Karen: During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, we lived in New Orleans. Our house was flooded with about 8 feet of water. After we returned to New Orleans in January 2006, we rented a house on Dante Street near the river bend in the Mississippi. The house had no power for 6 weeks, and it was cold that January. I needed something to do at night in the dark to keep warm, so that is when I thought about making my first quilt. I was able to cut the fabric for this quilt using the light from a flashlight. On the weekends, I took the pieces into my husband’s office where he had an old sewing machine, and I sewed the pieces together. We eventually lost our jobs in New Orleans and moved to western NC, and I forgot about this quilt. Last summer I found it again when I was finishing up my 2nd and 3rd quilts. The seams are uneven and twisted, the points do not meet in many places, and there are waves and tucks galore, but I love the pattern and the fabric and the memories in this Katrina quilt. After talking with Linda, I decided that I would try to finish this quilt. I finished it a week or so ago, and Linda has agreed to quilt it. Bless her!
Aug 25, 2016: Barbara stopped in today to start planning her quilt as she finishes it for longarming. Forgot to take a picture but every other block is solid off-white interlaced with blue pieced star blocks. We looked at some possible blocks to put in the off-white blocks. Thinking we will fill in the rest of the quilt top with a panto of similar density to the block she picks. She needs to buy the fabric for her backing & binding.
May 26, 2017: Barbara now has her backing...yes, 9 months later...much better later than never. She left to consider which Hummingbird patterns to use in her quilt.
Oct 19, 2017: Barbara came by with her quilt. We finished our plan. I know I said no more custom but note that we started planning this quilt in August of 2016.
Oct 31: Prepping.
Nov 01: Prepped ready to load. The top needed lots of blue threads trimmed so they don't show under the white.
Nov 02: Loaded ready to quilt. Had to fix the programming. What I had was good enough for Barbara & I to plan but not accurate enough for quilting. It is now. We are using So Fine! 402 Pearl with Bottom Line 655 Off-White (same shade). The So Fine! we are using is a dull finish 50 wt thread that will give Barbara's custom blocks a bit more definition. The white on white should be stunning though quiet.