World Trade Center Quilt

We just heard word via the WTC Quilt Yahoo group, that the quilt has been travelling around, and has been visited by a number of relatives of the deceased, as well as visiting the US President. Mary, our leader and coordinator, wrote a very touching tale of these events – and I have to say I feel very proud and blessed to have been part of this project. While the tragedy took place on US soil, it’s effects were felt right around the world, and still are today.

The quilt was taken to the White House on 16 April 2007 to visit with President George W. Bush where both of the Kentucky Senators, Jim Bunning and Mitch McConnell, were present. Everyone loved it, and the President wanted it to hang in the Presidential Library – before this could happen, though, it was taken back to visit the families. The quilt is 15ft wide by 26ft long, and travelled by train on 7 September to NYC. There was a forum held on 10 September, but because the quilt is so large there was no way to hang it properly – instead it was partially hung, with the rest of the quilt laid on tabletops. Family members were able to find their loved ones name and touch it, and have photos taken with it.

Soon the quilt will be heading back to the Presidential Library, where it will have a permanent home. While I’m not a religious person, I have to say Mary’s final words in her post touched me very much …

The Lord gave me the scripture verse before I spoke to the family members: Matthew 5:4: Blessed are those who mourn, they will be comforted. Through God’s mercy and grace we comforted those family members. God bless each one of you. It’s not how many panel’s you stitched that counts. It’s how many hearts you touched.”

Bless you, Mary, for organising this memorial – I, for one, am supremely proud to have been part of this experience! Here’s a photo taken at the White House.

wtc quilt 1

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11 thoughts on “World Trade Center Quilt

  1. I am so moved….just to even know it exists. Hopefully, perhaps, it will be able to go to the memorial site one day and find its permanent home there.

    Thank you for sharing with all of us.

  2. I had unsubscribed from the group; dishearted that all of our hard work had nowhere to live. I’m so glad that you posted this. It was a honor on my part, as well, to work on such a monumentous effort.

  3. As someone who knew someone who died on the second plane that crashed into the WTC, I thank you and all the participants for taking the time to remember all victims of that horrible day at the WTC. It is a great memorial to them.

  4. You and the group did a wonderful job. You should be honored and proud of your participation. Now you needlework will be immortalized for all to see. Congratulations on a job well done.

    Sharon

  5. Oh wow – I remember now when you were stitching name blocks!! How fantastic!! (I am so far behind in blog reading due to a heavy work commitment over the past four weeks…. jsut want you to know I am not ignoring your blog or anything silly like that!) {{{HUGS}}}

  6. Amazing. How long did it take to make from start to finish Anne? I remember some time ago you posting the piece you stitched, but don’t remember exactly when.

  7. My Wife And I cross stiched 17 blocks of this quilt we did over 309 names. i was in a craft chat that how we ot with mary. it took us 6 months of love to stitch the names.
    a ladie from that craft chat had her freind die in the WTC> ANN Gilly.

    May their lives not be forgoton.. God Bless.

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