My last posts have been all about our island fire station
closing. It’s been very upsetting to me and all of us living here. However
there is hope for getting the station to serve an important function. We’ve
applied to have it declared a historic structure. If it is designated, then we
can start refurbishing it with the help of a licensed contractor supervising
volunteer laborers. Funds will be needed for materials.
How do people raise money for a good cause? They make
quilts, of course. My printer has been printing, my machine has been humming.
Today I did a template for the centerpiece.
I enlarged my sketch and am now laying out fabrics to use.
The stripe at the top right will be for the Quonset Hut building front section,
the red brick fabric will be used for the brick outside-wainscoting along the
front, the brown for the shingle trim, the off-white for the cement block
walls, and the blue for the sky. It’s fun to pull from my stash. I’ve found two
fire truck photos to put in the bays. I’ll print the photos on fabric.
This is the photo (below) of the station that I am
copying, but the quilted one will have the doors open.
I’ve finished another aspect of the quilt by
printing a composite photo on cloth (2012 and 1951). I am really pleased with
it. It will be fun to quilt around the arched Quonset Hut roof tying the two
parts together. I’ll emphasize a few other details with quilting, too.
I needed help with a caption for the composite
piece. So I went on Facebook to our Bethel Island group, posted a photo, and asked for ideas. Jack
Whitener, our Island fire chief from the 1970s and 1980s, came up with a
wonderful caption: “There is no future without a past.” I printed it out the caption on
fabric and I will appliqué it on the finished quilt.
Labels: friends, history, island life, quilting