Year’s Favorite/#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.

If you search ‘Favorite’ on Pinterest, you get a slew of favorites from the whole wide world. The same goes with other search engines across the Internet. The possibilities are endless. But add “Year’s” to the search and it narrows down only slightly. I could list favorite recipes, quotes (but I’m already doing that daily), spaces, clothes, movies, blogs, actors, restaurants, songs, singers and on and on and on. But for today, I’m sharing a tune from my ‘Gibson’ for my favorite girls, my beautiful daughters. I’m proud of you both and come what may, you will always be my favorites!

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As for the Year’s Favorite Quilt block,…..

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It’s a favorite for sure!

Quote as promised:

 In the end, it’s not the year’s in your life that count,  It’s the life in your years.   Abraham Lincoln

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Path Through The Woods for X/#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.

My childhood home was at the edge of the woods. NellieFramedI would often wander into them, following a path worn down over the years by our horse, Nellie. As children, my sister and I would hop on without the saddle (bareback) most times because she was pretty good at holding her breath. In case you aren’t aware, horses do that so you can’t get the saddle cinched up tight. That leads to the saddle slowly sliding sideways and you dropping off onto the ground. Not a very dignified way to find yourself. We were just lucky she always stopped and didn’t run off with us halfway on and off. No morbid tales to tell here . I think the lesson learned here was Trust and Patience. We had to be patient as she would side-step away as we tried to hop on. In the meantime, she learned to trust that we just wanted to enjoy her company. And we always had a sugar cube to sweeten the deal.

Friendship is like that. No motives. Just enjoying the companionship. I’m a firm believer in this quote: “We don’t meet people by accident. They are meant to cross our paths for a reason.” Author Unknown

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This was not an easy block. Ripping out a couple sections taught me to read twice, sew once. I gave my Patience and Trust to the book author that this had been done before. I will survive this Challenge with so many new blocks under my belt. I feel pretty exuberant about this let me tell ya. Mom, all those tears cried while sewing for 4-H have paid off!

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So the X in Path Through the Woods reminds me of paths taken, friendships formed and kept, as well as those walked away from. Kind of bittersweet at times, but mostly good.

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West Wind/#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.

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West wind is considered the mildest and most favorable of the wind movements. The heralder of light spring and early summer breezes in Greek mythology is known as Zephyrus. Wind definitely has a part to play in weather changes and I thought some weather superstitions would be appropriate for this post.

The higher the clouds, the finer the weather.” Thin, wispy clouds are good picnic indicators. Remember Mother’s Day is not far off.

Clear moon, Frost soon.” We are not in the clear yet in Central Missouri for a late spring frost. Keep an eye on the weather forecast.

When clouds appear like towers, the earth is refreshed by showers.” A sure sign that April is here are those spring showers.

Rainbow in the morning gives you fair warning.” Meaning, rain is West of your location.

And for the sake of a “Quilt’s and Quotes” theme, we’ll move on even though we hear many others here in the rural heartland of the country. I welcome you to share yours in the comments.

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Introducing the West Wind quilt block. It was one of the easiest and at this point in the quilt-making, I’m pretty darn thankful for that. I have had to set aside a bit of extra time for hemming prom dresses, creating a custom order from the Etsy shop, and will soon return to finishing a wedding signature quilt. I am a bit panicked but things are going to be ok.

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I really like it when the cutting plan in the book gives you pieces for 2 blocks. (Hint, Hint to any future quilt book writers out there.)  Any extras are a good start for other projects.

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Vermont/#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.

For Letter V, the book I used gave me a couple choices for the quilt block. I chose this one because I liked the pattern best. The way it’s designed, there seem to be V’s all over it kind of like those ‘how many squares can you find’ puzzles.

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I’m keeping this post short and sweet because I’m pretty sure I know very few things about Vermont other than they have gorgeous fall color and that I’d love to visit. It’s on my bucket list.

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My Quote today is for the V in LoVe:

“Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.”

Ann Landers

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Union/#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.

In 2001 Lech Walesa was a keynote speaker at a pre-graduation lecture that my husband was invited to at The University Of Central Missouri (UCM). We both had tickets to attend. Unaware there would be a meet & greet afterwards, we didn’t take a camera. Unfortunately, there weren’t phones with cameras then. It came to my turn in line and I spoke to him through a translator. I said, “My father was a Union man and really admired you.” He answered me in clear English, “Your father was a good man.”  I was so in awe of the moment that all speech left me. The gravity of meeting such a huge icon of history, not to mention a Nobel Peace Prize Winner blew me away . And I got an autograph and went to sit down to eat cake. I can visualize my dad poking my rib asking me what the heck?! But with much more colorful metaphors.

The lead-up to this story goes back to my childhood in the 70’s, the CBS news with Walter Cronkite, my father’s membership in the AFL-CIO (union), and the Polish “Solidarity” movement. We payed very close attention to the news, watching history unfold. Our discussions molded my thinking of the treatment of the common working man/woman. The support from our country’s unions extended to theirs was something he was very proud of. For all the working class, I present this block.

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First I have the pattern layout in the book showing that this is for a single block. Lots of prepping for this one. But pretty easy to complete. I’d make more of these without hesitation. Just not this month 😉

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un·ion
noun
  1. the action or fact of joining or being joined, especially in a political context.
    Quote: “The fall of the Berlin Wall makes for nice pictures. But it all started in the shipyards.”       Lech Walesa
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Southern Belle/#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.

Davy Crockett has become a favorite in the hearts and minds of two of my daycare brothers. At least the song. You see, their dad has used it as a ‘lullaby’ for them to settle in with at bedtime. And when they come to my home for daycare, they are singing it to the infants whenever they are crying. My family thinks it’s the sweetest thing ever. So I’ve recorded it for your listening pleasure.

The only connection here with “Southern Belle” quilt block is the fact that Davy Crockett was born in Tennessee, a Southern state. So with that connection, we’re going with it.

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And yet another single, 6-inch block for the upcoming quilt top. Sometimes, I have to wonder about the name choices for these blocks and the ‘why’. I have not a clue what was going through their minds to give it this name. But it will be a pretty addition and I will now always think of Benson and Hudson and Davy Crockett when I see this block.

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They have that Southern Charm, believe me!

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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.

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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.

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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

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New Waterwheel/#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.

Waterwheels are often associated with grist mills and dutch windmills. For me, I think of steamboats on the Missouri River. The Mighty Mo is dotted with buried, sunken steamboats.

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Restored paddle wheel of the Steamboat Arabia

The 1856 Steamboat Arabia was discovered, excavated and is on display at the Steamboat Arabia Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, since 1991. It is one of the finest displays ‘in progress’ in the world. It is well worth a few dollars and your time.

There was only a single life lost on the wreck of the Arabia.

MulecollageImage“The owner of the mule was intereviewed shortly after the sinking of the Arabia. He reported that he tried his very best to free his mule, but it was just too stubborn and would not leave the sinking steamer. The mule, however, would tell a different story for the reins were  discovered as they had been for 132 years — firmly tied to the lumber mill jack.” I wonder how many of the people then were as doubtful as I was when I first read this story. Mules happen to be very good swimmers.

So for this Letter N quilt block, chose this block pattern.

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I couldn’t resist giving it a ‘watered down’ appearance. (chuckle)

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This one is slightly larger than 6 inches (6 3/4), but we will make it work with a little fudgin’.

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Missouri Star/#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.

The Missouri Star block is another Civil War era block. A story of Mattie Lykins Bingham is a popular one associated with Missouri during that time in history. She was a Southern sympathizer married to a Unionist who happened to be a Kansas City banker as well. The story goes that she was suspected of spying for the Confederates and in particular blamed for what led to the Quantrell raid of Lawrence, Kansas. Quantrell and his men claim to have burned the town of Lawrence in an act of retalliation.

Historically the block name was given by the Nancy Cabot column in the 1933 Chicago Tribune.MOStarcollage

This one required a bit of pinning to match up the lines. If you ever attempt sewing/quilting, don’t sew over your pins. (My tip of the day.)

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I present a quote from a Missourian from the opposite side of our state:

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” Maya Angelou

I can hear her voice when I read that 🙂

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Ladies Wreath/#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.

The Ladies Wreath pattern is not too difficult and would make a good quilt block choice for a whole quilt. It would have plenty of movement with the way the triangles change direction. I chose it with my daughters in mind.

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A lot of mothers want to raise their daughters to be ladies. One of the greatest examples of a lady in my life was my grandmother, Inez. Slow to anger and a very intelligent, gentle woman. I credit my love of learning to her. She was never too busy to stop and help with my homework questions. As having been a one-room school house teacher from Iowa, she was masterful at multi-tasking and never complaining about any of it. At least not within my earshot. I can only hope to be half as admirable as she was. I think she would have loved this shade of blue.

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“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day, someone might do the same for you.”    Princess Diana

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