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!