The Wedding Box

He is from Oregon and she is from Texas (and she’s my niece.)
They were married last week and I thought I’d share my gift for them with you.
It’s one of my 5” cube boxes with the Oregon state quilt block on the sides and the Texas state quilt block featured on the top.  The light wood is Tamo (Japanese Ash) and the red colored wood is Bubinga. We added the squares in the corners of the Texas star as a design element to help integrate the two patterns but that’s probably not necessary, marrying the two patterns on the box may be all the integration they need. 
We referenced The United States Patchwork Pattern Book: 50 Quilt Blocks For 50 States by Dover Publications.  It’s a collection of quilt block patterns from Hearth & Home Magazine, 1907 – 1912. The thought occurred to me to offer this type of combination box and a custom order from my Art Fire store and my Etsy store.  They’ll need a long order time though and they’ll be more expensive obviously but I think they’ll be worth it.

The First Stickle Boxes.

Here are my first ten Stickle boxes!
The boxes are 4” square and 3 ¼” high.  I’ve used a very dense bird’s eye maple for the background of each block and the sides. A dot of the colored wood used in each box is inlayed into one side and across the seam to ensure perfect fit and that the grain pattern is continuous across each side.  A single piece of veneer is used for each side, top and bottom with virtually no loss. Even a small “bird’s eye” can be seen half on the lid, half on the bottom.
These first ten are now at the Bennington Museum store, with more on the way.  I’ll post when I get a batch up in my Etsy store.  I’ll be doing reverse colors too, just to liven things up a bit. 
We’re planning to make boxes using many more of Jane Stickle’s beautiful quilt blocks (all of them would take years!) with 6” versions and our 5” cube with a block on each face too!
Will there be coupons and sales?  Oh Yes.  We’ll be posting a printable (pdf) coupon that you can take to the museum for 10% off our boxes. 
The 1863 Stickle Quilt is on display only 6 weeks each year (in 2013, you can see it from August 31 to October 14).  Here’s the link to the Bennington Museum with all the details.  If you haven’t seen this incredible piece of American folk art you owe it to yourself to make the trip during the 150th anniversary of this treasure.

My Log Cabin Housing Development

Four 4 inch Log Cabin boxes just finished.
The woods are quilted Maple, western red Maple burl, Walnut burl and Wenge (the very streaky dark wood). The fire in the hearth is blood wood. 
It’s the American dream isn't it; to own a log cabin?
On Facebook you’ll find and coupon code for 25% off one of these (more later) or anything else in my Etsy shop for one week!

Columbia Stars

Four, just finished Columbia Star quilt blocks in wood.
The four woods used are (around the clock) Ash burl, Wenge, Camphor burl, and Karelian burl.  One wood will make up the predominant wood on the box and the other three the cubes that describe the negative star shape in the middle.  This is just an iPhone pic so no luminescent colors to see yet.  I’ll be making up two of these and two Star of the Wests, and two Northumberland Stars, all 6”.

Paws For The Cause

Ok, From left to right we have Lace wood with Walnut burl paws.  Walnut burl with gorgeous curly Cherry paws.  Mahogany crotch with Ash burl paws and, (my fave) Koa with fumed Oak paws.
One is in my Etsy shop now, perhaps more later.

My Yin & Yang

It’s nice to get a shot of these“brother and sister” 5 inch cube boxes sporting the Storm At Sea quilt pattern while I've got them both here.  The dark wood is fumed oak.  It was noticed that oak beams and boards in old stables would turn dark brown and black.  Turns out that it was the ammonia from the horse’s urine that made the oak turn black.  Today the deed is accomplished with high strength ammonia.  Oak contains an acid called tannin that reacts to the ammonia.  The color in the oak is all the way through and doesn't sand away.
Lacewood is the pinkish wood and is related to oak.  The shimmery figure in the Lacewood is like the “tiger stripes” in quarter sawn oak.

Soon to be parted, one will go to a retail outlet I’m selling in or sell from my Etsy store.  
Email me for a great price if you’re interested in both. ;-)

Stickle Boxes

Beth and I just got back from our trip to the Bennington Museum in Vermont.  We made the short trip to view the Jane Stickle Quilt.  The simplicity of her blocks (not really so simple) and the calm beauty of the light background quilting has inspired me to create a body of work using her blocks.

I'm already making a 4" box and so it seems like a good size to move ahead with.  My first four are blocks  pictured below. The first from left to right uses a wood called quilted Makore (mak-or-ay) and the light background wood is figured Eucalyptus.  The second is a greenish wood called Imbuya with the same background wood.  The third is Mahogany with curly Maple as the background and the last is figured Cherry with a background of white birch.
Next year is the 150th anniversary of this amazing work of art and I hope to have a very fully stocked web store with, if not all the blocks in quantities a great majority of them.