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"The Heart of America Quilt is dedicated to honor those affected by 9/11- in conjunction with educating children on current events, history and community service for a better world"

August, 2004

Volume 3, Number 5



"One day, the life we live, will be a history lesson to the children."






We are uniting our country and educating our children on working together to better their country and their world. Our success depends on:

  • Great people like YOU
  • Donations
  • A continued show of unity

Staying in Touch

The New York showing is in full swing and I am ever reminded of the blessings the quilt gives and receives. Our Directors and Advisors are giving so much of them selves to make this happen along with the guest performers and speakers. Many people from all over our country and a few from other countries will enter the Intrepid Museum and be amazed at the display of oneness the quilt symbolizes. Just this week I received an email from Susan in New York. Our first encounter three years ago was that of me writing and asking for fabric to use in the quilt. Susan sent fabric and became a huge form of support for the quilt and me. She would email notes about what was going on in NY and told me she would even talk to her daughter about adding a panel. Jessica, her daughter then added two panels for the quilt. Those panels becoming the first panels from New York City.

The stories of the quilt are endless and as I begin to write my speech for our event, I fret over which ones to tell. I have opened my overnight bag on planes and surprised the little planes passengers with panels of art work and stories for as long as the flight. In return I am told more stories to pass on to you. Flying into New York on a recent trip, I even met a flight attendant who spoke of her lost co worker. I hold their hands and proudly explain we are working for them.

I do have to say that working on the New York showing has been true hard work. The cost was high for things I never expected. Permits, fees, rentals……… Many people have jumped to donate their services and talents. But there are still many needs to cover. We have never been a large financial organization, but always huge on spirit. When I tell people that all positions are volunteer or that in the past year we received under $2000 in donations, they are amazed. Phone, Mailings, storage, internet, office supplies and all the makings of our little organization have been done on just that amount. I remember speaking to a student group about the quilt in a phone interview last year. Those children wanted to know what my pay was. As I sat in my hotel room, missing my family, surrounded by boxes of panels and fabric I smiled a proud smile they couldn’t see. I told them that they were my pay, that all the people that had taken part in the quilt had added so much to my personal journey, that I was rich beyond monetary value. Again, one of the children said "yeah, but what is your pay?" I replied hoping that later he would understand what I had said before, " I am a volunteer, I receive no pay" The New York Showing has been hard to pull together but I have told you all from the start that I would take your hard work to New York, and the time has come to do so! With pride I will meet with many of you for the first time, I will introduce you to a few of the great people that make this quilt what it is and as we gather in New York, surrounded by the need we have worked so hard to comfort, I will remember that young boys words as I look at the surroundings of the city and know there is no greater paid person in the world as myself.

Sending you all my best wishes filled with Joy,


On September 8th 2004 we will lay the fabric of the quilt in the Tech hall of the Intrepid Museum with a pride that will show the world what can be done when people work together. The showing will conclude with a service on the 11th that includes singers and speakers from all over, representing America and Unity. For Tickets please visit our website, for accommodations please call 201-617-5600

Heart of America Quilt Incorporated is a national non profit corporation under IRS code 501(c)3

The Directors of the Heart of America Quilt: Susan Morissette, President Colonel K Steven Collier, US Army Retired Tamera Selhaver, Survivor, G1 Pentagon Jean Rosenbluth, Business Manager, Automotive Systems Analysis


Donations – Please Help!

The Heart of America Quilt is run by an all volunteer body. We need your donations to keep it going. We have created a great form of living history that needs donations for preservation at the least. Every donation counts. $1, $5, $25. Please help us preserve all this hard work.

The website has a page with information on donating and donations can be mailed to HoAQ, 7 First St., Winslow Maine 04901

Please contact us for In Kind Donations. Every little bit helps. A ream of paper, stamps, fabric, office equipment. Please call if you have questions.

Services needed- Help with website layout and design, additional legal services, Marketing, Public Relations, Fund Raising.






Here’s a few ways to help unite your community:


  1. Organize a public signing.
  2. Call your local town officials and ask them to sign a panel with your organization.

  4. Have an art contest and let the winner be the designer of your panel.
  5. Invite your neighbors to a gathering and all do a portion of the quilt.
  6. Collect food and clothes for your local shelter while you do a signing.
  7. Take a panel to the mall!
  8. Ask a local event if you can bring a panel and a table.
  9. Take a panel to work!













Heart of America Quilt Incorporated





We’re on the Web!

www. HeartofAmericaQuilt. com

Positions Available-We need YOU!

With the New York Showing approaching fast, we are in need of many volunteers to help make it happen. All positions are on a volunteer basis. When requesting information, please include a brief description of qualifications and/or why you would like to be involved.

Positions Available for NY Showing-

Musical coordinator- A wonderful person that can work with our performers for the NY event.

Children’s Chorus-Just as it states!

Media Relations- Distribute and follow up to press releases, work with reporters to handle interviews, on site at event to work with HoAQ and media.

Assistant (can be done from any state) - Make follow up calls and help with planning. Organize, and keep record of invitations and replies.

Volunteer leader- Help in organizing all volunteers to make sure all jobs are covered and assigned.

Volunteers- the heart of our organization, the very people that make it work!

Ticket Manager- Person to record all tickets sold and reservations.

Fundraisers- We need your help to get the funds to make it all possible!


Future Plans

Special Thank You

Thank you to some of our musical performers for the New York Event! Molly Fitzpatrick, Selfish Steam, Daniel Lemaster, and Shari Roat. Thank you for donating your time and talents to the Heart of America Quilt!


Special Kudos this month to those that teach our children, protect our communities and our freedom.

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact us. Heart of America Quilt Incorporated 7 First St. Winslow Maine 04901 is our mailing address. At this time there is no public visiting time. For email, please contact and you can always visit our website at

Web Links:

Over the past two years we have met some of the kindest people in America! As always, unity and sharing with you about them is how we all keep doing the things that make this country so great! Check out these links for friends of the HoAQ:

Also check out our site for a few more!

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