Dec 1, 2013

Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope..Final Auction Quilts for AAQI

It is an incredibly bittersweet experience to have my two small format quilts from the Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope exhibit, up at the AAQI  December Auction.

This is my last chance to not only sell the 4 little art quilts that I still have available for sale at the AAQI website...quick link to mine, here...and look for the 'add to cart' buttons. And it also the last chance that we have to sell our quilts where the winning prices have the best chance of adding research funding monies to our coffers.

Alzheimer's Illustrated: My Own Heartbreak to Hope

The December 2013 Quilt Auction
Starts Sunday, December 1st.

(This auction website has been hosted, free of charge by BenefitBidding)

Please at least visit the site, and click on my two clicks to see them up close, and personal and see how they are currently doing at auction.  

This will be our last online auction... forever and ever.  AAQI closes up and finishes up all loose ends by December 31,  2013. 

Please support me, make at least an opening bid, today!,  on one of my two auction quilts to jumpstart their bidding, up their bids during the course of the ten day auction perio, or go for the goal by popcorn bidding and winning one of my two quilts up for auction during December 1-10, 2013.

Or please please please, spend as little as $33.25 and buy one of my four remaining 'sale' quilts, now! 

As for my two AAQI December Auction Quilts from the nationally touring Alzheimer's Illustrated from Heartbreak to Hope touring exhibit:

My first quilt was made in honor of my mother ,Mama's Brain Got Tangles...but Mama's Still Inside and my second one, The Alzheimer's Prayer, was made in honor of my father ,who literally died trying to lift my mother up from the bed, the floor after she repeatably collapsed, from mental disconnect over and over, and upright and sitting as we tried to feed her...over and over, day after day, for three years of her life that he and I tried so hard to care for her, together .

Both of my parents passed on during the next and final three years and it has been a heartbreaking experience to lose both of my parents when I worked so very hard to not only keep them alive and as mentally active as I possibly could. 

In Memory: Nell Grace Savikko
Born 9-1-1925 St. Martinville, Louisiana
Died 9-8-2013 Douglas, Alaska
Love you and miss you, my sweet little mama

Quilt #5211 - Mama's Brain Got Tangles...but Mama's Still Inside
Quilt #5211 - Mama's Brain Got Tangles...but Mama's Still Inside


My second quilt was made in honor of my Finnish father, Bernhart Michael (Ben) Savikko.  He died at age 93, after having two heart attacks as a result of the oxygen deprivation that comes from a combination of from sleep apnea and its resulting Vascular Dementia. The loss of my father was a kind of heart breaking, I can barely describe. I traveled to and from Alaska four times in 2010 to help care for both my mother and my father, and last saw my father, one month before he passed, when he had said to me: "Why do you have to leave so soon. Can't you stay a little longer?" and his final words after my own "I love you so much, Dad!" he replied "I love you dearly, too, Michele."

Bernhart Michael (Ben) Savikko
Born January 15, 1917 in Douglas, Alaska
Died August 21, 2010 in Douglas, Alaska
Love you and miss you so much, Daddy

Or simply buy one of my small format art quilts that range from the first one at $47.50 to the other three, each at $33.25.

 When The Heart Grieves...For Sale at AAQI...vintage fabric with art quilting effects and ink jet printing quotation.

13,891 - When The Heart Grieves
Regular price: $50.00
Sale price: $47.50

My indoor/outdoor Prayer Flags:
Regular price: $35.00
Sale price: $33.25

Regular price: $35.00
Sale price: $33.25

14,934 - Blessings of Love
Regular price: $35.00
Sale price: $33.25

Natural Burlap (imported jute burlap from India with hand crochet, machine embroidery, and other accents) for indoor/outdoor prayer flags. Just thread some jute twine through the sleeve to hang on in your entry way, in your garden, or in your own healing and memory spaces in your home.

Alzheimer's Illustrated: My Own Heartbreak to Hope

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs, including the  Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) . And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes.   Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!


Mariarose said...

Thank you for being part of the AAQI. Big Hugs

Michele Bilyeu said...

Thank you, are the first person to even comment with so many hundreds and hundreds of visitors three days of this post being up! So, I appreciate your taking the time to leave a comment. When I write these super sharing, heartfelt posts, it is very, very hard for me, and on me. Feedback lets me know it matters to someone that I am willing to share so openly. Big, big hug!

jenclair said...

Bless you for all you have done for your family and for all victims of AD.