Please help the 9/11 Bead Quilt Project!

Photo by Julia Pretl

Andrea Adams, the creator and force behind the 9/11 Memorial Bead Quilt, is asking for some help. The Bead Quilt was a project to remember and honor 9/11 victims, their families, and the heroes that emerged. It began with Andrea hoping to make a small quilt, and ended up with 576 squares from beaders around the world. Andrea and volunteers mounted the squares into 9 panels, 3 in memory of the World Trade Center, 3 for the Pentagon, and 3 for the plane that went down in Pennsylvania.

Photo by Julia Pretl

The Quilt has toured for 9 years and 60,000 miles. I was privileged to be part of it, assisting in its stop in Minneapolis 8 years ago, hosted at the Hennepin County Government Center, and sponsored by the Hennepin County Libraries. I was honored to be part of this project, and gratified to see the reactions of passers-by, to have them stop and honor the Quilt and whom it represents; it was mounted in a busy area and seen by people from all walks of life.

Photo by Julia Pretl

So here’s where I end this post: asking you to please consider contributing for the postage for their final journey to where they have been accepted into the permanent collection of the National September 11th Museum and Memorial, which is being built on the World Trade Center site. The Quilt weighs nearly 300 pounds, and shipping costs about $500. The Quilt’s fund has about half that. It is to be shipped by the end of the year.

On the How Can I Help? page of the Bead Quilt is a PayPal donate button, or you can send contributions directly to the PayPal address of There is also a limited edition full-color catalog of the Quilt photographed by Julia Pretl with the artists’ statements,  as well as postcards of all the squares available.

Enjoy looking at the Bead Quilt on its webpage, and please consider helping to send the Bead Quilt home. Thank you!

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