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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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    I do recall seeing the quilt you are talking about, but can't remember where it was. I am thinking it was trough Kaye Woods site. Maybe you could contact her to see if she may know. I made a memory quilt for a lady, in Brooklyn, that lost her DH in the Twin Towers. She sent me his clothing & I used them to make the quilt. I would post a picture of it, but I don't know how to post pictures yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pab58
    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:
    I just realized something!!! Next year I will be teaching U.S. History to our 11th & 12th grade students!! This would be a great project for them to get involved!! They could each make a nameflake (or 2 or 3 or........) block!!! :thumbup:

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    I would be willing to help get this started, I just don't have any connections to any one out there on the coast that could get approval for a memorial quilt to hang at one of the sites. I also am not a very good quilter yet, but I am a great organizer. If we can find out whatever happened to the quilt and if it is going to be finished then we can do something.

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    Although I was not a part of this nor had I ever heard about it I found some information...

    The woman that started it was Amy Sue Leasure.
    The man who took it over after her death was Brian Kohler from Seattle Washington.
    From this news paper article it appears that the quilt was actually completed. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...events12m.html

    I'm still looking for more info!

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    i am glad that it was finished. just tried the link and it worked. tried a couple of the likes on the page it took me too and it was talking about world of warcraft. strange.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    Thanks for the link!! ;-)

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    why don't we start a group activity and make blocks to send

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    That was some story I was in Seattle just before the this. We had just left for our cruise to Alaska. I was in Hawaii during the 9-11.

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    I would have love to have know of this and been able to have seen these quilts. I will taqlk to my in laws that live there and see if she remembers the story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    why don't we start a group activity and make blocks to send
    This was done back in 2001 :wink:

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    Thank you so much for finding this information. There is some kind of magic in this place that makes things happen. You guys are amazing. I am so glad to see that the project went on. I will try to contact the person that finished it. I had contacted him when he first got the project, to locate the pieces I quilted. I was very sick (pregnant) when I quilted one of them, also my machine was not the ideal one, but the quilting came out great. On the label I wrote: Quilted by Maria Oquendo and Jesus, since they only way I could do it was with his help.

    Maria

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    Great story. Keep us all posted with info on doing something similiar.

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