On September 11, 2001 our lives were changed forever. Gone are the days when we
felt safe, when we felt removed from the horrors that go on in other places. Those horrors are
now here as well. As one we watched the horrendous images of the planes going into the towers, the
firemen rushing in, the buildings coming down, the unspeakable horror of knowing that those that
went in to help now needed help themselves.
Many lost their lives that day. Many families were left without husbands, wives, children,
brothers, sisters, friends. Quilters have always been ready to step forward with a gift of a quilt
when they are needed most. They were needed now. The New York Fire Department lost 343 men on that fateful day.
Men who leave behind grieving families. Missing Fabrics was part of
a project that supplied a quilt to each family of each lost firefighter. Some of these men
left behind very young children and there was also an effort to make baby quilts for the babies.
Missing Fabrics first adopted Battalion 9, Engine 54, and Ladder 4. This firehouse lost 15
men that day. Fifteen men who went into those towers in the hope that they could help someone else.
Now their families are left to try to deal with the loss, to find a way to say good-bye to these fine
men. We have had volunteers step forward and have quilts promised for all of these 15. Next we adopted
Engine 23 which lost 4 men. That firehouse we covered in less than a week. Next we adopted Ladder 21 which lost 7 men.
In all Missing Fabrics adopted 12 FireHouses. Then we helped cover the remaining 100 plus firefighter's families that were
left. During this project I met some of the most generous, most wonderful women I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I
want to thank all of the ladies in my group, all the ladies who were in the other groups, and all who offered
their help, their stories, their support. Thank you all.