Monday, January 14, 2019

CQJP 2019 - January Block

I have January's block with a lady from the 1910s completed and excited to get started on February's 1920s lady.  After thorough research my process begins by sketching out the lady, concentrating on her pose.  Next I will size her similar to my previous paintings, work out details and transfer the image to watercolor paper.  After the painting is transferred I will choose fabrics appropriate in color and pattern for that particular time period, make my color choices and begin painting.  Once the artwork is complete I will transfer it to printable fabric and begin my piecing.

Here is the January block completed along with some close-ups of details.
This style is from the mid 1910's around the time WWI began.

The styles had become more practical and less frilly by about 1915 although still heavily embellished with embroidery.  Colors as well had become darker.  The skirt length became shorter and lace up or button up boots were fashionable.

Spider webs are a symbol of good luck on crazy quilts so I like to use them when I can.

Hats were still a fashion necessity and even though the rims became narrower feathers were still popular as decoration and used on the majority of women's hats.

I like to use dragonflies and/or butterflies on my blocks.

The zipper was invented near the end of this decade but not yet used in women's clothing, buttons were used so I wanted to add some vintage buttons on this block.

Now to do a little more research for my February block.  

Monday, January 7, 2019

Button Storage

I was looking for buttons for my crazy quilt block and was sort of wishing I had something else I could store them in.  I had them in spice jars that were on a turntable.  That didn't work too bad as they were sorted by color but I had to dump them out if I was trying to find a nice mix.  It dawned on me I had bought this nice photo storage box at Hobby Lobby awhile back.  It consisted of smaller acid free boxes made to hold a group of standard sized photos.  Those 16 boxes fit neatly into a larger box that latched and had a handle for carrying.

I started dumping the buttons into the boxes according to color, including a box for clear buttons, silver and gold.  I had a lot of black buttons so did one box for large black buttons and another for small black buttons.

They fit!

The only ones that didn't fit were my white buttons.  I ended up putting them in another plastic box I had.  I think it was for pencils or school supplies or something.

This was my old button storage.  These spice jar turntables were at the dollar store and I sort of went crazy buying all I could find since a few years ago they were only about $5 as I recall.

Other uses I found for them were for jewelry findings, some pearls and chip beads...

Now to get back to stitching on my January block and avoid getting distracted, but I keep thinking of things I can put into the spice jars I just emptied.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

CQJP 2019 - 20th Century Ladies

2019 is here and I'm ready and excited to begin my Crazy Quilt Journal Project for this year.

As you may know I am a watercolor artist and crazy quilter, so it seemed natural to incorporate some of my paintings into my quilts.  My latest endeavor is painting fashion ladies from each decade of the 20th Century trying to incorporate the character, fashion and mood of each decade.  I thought it would be interesting to create CQ blocks for each using fashion colors and some of the fabrics from each individual decade.  It has been absolutely intriguing studying the fashions and learning what worldly influences and public figures affect the styles and attitudes in women's fashions.  Since there are obviously only 10 decades in a century and I have already created my 1900s painting and block it will not work for a full year so I have pre-planned how I will finish out the final three blocks.  You will have to stay tuned for those.

1900s:  My first painting and CQ block was done previously.  It was a lady for the 1900s.  Fashion at that time was pretty uncomfortable and unnatural for women.  It was referred to as Edwardian and included the infamous 'Gibson Girls'.  1900s ladies wore very restricting undergarments that cinched the waist tightly and forced the figure into what is referred to as a 'S' shape where the bust is forced forward, the waist tiny, and the behind extended.  The fainting couch was popular at this time because their corset was cinched so tightly causing the lady to faint.  Can you imagine!  Stiff high collars kept their noses in the air.  Other indicators of this decade in fashion included large, large brimmed hats, gloves, fans, umbrellas, heavy embroidered gowns, large single bustline (uni-bust) with a large flower in the center.  Colors were soft pastels and whites but could also include royal purple, blue, deep red and emerald green.  Fashions often included ruffles and embellishments such as rhinestones, lace and ribbons.  In other words, very feminine, delicate looking but constraining.  The 1900s and in previous decades Victorian etiquette and customs were very formal and included such topics as calling cards and visiting cardstea etiquette, and it is fun and interesting to read about the language of fans and language of flowers.   I provided links to some of these but it is easy to find an abundance of information on all topics relating to the Victorian period on the Internet and in books.

