Contrary Wife/ 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!

Contrary Wife 1941 KC Star pattern from Star Quilts
Contrary Wife 1941 KC Star pattern from Star Quilts

This block is about color values. Dark vs. light. This next pic displays a vintage quilt made from the Contrary Wife block.

Vintage Contrary Wife quilt from Star Quilts
Vintage Contrary Wife quilt from Star Quilts

In incompatible wife would have been considered ‘contrary’. Other synonyms are vexing, annoying, unaccommodating, troublesome and the list can go on and on. I find it funny a woman with an opinion is put in this light while a man with an opinion is ‘Strong’, dead-set on, confident, …. you get the picture. Here’s a couple pics of the quilting process while I try to keep on track here.

I won’t get into the politics any further of this woman vs man topic but just know that opposites are complimentary and this block displays that very well. Especially in that vintage quilt. Love it!!

Contrary Wife complete
Contrary Wife complete

Did You Know?

During World War II, Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a Soviet sniper was considered so deadly that the Germans addressed her over loud speaker requesting her to defect. Would you have trusted this proposition? I’m thankful she stayed contrary to the opposing side.

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

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A Letter From Grandpa

Our home is abuzz with construction workers this summer. IMG_2611

This is about 3 weeks ago. It’s about to be very different. More about that later.

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Grandpa and Grandma Hunter with my mother, Eileen, Glenda, Alice and Neal. No Maybelle yet 🙂

 

While purging our closets to store stuff in temporary spaces, I ran across some books  of my Grandmother’s. Inside were photos, cards and mementos that you would expect to find. You know how grandmothers are, they save all those things 🙂 My favorite find was this little gem dated December 6, 1942. It was exactly 1 year after the attack of Pearl Harbor. It gives a glimpse of the past through the eyes of my grandfather who was probably not sure what the future held for him in the Service during World War II.

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If you were able to see this, it would burn your eyes. I say this lovingly. My grandfather was not so good at spelling. But Grandma was a 1-room school house teacher before they married so you have to give him an A+ for effort as I’m sure she encouraged him to write. His talents were on the farm. He knew how to noodle. To those of you who may not know, this is hand fishing. I would never attempt sticking my arm in a hole under water to pull out a catfish. Nope.

But for your viewing enjoyment, I have typed it up as it is written. I didn’t correct much of the spelling except to help the reader understand. This was a probably the most conversation I ever heard out of my grandfather. He was a very quiet man. So I am extremely pleased to share it with the world, this glimpse of Americana.

December 6, 1942

San Antonio

 

Dear Brother and Wife,

Will write a line today I shud wrote befor now but I ben so busy and did take time I was on KP one week so I had to stay in camp at night so men might come I did feel like writin I went to work at 5 AM and got off at 6:30 PM so I sure put in the day so last week I was on the rastion truck so I sure had it easy and don’t know what I do this week yet I come to town yesterday at noon so won’t go back till in the morning about 6 AM

Well the 95 div is coming to San Antonio so Quintin aut to come to He is in the 95 div I sure hope so then we can see him often

The 92 div have went to Wisconsin so the 95 is take it place at Fort Huston

Went to a show last night and ther sure was the soldiers in town this is so many army comp here so about all you see is solder on the street it just after pay day so they got the money to spend

We are still well as usal But have some cold But not very bad

We sure is have some pirty weather here. We had some cool morning tho But not what you cald cold We not had any rain for a long time

I glad you got the hay and hope it do good and what you pay me is OK if it sute you and thank a lot if it OK with you For I want you all please

Well I not at school any more now so I don’t know they will do with me they might make a truck driver out of me that what I look for Ben(being) I am in the 12th supply Sqd

I sure was supris to here that Alfred was ship so soon I sure hope he land soft But never can tell now day

They caught a German spy in Corp last week in the 12th Rep sqd this to men went over the hill sent payday so they get the guard house so there a lot in the jail now at Kelley Field

Well Inez is writing to a friend so I about out of new to write so wll close now

                                                Your Brother & wife,

                                                Glenn & Inez

1034 North Alamo st

This is were we live in town I was about 2 week get your letter.