Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.84
Dimensions: 3 ft X 3 ft X 0.25 in
Dimensions (Metric): 7.62 cm X 7.62 cm X 0.635 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Quilt titled Somewhere Over the Rainbow created by the Placerville, California, chapter of the American Sewing Guild and made with fabric, batting, thread, and photo transfer. This quilt has four nesting borders. The center focal point is a photo transfer of a child's drawing depicting an American flag with a rainbow arching over the flag. "I have placed my rainbow in the clouds as a sign of my promise until the end of time, to you and to all the earth. Genesis 9:13" is written below the drawing. Signed for "Tucker Chopp age 8 and MacKenzie Chopp age 5."
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.