North Lamine/#Thursday Doors

I’m offering up a continued edition of last week’s Thursday Doors post. This one is on the opposite side of the tracks in Sedalia, Missouri.

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 Directly to the left of where I stood for that Big Sky View to be more precise. This building at 118 North Lamine I learned through a phone call, yes I still have a land line, has been a moving/storage business for around 80 years. Currently State Fair Moving and Storage operate from here. Prior to that, the informer says he believed it was a carriage building business. It is not on the list I found for the National Historical Register in Sedalia. But in my opinion, it should be. I’m still waiting for a phone call or email of the person who is supposed to know all the good stuff. Til then I hope you enjoy a little slideshow of this golden oldie.

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Crochet Notes

It’s been awhile since I posted a crochet post. However, I’ve not been neglecting my creative duties. I finished the 2018 A to Z Challenge with a quilt top,  began the Season of Yardwork and Gardening, did plenty of mending, got contacted to do some custom items, and finished the following little number for my Etsy shop. There’s never a dull moment at my house.

Just going to make one more of these in Pink and white before I dive into some other projects.

 What’s next? With the heat of summer, I will most likely stick with small projects that won’t raise my temperature in Missouri’s humid months. Here are some Pinterest ideas I find enticing.

I highly encourage these motif centered ideas for my crochet friends along with a tall glass of lemonade while sitting on  your porch. Don’t forget the fan!

 

 

 

Big Sky View/#Thursday Doors

This is my take on one city block of Sedalia, Missouri, Queen City of the Prarie.

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One of these days, I’m hoping for a pic without any vehicles along this street to visualize a hundred years ago.

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The Dusty Bookshelf/#Thursday Doors

Inspired by  Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin during the April A to Z Challenge for this week’s Thursday Doors is The Dusty Bookshelf in Lawrence, Kansas. During the Challenge, her theme was Bookstores-Stepping Across the Threshhold. I had to let her know about this treasure after we visited it during April. Thanks to her, I discovered yet more quilting books and a couple music (banjo) books to feed my book fix for a bit. And, oh darn, I’ll be back in Lawrence this weekend for a graduation and just may be forced to fit in a few more minutes here perusing those shelves. Until then, sharing the front of the shop. I’ve yet to get enough nerve to snap pics inside. Maybe next time and then I’ll even snap a few pics of my finds.

Photographed along the world reknown ‘Mass Street’ in Lawrence, Kansas.

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A to Z Challenge Reflection 2018

2018 A to Z Challenge Reflections

I don’t always enter a Reflections post. But I did this year and want to show it ‘on the list’, so here goes…

another challenge down in the books. It was not a sure thing even as recent as January 1st. I bought 3 separate quilting books with A to Z blocks over the last year. Two were in January. And still I was not sure until the day I signed up which was the first day of sign ups. Talk about indecisive! I brought new meaning to procrastinating this year.

Another year to shuffle job, family, blogging and taxes. I complained a time or two about how many hours a day that I work. Some don’t really consider what I do as work. I won’t go on about that but I would say being self-employed anyplace and maintaining that career for 25+ years is validation enough to call my job work. Dealing with family is mandatory. Not much ‘splainin’ to do there. Blogging with my subject matter we’ll deal with in the next paragraph. And then the Taxes. Self-employed = itemization. That means keeping each and every receipt through the year and (hopefully) not waiting til the last month to go through them to tally up expenses. Unless you’re in this household. Ug! Will I ever learn?? Hopefully this year has taught me to be on top of the receipts if nothing else. Prayers sent were greatly appreciated.

Another year to expand my quilting experience. The picking out the fabric seems simple enough. The biggest demand of time is the cutting. The sewing didn’t even take as long normally. I say normally because a few times there were blocks that were a true challenge for me. And I loved my fabric choices this year. When each block was completed, I really liked each one of them.

But the down-side to my own 2018 A to Z Challenge was the fact that I did not truly like my block arrangement or the blocks when they were combined period. Each one stood alone wonderfully. But the quilt top left much to be desired by yours truly. I blame myself for not buying a little more fabric to fix that “one” in the middle–the Indian Square block. I will go ahead and leave it as is and hand quilt it. It’ll be a conversation piece for sure. But if there’s a quilt theme for me next year, it will be done way in advance, with ample fabric, and a different color scheme.

