Over the summer, I was commissioned to make two T-Shirt memory quilts for a family, one for a brother that passed away, and one for their father. I tend to work in pairs, but one of the quilts stood out to me, because it so happens that the quilt for the brother, Jim White, died on September 11th, 2001. (I only figured it out last week). He worked for Cantor Fitzgerald and was one of 658 employees working on the top five floors of the World Trade Center North Tower. Interestingly, I worked on Jim's quilt all day and finished it 17 years after that maddening day. I felt it was kind of divine intervention on how it all played out for me today; in that, I felt I was led to work and finish it for the family today. A full circle moment, perhaps...
I will work on the father's quilt, or the second one of the pair, tomorrow. I'm grateful to have the privilege to work on Jim's quilt for his remaining family. And, lastly, Jim was the only Clemson Alumni to die on 9/11.
Our hearts still hurt from that day over a decade and an half ago.
United We Stand!