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A Litter Of Bear Paws

Six new Bear Paw 5" cubes just finished!  Three combinations of wood (from left to right)
Karelian burl with French Walnut burl, Pommele Cherry with Walnut burl, and Tamo with Imbuya burl.  Each reversed making 6 boxes.
 Some will filter onto my Etsy shop, a few to some local shops. 
And I'm setting the retail price lower from now on for the Bear Paws.
Keep an eye on the Quiltboxes Facebook page for updates.

Something For The Men

A square humidor?  You bet. The Mariner’s Star adorns these two humidors in Tamo (Japanese ash), Walnut burl and Koa.  Two a year is about my limit on these so the Koa box will be made next year plus a new pattern I haven’t decided on yet. The Spanish cedar inside smells delicious!
Now my Face Book demographics tell me that my audience are women 40 yrs and up but I’ll bet there’s someone you can think of to send this link to, maybe?  

Product details at my Etsy shop. 

New Recipe Boxes

The new recipe boxes are starting it emerge from my studio; I’m pretty happy with them.
It’s occurred to us for a while now that a recipe box may end up sitting on a shelf so I always tried to get the nicest piece of veneer on the front of the box.  The next obvious step is to “slide” some of the pattern down to the front.  The spools pattern is now a whole square block with a fold in it.  The Dutch tile star was a bit more of a challenge.  The Kentucky Chain pattern I just made my brain hurt so I left it alone ;-)
I still need to get the rest done and in the store, take pictures of lots of 4” boxes some 6” and one new cube design, Bird of Paradise.
Stay tuned.

Fall Craft Shows

We are only doing two shows this fall.
The first is at Hancock Shaker Village September 27th and 28th.  Visit the link, it's a great place!
The Second is the very next weekend, the Manchester Center Crafts Producers Show Oct 3rd, 4th and 5th.  This is our first Crafts Producers show and we're really looking forward to it.
A few Job's Troubles 4" boxes waiting to make the scene! Mention you saw Job's Troubles on my blog and you'll get 10% off my show prices which are already 15% of regular!

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.