Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day two hundred and ninety-three of that project.

This quilt block shows a white garage and a lot of smoke. The garage is a white piece of fabric, with black pen markings on it to give it its details. There is drawn in a yellow lamp at the top of the garage, and the shadows are drawn in on two garage doors. Everywhere else except the upper left of the block is covered with a black fabric and brown fabric indicating smoke. It's quite dramatic.

It’s been a year since the East Troublesome Fire.

Three blocks, starting with today, will talk about that event.

I debated about whether to include it in my quilt, but because it was such a big event I want the people that look at this quilt and read my stories to remember after I’m gone that we are all survivors.

My story does not compare to the hundreds of people that lost so much.

On October 21 I was at work and in my shop there were only windows in the front. Through those windows was blue sky all day.

I knew that was a very narrow view and knew that smoke was getting heavier all the time.

Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw when I walked out the back door of the shop.

This is what I saw. You can see the patch of blue above the billowing smoke, it is 6:00 pm.

This garage is 30′ behind the store.