Letter E for Envelope/AtoZ 2019

The April A to Z Challenge is in its tenth year, I’ve now participated for 6 of those years, and this year will be my 3rd quilt theme. It’s my first quilt using only patterns from the Kansas City Star newspaper archives. Welcome to my blog!

This quilt block resembles others in its center square surrounded by lots of triangles and one really has to dissect it mentally to get an envelope shape to come to mind. I hope you can see the intended shape. These days, when you search for an envelope block, you get something like this:

Envelope block from AtoZ 2017

But back in 1942, the block was not as defined let’s just say. But I did like making it.

It’s here that I need to insert another frustration. Seems like frustration is the real theme this year for my A to Z.

Under this stash is the Envelope Block

Yet another Huge block has been added to my assemblage. This one measured a whopping 16 inches. I just have to laugh at this point. We have 12, 14 and 16 inch blocks. What will the future hold? Stay tuned…..

Envelope Complete

Gonna make lemonade with the lemons I’ve decided. There is a way thank heaven!

Did You Know?

More letters were written on Sundays than any other days during WWII. Gpa’s letter is a perfect example.

Dated Sunday, December 6, 1942. From Glenn to Inez Hunter

Come back here tomorrow for another quilt block for the A to Z Challenge! Also be sure to visit the home of the A to Z here and see other entrants challenge posts. There are excellent writers participating every year with topics in whatever you’re interested in.



  1. I didn’t realize how much detail went into quilt making. It’s actually as much science and math as it is art. You certainly must be creative and talented. I love that I now know about the envelopes and was able to pick them out of each design. I didn’t know anything about making quilts before today. I just stopped by from the A to Z challenge to say hello. I’m so glad I did. What a treat.
    Melissa @
    Sugar Crime Scene

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    • I’m very glad you stopped in!! The quilts of the past and the more modern ones too are very much math and science involved. I sure wish they still taught sewing in schools today. It’s important to know even the simplest stitches just to repair clothing, is a experience in textures for my daycare children as well as comforting to people of all ages. I mean who doesn’t like to wrap themselves up along with a good book ?? Please drop by anytime 🙂


  2. I know you didn’t plan this, but I think that the different sizes will make a really fun sampler. You can always border the smaller blocks, or make “filler blocks” to help even things out. I really love the material you are using too! Keep up the good work!

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