Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"Heartbreak to Hope" in Hampton, VA

"Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" continues its five-year journey across the United States with a stop at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival XXII, February 23-26, 2012. The exhibit will hang at the Hampton Roads Convention Center (Greater Chesapeake Bay / Williamsburg Area). Show hours are 10 am to 6 pm Thursday - Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope" is an exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's sponsored by the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). Fifty-four small format art quilts (9" x 12") illustrate the disease from a variety of perspectives. They hang among 182 "Name Quilts," each 6 inches wide and 7 feet tall, which carry the names of more than 10,000 individuals who have/had Alzheimer's or a related dementia. The names of loved ones, written on fabric patches by family members and friends, honor the 5.4 million Americans in the United States struggling with Alzheimer's disease.

"Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope"
Click here to learn more about this extraordinary exhibit
and how you can bring it to your community.


  1. So exciting! I feel so touched to know that people are gathered to view our quilts, read out long list of names on the name quilts and be touched by this exhibit. What makes me sad? I have added so many more names to my list since I sent in my purple labels :(

  2. Thanks for your lovely comment about my first AAQI quilt. I'm planning to link one of my future posts to your posts containing the videos. I REALLY enjoyed seeing the quilt montage video and it will give the ladies in my bee a very good idea of what sorts of quilts make good AAQI donations. The other video was beautiful but made me sad. My dear MIL's name is on one of the purple labels somewhere. She had frontal lobar dementia, not regular Alzheimers, but all that meant was the disease progressed more quickly and robbed her of speech. Brutal.

    Take care,
    Susan in Texas