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Monday, September 26, 2005


Online quilting group forms for Hurricane Katrina relief

katrina quiltsWhen Shanna Murray saw the pictures of people suffering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it wasn't enough to donate money or write about it in her blog.

"I felt helpless, like so many others, wanting to help in a bigger way than my small donation could have. I've been blessed to be part of a vast crafting community on the web . . . . I knew if we pooled our efforts we could do something on a grander scale than any of us could on our own."

Having had experience with crafting for charity by starting the Month of Softies Flickr group, which sent sock monkeys to Artists Helping Children, Murray returned to the Flickr community to start Quilters for Katrina, with admirable results. (Flickr is a web site designed for social networking around shared photographs.)

"I expected some of the wonderful women I've met would join in, but I never expected to get the response I've had...174 members from all over the world joined in just a couple days! So much loving kindness existis on this little Flickr group. It's been terribly humbling and heartwarming. Many of the women have expressed a sense of healing as well. Making the squares has been therapeutic for all of us. The sense of community living and growing in our little neck of the web is a beautiful thing," says Murray.

All of the squares created by the group and sent to Murray will be assembled into quilts, auctioned, and the proceeds donated to the American Red Cross. The squares contributed thus far by the Quilters for Katrina can be seen in this Flickr slide show.

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