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Thread: 2015 Firemans Quilt

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    2015 Firemans Quilt

    A local organization has a benefit auction every year with proceeds divided amoung 6 local Volunteer Fire Companys.I made a Firehouse block representing each one for this years quilt.

    My good friend says "Every Quilt has a story" so here is this quilts story.

    Block # 1- Donaldson Fire Co. This little town is named for William Donaldson. He believed that mines provided to yield coal in large quantities and believed this to be a proper place for a village.
    - I chose the "Snowball' block. Snow is cold & wet like the mines. In black, this looks like chunks of coal, or perhaps the entrance to the many 'coal mines' in our area.

    Block #2- Tremont Fire Co. Tremont "tres mont" or 3 mountains in French, for the 3 mountains that form it's boundary. Broad, Stony & Red. The Indians also found this a great area for hunting.
    - I chose 'Delectable Mountains' for Tremont. Blue & gree4n were used for the blue skies & green mountains. There are 3 'mountains' on each side of the block which surrounds the 'town'

    Block #3-Ravine Fire Co.-Cherryville is the old local name for Ravine. And Ravine is just that. A ravine between mountains with a stream running thru.
    - This block is 'Wyoming Valley', which is itself a ravine. Part of the Applachians with the Susquehanna River running thru. I had to use cherry fabrics and a bit of green for the mountains!

    Block #4-North End Fire Co.-Main travel between Tremont & Pine Grove was shortened by joining 2 roads. This area used to be called 'the annex', now known as North Pine Grove.
    -'Crossroads' was the appropriate block for North End. I used the school colors and cardinal mascot.

    Block #5Pine Grove Hose, Hook & Ladder Fire Co- an early description of a tall stand of pines by John Bartram, was probably where Pine Grove 's name was derived.
    - This quilt block is 'Tall Pines'..what else! Difficult for me to create the firehouse here, but those tall pines were easy. Of course I used all colors of green, and the tree fabric even has pine cones on it.

    Block #6 Suedberg Community Fire Co- Capt. H.C.Christesan, a Swedish ship captain, fell from the mast & shattered his leg. He retired to Pine Grove and eventually moved to Suedberg. There he built a hotel & store. He is buried in the local Lutheran cemetery. Suedberg is a town in Sweden
    -The 'log cabin' block was used , because the Swedes were credited with bringing their idea of the log house to America. The colors used are blue & yellow, the Swedish flag colors.
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    Thank you for sharing enjoyed it very much
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    nicely done
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    What a great project for a great cause. You did a lovely job!

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    Great quilt..........

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    Such a wonderful heartfelt quilt you have made and it is sure to bring a very good price, as it has so much meaning and feeling to go along with the blocks. Whoever wins this one should consider themselves very lucky.
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    Beautiful stories about your beautiful creation.
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    That should bring lots of money. Good job.

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    Wonderful quilt.

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    Nicely done.

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    Very pretty.
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    So creative! Love the houses!! You did a great job!! Someone will love to own this quilt!!

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    Stunning piece

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    Very nicely done - great job.

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    What a wonderful symbolic quilt. I hope the story is attached somehow so that the lucky recipient will get the full representation of each fire house. You did a fabulous job and hope it brings in lots of money for the mentioned fire houses.

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    How very nice !!
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    Very neat. Love the quilt and the stories. Agree that the stories should go along with the quilt. There is going to be a very happy and lucky owner. BrendaK
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    I love it when people explain their projects- This gives such a wonderful extra dimension to the project, and we can see how you worked to bring out the essence of each of these locations. Terrific and meaningful quilt!
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    Thanks for sharing the quilt and the history behind each block. Great quilt.

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    Looks great....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellageo View Post
    ------The 'log cabin' block was used , because the Swedes were credited with bringing their idea of the log house to America. The colors used are blue & yellow, the Swedish flag colors.
    How unusual about the Swedes. i was always told that the newcomers learned to make log buildings by the native Americans. I know that the Pacific Northwest Native Americans made their "lodges" out of Lodge Pole Pine (Tamarack)
    BTW- I love your fund raiser quilt. Very imaginative.
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    What a great quilt. I hope you are going to provide a copy of the quilt's story when it goes up for auction .
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    Thank you, everyone!! for the nice comments. I made a cloth book with t-shirt transfer pages. Each block & story is on a page. This book goes with the quilt! The auction is on the 21st! I hope we raise a good bit of $$$. Wish us luck!

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    Love your very clever quilt and wonderful you've made a book to go with the quilt. Hope the auction was a great success. It should have been since the quilt is fabulous.

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    Such thought and effort went into this. Well done! Hope it brings lots of $$.
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