Thursday, May 26, 2011

American Patchwork and Quilting

I'm published! Or rather one of my Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative quilts has been published. And that is so very much better. I could not be prouder to be a part of this amazing organization!

You could have knocked me over with a feather and blown me away in the wind! A friend from my quilt quilt emailed me yesterday and said:

"Hi Michele,
After being at guild this morning my August 2011 issue {American Patchwork & Quilting} was in the mailbox and there on page 1 was an article about the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and a picture of your art quilt. What fun to see your name and quilt in the magazine. Congratulations on your personal effort and all those involved.

What? I didn't know a thing about it and my subscription ended when I was in Alaska ..and of course the August 2011 issue isn't even on the newstands yet!

I rushed all over town in my cozy lounging pants and my egg gathering from the back yard shoes, with only a pencil holding my waist long hair up in a huge messy bun....hoping no one would recognize me in that I'm famous and all ;) and of course, I realized...August 2011? It's still May so its a subscriber's only earlybird issue...July/August..perhaps? And there is no way, I'd find one. Emailed her back and asked her to photo the page and send the pic to me and bless her heart..she did!

But I have to say...there's isn't anything better in the whole world to be 'published for' than one of my AAQI art quilts! They mean the world to me because they represent "the depth and breadth my heart can take" when it comes to the gigantic heartstrings connection I carry at all times between my mother and myself and the incredibly devastating knowledge of my 15 family member lineage of my Alzheimer's Disease DNA!

And what means even more.. this quilt is not only part of the "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope traveling exhibit finding its way around the U.S. from 2011- 2015, but was made last year in between 4 care giving visits to Alaska with my mom, a severely broken wrist and the first surgery of my life, and my father's heart attacks, congestive heart failure and death. That was one heck of a year and somehow I made this quilt and 10 more for AAQI in 2010.

So, this bit of fun is a real hoot and a holler for me. Thanks Ami and photo selectors for including me with the other two amazing quilts!

Such fun! Now, someday maybe I'll have my own copy ;)

Michele M. Bilyeu
Salem, OR USA

Please share with me how and why I made this quilt as I did:
Mama's Brain Got Tangles....But Mama's Still Inside original post on this quilt

American Patchwork & Quilting :August 2011 issue 111 page 1

Quilts by Mona Follis, Julie Parker, and Michele Bilyeu are featured in a full page article about the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative called "Quilting Changes Everything" on page 1 in the August 2011 edition of American Patchwork & Quilting. These small 9" x 12" quilts are part of the AAQI's traveling exhibit, "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope."

This blog: Coping With Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's Reading Room: What's the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia?.
In a nutshell, dementia is a symptom (once called senility) one of its causes is Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope The links below have all expired as AAQI closed shop at the end of 2013.

Why I Quilt for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative only add my number to 15
How to Make a Priority Quilt for AAQI
June Auction: I have another quilt up for bidding June 1-10
6761 - Sparks of Heavenly Fire

American Patchwork &

USA Arts Grantfinder: Michele Bilyeu