Joseph’s Coat/ #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 J.

I’m going to combine my ‘Ozark slang’ of  “just a smidge” with todays quilt block. It seems relevant with the skewed picture above on the right. You see, you’ll need to visualize rotating the center block “star” just a smidge to have it appear correctly before piecing. It means just a little bit. And, notice I just showed you another one of those stars I keep telling you about. A star is pointed around a center in quilting. Not exactly the official definition, but it does the trick for the purpose of this blog post.

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The completed block above worked up without any issues. Really wishing I had one of those computer programs that could table a bunch of these designs side by side to see different color combination possibilities. Computer genious friends, any suggestions?

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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Jefferson City/#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.

Jefferson City is the name of today’s 6-inch block. It’s also name to my home state’s (Missouri) capital. Apparently there are a couple other Jefferson City’s in both Montana and Tennessee. First I’d heard this until I started writing about ours. Here’s a pic taken by myself of our capital building.MissouriStateCapital

Sitting on the bluff of the Missouri River, its open for tours daily except for major holidays. There is a museum and many Thomas Hart Benton paintings throughout. I always enjoy a visit there seeing exhibits and reading about our state’s rich history. And this time of year the flowers are in full bloom. The magnolia trees are my favorite.

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The author of the book I’m taking my blocks from is not shown to be from Missouri or lived here as far as I could find out. I wonder why she chose this Civil War Era block? I am glad she did because I loved that I could use all three fabrics in it.

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Famous Missourian Quote

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

Just Tie A String/ Letter J

I recently rediscovered my quilting journal.File_006 (1) (2)It’s really a wonderful tool to

  • keep track of what happened first, second, etc.
  • document mistakes you learned from the project
  • help you reach a goal
  • prove ownership (yes, people steal quilts)
  • inspire another aspiring quilter
  • keep a history to pass on to your future generations.

There are probably a few reasons it was put aside other than that I had to move my sewing room to the basement. It’s called the computer and digital photography/cameras for one. Having a few too many irons in the fire could be (and probably is) Number Two. Then there’s the time factor. The time between making a quilt can be pretty lengthy which would lead to my forgetting about the documentation part. Well, whatever. Shame on me. Because finding this little piece of the past makes me a little nostalgic. If I’d kept it up, I could have used it for the A to Z.

Maybe I’ll begin printing the project photos again and inserting them in this for next year?? And so I remember, guess I’ll just tie a string around my finger?

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