Earlier this year, while in New York City, I had the pleasure of going to the American Folk Art Museum . Although the display of quilts was small (because they had recently moved and didn’t have all the areas of the new museum open) it was fun to step out of the heat of the New York city streets into a quiet museum and admire the handiwork of days past. Here are a couple quilts that caught my eye.
The most spectacular display in this museum was The National Tribute Quilt. This quilt is a series of 6 quilts that together measure 30 feet long. Four of the panels depict the New York City skyline. It was organized by 4 women called The Steel Quilters as a tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
These gals set up a website asking for contributions of 3 1/2 inch blocks. Each contributor was asked to put a victims name (assigned to them) on the block. Some people contributed one block – others contributed many (one couple contributed 300 blocks).
From the dedication speech made by Kathy Crawford: “This quilt represents an international outpouring of emotions from around the world. An overwhelming urge to comfort those who were affected by the tradedy, and to mourn and remember the innocent victims of that day. …….The Rev. Jessie Jackson once said, ‘America is not like a blanket – one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt – many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread.'”