Letter O for Old’s Maid Puzzle/ AtoZ 2019

The April A to Z Challenge is in its tenth year, I’ve now participated for 6 of those years, and this year will be my 3rd quilt theme. It’s my first quilt using only patterns from the Kansas City Star newspaper archives. Welcome to my blog!

This is an old-time favorite for sure! Changing quilt color choices, block direction, or sashing can give you some variations with this one that make it a popular quilt choice. As you can see in the right hand photo, they recommend Pink, Blue and White.But the finished quilt on the right is in deep reds with gray and set on a white background. They are also set on point if you zoom in close and examine it.

I went with the scrap bin in my decision-making. Hopefully I’m using enough variation in colors to create a nice end result. So far, most all my coloring used during this AtoZ quilt creation is in the blue and red shades with a little dash of yellow here and there.

Proud moment when I actually got the stripes set in the way I wanted. I most likely would not go to so much effort in a whole quilt with this block to be perfectly honest. For me, quilting is to be kept stress free. As it should be 🙂

Did You Know?

I was perusing the news of 1928 and found it kind of funny that in this year, the first Home Pregnancy Test was introduced. And at the same time Lady Chatterley’s Lover is banned for being too explicit in the United States and England. For even more fun I’m going to name a few famous women born in 1928. None were Old Maids either. Anne Sexton (poet) –Shirley Temple (actress) — Etta James (singer) –Barbara Lang (actress/pin-up model)

Come back here tomorrow for another quilt block for the A to Z Challenge! Also be sure to visit the home of the A to Z here and see other entrants challenge posts. There are excellent writers participating every year with topics in whatever you’re interested in


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.


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.

Our Village Green/#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.

Being proud of your community is what this quilt block brings to mind for me. I grew up in rural Pettis County, Missouri and the gatherings took place at one of 2 spots. The Manila School or Antioch Baptist Church were those places.


Manila School now stands abandoned where a bridal shower was held for me 30 years ago this month. Antioch Baptist Church is still alive and well. There, I attended Sunday School and Worship Services.  The grounds of both are lovingly attended to thankfully.

Until this blog post, it never occurred to me to take a photo of these two places from my childhood. I even had to ask my mother if we have any photos of them. Her answer was “probably somewhere”, but I’m not so sure. I think I would have remembered them. I was the camera hound at an early age. I have photo albums of my own and in none of them are these places. I believe I must have been too busy socializing to think ahead 45 years. So I have to appreciate even more the way this challenge has shown me those memories I need to hold dear.


For the record, I need much more practice at completing one of these blocks. It was not user-friendly and I am not sure I am up to another attempt. What you see is what you get. As long as it holds together, we’re using it.

“Knowledge is power, Community is strength and Positive attitude is everything.”     Lance Armstrong

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