I made Fading Memories last year as a donation quilt for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative, which is a non-profit group raising money for Alzheimer’s research (over $520,000 so far!).
My parents both suffered from Alzheimer’s. This quilt portrays them as young adults when they each served in the Navy in World War II. The fabric in the quilt is made from photos taken over the course of their lives — representing all the memories that faded as the Alzheimer’s progressed. Using family photos, I created a montage, and then printed the montage in five different values (light to dark) on fabric. With this fabric, I created the ‘cut out’ portraits of my parents from their Navy portraits.
The back of the quilt shows the photo montage along with a more recent photo of my parents.
Fading Memories – back
This quilt is my post for the Spring 2011 Blogger’s Quilt Festival.