September 11, 2011

9 11: The Event That Changed The World

9 11, the event that has had a huge impact on the world! Ten years on and it's still in everyone's memory like it happened yesterday. Seeing footage on the television brought back my memory of where I was ten years ago! We were living in the Middle East. It wasn't the best situation to be in. The expatriate community there was uneasy and worried. The school where my children went to had put up a barrack gate  and there were armed guards patrolling the school. We didn't know what to think and what to do! We loved living there. I loved the desert landscape; I loved being on the Persian Gulf where the sea was a beautiful shade of turquoise. The men in their crisp white dishdasha, so crisp that you can hear the sound of the well pressed cotton rubbing together when they move, were everywhere. I miss the women with their full length black abayas moving around with no care in the world. 

On 9 11 at the time world trade centre got hit I had just come home from work and my children told me that the World Trade Centre had been hit. We had world trade centre in Dubai as well so I thought right, a plane had accidently flown into the building! When I turned on the TV and saw what was really happening I was so shocked and stunned with the unbelievable, horrible, images. We were on top of those buildings only a few months previously while visiting New York on vacation. How could it be possible! 


So many things happened following 9 11 and some expatriates left the Middle East fear for their safety. Some American fast food joints got bombs thrown at them. It wasn't a pleasant time, but we didn't leave. I always hoped for the best and worried about my children's education. DD was in her last year at high school and I wanted her to finish school there. Searching the Internet late one night I came upon a call for quilts to commemorate 9 11 that would be exhibited at the Houston's International Quilt Festival in November that year. I always believed in the healing power of quilts. If you are busy creating something for any event, whether it sad or happy, the process of making a quilt helps the healing process. I emailed Karey Bresenhan saying that I would like to make a quilt for it.  


I was into printing images onto fabric at that time. So I decided to use the images of 911 for the setting of the quilt. I used Americana fabric I brought back from Houston a few years back as part of the blocks. I was so immersed into making these blocks that I didn't realize how many blocks I had made. The quilt ended up quite large, 77" x 63", I called it One for all and all for one. I got it finished just in time for the festival in Houston in November 2001. They were over 300 entries for that event. In 2002 these quilts travelled to Barcelona for the Europe Quilt Expo and I took my quilt there myself. Watching people viewing my quilt and what they were saying about it was so touching. Many people were in tears seeing the quilts. 


A few months later Karey Bresenhan published the book America from the Heart: Quilters Remember September 11, 2001 with all the quilts made for 9 11 in it. All profits from the sale of this book are donated to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund. 9 11 will always be a bitter sweet memory for me.  



Thanks
Nat

15 comments:

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Wow Nat what a story...you must've come to Bathurst some months after that...I remember where we were too and I couldn't believe what I was seeing...And to make that quilt...how AWESOME!!! Dzintra

Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing your story Nat, it was very touching to read about where you were and how you felt.

kaiteM said...

It's good to share stories of that time Nat, thankyou.

Janet said...

My goodness, what a story you have to tell Nat. Your quilt was a fitting tribute.

Anonymous said...

Lovely, caring story Nat...I cant believe it was ten years ago. Everything is still so fresh in our minds.
I awoke to those images on the news. Paul with the TV on, watching these unbelievable scenes. We will never forget, no matter where we are in the world.
How wonderful to have made the quilt that has travelled the world for such a cause.

Jacky xox

Kathie said...

wonderful post, beautiful quilt. a day that I will never forget living very close to NYC its like it happened yesterday, still. Our lives have changed forever.
Kathie

Sue-Anne said...

A very touching post Nat. I think 911 was the day we all learnt about terrorism.

Lis said...

How interesting to read your story Nat and to try and imagine it from the point of view of those in the Middle East. My story is less dramatic but also memorable. We came home from the funeral of a wonderful man, the lifeblood of our village, turned on the television and saw those images. 9/11 will forever be a reminder of Ron and this anniversary, as every year, must be so hard for Margaret, his widow. My prayers are with everyone who has a story to tell.

MulticoloredPieces said...

What a lovely quilt to pay tribute to those who suffered.
And thanks for stopping by my blog so often and making interesting comments. I feel like I'm getting to know you!
best, nadia

deanna7trees said...

a great story and remembrance.

Needled Mom said...

A friend of mine also did a 9/11 quilt that traveled. I am wondering if it was in the same show. Her name is Sandy Keating.

You were certainly not living in the best place (as far as safety goes) when 9/11 happened.

onesmallstitch said...

- thanks, Nat. help a stranger, hug a child and say a small prayer.

homeschooled said...

Thank you Nat for sharing your story.
Where have those 10 years gone?You might like these flags:
http://found-stitched-dyed.blogspot.com/search/label/flag
http://artwithaneedle.blogspot.com/

aracne said...

What a moving story. I remember receiving a call from my sister and she urged me to switch on the TV. I asked: 'what channel?' and she said that it didn't matter. So I sat unbelieving with my frist son watching the plane hitting the second tower, I cry every time that I remember it.
It was the first time that I felt a bond with other unkwon people, beyond boundaries and cultures.
The quilt is beautiful, a true work of love.

AnnieO said...

What a difficult time you went through in those days--I agree the Middle East was not an ideal place to be during that time. Your quilt is beautiful and I hope it did feel healing for you while making it. My parents had been to New York about a year before the attacks and I have a photo of them with the towers in the background across the river. So sad to think of all the people who were in that building who lost their lives.

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