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Thread: 9-11 Quilt

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    Back in early 2002, maybe late 2001, shortly after 9-11 a woman started a campaign to make a quilt with one block dedicated to each person who lost their life on Sept 11. Her name was Amy. She collected many more block than she needed. I am talking thousands of blocks were made, all with red, white and blue stars. I made several of them. The plan for the quilt was made and it would be smaller blocks of 12 or 16 small quilts with ribbons attached to the binding to eventually tie then together for display. She even made plans for where they quilt was going to be displayed. The extra blocks were made into quilts to be auctioned to raise money for materials like backing and batting for the quilts on the main quilt. It was a very big project, but it was moving along well. I was pregnant with my son when I quilted 3 of the auction quilts and 2 of the main quilt pieces.

    When the project was near it's completion (maybe not so near) Amy was diagnosed with cancer and died within 2 months of the diagnosis. It was heartbreaking, since she had a little girl. Her husband kept the project in tote bins on his garage for years and eventually someone decided to take over the project, and everything was delivered to Washington state, somewhere in Seattle. After that I heard no more about this.

    Sorry to make this story so long, but where I am headed is, Did any one here participated on this or have any information of what ever happened to this? Is a project that I would love to see completed.

    Thanks.

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    I have never heard of this project only the one about the trucker who painted his tractor trailer with all of them peoples names.

    http://www.highflyingflag.com/sept11/truck.html

    I would love to hear more on the above project it sounds wonderful!

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    I'm sorry, I don't know much about the project you mention but I was asked by a local fireman if I would take on a quilt project using commemorative patches he collected from other firemen from 911. With the help of many members of my guild and the community we put together this quilt. As you can see it is a flag. It was fairly difficult for me to machine sew all of the patches he had collected but he was beside himself when we presented it to him in a ceremony on the 1 yr anniversary of 911. It is hung in the fireman's union hall in town. The fire captain felt it was too important to keep to himself and wanted to share it with others.

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    I also would like to know more aout this. I have a DSIL who goes to Ground Zero every year besides a few other times during the year. This weekend is one of these other times. She lives close to where the other plane went down in PA.
    I think this project would be so fulfilling to participate in and also to see it finished.

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    I tried Google and nothing, sorry

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    I have been googling it to a couple of years now with no result. Even search my old e-mails and can't find anything.

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    you know, why couldn't we start our own 9-11 quilt for this. If there is anyone who has connections to ground zero or any of the other commemorative sites lets get in touch with them. We could try and get it to them for the 10 year anniversary next year. if you make one block for each person who died on that day you could make probably 10 or 20 king size quilts that we could have quilted by a few quilters who are willing to donate the time and thread for the project.
    there was a post on here with a quilt that was made with name flakes (snowflakes cut out in a name) if you did the block with the persons name on it that would be even more special for the families
    I don't see a reason why we couldn't do this.

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    At the time the project was started, at worked at a Boys & Girls Club. I worked with many of the kids to make simple blocks on muslin that we sent to the 9-11 quilt project.

    I never did hear what happened and I, too, would be curious to know.

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    Good idea! How about someone (note, not me, I have so much company in the next few weeks)....contact the chamber of commerce for New York City and see if they know something?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahm4605
    you know, why couldn't we start our own 9-11 quilt for this. If there is anyone who has connections to ground zero or any of the other commemorative sites lets get in touch with them. We could try and get it to them for the 10 year anniversary next year. if you make one block for each person who died on that day you could make probably 10 or 20 king size quilts that we could have quilted by a few quilters who are willing to donate the time and thread for the project.
    there was a post on here with a quilt that was made with name flakes (snowflakes cut out in a name) if you did the block with the persons name on it that would be even more special for the families
    I don't see a reason why we couldn't do this.

    I really love this idea!! BTW I'm the one with the nameflakes' quilt. ;) I would be one of the first in line to sign on to this project!!!!! 8-) :thumbup: :thumbup:

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