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 🙂

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

The Parking Lot View/Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors this week is a bit different for me.

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We’re taking in the nighttime appeal of Lawrence, Kansas. Here is the very well-loved ‘Mass’ Street with it’s festive look for the holidays.

But now let’s take a look at the other doors you may have missed if you normally park along the store fronts.

We parked in a back lot and were able to find these hidden gems.

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I’d like to return during the day to browse here.

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And maybe here too. KC Royals attire is an absolute Midwest must!

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Not sure which store this belongs to,  but they seem patriotic.

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And this one I’m pretty sure is a ‘No’.

So just for the record, Lawrence, you have some attention-getting doors. Can’t wait for warmer weather to peruse some more.

Check out Norm 2.0 for other Thursday Door blog entries. Just find the blue frog link at the bottom.

On the Safe Side/Thursday Doors

Sunday I figured the only door pics I’d end up with were these from a laundromat.
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But as fate would have it, I had a little luck.

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Now remember, banks are closed on Sundays in most places. But I was lucky to find this one …….

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Inside this bank-turned-restaurant appropriately named “Merchants”.

 

Cell phones can’t quite capture the whole door and window together with the space we had available so you’ll have to ‘picture’ it all in one.

Located in Downtown Lawrence, Kansas, if you’re ever in this part of the Midwest, Merchants is a real treat both in appearance and taste. Food pics some other time.

For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post.

Port Fonda/Thursday Doors

It seemed I was going to have a “School” look to my Thursday Doors entry this week. We’d been spending the first half of our weekend on yard work, namely emptying the compost corral. And the second half got off to a late start even after missing church in the A.M.

So once arriving at our Sunday afternoon destination, we were entertained with a lil’ tour of our daughter’s shared office space. As she reads this she is cringing while wondering if I’m going to put her picture in here. But a promise is a promise and I will refrain from letting you see her and her office mate in today’s blog. Maybe they’ll model for me another time? So I made a collage to show you instead.

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Looks like a typical set of school doors right?

then we had dinner.

And I found hope for this post.glass-doors4

Not exactly what I would have expected to use in my weekly entry except for the frost decorating they did to set their business apart. Port Fonda was an excellent choice made by our daughter for the evening meal.

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And here’s a better view of that decorative glass across from me at the table.

For those of us who celebrate Halloween, this felt kind of fitting on this Thursday Doors ahead of that observance.

Click the link below and find Norm’s blue button at the bottom of his Doors post for more outstanding entries.

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The Mission Contd./Thursday Doors

I told ya’ll about that yarn shop last post.

Well just across the street, there was a set of doors pointed out to me by my hubby.fabricshop8-2

Right there next to the Kansas Sampler is the entryway to a lovely fabric store.

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Luckily, you don’t see me in that reflection, but there is plenty of that mirror effect. That tends to happen with glass. The doors are still pretty though.

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I left this inside-the-door shot rather large in case you would like to peruse the jam-packed fabric tables,the more-than-ample book selection, the adorable pajama set or that lovely tin ceiling. I was focused where you see the arrow; the fat quarter assortment. The daughter and I chose a few to use for some future baskets or other things. Like maybe ‘quilt blocks’??

For other Thursday Door entries, click here and find Norm’s blue link button at the bottom of his post.

A Door First

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I have been admiring from afar the Thursday Door posts for quite some time. There are so many great ones out there. I’m about to hop aboard with one of my own. I’ll hope to make it a regular feature and try to be half as good as the challenge host. Thanks by the way for such great inspiration!

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Entrance to Rachel’s house.

Last Monday and Tuesday were spent moving furniture and belongings to my daughter’s first apartment. She’s off to grad school and we are so-o-o-o proud around here.

Momma Brag moment #1 million.

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The home is divided into apartments and was built around 1902. Lots of character inside! Lawrence Kansas, you’d better be good to my little girl.

Or else!