Canada Mourns

Canada Mourns: by Lydia Shimek

Eight years ago, I walked into work at Brock Fahrni and noticed everyone was glued to the TV. It was September 11, 2001. I was stunned to watch the first tower in NYC collapse. For the next half hour I watched until the second tower was hit. At that point, I wanted to express my grief and horror in a quilt. My guild was hosting a Quilt Show the following month. Each show would specify a challenge. The 2001 Challenge had 5 elements, the colours grey and orange, a maple leaf block, a flying geese block and diamond shape. Since my image of 9-11 was an overwhelming grey, Canada Mourns met all the requirements. The maple leafs represented the Canadian population. Large and small flying geese represented civilian deaths and fire and police officers. Diamonds become the fire bursts of the exploding planes in the towers. Pre-printed millennium fabric of NYC and Washington, DC turned to the wrong side became the focal point. Construction took 3 intensive 16 hour days using a collage technique followed by dense stitching. This quilt won first prize in the guild challenge. It has been shown in Seattle and Contra Costa County.


Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts is auctioning Canada Mourns as part of the Fabric Arts Program 2009 – Community Quilt Project.

Creator: Lydia Shimek

Minimum Bid – $500

Bids can be submitted through the comment box below
Bidding Closes at 12.00 pm November 15