The Quilting Queens and Katrina.

On this day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana. This category 4 hurricane was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States, displacing one million residents, and ranking alongside the Great Depression in human impact.

The Quilting Queens of Minden (Louisiana) met during their post Hurricane Katrina and Rita volunteer work. They made this one patch quilt titled “God’s Blessings” from clothing items that were left at a relief center that could not be distributed The group met weekly and made quilts to auction off to raise money for hurricane survivors. This quilt is special because it was signed by Hurricane Katrina evacuees, as well as relief workers. It was documented as part of the Louisiana Quilt Documentation Project in 2006.

View this quilt on The Quilt Index to read more about its history, design and construction. Be sure to use the zoom tool for a detailed view.


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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance

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The Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our International quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation's diverse peoples and their communities. In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals: To promote the understanding of the quilt as an important grassroots art form. To make information about quilts available to a broad public. To educate the public about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.

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