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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.

Source:
http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/hurricane-katrina-slams-into-gulf-coast

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
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