How it breaks my heart to think about this day and recall the events that transpired. I so clearly remember where I was and what was happening. How I pray for all the loved ones passing another anniversary without their family, those who died that day, and those who have passed due to illnesses contracted after. May we always honor and remember the fallen.

During our trip to the AQS show in Grand Rapids we were privileged to view quilts made in memory of all those who perished. There were rows upon rows of quilts made from squares honoring each victim. Embellished with their names and ages, these quilts are a visual reminder of the loss our nation, and other nations, suffered when citizens were lost during the attacks.

This Pine Burr block and the blue striped block with the red dot captured my attention

One of our guild members knew some of those who lost their lives at the Pentagon. She was able to find the quilts that held the names of her co-workers through an index the exhibit maintains. What a beautiful, but gut wrenching, display this truly was.

16 thoughts on “9-11-19

  1. claire93 September 11, 2019 / 4:58 am

    a lovely tribute

    • chrisknits September 11, 2019 / 9:21 am

      It really was lovely. But also so unsettling, to know the reason behind all those beautiful quilts.

  2. rl2b2017 September 11, 2019 / 7:36 am

    Hi Chris. I’ll never forget that day or that week for that matter. Another of the first responders just recently passed away from what he inhaled. This is one instance that I hope is never repeated in history. What a moving display. I would have loved to see it. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • chrisknits September 11, 2019 / 9:15 am

      Roseanne, yes it was a moving experience. And I am sure even more so for those who had loved ones taken that day. I can’t even imagine seeing it from that viewpoint. > >

  3. nothingbutknit2 September 11, 2019 / 8:07 am

    I too will never forget. The world changed so much that day. All the days since have been different.
    The quilt display is both lovely and haunting.

    • chrisknits September 11, 2019 / 9:14 am

      As a quilter you were impressed by the blocks and quilts. As a citizen you were heartbroken to be viewing such a wonderful display. They also played an audio of recordings from that day and after, that was haunting. > >

  4. delightedhands September 11, 2019 / 12:08 pm

    I’m sure it is a display you will never forget and that is the point, isn’t it?!
    Thank you for sharing and reminding us all about that day tragedies and triumphs!

    • chrisknits September 11, 2019 / 1:52 pm

      It will stay with me. And to keep it alive I plan to do a Pine Burr wallhanging, just not sure what colors, maybe patriotic, maybe not. But I know whenever I will look at it, it will remind me. > >

  5. Sara Fridley September 11, 2019 / 2:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful quilts. Like anyone else alive then I do remember too where I was. Plus some dear friends lost their son at the Pentagon that day, so I always think of him on 9-11.

    • chrisknits September 11, 2019 / 5:46 pm

      How sad that they had to suffer such a loss. I hope their memories of him sustain them through the years. >

  6. AJ September 11, 2019 / 8:46 pm

    Oh wow, what a great tribute!

  7. quiteayarnblog September 12, 2019 / 1:36 am

    That is a beautiful tribute! I remember the day well also. I’m glad the victims are being memorialized, along with the events of the day.

    • chrisknits September 12, 2019 / 7:52 am

      It is important to honor them and for us all to remember what happened.


  8. dezertsuz September 15, 2019 / 9:50 pm

    Thanks for sharing this, Chris. It looks like an exhibit we should all see.

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