To reward myself, I purchased a t-shirt this year for my 5th year completion. Thank you for making these an option each year. It came in the mail Monday. Atoztshirt

Thank you to everyone who dropped in, liked, commented or supported me in any way during this challenge. This includes family and friends. I’m truly blessed to have such a phenominal circle of well-wishers.

And finally, thank you to all our hosts and co-hosts this year who went above and beyond to make this the best and most cohesive challenge yet. I truly appreciate all your time and energy invested in making our challenge a possibility this year and in years past. I’m convinced it’s a labor of love. A love for encouraging writers from all walks of life. I’ll be nominating you for sainthood just for the record.

Click here to see the latest information from the 2018 A to Z Blogging Challenge. There is a link to the Master List for this year, a survey, reflections link and coming up is an A to Z Road Trip. I hope you can check it all out.

Hither and Yon/#AtoZ

The April A to Z Blog Challenge is an annual blogging event in which participants blog every day (except Sundays) one post for each letter of the alphabet for the entire month. My theme for the year will be “Quilts and Ozark Slang.” So gitchur cuppa coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

This block used all 4 fabrics I had selected for this challenge. It’s the last block I’m making for the quilt as I will be putting it all together for the Letter Z post. The number of blocks I now have work out into an even pattern. And I even found a way to use that larger 15 inch block (Indian Squares).

 

Hither & yon is an Ozark slang that I don’t hear very often. Mostly it would’ve been something used by the old-timers back at our Community Building gathering days. We had gatherings for 4-H, The Women’s Club, Voter events, and I even had a bridal shower held at the old Manila schoolhouse that I’m referring to.

 

 

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Hither & Yon block

Hither & yon is an Ozark slang that I don’t hear very often anymore. Mostly it would’ve been something used by the old-timers back at our Community Building gathering days. We had gatherings for 4-H, The Women’s Club, Voter events, and I even had a bridal shower held at the old Manila schoolhouse that I’m referring to. But to keep from rambling hither & yon, let’s keep on topic. The phrase, hither & yon would have been used to refer to a loose cow or hog that ran in all directions; in a disorganized fashion.

There are many more wonderful blogs this year that I hope you canspend a couple minutes reading. All you have to do is click here and select something that interests you. To read about the A to Z Challenge and what we are all about, click here.

Mosaic X/ #AtoZ

The April A to Z Blog Challenge is an annual blogging event in which participants blog every day (except Sundays) one post for each letter of the alphabet for the entire month. My theme for the year will be “Quilts and Ozark Slang.” So gitchur cuppa coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

The Mosaic X block is pretty straight-forward in its appearance as a letter. I like it probably the most just because of the early childhood teacher in me. And I mean how could you go wrong by making a quilt of X’s for some little one who likes pirates for instance? Or an X’s & O’s combination also comes to mind for a Valentine’s Day gift. Of course, there’s always the idea of using up your scrap stash of light and dark fabrics for some colorful X’s in a quilt. Which would you prefer??

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Mosaic X block

Ozark slang  expletive moments

When I was growing up, anyone heard rattling off an expletive (curse word) or sassin’ (back-talking) their elders might have been met with some sayings like these:

  • You’re achin’ for a breakin’
  • You’re cruisin’ for a bruisin’
  • You’re itchin’ for a lickin’
  • Hush!
  • Watch your mouth!
  • You’d best not let me hear that again!
  • Tan your hide
  • Go git me a switch
  • I’ll fix your wagon (meaning your attitude is about to get put in its place)

 

There are many more wonderful blogs this year that I hope you can spend a couple minutes reading. All you have to do is click here and select something that interests you. To read about the A to Z Challenge and what we are all about, click here.

Unnamed/#AtoZ

The April A to Z Blog Challenge is an annual blogging event in which participants blog every day (except Sundays) one post for each letter of the alphabet for the entire month. My theme for the year will be “Quilts and Ozark Slang.” So gitchur cuppa coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

I’ve encountered a few blocks while searching books this past couple years that are called ‘Unnamed’. They have good reason I’m sure to leave them without a name. But for me this one would be called “Knocked It Outta the Park”.

