Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"I Miss Us, Daddy"

("I Miss Us, Daddy," Art Quilt, 9" x 12")

This art quilt will be donated to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative project and is dedicated to my friend, Diana, and her father, Raymond Mains, who suffers from this disease. This art quilt is filled with symbolisms as I created this art quilt based upon Diana's recollections of her father.

The brown background fabric portrays the furniture that usually accompanies a businessman's office. The purple square represents Mr. Mains, and it is embellished with a delicate hand crocheted white doily which was given to me by Diana. This purple square is embellished with green Swarovski crystals and a dark blue/purple gemstone. Diana has two sisters, and the three light blue squares represent them. The light blue triangles represent their spouses, and the two rectangle pieces with tiny dots and crystals represent their children and extended family members.

The background is machine stipple quilted with gold metallic thread. All of the geometric pieces are connected just as each member of a family is connected to each other. Diana mentioned that her father loves all kinds of music. Some consider music to be the universal language of love. I surrounded the geometric shapes--which symbolize Diana and her family--with two musical notes--which represent her father's love of music, and they also represent the love that surrounds and binds this family.


Jacq said...

What a wonderful tribute to Diana's father and to his family.

morningDove said...

I love the abstract and all the meaning of this wonderful quilt. Her dad would be very proud of this piece.

Fannie said...

Thanks, Jacq.

Diana said...

I dont know what to say, Fannie. It is simply awesome. Dad LOVED blue and I didnt even tell you that. lol. He loved Elvis and George Wright and The Beatles and Lawrence Welk. A grocer/landowner by trade, one of his secret ambitions was to be a game show host. You so caught his whimsical spirit. Thank you so much for such a wonderful tribute and gift. We all appreciate your talent and your thoughtfulness.

Julie said...

What a wonderful tribute, Frannie. My MIL suffered with Alzheimers and it's an abysmal illness. This is such a wonderful way to celebrate the happy times.

Fannie said...

Thanks, Dove. I thought the abstract design represented the disease quite well too.

Diana, you think I gave you a gift. Upon reflection, the gift went full circle. Thanks so much.

Julie, thanks so much. Yes, we must remember the happy times too. I tried to portray the geometric shapes as if they were dancing to their own music. ;-D Thanks for looking.