Among a multitude of other mundane tasks, I have just finished quilting this rather unusual quilt. This is a section from the first of two 6" wide by 7' long name quilts (you read it right, six inches by seven feet) I'm quilting for the AAQI new exhibit Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope. The two I'm doing will hang with 180 others, each bearing the names of 55 people who currently have Alzheimer's Disease or have died with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. There will be over 10,000 names represented in this exhibit and that's not even a fraction of those who have been stricken. Many hands have touched each of these quilts, those that donated the fabric, collected the names, assembled the tops, those that organized them and sent them to quilters all over the U.S. (maybe farther!), those that quilted them and then to the hands that bind them, finally to those who will hang them for display. It's quite an amazing feat, all spearheaded by the tireless Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan.
I chose to do a leaf pattern, symbolizing hope in the new research that's being done to thwart this horrible disease. I'm not sure how I'll do the second one yet, I'm still thinking that one over.