Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Little Quilts and 9/11/2001

We sent an email to those on our email newsletter list and we got so many nice responses we thought there might be a few who do not subscribe to the email newsletter that did not see this.  ( If you wish to subscribe, you can do so on the home page of www.littlequilts.com).
From Email Newsletter.......
At this time we all can’t help but remember, in our own way, the events of 10 years ago on Sept 11th. We all remember where we were and what we were doing that day. We recall how we sent a note to our 500 email newsletter subscribers, asking for quilters to make a small quilt not bigger than 24 inches square. In times of tragedy or sorrow, quilters just need to take fabrics in hand and ‘sew something’. We offered to collect these small quilts, and send them to the families of the police and fire departments in New York City who had lost loved ones in the tragedy of 9/11. That message was forwarded to fellow quilters who also forwarded it on to other quilters. We were overwhelmed by the response and received more than 2200 small quilts shown here. If with a 3-4 week time frame.  The deadline was set as Oct. 25th. 
We laid them out in our parking lot and the fire department sent a ‘bucket truck’ so we could go to the top and make a photograph of this heartwarming event. This picture was shown on national television and magazines. We received many notes from the quilt makers who tried to find, and recognized their quilt in this beautiful maze of small quilts. This postcard was sent to the participants. We wish we could have met everyone personally to express our thanks – perhaps we will someday.
God Bless Us All. Mary Ellen, Little Quilts staff, & Kathy Niemann, email newsletter editor.


Darlene's Quilts and Stuff said...

This touched my heart that's a lot of quilts and such a nice gesture.

Merilyn said...

Wow! what a sensational effort!!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful project, a heartwarming contribution!!!!