Friday, November 17, 2017

Hold Me

I made this quilt just as we were moving from Kenora to Manitoulin in 1993.

I remember stitching it in the truck during the 2-day drive back to Kenora to organize the moving van.  We left our kids with Ned's sister so that they could continue to attend their new schools.

I remember the beautiful views of autumn colour along the north shore of Lake Superior.
I remember quiet time with my husband in the vehicle as we drove back to the house I had loved.
I stitched, he drove.
We talked and looked out the window.

The text in the quilt borders is by Diane Ackerman from her book A Natural History of the Senses.  It reads:
When you consider something like death, then it probably doesn't matter if we try too hard, are awkward sometimes, and care for one another too deeply, in an effort to know life.
I entered the quilt into the biennial Fibreworks show in Cambridge galleries the following spring, and it was awarded the purchase award by the jurors, one of whom was Ralph Beney.
It became part of the permanent Canadian Fibre art collection and has been in the vaults of that gallery for over 20 years.  Hard to believe.
I am moved to write about this piece today, (and scan the old slides I have of it) because the Cambridge Art Galleries are showing the entirety of the collection this winter.  The launch is next week and there will be a symposium about the collection in January.
I believe that it is important for public galleries to collect work of artists.
I am so proud that Hold Me is part of this particular collection.

Also, my work is in permanent collections of two other art galleries, both in northern Ontario.  Click on their titles for more info. When Asked: She Replied  and Canadian Pioneer.


  1. I love this quilt-your work is so touching, your words and work together weave such a great story of live, love and handwork

  2. this is such a beautiful work, holding so much love and time

  3. That's a really affirming quote - I can understand why you were inspired by it.

  4. "When you consider something like death, then it probably doesn't matter if we try too hard, are awkward sometimes, and care for one another too deeply, in order to know life."

  5. positive and heartfelt!

  6. You speak to the Universal creative heart. I am always touched by your ability to listen and follow through. I am forever grateful particularly for this post (and the quote). I have been learning to love myself after cancer treatment and this encourages my journey. Thank you Judy for being here!

  7. I am SO excited, because I live near Cambridge and will get a chance to see one of your quilts close up!!!!

    I have been a fan of Diane Ackerman for some time, and that book you quoted from was my first taste of her.

  8. I like the back as much as the front. Hope you'll get the opportunity to do just that if only for a minute, hold it again.


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