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!

 

 

 

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And Z is the End/#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.

My original plan was to exhibit last years quilt top for you. At the time of this writing this won’t happen.But I do have a finished quilt top from this year’s A to Z. After all, last year is old news and why not give you a look at this years?! The arrangements were layed out in various fashion for my family to put in their 2 cents worth of advice. I was forced to keep the Indian Square block in a central location. This is because of it being the rogue block that was 15 1/2 inches compared to all the other 12 inch blocks.

Can I say how this kept me up all night? Can I also say how much I disliked the person who was responsible for writing the incorrect templates down in the book? I was ready to pull my hair out.

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These were the possiblities below.

The blocks are not in A to Z order. Instead, I chose to arrange them in a visually pleasing arrangement. Had I been able to keep all of them in a 2-color scheme, that order might have been possible. But as we say ’round here, you get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.

So the last factor in the end result this year is a lack of fabric. You would think that with 4 fabrics in this quilt project, there would be enough to do what was needed. But no. There is no extra fabric left on this project. Not enough to put sashings around every block. Not enough to correct the Indian Square block either. That being said, I hope you like what I came up with.

I present the 2018 A to Z Quilt “The Thunderbird”:

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2018 A to Z Quilt top

Ozark slang for the last day of the 2018 A to Z is /Zero for No Count Good For Nothin’.

This means you are counted in the lowest of the lows. And the person telling you this, should they be brave/angry enough to say it to your face, should be backed away from pdq(pretty damn quickly). You may be in danger of a punch in the nose. (And no, I would not punch the author of the book in the nose just for the record.)

Thank you all so much for stopping in each day, or even once or twice during this challenge. I appreciate all the likes and comments and encouragement so much. To my fellow bloggers, I will be spending some time catching up on all your wonderful posts the next week or two.  Happy Trails to you all!!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Keyhole/#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.

 If I had made several of this block, I would want sashing between each one for sure to distinguish each one. Otherwise I don’t think it would have the same appearance. It was a little bit of a cantankerous block. You have to pivot those corners around the square blocks in the center with your machine. Or do what I did…….stop,cut the thread and restart after you turn your fabric. Either way, it would probably frustrate a new quilter and I would not recommend this one for a starter block.

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For my Ozark slang of the day, I could have went with cantankerous I suppose. But it isn’t a ‘K’ word and there doesn’t seem to be a synonym for it that will help me out. So the word isn’t quite ‘Kind’ enough to suit me. So I’ll just have to ‘keep it between the ditches’. So what does that mean to a quilter? The space between each sewn piece is a ‘ditch’ and to quilt our tops onto the batting and muslin, we often times follow those lines. Especially in a piece as the one above. There wouldn’t be any markings to worry about and it will make a very snug finish. Snug equals no bunching of the batting between the layers of fabric. You know how a comforter can get all wadded up after a lot of washings? Well quilting in the ditch on a particularly detailed block will alleviate this and keep it ready for washing after washing for years down the road. That’s why your grandma’s quilt is still in one piece.

Now for you ‘knee high to a grasshopper’ whippersnappers, you really need to keep your life between the ditches. The straight and narrow path is not always the easiest, but it will get you to the goal. Which is,hopefully, a life well lived.

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.

Pastel Bavarian/Sunday Sampler

This is Sunday and time for the latest photo proof of my needle labors.

There are many free tutorials online that demonstrate this technique called Bavarian Crochet. I chose to purchase a book because I am old fashioned like that.

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Each motif is about 2 inches across.

I have to admit that it took me 3 attempts to finish the beginning (blue) section before I could do the color change. I started this in the waiting room January 19 during my mother’s heart stent surgery. There was another crocheter passing by who was certain she knew exactly how I needed to accomplish the pattern. Guess what? She was stumped too. lol My loving sister was silently observing during this moment and I could see her silently chuckling to herself. The joke was between us but I’ll let you in on it……she knew I would figure it out just fine without this lady’s interference. I definitely caught her eye roll as the woman bragged on her ‘years’ of crocheting as punishment as a child.

Crochet for punishment?? Whatever?!

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Crocheters of the world, I hope you enjoy this rendition of ‘Crochet Crime and Punishment’. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll be just fine sitting on my back porch with needles and thread. Punish away!

Meltdown Monday

I have the priviledge of being around the most honest bunch of little people possible on this ‘Day After’ Daylight Savings Time change. They are letting me know in a brutally truthful manner just how much humanity in general hates this change of routine. Meltdowns are just one way I witness the contempt they have. They don’t feel good and I have to put on my best face and dig out all my resources to push through days like this. Somehow, we managed to navigate the first half of the day in this daycare without damage to life or limb.

For myself, I find my happy place in thinking about what I’m going to do after work. So I’m sharing a little bit of my latest project. Beginning with a collage of the process.

 

The captions will tell the story, but basically I needed to combine some pastels with the 3 blocks I chose. I would have loved to use the red one, but it just wasn’t cohesive enough. It will have a quilt home though. I’m thinking, red, white and blue for its future. Would you agree?

Below is my final composition.

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It will lie in this present state until after the 2018 April A to Z Challenge. It will make the perfect hand quilting project once I get to it. But the call of planning my A to Z entries is underway. The big reveal is on March 19.  And remember,

Dull women have immaculate houses.