Labor of Love Quilt Project

iheart radio interview on the Sonstein Sundays Broadcast

Please watch and listen to our video clip of Quilter, Diane Pryor-Holland and NYPD Deputy Commissioner, Bob Ganley’s interview on iheart radio Q104.3 on the Sonstein Sundays broadcast with Shelli Sonstein. The interview was published on Mother’s Day, Sunday May 12, 2019 6:55 a.m. and it discusses HOPS: Helping Our Post 9/11 Survivors non-profit organization and the Labor of Love Quilt Project.

Police Officers Pride Quilt

We are honoring and celebrating the lives of NYC Police Officers that are part of the PRIDE community who worked rescue and recovery on and after September 11, 2001 and later died as a result of 9/11 related illnesses as well as those who are living with 9/11 related illnesses. In their honor, we created the following Police Officers Pride Quilt for PRIDE month [June, 2019]

Next Labor of Love Quilting Bee

October 7, 2019 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. @ 1 Police Plaza

Our next Quilting Bee is scheduled for October 7, 2019 and our theme is “A Police Officer’s Heart.” Yesterday, as my mother and I drove over the Verrazano Bridge, police officers helped stop a man from committing suicide on the bridge and it made our theme “A Police Officer’s Heart” resonate with me, all over again. It is not an easy job, but for many, it is done from a heart of compassion.

Some of the ladies started sewing a mini version of the Police Officer’s Heart quilt block during the March 2019 Quilting Bee, which will later develop into a 50×50 inch lap quilt. I have a pattern for a 50X50 quilt size, and if you’re interested in making a charity quilt with it, please email me at 911hops@gmail.com. —Rochelle

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH-HERSTORY @ THE MARCH 2019 LABOR OF LOVE QUILTING BEE

This was our third Labor of Love Quilting Bee at 1PP, NYC. It was an absolute success! For the month of March, our nation celebrates women’s history, and during our March 25, 2019 Labor of Love Quilting Bee at 1 Police Plaza, our theme was celebrating Policewomen that worked rescue and recovery on and after the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks and those who died as a result of 9/11 related illnesses. We featured the Policewoman’s Star Quilt. Please see the photo below.

Policewoman’s Star Quilt by Rochelle Holland, which celebrates policewomen that worked rescue and recovery on and after the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks in New York City and those policewomen that died as a result to 9/11 related illnesses.

We had quilters from most of all the five boroughs in New York City volunteering. Quilters from the Quilters of Color Network, Empire Quilters, Quilting Queens [QNQ-Queens, N.Y.], Brooklyn Quilters Guild and Retired teachers [who are also quilters] from the United Federation of Teachers who reside in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island attended and sewed during the Quilting Bee. Thank you for your work! Thank you to all of the Post 9/11 families that are recipients of the Labor of Love Project and who also volunteered during the Quilting Bee that was very generous of you!

We also had a ceremony for families to receive their quilts. There were actual tears of joy during the ceremony and we are grateful that we were able to execute a positive experience. After the ceremony, families were able to meet some of the quilters that made their quilts. The families of the following N.Y.P.D. Officers that died as a result of 9/11 related illnesses received quilts.

Inspector Donald Fraser
Capt. Dennis Morales
Lt. Steven Cioffi
Sgt. Harold Smith
Det. Corey Diaz
Det. Edwin Ortiz
Det. Joseph Cavitolo
Det. James Albanese
Det. Joseph Seabrook
Det. Kevin Czartoryski
Det. Michael Morales
P.O. Cheryl Johnson
P.O. David Mohamed
P.O. Denis McLarney
P.O. Martin Tom
P.O. Peter Rodriguez
P.O. Renee Dunbar
P.O. Ronald Becker
P.O. Kevin Lee
Supervisor Umberto Corso


At this time, we would like to thank the New York City Police Department for all of their support and for sponsoring our event. Thank you Commissioner James O’Neill, Chief of Department T. Monahan, Deputy Commissioner Robert Ganley, Chief T. Burns and the Employee Relations Unit, DEA Vice President Paul Digiacomo, PBA President Pat Lynch and P.B.A . Officials, Thank you for making time to support us and for your kind words to the quilters and the families. Thank you W. Logan of NYPD Buildings and Grounds for your professionalism, for meeting with us on a Saturday and all of your physical labor. Last but not least, thank you Chaplain Casono for saying a blessing over the quilts. It was a day of excitement and service! All of us collectively worked to share our expression of Love. Please see our photos posted in our gallery.

