Joyce Durham has created a quilt to raise funds for fire safety equipment.
Durham, office manager of the Franklin County Emergency Operations Center, is an avid quilter who decided to do her part to help purchase wildfire gear suits for county volunteer firemen.
The machine quilted coverlet, constructed of cotton marble batiks, measures 82 inches by 82 inches and is suitable for a full-sized or queen-sized bed.
The theme of the quilt is firefighting equipment, and features trucks, helmets, a Dalmatian dog and at its center, “The Fireman’s Prayer” in a photo print on fabric.
“When I saw the fire trucks on an embroidery site that I frequent, I knew I needed to make this quilt,” she wrote. “The bright colors represent a raging wildfire in reds, oranges and blues, all marbled by the dark of the smoke. Around the quilt are the fire trucks woven through the ribbons of time. The inner pictures are the fireman as he says his prayer, the tools that he uses to combat the raging forces of nature, his famous fire hat and, last but not least, his trusted fire dog. The black border represents the charred remains of the fire’s aftermath. On the back of the quilt, the emerging florals represent new beginnings that are part of the raging wildfire. “
The drawing will be held at the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival on Thursday, April 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $1 or six for $5. Send your check or money order to The Fire Quilt, c/o Volunteer Franklin, 28 Airport Road, Apalachicola FL 32320. You need not be present to win.