Photo credit: © Drunell Levinson. All rights reserved.
Accession Number: C.2007.8.85
Dimensions: 35.25 in X 35 in X 0.25 in
Dimensions (Metric): 89.535 cm X 88.9 cm X 0.635 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Drunell Levinson and of the contributors to the September 11 Quilts Memorial Exhibition
Love from California
Quilt titled Love from California created by the Placerville, California, chapter of the American Sewing Guild and made with fabric, batting, thread, and photo transfer. This quilt has six nesting borders. The center focal point is a photo transfer of a child's drawing depicting a pair of hand-prints colored like an American flag and signed "Anna 2 years." A child's drawing of a "Big Red Truck" is signed "Benjamin 4 years." At the top is written "Happy Things."
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.