Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.7
Dimensions: 36 in X 72 in
Dimensions (Metric): 91.44 cm X 182.88 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
September 11, 2001
Quilt titled September 11, 2001, created by Sharon Kay Decker and made with fabric, batting, and thread. The quilt is cream in color with "America Let's Roll" spelled from letter patches created with American flag-patterned fabric. At the center is a patch with a large broken heart. To the left are two strips of fabric reminiscent of the Twin Towers. "9-11-2001" is to the right of the center patch.
Inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt, New York City–based arts educator Drunell Levinson conceived a September 11 Quilts Memorial that would bring together the work of artists from around the world. Drawing upon her academic research into mourning customs and her expertise as a quilter and fabric artist, Levinson issued a call for quilts on a website she created for the project. She offered thematic guidelines and requested a uniform size but left the choice of material, style, and subject to each quilter. Within the first year after 9/11, she had received 94 quilts. Over the next two years, the quilts—many using the Twin Towers as a focal point—were displayed throughout the United States and in Japan.