“When Jessica invited me to make this quilt for her I was touched that she trusted me enough to cut up her father’s t-shirts and turn them into
this blanket she had dreamed for her children. A happy blanket, filled with color, love and memories – she has called it a map of memories of
During the making of this quilt I have thought about Ron Bucca a tremendous amount. I never had the pleasure of meeting Ron Bucca but as far as I can work out he was a true American hero – someone who dedicated his life to his family, his country and his mission to save lives. I know his loss has left a hole in many people’s hearts – but especially for the Bucca family whom surprise me each time I meet them with their kindness, generosity, warmth and continued lust for life after such a tragic event.
I am honored to have been a part of their healing process by making this quilt. I am currently filing my 501(c)3 papers to form ‘Quilting A Memory’ which will provide free quilting services to those service men & women who have lost their life in service of their country. I am truly passionate about recycling clothes and uniforms into beautiful quilts and I hope that I will be able to reach others with my work too.
And finally I especially want to thank Chief Fire Marshal Robert Byrnes and those at the Bureau who so kindly agreed to pay for this quilt in honor of Ron, his daughter Jessica and his granddaughters Isabel & Emmy.
Thank you for listening & bless you all.”