Tuesday, July 22, 2008

abundantly grateful am I. . .

I hardly know where to begin! It was a fine Tuesday, and I'm feelin' extremely wealthy today. Charlie, our Chief Financial Officer, deposited second-quarter royalties for the reprinted Treasury..., and he was smilin', too. This is where I finally say the necessary and sincerely heart-felt words: "Thank you, one and all," for giving my book a nine-year run. Who'd-a thought? +++ I hope you will allow me to share an occasional antique block. To my eye, this 1884 piece has it all! I particularly love blocks of this quality because of their beauty, of course, but even moreso because they are so instructive. (They also pretty-up a text-only blog in a wonderful way, don't they?) Give this one a focused look for just a few moments, and notice as many of the "Essential Elements of an Antique Crazyquilt Block" as you can find. I wish you had the time to write them down, but most of us can't really do that. My serious study years were between 1987 and 1996, and that was when I trained myself to journal with total obsessive/compulsive passion! I probably thought that doing so would make me smarter (hah!). But, that's how I saw and understood the several generic features that 19th-century CQ makers combined to create their quilts. Most of these Elements are very commonplace and are almost too obvious to mention, but mention them I did in my latest Workbook, where all twenty-two of them are described and illustrated. And that's just the patchwork!
Today's "eye candy" will be my oldest and latest project, "La Belle BEAR Victorienne." She is still in pieces, poor Darlin', but there are only five parts left to construct with patches, and six parts of her are embellished as well as I can do it. As you'll notice, all of the seams are decorated with either a wide or narrow lace OR a ribbon or trim of some kind instead of using stitches.
The palette is somewhat odd: Primary Colors are Blue, Blue-violet, Violet, Pink, Yellow, Brown, Black, and White. The Yellow is always very "dirty," as in "antique" Gold, and the White has many shades of itself, including Cream & Ivory & Snow. In case it matters.
I gotta confess to ya: I started making her in Spring, 1994. She was s'posed to be one of three or four -- a family of Pretty Bears, all wearing organza ribbons around their necks. (Oh, dear.) The good news is, I'm using up a whole lot of my laces & rickrack & even a few motifs, so Heaven willing, those won't all end up in the posthumous Back-Porch Sale! +++ Will scan the Bear parts to MY PICTURES and hope they come back to this posting when I ask them to. I also hope these early attempts to pretend to be one-tenth as creative as Mary Jo Hiney, in whose book I found "La Belle," will inspire you just a bit. (Yes, I made a Laces-Ribbons-&-Trims-only Quilt, too, and you'll get to see that one pretty soon. Promise!) +++ A day full of Blessings to you on the morrow! +++


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7 comments:

donnarae said...

Carole, you have a blog! That's wonderful -- I will bookmark this so I can come back often. Have fun with this!

Donna J.

Louisiana Momma said...

Carole! I am so proud that you finally got a blog!! I love mine b/c most of my friends read it and they get the latest without me sending out 50 billion emails.. although - I still have to do personal emails from time to time.. I emailed u a while back and didn't hear anything - but got an email that perhaps u weren't feeling well? So perhaps u missed the email..Hope all is well - pls email me - got a question for you.. my email is still mommasgoodiesandgifts@yahoo.com

Much love and God bless from Louisiana :-)

Courtney

Susan said...

Miss Carole, did you want the square at the top in your post, or at the top of your blog, like a header?

Lisa said...

I'm a proud owner of your Treasury book, just not the newest edition.
The book is beside when ever I'm CQ'ing...
In order to move the picture of your block to the header of the page. Go to the dashboard of your blog, click layout... In layout click the edit button in the header section, once the configure header box opens you'll see a box that says image and one that say from your computer browse for the picture on your computer once you find it and click it it will be added to your blog...
Good luck,
Lisa

LouAnne said...

Carole: Isn't the blogging world wonderful. Willa is a font of info; you are lucky. Glad ya joined up! smiles, LouAnne

gocrazywithme said...

I am so happy you started this blog. I will enjoy seeing antique blocks anytime you are up for posting them! My CQ style is evolving, but the antiques are still my first love...

Diane said...

It's wonderful that your book has been reprinted, otherwise I would have been missing the best book in my CQ library! I'm new to CQ and just love the hudreds of ideas your book shows.