Like many of you have experienced or are experiencing, Alex's mother (Dorothy) is in memory care. Dee has settled in very well but truly lives in the moment. Alex made the quilt of Dee's house years ago and it hung in the livingroom. It is now with Dee in her new home and it is one of the things her memory has retained. The other day as Capt'n John sat with her, she pointed at the quilt and said, "I love that quilt. That is my house." Alex made the quilt for Dee's 60 birthday over 32 years ago. The house was an old home that was rebuilt by her father. It is now a Historic House in town.

Comfort, familiarity, and connection mean a lot at this stage of life. Maybe there is a small wall hanging that you have made or could make that would be a comfort to your loved ones?

(Plus it is pinned to the wall and is the one thing she hasn't lost.)

#40 Patsy N. Burroughs 2019-02-23 17:22
Thanks for sharing your beautiful quilt for your Mom. How wonderful that you have had her so long. You are both in my prayers. A very beautiful Lady.
#39 AuntJo 2019-02-22 15:55
Alex this quilt is so lovely for your Mom. Keeping you and your Mom in my prayers.
#38 PennyM 2019-02-18 11:18
What a wonderful memory gift for your mother. I am sure it brings a lot of joy to her. Great idea for others who are coping with similar issues.
#37 Michele Kennedy 2019-02-16 12:31
My mom had dementia. Another big day brightener is music therapy. Some of my mom's best moments were singing her favorite songs
#36 Denise L. 2019-02-15 18:03
Beautiful quilt and memory for your mom! Thanks for sharing Alex, our creations truly do touch others.
#35 Juliet Fitness 2019-02-15 16:29
Thanks for sharing your quilt Alex. Reading the stories of quilts made for mothers, I wonder how many of these quilters have children who will make a quilt for them when they are in the same situation. Or will they rely on children to find one of Mum's quilts and making sure that goes with them to a rest home/memory care facility? I certainly don't have children who are quilters (2 grown-up sons who are electricians, which is useful, but they don't appreciate what their mother makes!). Something to ponder on!
#34 Clare Vallance 2019-02-15 15:57
That is precious and a great idea
#33 Faerie 2019-02-15 14:34
Such a sweet story, and a most meaningful gift. Thank you for sharing this with us, Alex. You are in my prayers.
#32 Eileen/Sunshine 2019-02-15 14:24
My mom, who is dealing with the beginnings of memory loss now lives with me. As I'm a retired speech-language therapist, I've been teaching her some maintenance strategies. I think Alex's house quilt is a super idea and will make a quilt of my mom's house for her complete with the dogwood tree and garden bench. I'll ask if family members would like to participate in the making and just teach them as we go along. Alex, you and your mom will be in my prayers/good wishes.
#31 Beth 2019-02-15 12:46
Wanted to comment but don't know what else to say that hasn't already been said... Wish my mom had lived long enough to see my first quilt finished that she was going to help me with many years ago.. She would have been proud!!.....
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