The new year is off to a bit of a slow quilting start for me.
I am working behind the scenes with Partners in Design on our upcoming and third QAL…look for our announcement next month! And I’m currently looking for a bed quilt pattern that calls to me to make it (soon I hope!) and in between I’ve been hand sewing hexies.
These are 1 1/2” hexies in pretty summer colors, to counteract the gray weather here, from a charm pack by Me and My Sister for Moda fabrics “Badda Bing.”
To start I’m making a four coaster set, my new kitty coffee mug from Santa is quite pleased!
I keep little projects like hexies in cigar boxes:
I love cigar boxes for storage because:
- They remind me of my grandfather who was never without his cigars.
- Many have vintage reproductions of beautiful works of art from the 19th century.
- They are free!
Or nearly…When I go to a bottle shop that sells cigars, I always ask them if they have empty boxes. If yes, they always say take whatever ones you want (they just discard them anyway.) A new beer store in my town has a shelf of empty boxes you can choose from for a whole $1.00 each.
- They are made of real wood or recyclable cardboard.
- It is a feel good up-cycle:)
Each is like a little treasure chest to me. Here are a few from my collection:
I did some internet research and found oodles of information about cigar box history. It was in the 1880’s that the labels came into their own; printed, embossed and glued to boxes. The pictures and settings were varied but were meant to “capture a man’s attention”; with scenes of trains, travel, patriotism and oh of course lest I not mention, sex appeal.
Since they were mass produced, via stone lithographs, and were considered advertisements they were not given the distinction of “real art.” Now however there are many museum exhibits and collectors of the rare originals who give these labels their due.
I also love to collect tins for holding needles, safety pins and paperclips. I have gum tins, chocolate tins and tea ones too!
What do you collect for storing your notions or anything else?
I hope to have my next post be the start of a new quilt! Thanks for stopping by ~Abbie 🤗