Friday, February 19, 2016

My CQ Book of Inspiration Finally Completed

I am so excited to finally be finished and able to present "My Book of Inspiration" to you.  I love quotes and that is the basis for this fabric book.  The finished size of the book, including lace trims, is approximately 6 inches high by 4 inches across. I will start with the cover shown here.

Side angle.  This ended up being about 2 inches thick.

The first page you turn to includes a crazy quilt block created by Lisa Boni.  The facing green with the quote is actually the same shade of green as her stitching but you all know how light plays tricks with the camera.

Next is pink which I created.

Connie Kalina created the crazy quilt block in the following photo.

Next you will turn to the peach pages with the cq block created by Kristie Watson.  I stole her little peach bird from her block to add to my quotation page.

The blue cq block which comes next was stitched by Darlene Doerscher.

Finally, below is the yellow-gold cq block I created.

Inside the back cover I have shared the credits.

The back of the book is all lace and texture.

I thought I would be able to stitch much of the book with my sewing machine but found I much favored having it hand stitched.  I can't tell you how many hours I have put into this.  Every bit of construction is done by hand and every section of lace is stitched in place by hand.  Thankfully I am very pleased with the results and I actually do enjoy hand-stitching.  It is my form of relaxation.

The cq blocks were sent out for a mini round robin.  There were five of us, so four of the blocks were created by some very talented crazy quilters.  I created the covers, the remaining two cq block pages, and the quotation pages as well as construction of the book.

Here are some close-ups of the quotes that inspire me.

I wanted to include credits to those who shared their talents with me.  I love the blocks you each created and I really enjoyed working on your blocks.

Below is credit I try to give everyday.  I am thankful when I wake up everyday with a roof over my head, a warm home, a loving husband and family and peace of mind.  I try to take nothing for granted and feel each day is a gift I try to use wisely and each person in my life is there for a reason.

Hope you enjoyed my open book and that it inspires each of you as well.


Marci said...

Absolutely wonderful!!! Makes me want to try a book of blocks.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your book is a perfect little treasure. Of course you know I love quotes, and you have some perfect ones in your book and of course (!) you know I love crazy quilting too. Definitely a win/win - and add to that the fact that some of your book was created by your friends, and you have something pretty special.

margaret said...

Connie this is an amazing little book which I can tell has been made with so much love, care and attention, It will I am sure be treasured by you for ever and a day

Anneliese said...

An exceptional piece of art which you created with a little help of your crazy quilting friends. You can be proud!

NickiLee said...

What an absolute treasure you have created with a little help from your friends. Each and every page is beautiful and the addition of the quotes makes it even more special. One of these days Connie, we are going to have to swap a block. Love your work!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

This is truly a beautiful work of art. What love of needlework and friendship is in it.

Are the quotes printed on paper or fabric?

That you for sharing your lovely work.

Happy Creating ~ FlowerLady

Createology said...

I am swooning over your gorgeous lace book filled with amazing CQ treasures and quotes. It is truly beautiful and how wonderful to be able to hold it in your hands and absorb all the memories it holds. Embracing Creative Bliss...

Sandra said...

It is beautiful

MaryAnn Chick Whiteside said...

Great idea. I enjoyed your work and the work of others. I believe I will follow your lead and also make a book.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

Thanks for so many nice comments!

Marci, I highly recommend trying a book of blocks. I am also going to make a book with my CQJP 2015 (if/when I finish it), so stay tuned.

MA, this is right up your alley too and I do love that I have been able to incorporate blocks from stitchy friends.

Margaret, I do enjoy looking through this book. The quotes are some of my favorite inspiration but now I keep finding even more quotes I like so I may have to create something new to include them in.

Anneliese, thank you so much.

Nicki, I would love to exchange blocks with you one day. I love your stitching too (as I hope you know)!

Lorraine, I hope you received my note, but just in case, the quotes are printed on fabric sheets I picked up at Office Max/Office Depot.

Creatology thank you. I do like the size of this book. I love small and over-sized things for some reason. Maybe I'll have to do a really large book next ~ lol.

Sandra, thank you for the nice comment.

MaryAnn, I hope you share your book when you do make one! Social media is a great way to get inspired isn't it.

Lesley UK said...

They are breathtaking. Blessings

traderslostart said...

The book is indeed inspirational for so many reasons.
The quotes are marvelous. The embroidered pages devine.
The contributions from talented friends are perfection.
It is an absolutely beautiful piece of art . . . I enjoyed looking
at it immensely.