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"Saint Quilta the Comforter kisses the sore hands of the quilters, who suddenly and miraculously are healed."

Susan Shie explains: "Saint Quilta the Comforter came to me (Susan) in a vision in October, 1997, as I walked our dog Hattie. Since then, St. Q. has been revealed in such raptures, in paintings, drawings, and quilts, with Jimmy’s help. The agony of the start of repeated motion syndrome gave Susan the inspiration for this piece, an illustration of the first miracle of St. Q. It is about how many quilt artists are working to finish their Quilt National entries all at once, all over the world, every two years, and they all have sore hands. St. Quilta, at least conceptually, reaches down and kisses those sore hands, to heal them, at least spiritually.

St. Q is not a universal saint, but rather my own personal guide, inspired by my mother, Marie Shie, who died in 2001, but who guided me, even in her Alzheimer’s condition, through our hearts. I know she’s always around for calming and support! I hope others will take my example to make their own archetypal figures, who really speak to their own circumstances."



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Toward Barred Island by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade (detail)

Bottom left and right: Toward Barred Island (detail) by Gayle Fraas and Duncan Slade