Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.38
Dimensions: 72 in X 36 in X 1/4 in
Dimensions (Metric): 182.88 cm X 91.44 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
Quilt created by Deborah Devito made with fabric, batting, and thread. This quilt is red, white, and blue, with 15 square blocks with a 6-pointed star in each block. Handwritten inside each star is a phrase such as "God Bless America" or "September 11, 2001."
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.