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On September 11, 2001, our vision of peace and security was torn from the
fabric of how we go about our everyday lives. To remember those who gave
the ultimate sacrifice in this terrible tragedy, we are showing our love
and support by producing a remembrance in the form of a quilt - truly an
American tradition. We hope that as the families and friends of those lost view the quilt, that they will find solice. And we also hope that those who helped in this project also found it emotionally beneficial.
ABOUT THE QUILT
This pictorial quilt of the World Trade Centers in the New York City skyline is a montage of over 3100
blocks. It has become an international effort, with quilters from all 50
states and 4 other countries contributing pieces. Each piece is a 3-inch
square block bearing the name of one of those who perished in the disaster.
Assembled in a watercolor pattern, the blocks recreate the beautiful New
York City skyline as it was before the attacks. The four skyline panels are
flanked on the left by a panel with names of those lost on the four flights and on the
right by those at the Pentagon.
The quilt is composed of six individual panels hung side-by-side for easy
display, measuring 8 feet high by 30 feet long in total. A grid system
incorporated into the panels allows every name to be located by the
viewers. A book will accompany the quilt to provide the grid location of
each victim's name, the name of the quilter, and the names of individuals
and companies that have been so generous in donating their time, effort,
and materials to help this quilt become a reality.
The photo-montage above shows the quilt tops, which were photographed in May at an informal showing.
DISPLAYS: Please click on the display link below.
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ABOUT THE QUILT-MAKERS
The Steel Quilters group is a small quilt club within a steel company -
United States Steel Corp. We were looking for a way to honor the memory of
a co-worker's son who perished in one of the WTC towers. The project
expanded to become the National Tribute Quilt to include all those who lost
their lives that day. We created this webpage and contacted quilting groups
around the country to request blocks for the quilt. The response has been
heartfelt and wonderful. Contributors from all 50 states as well as Spain,
Canada, Australia and Denmark sent in their blocks. Some blocks are
quilted, some embroidered or lettered by hand or machine, and some even
computer-printed on fabric. The variety of colors and designs is truly
beautiful to see.
The Steel Quilters are based near Pittsburgh, PA. With the help of
volunteers from local quilt clubs and individuals from as close as within
the USS building and as far away as Michigan, the blocks were logged in,
assembled into panels, and stitched together. Soon the panels will be
machine-quilted and bound and ready for display.
All blocks received become the property of the Steel Quilters who reserve
the right to modify blocks or replace as necessary, to withhold any blocks that are
politically incorrect or offensive from inclusion into the quilt, and to
determine the position of each block in the quilt. Every effort was made
to use all blocks received. However, the lists of names have been modified
many times since this project was initiated September 13th, 2001. Because of this,
if an honoree's name was taken off the lists, his/her block was removed
from the quilt. Similarly, the spelling and completeness of names have
changed over time. We have modified the blocks to match the current
listing, when it was possible to do so without altering the symmetry or
design of a block.
THIS PROJECT NOW PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY THE UNITED WAY OF PITTSBURGH! THANK YOU.
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Copyright 2002 Steel Quilters. All rights reserved.
Last updated June 26, 2002.
Pick a World Trade Center Name
WTC portion of pattern
Easy to print block details
Easy to Print Contact List
See the quilt's progress
Exhibit and Display Schedule