And it's a very special Quiltbox. It's made by Dave over at ......... Quiltboxes , of course! Someone posted about him on Facebook so I checked out his blog. I was taken with the beauty of his wood boxes and so I wrote and asked if he took requests for quilt block designs for the boxes. He said "yes". Then I asked if he had any "purple heartwood" in his stock and again he said "yes". So, I sent him a sketch of my favorite block pattern, one that I had used in a quilting block of the month for a group of friends that quilted with me at my church group "Hearthside Quilters". He took my sketch and turned it into that beautiful box that you see above.
Now perhaps you wondered why I asked if he had "purple heartwood". Well, I had seen some in a woodworking shop and saw how lovely it was. I always thought I'd like to have something made with a bit of that wood in it. When I saw Dave's boxes, I thought of that "purple heartwood". The box has a special purpose and is a memory box for some of my dad's things.....a ring, a watch, some pins from tractor and thresher events, some old photos. My brother has most of my dad's things and some medals from WWII but my dad never earned a Purple Heart. And that is why I wanted the box to have "purple heartwood" in it. It will hold my dad's things and they will be in a box with purple heart! Look inside the box and you can see that each treasure will have it's own place......... The work on these boxes is exquisite and I am so glad to own one that I can treasure both for it's work and what it contains.
When Dave makes these boxes, he makes four of the design in varying wood colors and if you look on his blog, you can see the four variations he made. I got to choose which one I wanted. I initially asked him to do one with brown in each corner but when I saw this one above, it was like he made the one I really wanted! Before I made my final decision, I sent the photos of all the boxes to my son Devlin and asked him to pick the one he thought was the nicest. His response was "they are all VERY AWESOME!" He chose the one with the lighter burled wood that you can see on Dave's blog. It was hard to choose just one. And you know what? I couldn't choose just one. I bought two and just between you and me, the one above is mine but there's another one that somebody I know is going to be gifted with one day soon. It's a secret for now but I'll let you know when I give the other box so I can share it's beauty with you, too.
That's all for now. I am doing a bit of stitching these days and working on some projects that I'll eventually share. I'm also still coping with some allergy issues that nag at my time but it's just annoying, nothing serious. The most exciting thing about today is that we are going to be in the 30's for temps and by midweek here in Minnesota it could be in the 40's. Now that is something to celebrate!!! Perhaps our long winter is getting a kick to become an early spring! Oh, I can hope!
Have a great weekend!