Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.12
Dimensions: 36 in X 72 in X 1/4 in
Dimensions (Metric): 91.44 cm X 182.88 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
We Will Never Forget You
Quilt titled We Will Never Forget You created by Shula Mustacchi and made with fabric, batting, and thread. This quilt resembles an American flag. The fabric in the upper left, traditionally the field of blue and white stars, is replaced with a patch of red, white, and blue fabric. The 12 stripes alternate between patriotic themed fabrics. The right side of the quilt has gray fabric with a skyline. Two pieces of fabric resembling the Twin Towers have the words "We will never forget you" rising from the tops.
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.