Lily Quilt/#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.

So this is spring and I’m definitely ready for some cut flowers. A little early for day lilies in Missouri, so why not bring some inside with a quilt block?


In this book I’m using for the Challenge, there are a few floral quilt blocks. I chose this one probably because every sampler should have at least one floral choice, in my opinion. And also there is a particular little girl who spends her days with me named Lilly and I just thought it was the perfect choice for this year. She’s a sweetheart and this will let me always think of her smiles and laughter once she has headed off to kindergarten. (but not for a couple years at least)


For today’s Ozark slang I’m sharing a saying I’m 100% sure I heard my Great Grandmother mumbling . “Look at that Yahoo!” would have been her reaction to seeing someone drive down our country gravel road at a high rate of speed. Calling them a yahoo was a ladylike attempt at swearing in her case. She was not impressed at all and had no use for such nonsense.

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.


Sharing Effects/Thursday Doors

Quick and painless is my motto this week for Thursday Doors. Canning and freezing (and canning) and working are leaving me a bit weary. The garden is having a bumper crop year. So thanks to suggestions from Google Effects, I think I have a beauty to get me through.

gmas houseEFFECTS

This is the back porch door to Grandma’s house. Mother, mother-in-law-, grandmother, Nancy’s house, neighbor……… but never, ever Granny. It’s just the rule. But whatever you call yours, everyone knows the kids are always welcome there.

Thursday Doors finds its beginnings over at Norm 2.0. Please visit and find more door posts there by clicking the blue frog at the bottom of his post. You won’t be disappointed.


Grandmother’s Favorite/#AtoZChallenge

During the month of April, I’m participating in the Blogging From A to Z Challenge for my 4th year in a row – 3 of which are on this blog. Each day, except Sundays, there will be a post for the letter of the day as well as keeping with my personal theme of Quilts and Quotes. Feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you! Also check out the other A to Z’ers in the comment section of the Official A to Z Blog Page.

Grandmother’s Favorite is the name of this block and is a sentimental choice. I had such loving grandmothers. I’m sure many people have those feelings when it comes to theirs as well. So a place in this quilt to honor grandmothers is absolutely mandatory.  Grandmother's Favoritecollage

A poem for Grandmothers (author unknown)


Join me again tomorrow for more of the April A to Z Blog Challenge 2017!



As a noun, it means a person — especially a woman — who is a source of artistic inspiration

Naming a few I would consider inspirational is fairly easy in this computer age. So many people contribute ingenious ideas on all those sharing sites that you get wrapped up in; almost addicted to at times. But there is always at least one who was the most influential in the beginning.

Inez Davis Reed Hunter

Grandmother, mother, wife, one-room-schoolhouse teacher, Depression Era Survivor, Veteran wife and mother, Farmer’s wife, Cook and host of many large, Sunday family dinners, Musician, church member, organizer, teacher and volunteer, 4-H club leader/charter founder for local club still in existence, Seamstress/crafter, Caretaker, Taxi for the grands, Cheerleader for all, Woman of Faith.

Miss her and all her wisdom.

For other posts on ‘Muse’, click here.

Some of My Loves/ WordPress Photo Challenge

One Love

I don’t have just one. My life has been so blessed!

Some of my loves…..

 The Pitter Patter of little feet. Not sure Where I get that trait from????                                (Slide your mouse over each photo)


 goes without saying, but had to make it crystal clear.

 Family and Friends, past and present (not enough space for all of you!)

 Royals Baseball and Mother! Guess I might be All American?!






This is the person inspiring my next quilt. She’s my grandmother and I am positively certain the quilt block would have had her approval. She nicknamed everyone and mine was “Sugar”. I don’t hear many people call me that anymore. I’m now Steph, Stephie, Stuff, Teffie, Nini, and any other way a young child can pronounce my 9 Letter name. Thanks mom 🙂

But here are a few options for that sugar bowl pattern from Pinterest.

image of sugar bowlThis one would be too obvious.

from pinterestThis one just doesn’t do it for me.

shelsbrokensugarbowlTitled ‘shellsbrokensugarbowl’ respectively but not into much broken things right now. Currently listening to a dripping faucet that may become more “broken” (with a sledge hammer) in the very near future.

broken sugar bowlAnother broken one.

Sugar bowl

And finally we come to the one I feel fits the bill. (from Judy Hopkins 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks).

So now we wait on the dryer to finish with the chosen fabrics……..

My Weekend is All Sewn Up


IMG_0407.jpgaRemember my apron inspired by Gt Grandma? Here’s the link: Grandma’s Apron

This weekend I made it’s alter ego

IMG_2580 (2)This one is for sale eventually. Gotta take more pics.

Other projects that used up some of my fabric stash included

IMG_2574 (2)A couple bibs. One for my daycare babies                        and one for this Fall in craft shows….

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And then some pot holders along with more potato bags.

Nope, there was no trip to the lake, big city excursion or picnic. Just relaxation my way!

Grandma’s Apron

I was recently inspired to sew by a photo.


My Great Grandmother frying chicken in this picture. She was the mother of 12 children.

A list of what I remember most about her

****She lived less than a block from me but we lived on a country gravel road so it could’ve been less

*****She loved giving us Zero bars she kept stashed in her frig. It was her secret indulgence. Love, love, love that about her!

******I first learned the words to Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons” on her record player.

*******No matter how many of her children showed up for a get-together, she voiced how much she missed the one not there.
*******Rides with Grandma and Great Grandma to Windsor, Missouri, population 2734 in 1970 according to census. It hasn’t grown much. 2863 in 2012. We’d always make a stop at the Ben Franklin dime store for a “treat”. Usually a coloring book.      *******Picking “greens” for her along the ditch. I don’t know how she knew which ones wouldn’t make her ill!! Or worse.                                                                            *******She always wore dresses. In pictures, she was always looking her best. A real lady. Check her out in the 1949 reunion. She’s #8.


She loved the babies!!! She’s holding my Aunt Glenda and my mother is sitting next to her.

********During her life, I never heard a cross word from her. When I asked my mother about this trait, she said she couldn’t remember such a thing either. We figured that after raising 12 children, she must’ve already seen it all and wasn’t fazed by much. chuckleIMG_0407.jpga

 Here’s my version of her apron that I completed recently.

Lovin’ it!! Gonna fry me some chicken now. Be jealous!