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

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Isaiah’s Lamp

Clouds

They are hanging over our home today.

I regularly post on my other blog a Tasty Thursday post.

I am not talking food today. We have to stop and pay respects to a young life that has passed on last evening. Each morning I read a Bible passage and this morning I came to Mark 4:21- 25. Jesus is speaking about not hiding your lamp under a basket or a bowl. Naturally, it would be starved of oxygen and get snuffed out. He goes on to say, To the one who has, more will be given.

Clearly little Isaiah was given much hardship. But the one thing he had that he did not keep hidden under a basket was his beautiful smile and personality. He was given this light to shine on all of us. We will forever have this imprinted on our hearts and lives. The blessing is ours to have and hold in all the precious memories he’s left behind. We can’t understand the huge scope of things in life many times, but we can each be a better person by modeling after someone like Isaiah. He gives us inspiration that no matter the trials of life, we should keep shining our light to help others see the beauty in all things. In truth, he showed us Love.

I posted a tribute to Isaiah in 2015 prior to his 5th birthday for the A to Z April Challenge. I’d like to reshare it today and urge you to visit the VWM website just to learn more and show his family some support with your thoughts and prayers.

The Wi”Z”ard of O”Z” for Isaiah

Oz, as you all know is where the tornado blew Dorothy to in the classic movie Wizard of Oz. Dorothy encounters trials and tribulations and meets friends along the way to assist her (and themselves) along the path, The Yellow Brick Road. The moral of the story as they find the Wizard is that the things you seek are inside you all along. You just need to believe in yourself.

Easier said than done sometimes.

This last 2 years, we’ve been honored to meet a young lady and her son who has a terminal illness. It’s called Vanishing White Matter Disease. You can learn more about this disease on the website, http://ulf.org/vanishing-white-matter-disease . Their yellow brick road has been bumpy to put it mildly.

For my final A to Z Challenge post for 2015, I am dedicating this one to Isaiah and his mom, Bethany. Their journey has been extremely difficult as Isaiah is only 4 years old and is a daily inspiration to us with his constant smiles.

I believe in the power of prayer and my request to my fellow bloggers, family and friends, from all over the world is to please say one for them. Pray for peace, strength, healing and a cure for future generations. May Isaiah’s story teach us all the importance of love and holding fast to the small moments in life.

Thank you and thanks for reading my blog this 2015 Challenge.

More Isaiah below:
http://fox4kc.com/?s=kcmo+fire+grants+make+a+wish

Update on Isaiah 6/28/16
https://www.facebook.com/FightliketheChamp/posts/821670967934436
Please continue to keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.