Ohio Star/#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.

There were several choices in the book I was referencing for the A to Z Challenge for the Letter O. And this one seemed like a good choice. The Ohio Star is a very popular block, but this one is a different take on it.

 I learned one thing this time. It would be best to pin and pivot the needle on this type of block. I also need my machine to cooperate and not wadd up the thread under my fabric when sewing, but I’ll save that topic for another time. The real concern in sewing blocks with pivoting is that I need to learn to better ‘set in’ those kinds of pieces. My question is this…is it any better with paper piecing? I intend to find out this coming year. Til then, as I say to my kiddos, You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit. Here’s my feeble attempt, puckers and all.

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Ohio (neveragain) Star

Oh for Pete’s sake, you’d think I’d killed your dog! = Ozark slang of the day.

You are being over dramatic about something. Dogs are often a best friend or part of the family and the idea of that loss is upsetting. But you know what they are unhappy about is not anything nearly that tragic. Get a grip in other words.

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.

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No Place Like Home/#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.

There’s “No Place Like Home” of course. And this block would be gorgeous in multiples. It’s reminiscent of a Courthouse Steps or an Irish Chain design. The hourglass center is the part where you could have some variation in fabric colors. Kind of an Eye Spy quilt for a child. To put it simply, it has lots of potential and would work up very quickly. And of course, it would be easy to stitch in the ditch by machine and be done if you’re pinched for time.

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No Place Like Home

Not a Happy Camper = today’s Ozark slang. Ever worked in retail or another service-oriented job where you could tell a client was extremely ticked off? This saying is a subtle hint that you had best not get in their way. Just walk the other direction and call the manager. If you are the manager, keep your poker face and give them something free.

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.

Mosaic II/ #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 coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

This one is very simple. And when you’re doing over 2 dozen never-before-sewn blocks in a time crunch, a few simple ones are absolutely acceptable. Have I ever mentioned working how 11-hour days are a little taxing the older you get? Any sympathy is appreciated 😉sarcastic mr krabs GIF

So the Ozark slang for the day is probably not that unknown, but it was well used back in the day during my high school years. Miss Goody two shoes is the phrase and you know the type. They’re all about themselves and think they are too good to even breath the same air as you. Hence they were portrayed by my friends with a finger towards a turned up nose. It’s most definitely a mudslinging term if they came from the same station in life as you and were no better off. We would say they were ‘above their raisin’.

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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.

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Indian Squares/#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 coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

The Letter today is I.

When I embarked on this challenge, the plan was to stick to 2 fabrics per block. Then along came the letter I. All the choices from the book I’m pulling patterns from were doable with just 2 fabrics up until this point. So I had to make a decision.

  1. Whether to choose a letter I block from another book or other source, or
  2. To go with the letter I block from the book that used 3 fabrics.

As you see below, I resolved to add a 3rd fabric. I only needed to add these 4 squares to the entire block. At this point I also noted there were a few other blocks in the alphabet that were going to need an extra color included. So the navy print joins the fold (pun for fun).

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The 3 fabrics. 

This block was looking wonderful except for one problem……..it’s a 15 inch block.  All the other blocks in the book are 12 X 12.

Not sure how I’m going to arrange this quilt as of this writing. Or if I’ll even include it it the finished quilt. Maybe it should be a ‘tag along’ as in this pic my cousin, Michelle, shared with me …..

Quilt w missing square almost.

Whatever happens, I think I may make a note in the book for a future quilter. Warning them of hazards of believing everything you read.

So with that, I’ll give you the finished block

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And a little Ozark slang, “In a coon’s age.” Did you know Daniel Boone was buried in Missouri at one time?  (until some relatives moved his remains to Kentucky.) He wore those coon skin hats they claim. But the saying above implies that racoons live a long time. Wrong. Its a very mistaken idea. So you’d be well advised to use it cautiously.

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.

From the Heart/#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 coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

The Letter today is H.

This heart-shaped block took me less that 25 minutes to sew together. I can imagine a whole set of them, cut and prepared would take just an afternoon to work up. A set of these could make a wonderful set of pillow tops or even a little table runner. This may be an idea for a future project to use up some of my fabric leftovers. Time will tell. So much fabric, so little time as the saying goes.

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From the Heart finished block

Speaking of sayings, today’s Ozark slang is “had a falling out“. In case you weren’t aware, the Ozarks are included in “The Bible Belt”. Here is a map from Wikipedia.

BibleBeltmapTo explain it, it is saying they aren’t friends any longer. When friendships are disrupted or worse yet, broken, it seems like folks around here start preaching about forgiveness. Why? Because forgiveness promotes Healing. And the heart can’t take too much stress without reacting. There’s a good many issues related to living with stress as everyone knows.

Colossians 3:13 says: “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” 

Bitterness and pain are poison. Let things go. Forgiveness is not saying it’s ok what occurred. But it releases the issue to the Lord and its hold on us.

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.

 

Gentleman’s Fancy/#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 coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

#AtoZchallenge 2018 G is for Genre

The Letter today is G.

 

Gentleman’s Fancy is a fast block to piece. It’s one that could be done in a hurry for a gift. Each block could be made with a ‘centerpiece’ fabric to create an I Spy quilt for a grandchild or other young child. Really it’s one you could do different fabrics with as long as you keep the light and dark values in place.

