Unfortunately, my father died as a result of a 9/11 related illnesses during the year 2012, and several years ago, my mother started a group for families of NYPD Officers that died due to Post 9/11 related illnesses, from working rescue and recovery. This group is known as HOPS: Helping Our Post 9/11 Survivors, and they can be found on FaceBook.
My mother has been quilting for over 30 years, and during 2018, I helped her devise a quilt drive, entitled the “Labor of Love Quilt Drive.” We solicit quilters to make charity quilts for these families. We have encountered so many generous quilters, it is simply amazing.
I started quilting after my father died. Although I enjoy modern quilts more than any other style of quilting, I do like making traditional star quilts. I designed the above quilt in honor of my father. It’s called the “Patrolman’s Star.” Currently, the pattern is sold on craftsy.com and etsy.com for three (3) dollars. It was made in his honor, but could be made for a patrolwoman as well! It is a fun and easy pattern to make for a relative or friend that served or is currently serving the public as a police officer.