Calaboose/Thursday Doors

Calaboose
kaluh-boos, kal-uhboos ] Definition: Noun Slang. jail; prison; lockup.

Today’s Thursday Doors is another donation project of which I am always grateful. The youngest daughter is my enabler this week, along with her bestie/cousin’s girlfriend/future cousin.

Not wanting to prolong the post this week as I have a kazillion things calling, I’ll cut to the chase. The pictures following are from Springfield, Missouri of an old 1891 police sub-station; nicknamed ‘Calaboose’.

Wow. This is the first time WordPress has allowed me to caption all photos in the new editor! Sorry, got sidetracked there. It’s the small things sometimes.

The sign will tell you that it’s a police museum but was closed at the time. Might be a future stop for them? Bet it has a few gems inside!

Make your stop over at Norm 2.0 for more fabulous Thursday Door entries. Wonderful entries from all over!

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Letter X Waves of the Sea/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!

By the time you get to here you will have noticed (I hope) that there are no letter X’s in the block’s title. But I went with the visual direction the quilt block is arranged in. Do you see it??

I want to point out in the first photo above that I got a little over ambitious on those small half square triangle blocks. I only needed half of them. So another block in the future? Or maybe just another Waves of the Sea block.

10 1/2 inches
10 1/2 inches

Another non-conformist block. It will be fine. I hope.

Waves of the Sea complete
Waves of the Sea complete

Did You Know?

In 1937,native Missourian, Walter Cronkite took a job at United Press (UP) telegraph to cover an explosion in a school in New London, Texas. It was to be his first national headline breaking story. This gas leak explosion caused 295 + deaths as it occured as school was nearly about to let out.

Come back here Monday 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.

Letter P for Pinwheels/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!

As the book states, “Simplicity recommends this quilt block”, you can’t go wrong with a pinwheel block. Lots of options for layouts as you can see in the redraft version to the left. The Kansas City Star first published the pattern on April 19, 1930. Pretty good staying power after 89 years I’d say.

Be sure to keep right sides and wrong sides flipped accordingly or you’ll have a ‘dull’ spot in your quilt blocks. There’s nothing that stands out more than the wrong side of a fabric in one little area. This is why I lay my blocks out beforehand. Just saves me from spending time with that seam ripper.

Pinwheels Completed
Pinwheels Completed

Also known as Flutter Wheels, these Pinwheels make a quilt cheerful. Hope you’ll recognize them next time you see them in an old quilt.

Did You Know?

Remember the Our Gang and Little Rascals Movies? The classic films with Alfalfa, Darla, Spanky, Buckwheat, Stymie, Porky and more?? Our small town of Sedalia, Missouri is birthplace to an actress, Grace Ivadell Carter. Her birthdate is January 7, 1914 and she did parts in 3 of these different short movies (or shorts) in 1923 and 1924. Her appearances in these shorts totaled 8. Saluting yet another Missourian in the A to Z Challenge this year.

Grace Ivadell Carter
Grace Ivadell Carter

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

Letter J for Jacob’s Ladder/ 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!

I’ve made this quilt block before but not for the A to Z Challenge. My own quilt made with multiple Jacob’s Ladder blocks is here. Scroll to the bottom of my Completed Creations page and you’ll see Patriotic Jacobs Ladder.

Using a good mix of dark, medium and light colors will give you the desired effect in creating the whole quilt or the single block.

Jacob's Ladder completed
Jacob’s Ladder completed

Did You Know?

Considered one of the most tragic Explosion Disasters of the year 1928 was in West Plains, Missouri. A gas explosion at a dance hall killed 36 where there had been 40 couples dancing. The dance floor during the explosion was lifted to the ceiling and dropped. It’s believed that when the garage door opened in the floor below, the explosion occurred due to gasoline stored there.

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

Letter I for Jack ‘I’n the Box/ 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!

1929 Kansas City Star 'Jack in the Box'
1929 Kansas City Star ‘Jack in the Box’

I chose this block for Letter I instead of the Irish Chain. It was one I hadn’t made before and even though it’s not technically an ‘I’ block, I am pulling the It’s my blog card. So here we go…..

A lot of movement goin’ on with the direction of this block. It was important to have a layout first and a picture reference or it would have been easy to turn one piece the wrong way.

Jack in the Box Completed
Jack in the Box Completed

Vintage materials can make a one of a kind quilt block. In a sampler, it’s just plain fun to use up those fabrics you love but can’t find any other use for.

Did You Know?

Speaking of Vintage, I found a little gem from 1929 that not too many of my hometown folks may know of. Let me introduce Jack Bland. I chose to talk about him both because he was born in Sedalia, Missouri and he happened to be a successful American jazz banjoist and guitarist in the Midwest and Chicago. For me personally, the banjo part is close to my heart. My close friends and family know my banjo connection. I play 5-string 🙂

Special Thanks to YouTube

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

Letter H for Heart’s Desire/ 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!

From the Kansas City Star Quilts Sampler book
From the Kansas City Star Quilts Sampler book

This 1932 block took a lot of piecing and for me personally it took 3 sewing sessions. My quilt time is usually in small stretches though. Still, it was pretty intense for a single block.

Let’s just say you had better have a lot of desire to finish a whole quilt of this block. I only had desire to make one at this time 😉 The following gallery of photos are just the quilt during the sewin process. Not going to describe everything in a paragraph. If you happen to have any questions, just leave them in the comments.

I truly love the end result of this block. The measurement ended right, the piecing instructions weren’t bad and it’s visually interesting. Sometime in the future, a whole quilt would not be out of the question.

Heart's Desire Block complete
Heart’s Desire Block complete

Did You Know?

With this block I’ll celebrate an outstanding female Missourian, Susan Elizabeth Blow. In my circle of life, there are children. Many children. So her achievement is close to my heart.

Susan founded the first public Kindergarten in St. Louis, Missouri and ran it 11 years without being payed. Of course she was priviledged, being the daughter of a wealthy family. Nonetheless, she believed in the importance of this early childhood introduction to school. Kindergarten readiness is how I spend my days with infants and children–guiding them with developmentally appropriate practices. Thanks to Susan for this wonderful contribution to our children!

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

Mt. Olive Baptist Church/ThursdayDoors

Down this road from Bethlehem Baptist Church

Leaving Bethlehem Baptist Church
Leaving Bethlehem Baptist Church

in which my great great grandfather was a charter member,

Windmill and Missouri Barns
Windmill and Missouri Barns

and past this farm,

you’ll come to Mt. Olive Baptist Church. It was here that my grandfather was ordained as a minister in 1886. He was 39 years of age at the time and served as a pastor here 2 different times. The Versailles Statesman published that as of 1927, he’d married 125 couples, as well as conducted 225 funerals. I wonder how there could have survived all these years 2 Baptist churches so close to each other. This one was originally a log school house but burned and was rebuilt by 1914. It sure wasn’t a good-paying occupation as in 1912 the salary was $100.00 per year, payed by the quarter. No wonder they had to farm as well as be pretty much indispensable for weddings and funerals,
prayer meetings, Sunday School, Sunday services and don’t forget the Revivals and Camp Meetings. Not to mention offering various sorts of family counseling for the sick or homebound, marriage counseling, excessive alcohol consumption or treatment of family or neighbors — some of these you certainly didn’t discuss in those days. Such a full time job for so little. As you ponder these things, I hope you’ll enjoy the rest of the photos we took as we wandered around the church yard.

Early Photo
Early Photo published in Florence, Missouri’s 160th Celebration. (glad I bought the book back in ’92)

For other Thursday Doors, please visit Norm 2.0 and he’ll guide you to the list of wonderful doors around the world.