Speaking of ‘light values’, you may notice a difference in fabric on this one.

 

 

It was at this point in cutting the pieces out that I realized I had to have more of the lighter fabric to complete all the blocks for this quilt. I had not taken into consideration that the quilt blocks last year were 6-inch blocks, while this year’s are 12-inch ones. Huge difference. But the face that these both work with the focus fabric have saved my life. Whew!

Had this not worked out, I was “gonna have a hissy fit“! The Ozark slang was foremost in my mind when the fabric issue became known. So, in other words, I was going to be extremely upset…..beyond upset. And it was not going to be pretty. But it all worked out as it was meant to and life goes on.

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.

Flat-iron Patchwork/#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 coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

The Letter today is F.

The style of this quilt block is one many refer to as a basket-style block. It can also refer to bowls or trees with the way it has a ‘pedestal’ shape in one half of the block. I’ve made these ‘sugar bowl’ blocks before and you can see the similarity.

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Sugar Bowl Quilt Block

The finished Flat-iron Patchwork would best be compared to an old-fashioned iron as far as what it represents. Since I’m the only one in this house who ever holds a clothes iron, I am pretty sure a flat iron for the hair would be the association for the rest of my gang.  Or possibly a flat iron steak when they’re wanting something grilled. Whatever your intrepretation, here’s the finished block.

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Today’s Ozark Slang is Figgur. You may think it is a word related to numbers, and it is particially used for that on occasion. Such as “Those figgurs don’t add up.”  But most likely, you’ll hear it used as in this sentence: “Keep tryin’, you’ll figgur it out.”

It can be a form of encouragement to hear this. Or it is someone telling you that

  1. The person addressed isn’t mature enough to listen to your advice. So don’t waste your breath giving them any.    Or
  2. They probably won’t listen to you anyway; so just walk away.

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.

Eight Hands Around/#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 coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

The Letter today is E.

Something I haven’t Explained yet is the reason to lay out the pieces as you see above. One reason, for me at least, is to make sure all the right sides are facing up. Sometimes the difference between the front and back of a fabric is pretty similar…..until you sew it together wrong. Then it sticks out like a sore thumb. And of course you’d be obligated to rip it out and sew it over. Just a pain when you are on a timeline like this A to Z Challenge. Carpenters measure twice, cut once. Quilters check the fabric by it’s right or wrong side as well as if it’s in the correct direction. We’ll leave the ‘direction’ of the fabric topic for another post, though.8HandsAround2

Eight Hands Around is a title that is supposed to be a reference to a quilting bee. And one of the words you may hear a few old-timers say at said quilt gathering is ‘Edumacated’.  It’s just saying, “They went off to college, earned a law degree, or Ph.D, or some other higher education.” In such a setting, it would be used to suggest pride in the one they’re referring to. Because of course, we want to see our friends and relatives do better. It gives us a sense of pride that they came from our region and “made it” in the world. Success gives us mothers something to brag about too. (wink wink)

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.

Doris Delight/#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 coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

The Letter today is D

So, it appears we have another star-ish block for letter D. It’s titled Doris’ Delight as the picture tells. A pretty simple block to sew together, and you’ll notice how the triangles are not pointed before sewing. This is very helpful in getting that perfect point in the finished look. It would be a good beginner to intermediate block if you’ve wanted to try a star block that’s just a little different.

I do wish the book had a story behind each block name. If it were up to me, I’d be inclined to tell of my Great Aunt Doris from Virginia. We became penpals after a visit early in my marriage. She was my husband’s aunt and we were instant friends. She was a true lady in my opinion. A very tiny, but mighty Christian woman who was always quick with a Bible verse to lean on. And talk about a teddy bear collector! Sadly she passed on quite a few years ago and I would like to think they’ve named a star after her.

And thanks to my husband who blessed me with Aunt Doris, I was also blessed with a new word from his Ozark roots. Discombobulated. He used this word with a little glint in his eye the first time I heard it. It took me aback I’ll admit. I’m pretty sure he intended to use it to impress me. (Along with his impressions……but now I’m getting distracted.) Now I’ve heard some unusual words, but I chose this one just because of him. It’s meaning: “Totally messed up beyond repair or recognition.” I can only imagine the looks of his new Marine Corp acquaintances in Cali when he blurted this one out.

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.

Combination Star/#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 coffee or sodapop, grab a pilluh, and sit a spell.

The Letter today is C

 

 

I’ve got to admit, there are a lot of ‘star’ quilt blocks out there. And I’m not very sure why this one is called simply “Combination Star” except for possibly the combination of diagonal squares in each corner to give it a different appearance. I will have to do a tally of just how many star blocks are in my selection for the A to Z Challenge. Til then, I’ll just  ask, Do you see the star in this block?

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For the Daily Ozark slang, I present “Chester Drawers”. This is the place you’ll find a stash of my quilts. In other words, a “Dresser”. Or where you store your socks, pajamas, tshirts, etc.

My mother was good about proper grammer due, I believe, to the fact that her mother was a one-room schoolhouse teacher. Grammer was her thing. So around my home, this word wasn’t used so much. Maybe it slipped out now and then? I don’t remember if it ever did. But we all recognized its use when used by others.

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.