October Auction: See the quilts/bid now!
My "Butterfly Upon the Sky" is flying freely and up for today's opening auction at the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. Originally destined for the Houston International Quilt Festival, it was selected from among the almost 1,000 donated quilts to be one of 26 officially offered for this month's auction
I was so thrilled to have it go to Houston, that I am now ecstatic to have it be at auction, instead! It is amongst some super prestigious art quilters and art quilts featured this month.
That I made this quilt in the one month I had to be at my home in Oregon...in between caring for my mother, who suffers from advanced Alzheimer's in our home in Douglas, Alaska in July, and returning again in mid-August, when my father passed away..makes it a quilt that is now so near and dear to my heart.
"Alzheimer's creates absolute chaos, despair, and often great grief in members of the family, as well as in the lives of those it victimizes. I was inspired by Emily Dickenson's poem "The Butterfly upon the Sky" where the poet calls upon us to emulate the beauty and the grace of the butterfly and to "soar away and never sigh, And that's the way to grieve." As I created this art quilt, I allowed it calming gentleness to enter and soften my own heart, as well."
When I had typed his weeks before, I never dreamed, I would get to practice that softening, as well as that grieving, in just a few short weeks.
Please consider bidding on my quilt, as well as any of the others. While I'm honored to be in such artistic company, at the same time, I don't want to have the only quilt still sitting in the corner at the end of the ball ;) So, get the ball rolling and place some opening bids on ALL of these amazing quilts.
Note from Ami Simms about our new format: