It’s that time of year again. I’m about to blog every day in the month of April (except Sundays) for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Welcome to you if this is your first time participating. Welcome if this is your first time reading. For myself, it’s Year #5. Where has the time gone??
This year has been somewhat of a panic for me though I have to admit. I wasn’t as prepared and I am a bit embarrased. It’s not like April doesn’t come around every single year. But once I decided to add my name to “The List”, I bit the bullet and plunged in up to my neck. I’m not drowning so that’s the main thing, right?!
To guide me along this year, I’m using what I know for my theme. If you are a follower of this blog already, you’ve probably guessed it. And you would be correct if you guessed a hand made theme.
The main fabrics of choice
So this is the second year I will blog each day with a quilt block. As a bonus I’m going to reveal at the very end the finished quilt top from last year’s challenge. So hope you’ll check back each day to see the finished block for each letter of the alphabet.
This is Sunday and time for the latest photo proof of my needle labors.
Beginning with Blue
The color palette is pastel.
There are many free tutorials online that demonstrate this technique called Bavarian Crochet. I chose to purchase a book because I am old fashioned like that.
Each motif is about 2 inches across.
I have to admit that it took me 3 attempts to finish the beginning (blue) section before I could do the color change. I started this in the waiting room January 19 during my mother’s heart stent surgery. There was another crocheter passing by who was certain she knew exactly how I needed to accomplish the pattern. Guess what? She was stumped too. lol My loving sister was silently observing during this moment and I could see her silently chuckling to herself. The joke was between us but I’ll let you in on it……she knew I would figure it out just fine without this lady’s interference. I definitely caught her eye roll as the woman bragged on her ‘years’ of crocheting as punishment as a child.
Crochet for punishment?? Whatever?!
Crocheters of the world, I hope you enjoy this rendition of ‘Crochet Crime and Punishment’. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll be just fine sitting on my back porch with needles and thread. Punish away!
I have the priviledge of being around the most honest bunch of little people possible on this ‘Day After’ Daylight Savings Time change. They are letting me know in a brutally truthful manner just how much humanity in general hates this change of routine. Meltdowns are just one way I witness the contempt they have. They don’t feel good and I have to put on my best face and dig out all my resources to push through days like this. Somehow, we managed to navigate the first half of the day in this daycare without damage to life or limb.
For myself, I find my happy place in thinking about what I’m going to do after work. So I’m sharing a little bit of my latest project. Beginning with a collage of the process.
A stack of vintage blocks I’ve collected
These colors aren’t captured very well here, but I chose 3 similar ones to begin my creation
This combination was in a bundle, but set aside for another day.
Some precut strips I had in the same bundle.
Processing a plan.
The captions will tell the story, but basically I needed to combine some pastels with the 3 blocks I chose. I would have loved to use the red one, but it just wasn’t cohesive enough. It will have a quilt home though. I’m thinking, red, white and blue for its future. Would you agree?
Below is my final composition.
It will lie in this present state until after the 2018 April A to Z Challenge. It will make the perfect hand quilting project once I get to it. But the call of planning my A to Z entries is underway. The big reveal is on March 19. And remember,
I’ve mentioned umpteen times that we visit Lawrence, Kansas. This week is another instance (& probably won’t be the last). In short and sweet form, I present a home I’ve been keeping an eye on for about a year.
This is the ‘before’ of a home in Old Lawrence, a historical part of town that is extremely protective of its old homes. And with good reason. They are gorgeous! This one just happens to sit at where we take a turn to our daughter’s.
Next is the “after”.
Such clouds that this is the best angle for that front door.
View from our usual turn.
We drove around the block just for this one.
I hope it warms your heart as much as it does mine to see these parts of history saved.
Definition of Campanile: A free standing bell tower especially associated with a church or other public building, especially in Italy.
EX: The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a campanile.
For people in my locality, the definition may be needed. I speak for myself for sure. I know I’ve asked my daughter half a dozen times for the name “of that tower” before it finally sank in. Guess I’m not a person who associates pictures with memorizing. But maybe it will help you in this Thursday Doors post.
To serve the purpose of the topic of ‘doors’ I present the doorway of the University of Kansas Camponile in which KU graduates pass through during their commencement ceremony. I’m pretty ecstatic that my eldest will pass through here twice in the next year or 2. In May she’ll get her Masters Degree. Woot! Woot! And tentatively, the next May will be for her Ph.D. Such a proud mama in case it wasn’t pretty evident.
Driving up to the tower
Location of the bells
The bells are housed in the top of the tower as the photo on the far right says.
As it is naptime, I’m not checking to see if this video works, so please excuse my methods if it’s a fail. Notice the eagle didn’t decide to endure them. chuckle
The simple tile work is really pretty
Lots of light even on this gray day.
Looking towards the stadium.
An opposite doorway
Bell Ringers recognized.
More important folks.
Main point to make is that it’s a very meaningful monument for the university. The engravings along the doorway each have symbolic meaning as well. Wish I’d have spent more time studying up, but maybe another time. Naptime is nearly over.
Leaving you with some outward views from this beautiful spot on the campus.
Stately building that may be a museum. My tour guide is currently busy in class.
Park area with walking trail
Trail and bridge
Looking at Fraser Hall. Topmost point of Lawrence Kansas. Aka ‘The Hill’.
In my near, foreseeable future, I’ll be visiting here….. Good Lord willin’ and the creeks don’t rise. The above photo is compliments of my eldest daughter on a recent weekend getaway to St. Louis, Missouri. Thanks to her for sharing with me. I’m certainly ready for some door viewing opportunities.
Just a short post today.I’m diving in once again with my fellow A to Z Patriots. Beginning Saturday, April 1st (no foolin’ here), I’ll have a post a day (except Sundays) for the entire month of April. I am going with another “Handmade” blog theme. This year I’m calling it, “Quilts and Quotes”. I’m creating a quilt block for each letter of the alphabet and adding a positive quote, saying or tidbit for each day as well.
Sorry, no pics until the Challenge has begun. I hope you’ll check back each day to see how the quilt-making evolves.
Til the ‘day of submergence’, I will keep up with my normal style, including Thursday Doors with the well-respected Norm 2.o and friends.
The below announcements can be heard on radios here in the Mid West.
Good morning. A weaker Dollar has boosted commodity prices in general and grains/soybeans in particular during the overnight hours. The weaker Dollar has been a “buy the rumor/sell the fact” type of reaction to the Fed’s decision yesterday afternoon to raise short term interest rates by ¼ %. Weather focus is beginning to shift from the southern hemisphere to U.S. forecasts. Dry conditions across much of the winter wheat belt will persist into early April while a wetter pattern is forecast to set up across the Midwest over the next two weeks . The northern Midwest will turn colder than normal during this period. The deep south will be dry enough the next two weeks to allow timely corn planting there. Export sales for the week ended March 9 were as follows (million bu.):
While walking past this elevator on the Katy Trail, occasionally my thoughts turn to this.
Tree lined March 4, 2017
I shared this sneek-peek recently. Now for some closer looks.
Doors at the top.
Blocked in doors
Pointing out some ‘door’ detail.
Close and closer looks at the lighted door at the bottom. We are only seeing one side here as it was getting late and we needed to head home. The Katy Trail Park closes at sunset.