March 25, 2019 Labor of Love Quilting Bee Photos

A widow in the photo below volunteered to help design the mini Policewoman’s Star and Patrolman’s Star mini quilt tops. She is not a quilter [yet :-)] but she is a recipient of the Labor of Love Quilt Project.


Post 9/11 widow and a NYPD Policewoman at the the Labor of Love Quilting Bee March 25, 2019. The Labor of Love Quilting Bee Celebrated Policewomen that worked Rescue and Recovery on and After September 11, 2001 and those female policewomen that died due to Post 9/11 related illnesses.
Several of the quilters dedicated their sewing time to making mini policewomen Star Quilts that will later develop into 50×50 inch lap quilts.
Post 9/11 widow volunteered to help design “Policewoman’s Star” mini quilts.

Quilters @ the March 2019 Labor of Love Quilting Bee 1 PP

  Labor of Love Quilting Bee October 2018

Commissioner James P. O’Neill at the October 2018 Labor of Love Quilting Bee.

Date: 10/25/2018

Monday, October 22, 2018, was our second Labor of Love Quilting Bee located at 1 Police Plaza.  More than 60 quilters attended to help and sew charity quilts for our survivor families.  Women and men from Empire Quilters Guild, Quilters of Color Network, Quilting Queens Guild, Brooklyn Quilters Guild, and quilters from the NYC United Federation of Retired Teachers gathered and hand-sewed patchwork blocks. The atmosphere was comfortable and full of excitement. Not only did these quilters sew blocks but some also brought in completed charity quilts.  Commissioner O’Neill also provided a beautiful lunch for the families and quilters.

Commissioner James P. O’Neill greeted us and presented the following 12 families with quilts that were made by women in New York City and throughout the United States.

  • Deputy Chief James Molloy
  • Assistant Chief Michael Quinn
  • Sergeant Alex Baez
  • Sergeant Edward Thompson
  • Police Officer James Godbee
  • Detective Roberto Rivera
  • Detective Luis Fernandez
  • Detective William Holfester
  • Police Officer Gary Mausberg
  • Police Officer Robert Nicosia

The families were grateful and overjoyed. You actually heard the families say “ouuuuu” when the quilt was presented to them, which was priceless.  The quilts provided some solace as they continue to deal with the absence of their loved ones.

During the event, we also showcased our Patrolman’s Star quilt.  The quilt pattern was created by Rochelle Holland in loving memory of her father Richard Holland and dedicated to all of the NYPD officers that worked rescue and recovery on and after the September 11, 2001 Terrorist Attacks. Please see the Star above. If anyone is interested in making the Patrolman’s Star and donating the finished quilt to our organization, please email us at 911hops@gmail.com and request a free PDF pattern. Women throughout the United States have sewn beautiful renditions of this quilt pattern and we have photos of them on our FB page.   Also, check out our gallery of photos from the event on this website.

Patrolman’s Star Quilt

The quilters were able to complete 15 quilt-tops.  Spectrum News: NY1, and CBS also interviewed the founders of the organization, Dolores Weiner, Diane Pryor-Holland and Bertha Merriweather about our efforts to serve these families. Social media news clips are on our Facebook page.  Please check them out and like our FB page! Also, NYPD News wrote an article about our event, please click on or copy and paste the following link into your browser:  http://nypdnews.com/2018/10/memorial-quilts-honor-fallen-finest/

Our next Labor of Love Quilting Bee is scheduled for March 2019 and we are super excited about it!

October 2018 Labor of Love Quilting Bee Photos

October 2018 Labor of Love Quilting Bee

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Serving active and retired N.Y.P.D Officers [that worked on and after the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks], and their families.

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