worth sharing. It was an honor to be considered. Then, earlier this week, I went back to see if they had finalized the list and all the quilts (including mine) were gone with a message that the finalists would be notified by email–as I had no email, I figured my quilt had not made the cut.
This morning, I received email letting me know that my quilt will be included in the new traveling exhibit. It is one of 53 quilts that will hang in between quilts made of 10,000 purple patches that honor individuals who have/had Alzheimer's (or a related dementia) in an exhibit called "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope." It will begin traveling in January 2011.
I remember seeing the purple patches at guild meetings in Lansing, Michigan and again–after I moved–in Dallas, Texas. I'm looking forward to seeing how they have been assembled and the impact of 10,000 purple patches, filled with personal messages.
For a while, you can see all the quilts that will be included in the exhibit here. And don't forget to take a look at the quilts in the July auction. The deadline for the auction is tomorrow. If I had a job, I'd definitely be joining the bidding on Fannie Narte's Remember Us #5927.
If you have made a quilt for Priority:Alzheimer's and are wondering whatever happened to it, don't follow my example to track it down and start looking everywhere . . . you can simply put the quilt number in the search box on the site to find it. (Yes, I did feel pretty stupid when I realized that.)