Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2011.924.1
Dimensions: 49.5 in X 61 in
Dimensions (Metric): 125.73 cm X 154.94 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Trudy Hammell-Festa
Handmade quilt created by Trudy Hammell-Festa titled Headlines. The quilt features photo transfers of 25 newspaper front pages dated September 12, 2001. Within the quilt's red border, the artist has inserted four quotes attributed to President George W. Bush, made shortly after the September 11th attacks. There is one quote placed on each side of the quilt. The quotes read as follows:
Top: “...the moment the second plane hit the second building – when we knew it was a terrorist attack – many felt that our lives would never be the same. What we couldn't be sure of then – and what the terrorists never expected – was that America would emerge stronger, with a renewed spirit of pride and patriotism..."
Right side: "There will be no forgetting September 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire, ash, the last phone calls…”
Bottom: "...a great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve..."
Left side: "We are a different country than we were on September 10th – stronger, more united; and in the face of ongoing threats, determined and courageous.”
The back includes a screen-printed fabric quilter’s label (lower left) that depicts a photograph of the Twin Towers as seen in the skyline. The label reads: "Headlines | Quiltmaker | Trudy Hammell | Absecon, NJ | July 15, 2002." Next to the label is a list of the newspaper copyright permissions.
Soon after the September 11th attacks, New Jersey resident Trudy Hammell-Festa happened upon the book, September 11, 2001: A Collection of Newspaper Front Pages Selected by the Poynter Institute. Published in November 2001, the book features a collection of 150 front pages from major newspapers throughout the world. The graphic, lurid imagery that populated these newspaper splash pages moved Trudy to create her Headlines quilt. From The New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle to the Austin American Statesman, Trudy’s quilt features 25 newspaper front pages from September 12, 2001, representing a sweep of the nation.