Influential people included Sarah Bernhardt, Lily Langtry and of course the Queen.  Auto Chrome photography was invented in 1907.  The Theatre was popular entertainment.  Dances included "Boston" Waltz, Two Step and the Chasse'.

Following is my first painting and CQ Block.

1900s Lady - original painting copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art

1900s Lady Crazy Quilt Block

1910s:  My next block and the first for my CQJP 2019 is the 1910s lady.  This period also is referred to as Edwardian.  Fashion was influenced by Japanese and during much of this decade and normally included a blouse, skirt, dress and coat.  The heavy corset was abandoned for a less restrictive style, replaced with a straight, more natural figure without the frills and flounces.  The early 1910s was defined mainly by the popular "Hobble" skirt.  I suppose this is where the term 'hobble along' came from.  The length was around the ankles and early on they were so tight around the ankles it was extremely difficult to walk.  This was remedied by adding a bit of fullness, pleats and slits.  The tops were loosely cinched just above the waistline, necklines were V-shaped but with a blouse underneath and sleeves were long and looser.  Colors were brighter and included colors such as purple, pink and peach.  Large often over-sized hats were popular yet, but the brims became narrower and feathers were quite commonly used as adornment on the hats.  I did a painting of a lady in this style but didn't include her in the block. 

Early 1910 Lady watercolor painting - Copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art

About mid 1910 WWI had begun but the USA wasn't fully involved until around 1917.  Styles became more practical with fuller skirts (called Crinolines and considered more patriotic and practical) and shorter hemlines above the ankles.  The Armistice blouse came into being around 1918 at the end of the war.  Hats were still almost mandatory.  The tea gown vanished from the fashion scene.  Fashion colors became darker going into the copper, grey, browns, black, still some whites, burgundy, deep blues/navy and gold tones.

Influential people included Mary Pickford, Helen Gardner, Theda Bara, Pola Negri, Isadore Duncan, Lole Fuller, Gloria Vanderbilt, Tina Chow, and Gretta Garbo.  Fashion designer Paul Poiret and his wife Denise who modeled his Empire line dresses (Lecallier) greatly influenced the new fashion.  Fashion, hair and make-up was also influenced by the Silent Screen, Nickelodeon and Movie Stills.  This is also a time of the famous Titanic.  When war started women became involved by filling in vacancies left by men who had gone to war.  You have probably also heard of Rosie the Riveter who led the way to women contributing to the war efforts and resulting in a new confidence by women.  Interestingly also, although men's fashion, a designer named Burberry was commissioned to adapt an army officer's coat for the trenches and the Trench Coat was born.  Popular dances included Castlemaxixe, Ragtime, Tango, Fox Trot and Turkey Trot, Bunny Hug, Duck Waddle and Grizzly Bear.  It is fun to look some of these up on YouTube.  I would say the biggest influence of this decade was WWI making clothes darker and less frilly and more practical and also leaving women with a new confidence and awareness of their own strength.  The Women's Suffrage parade was held in New York City and NAOWS (National Association Opposed to Women's Suffering) was organized.  The actual timeline of the women's suffrage movement is here.

Lots of changes during this decade for certain!  Below is my second painting showing the general style by around 1915. 

Late 1910 Lady - watercolor painting copyright Connie R Eyberg Fine Art
Here is the naked block ready for stitching.  It isn't a very clear image but as you can see it is a stark change from the 1900 block.  There was still some lace and trims used in 1910 but not near as heavily used as in the 1900s.

1910s Lady Naked Crazy Quilt Block
This month I hope to finish up the stitching on this block and get my lady painted for the 1920s block.

Happy 2019 to you all!