I was fortunate enough to locate a YouTube tutorial on setting in piecing for quilt blocks. It was provided by Fon’s and Porter and to them I want to shout out a huge Thank You! After watching it, I had success, Finally!

There may be hope for me yet on that unique Ohio Star block after this little teaching aid. I need to mention that I don’t have the little tool they promoted in this video. But I have to say that after sewing since a youngster, I’m pretty confident in my ability on where to place a 1/4 inch mark. I have photos to prove it.

And this is the way it’s supposed to work….no puckers and lays flat.

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Mitered /set-in piecing/ Big hallelujah!

And finally the whole block picture.

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Unnamed Block

Take a gander- Ozark slang for the day

I’m using this term to go along with today’s topic. I could have said I took a gander at that YouTube video. But instead I mentioned watching it. Glad you all took a gander at my blog post today and I hope you are all having great success in this year’s A to Z Challenge.

There are many more wonderful blogs this year that I hope you canspend a couple minutes reading. All you have to do is click here and select something that interests you. To read about the A to Z Challenge and what we are all about, click here.

Twister/#AtoZ

The April A to Z Blog Challenge is an annual blogging event in which participants blog every day (except Sundays) one post for each letter of the alphabet for the entire month. My theme for the year will be “Quilts and Ozark Slang.” So gitchur cuppa coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

I am afraid I got ahead of myself with this block and neglected to take a fabric-layout pic. So for this quilt block you merely get a book illustration pic. That’s what happens when you’re on a roll and making progress.

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Book Illustration

About this block. Twister is another word for tornado and we have plenty of them around here. This is Tornado Alley and when we added on to my house, a basement was the main goal. Not a giant great room, den or master bedroom. Those would have been the current, favored thing to have. But as I’ve said, the basement was the objective and I wouldn’t change a thing. I did end up with an extra bathroom in the deal though. Everyone knows the ‘tornado’ you can get in a home with 3 girls struggling for shower turns. It saved lives as much as we hope the basement will.

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Twister Block

Talkin’ Up a Storm = Ozark Slang for today seems to be appropriate with this quilt block. It is self-explanatory in my opinion. But just in case you don’t get it, it refers to a person who is talkative; more talkative than usual. And the reference to a storm gives the indication that they are lasting quite awhile—as in a long, spring thunderstorm.

There are many more wonderful blogs this year that I hope you canspend a couple minutes reading. All you have to do is click here and select something that interests you. To read about the A to Z Challenge and what we are all about, click here.

Single Chain and Knot/#AtoZ

The April A to Z Blog Challenge is an annual blogging event in which participants blog every day (except Sundays) one post for each letter of the alphabet for the entire month. My theme for the year will be “Quilts and Ozark Slang.” So gitchur cuppa coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

Looking for a 9-patch with a little upgrade? This would be the one. This block actually has a 9 patch in the center as well as 9 sections altogether.

Let me demonstrate:

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This area outlined in green shows the 9 squares that make up a typical 9-patch quilt block.

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This outline shows the different way to consider this a 9-patch with each section numbered.

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Single Chain & Knot

It’s just a matter of how you choose to look at it I suppose. I enjoyed making this one and it could also be a stand-in for an Irish Chain block or the No Place like Home block. Not to mention, you could make an equal number of each of these blocks and alternate them. As long as they are all the same size (Indian Squares dilemma still keeping me up at night).

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Sick in the Head=Ozark slang of the day

Now you may wonder if they are talking about a common cold. But you have to read into it a bit and know the context it came from. Actually they are talking about someone who has lost their mind and done something totally unexpected and most likely made a bad choice. For instance, a gal may have returned to her ex and probably will regret it, again. A total lapse of reason and sense is the meaning for ‘sick in the head’.

There are many more wonderful blogs this year that I hope you canspend a couple minutes reading. All you have to do is click here and select something that interests you. To read about the A to Z Challenge and what we are all about, click here.