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Inspiration Friday : A Tribute to the Heros & Victims of 9/11

Since the announcement by President Barack Obama that the man who masterminded one of the most horrific events in our nations history had been caught and brought to justice, I have been unable to think of little else other than what happened on September 11th, 2001.  So much changed on that day.  So many lives were lost and ordinary citizens gave their lives to preserve our nation’s freedoms.

As the months and years passed we all sought ways to come to grips with this new reality. Drunell Levinson, a fabric artist and quilter who had witnessed the plane crashes came up with the brilliant idea of bringing quilters from around the world together to create a memorial tribute to the victims and heros of  September 11th. This project gave thousands of quilters and the sewing community an outlet for their grief and provided a symbolic way that they could honor those who were lost.

Here’s a small sampling of some of those quilts, for more information about this inspirational project and to view all of the quilts in this exhibit, click here and here.



Two thousand one, nine eleven
Three thousand plus arrive in heaven
As they pass through the gate,
Thousands more appear in wait
A bearded man with stovepipe hat
Steps forward saying, “Lets sit, lets chat”

They settle down in seats of clouds
A man named Martin shouts out proud
“I have a dream!” and once he did
The Newcomer said, “Your dream still lives.”

Groups of soldiers in blue and gray
Others in khaki, and green then say
“We’re from Bull Run, Yorktown, the Maine”
The Newcomer said, “You died not in vain.”

From a man on sticks one could hear
“The only thing we have to fear.
The Newcomer said, “We know the rest,
trust us sir, we’ve passed that test.”
“Courage doesn’t hide in caves
You can’t bury freedom, in a grave,”

The Newcomers had heard this voice before
A distinct Yankees twang from Hyannisport shores A silence fell within the mist
Somehow the Newcomer knew that this
Meant time had come for her to say
What was in the hearts of the five thousand plus that day

“Back on Earth, we wrote reports,
Watched our children play in sports
Worked our gardens, sang our songs
Went to church and clipped coupons
We smiled, we laughed, we cried, we fought
Unlike you, great we’re not”

The tall man in the stovepipe hat
Stood and said, “Don’t talk like that!
Look at your country, look and see
You died for freedom, just like me”

Then, before them all appeared a scene
Of rubbled streets and twisted beams
Death, destruction, smoke and dust
And people working just ’cause they must

Hauling ash, lifting stones,
Knee deep in hell, but not alone
“Look! Blackman, Whiteman, Brownman, Yellowman
Side by side helping their fellow man!”

So said Martin, as he watched the scene“Even from nightmares, can be born a dream.”

Down below three firemen raised
The colors high into ashen haze
The soldiers above had seen it before On Iwo Jima back in ’45

The man on sticks studied everything closely
Then shared his perceptions on what he saw mostly
“I see pain, I see tears,
I see sorrow — but I don’t see fear.”

“You left behind husbands and wives
Daughters and sons and so many lives
are suffering now because of this wrong
But look very closely. You’re not really gone.

All of those people, even those who’ve never met you
All of their lives, they’ll never forget you
Don’t you see what has happened?
Don’t you see what you’ve done?
You’ve brought them together, together as one.

With that the man in the stovepipe hat said
“Take my hand,” and from there he led
three thousand plus heroes, Newcomers to heaven
On this day, two thousand one, nine eleven

What a shame!


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New Arrivals: Conso Home Decor & Sewing Trims

We’ve just added some gorgeous new fabric trims to our online store.  Why not stop by? There’s No Minimum Order Amount Required to purchase and we ship fast! We have a large assortment of by the yard fabric trims and if you need something you don’t see listed? Contact us as we are always willing to see if we can get that special trim for you.

Home Decor Trims at Murray the Monster

From Conso’s Carrington Collection (style no 40078)

A 3 1/2 inch wide  Machine tied tassel fringe in the color of Cimarron (BNY09) which is a combination of multiple colors that appear to be Gold and Rust tones.

3 1/4 inch Tassel Fringe Sunrise

A 3 1/4 inch wide  Machine tied tassel fringe from Conso’s Carrington Collection (style no 21452) in the color of Sunrise (CR04) which is a combination of multiple colors. Use on curtains, draperies, pillows, upholstery and many more home decoration projects!

A 2″ brush fringe from Conso’s Veranda Collection in the color of Wildberry (VNT19)which is composed of the following colors: (E16) Camel, (E03)Brown, (R01)Black, (E18)Mocha, (J23)Claret, (L58)Branch Green.


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Tutorial: How to Make Fabric Roses

Looking for a creative way to make use of  all those extra bits of fabrics leftover from your other sewing projects? Well then check out this fun and easy tutorial from Portabellopixie on creating roses from rolled pieces of fabric.

Rolled Fabric Roses