"A Broken Heart"
made with love...by my Mom
Happy Valentines Day my "Dear Hearts" (expression courtesy of Mrs. Helwig, my "Dear Heart" of a high school English teacher). The holiday of hearts, Cupid, waxy chocolate in heart-shaped boxes, sappy Hallmark cards. Quite honestly, never one of my favorite holidays. Too commercial. Except if I can finagle a nice restaurant dinner out of it, then I'm all in. But for the most part, I just think it's better to try to show love all 365 days a year. That's a hard walk to walk. Not many do. But my mom has the gait down perfectly. And so do all her fellow quilters who are part of "The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative" (check it out).
Since it is the holiday of hearts and love, it's only fitting I share with you a cause that is close to my heart, because it effected someone I love. Alzheimer's research. The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is a national grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research of Alzheimer's thru art. Each month they hold an online auction of donated quilts pertaining to Alzheimer's in some capacity. Donated from all over the county. Quilts small enough to fit inside priority mailer-sized envelopes.
When Mom told me she was getting involved in this charity, and was dragging her sewing group buddies along with her, I immediately went to the online sight to see what mom got herself involved in. The quilts, the quilts, the quilts. The titles and sentiments they displayed told so many stories of love. And I immediately found one in particular that tugged at MY heart strings. #9965. "A Broken Heart". Without even knowing it when I hit the button to put it into my online shopping cart...I discovered it was my Dear Heart of a mom's quilt. AKA #9965. The heart works in mysterious ways.
5.4 million Americans are effected by Alzheimer's. 5.4 million minds who can't express what the heart feels. And isn't that what art does so well. No words needed. Making a difference, one quilt at a time. 365 days a year. Just love.
Happy Valentines Day...