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.

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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.

Wagon Tracks/ #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.

Wagon Tracks is a combination of familiar patterns. The 2 patterns I speak of are the 4-patch and the half-triangle square. With these two it’s easy to mix and match to come up with alternatives. For this block, the name selection is easy to understand. It has direction and appearance as a ‘track’.

An advantage to this type of quilt block is that it can be easily chain-pieced for quick assembly. The photo below demonstrates how a series of similar pieces can be sewn in a continuous fashion for efficiency. Less cutting, stopping and starting; more uninterrupted sewing.

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chain piecing

The final product is this eye-catching block. It resembles a Jacob’s Ladder pattern to me. Maybe I’ll find the one that I finished q to show you sometime. For now I’m pressed for time. Mother has a pretty major surgery Thursday morning and I’m hoping to have a chance to post before too late in the day. It is an hour drive to the hospital and she’s guaranteed a 3 to 4 day stay minimum.

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Wagon Tracks block

What parts do you’all come from = Ozark slang

The you’all is a continuous word that flows naturally. It’s not ya’ll as in the deep South. More of a roll off the tongue word that sounds like it’s supposed to be one word. I’m pretty sure my sister and I will hear this inquiry during our extended time in the waiting room waiting on Mother’s surgery. And our ‘parts’ is our town or the closest one to us.

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

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.

Red Cross I/ #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’m not sure if there would be an unspoken rule that when a block says the name of a color in it (like Red Cross or Yellow Lily), if you have to use that color fabric or not? Well I reckon I just broke that rule if it exists.

The Red Cross I block was not done in a solid red as you can see. It is certainly less cross-looking in the floral print. Not sure I like it but it’s done and it’ll do for me.

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Red Cross I

Ozark Slang of the Day:

Ruinate. Definition: Ruin or spoil something.  Example: I hope the red white and blue fabric doesn’t ruinate my quilt block.

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.

Queens Crown/ #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 quilt block is going to be in the top 3 favorites for me personally. I am partial to these basket-esque blocks and this one gives the appearance of a mirrored image basket. The fact that its title doesn’t reflect that is no matter to me. It still has the style I love. And it’s not difficult; so there’s that.

Something I haven’t discussed is fussy-cut quilt blocks. The Queen’s Crown could take on a whole new bejeweled look with some changes in the points.  For a scrap fabric hoarder like yours truly, this is definitely something I will consider. The only decision left is whether to go for a saphire, emerald or topaz colored ‘crown’? Or maybe all the above such as in the picture below I’ve found via Pinterest.

Scrappy Fabrics Flower Baskets Easy Pre-Cut Quilt Block Kit

Picture from Pinterest

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Queen’s Crown block

Quitchur makes the Ozark slang list for letter ‘Q’. We have another instance of combining two words for one. Quit your is replaced with the slang and said when you are in a hurry to complete a statement. Such as ‘Quitchur lollygaggin and hurry up or we’ll be late!’ I hope you can assertain from the context that lollygaggin is a synonym for taking your sweet time. I am guilty as charged for using this one. The danger for not listening to this first attempt at speeding them up is that in the next breath, Quit Your comes out very clearly and you know you are about to get left behind.

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.

Pinwheel Square/ #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 choice for Letter P was decided for me since I want to (mainly) stick with 2 fabrics per block. So here you have a type of pinwheel in a square as the title describes. It was not difficult at all, no pivoting needed (sigh of relief), and I didn’t have bobbin trouble again. Made it to the 16th letter and feeling the end is distinctly within reach at last. It’s a good day!

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Pinwheel Square

All that being said, ‘Pritnear’ is my Ozark slang of the day. This combo of 2 words into one is a way to say it quicker and more efficiently. Why waste your time when you can lessen the number of words you use in a sentence? My example for you: “She was pritnear the last one to leave the church.” Definition: Pretty near or almost the last one.

Do you feel as if the end of the 2018 Challenge is pritnear finished or still a long distance 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.

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.