Hopes for a Busy Year in Letter to Corner


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Hopes for a Busy Year in Letter to Corner
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  • Crumb, Edith
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  • Michigan State University Museum
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This is part of Edith B Crumb's column. This issue features letters for both the Quilt Club Corner and her home decorating column. The letters regarding home decorating are asking questions on how one should decorate a two bedroom apartment and the second on what color rug she should use in her living room.
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01-11-1935
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1930-1949
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Detroit
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Michigan (MI)
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United States
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The Detroit News
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  • Article
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English
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Detroit News History Project
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Hopes for a Busy Year in Letter to Corner
By Edith B Crumb

One quilt show is hardly over when the next one is talked about, and we always say “if” there is another show. Edith Lewis Wales, who has written in, thinks that we ought to say “when” instead of “if”
After all, it’s up to you a large extent. If you write letters often and make the Corner a large one there is a better chance of having the show every year.

Mrs. Wales first letter of the year had been written to the Corner, and here it is:
Dear Miss Crumb: My first letter of the year is yours. I have neglected to write you about the Quilt Show until now, but not because I did not enjoy it.

Through my own fault, I had to go alone and was afraid I would not find it pleasant that way, but I arrived about 1 o’clock Sunday afternoon and left reluctantly at eight that evening. It was my first quilt show, and I walked around until I was footsore and still had not seen enough. Two high lights for me were Mrs. D.H. Flints quilt with the Honorable Mention and a meeting with the lady herself – an old friend I had not seen in over four years.
Just one thing I would like changed when I see you write about another show. So far, it is “if: we have another- I wish it could be “when” we have our next one. For I at least, intend to be prepared for the next one and am aiming for at least an Honorable Mention from it.

It seems as if I would like a quilt from so many of the patterns we now have that I would be bust with those for a long time.

Well,
This is nearly a newspaper, so I had better close it.
My hopes are that you have a happy and busy New Year.
Mrs. Lewis Wales
7736 Ferry Road
Grosse Ile, Michigan

Thank you so much for writing in that nice letter, Mrs. Wales. I hope that this will be a busy year but in order for that may be, all of you will have to get busty and write some letters. So I hope that it will be a busy year for every one of you.

Two-Room Apartment
Dear Miss Crumb: Please help me furnish a two-room apartments, not too expensive, but cheerful and comfortable.
The walls are light plaster and the woodwork is cream. The dinette has two windows, one north and one west. The dinette and kitchenette are separated by built up cupboards. I have red canister set, tea kettle, etc.

The living room has two north facing windows. I have a walnut radio, open shelf bookcase, smoking stand, end table, marble top coffee table, and two table lamps, one green pottery base and the other yellow. I have green damask draperies but can buy new draperies and lamps. I would like either a touch of red or black in this room. I also have a lovely needlepoint fire screen but am in doubt where to use this as there is no fireplace.
Mrs. K.L.K

If you will let me know the color of your living room ruse and of the upholstery of your principal pieces of furniture I shall be better able to suggest some color schemes for you.

The best I can do with only the green of your draperies given, is to indicate some schemes in which green is effectively used.
Green is used in conjunction with yellow and gray. It is used when it is blue-green, with tomato-red. Jade green is combined with black, coral, red and gray.

Since this scheme included black and a shade of red it may be the one which will interest you. In one house these colors with used in the following manner: draperies jade, the rug somewhat darker than the jade, the sofa and two chairs in coral, either chairs old gray with coral stripes, some of the furniture pieces in black teak. For this teak furniture you should be able to substitute well-painted furniture in back-a coffee table, for instance. Your fire screen, can, perhaps, be painted black.
Fire screens may stand against a wall, or in font of bookshelves. I trust you will soon have a fireplace in front of which you can use yours.


Rug Selections
Dear Miss Crumb:
My couch is of light green fabric in French period style. The odd chair is in gold color and an occasional chair is in gold color and an occasionally chair covered in maroon needle point with a footstool to match. I have a fireside bench covered in needlepoint, the same color to as the couch. I also have a phonograph radio. I have as yet any lamps or tables. There are three pillows, one in brown needlepoint and two in crochet, black and colors-very colorful. I am completing a hooked rug in oval shape. The background is brown and the flowers are nasturtiums in various shades of yellow and orange.

I would like to have a Chinese rug. What color would you suggest and what draperies and curtains should I use? I forgot to mention that I have one off painting in a very beautiful hand carved golf-leaf frame.
R.M.K

I am certain that you will find a Chinese rug unsatisfactorily in your room with the colors of your upholstery and pillows so varied.

Plain rugs are the smartest as well as the most satisfactory. I advise a plain green rug of fine quality, and green draperies. These may be of corduroy or moiré- two materials which discriminating people are using. Chintz or linens, are of course, always correct. By having the drug and draperies of the green the other colors in your room will be able to play their role to advantage.

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