True Blue/#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.

This is inevitable. There are Royals fans in the house. Fans from the beginning. I used to thumb-tac baseball cards to my paneled walls back in my teen years. I probably committed sacrilege unknowingly at the time. But to this girl, it was better than a Teen Magazine poster. Who needed Leif Garrett or Shawn Cassidy? I had George Brett, Amos Otis, Willie Wilson, Frank White, Dan Quisenberry and many more. Can you say plastered on a wall?? That was me.

Not a tomboy. Just a girl who couldn’t play ball due to bad knees. So I did the next best thing — cheer on my Boys in Blue.

Enter the era of my daughters. Ball became a huge part of their upbringing with games each and every summer until they outgrew the Girls Softball League. Now we attend the games and wear our gear and decorate the home to show our pride.

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We want to extend our deepest sympathies to each and every one feeling loss this season of ¬†‘The Ace’. Some moments above captured on Memorial Day the year before our Big Win.

This True Blue quilt block was in the book.

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The author has my appreciation for providing the best name ever in a quilt block!

Pardon my level of maturity. I really am a huge fan. Ask my sister. ūüėČ There are a few witnesses to say the least.

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Quote:

Tony Muser: “There are 50 games a year when you beat the crap out of them, and there’s 50 games a year when they beat the crap out of you. The rest are swing games. You’ve got to win these games if you are going to win.”

And one more for good measure:

Charlie Lau: “There are two theories on hitting the knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them works.”

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Quilt in Light and Dark/#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 light and dark of a quilt are to give contrast. It can give such dramatic appearances.

  • You can use light thread on a dark fabric as well to change the effect. 0fc4bf0e37ae92e1d828b1b085ac7c58
  • The light and dark can also give a 3-D illusion as in the Tumbling Blocks quilts.d4804c2736ebc58bc6f122733f0aed15
  • A wave quilt is another take on dimension.4750e8b991bd3b895363120d4682b066
  • And last but not least are the photo quilts where pieces are combined to reproduce a picture, face, or scenery in a realistic fashion.00a43551dd1f574b067562252646eb90

And this my friends is why quilters, sewists and other fibre-creative persons have a ‘stash’ of supplies. You never know when a certain color will come in handy.

Can I get an Amen?

(thanks to Pinterest for the above examples)

and now¬†for my “Q” quilt block for the Challenge…..

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For one block, this one works up very quickly. It could double as an X quilt block, but the quilt book author didn’t see it that way.

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“Quilt in Light and Dark” is not the fanciest name for a quilt block, but for the sake of this Letter Q, I’m thankful the author had this one single suggestion in her book for Q.

One Quote for the Day:

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Pavement Pattern/#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.

“Should I give up, or should I just keep chasing pavement, even if it leads nowhere?”¬†Adele

This block is apparently supposed to resemble brick pavement. With the quote above, I attempted some views around town. They went something like this….

It’s lovely the way they enhanced this intersection in¬†our downtown historic district.

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I find a bigger beauty in where there’s no pavement. Where land meets sky and colors are not man-made.

Quilts, though they are made by hand, give us a chance to mimic shapes, colors and scenes around us. I’m sure the name Pavement could also be substituted with Tiles, Square in a Square or Four Windows. And the color is all in the hands of the maker. I’m just thankful for photographs to get me through this post.

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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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Jefferson City/#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.

Jefferson City is the name of today’s 6-inch block. It’s also name to my home state’s (Missouri) capital. Apparently there are a couple other Jefferson City’s in both Montana and Tennessee. First I’d heard this until I started writing about ours. Here’s a pic taken by myself of our capital building.MissouriStateCapital

Sitting on the bluff of the Missouri River, its open for tours daily except for major holidays. There is a museum and many Thomas Hart Benton paintings throughout. I always enjoy a visit there¬†seeing exhibits and reading about¬†our state’s rich history. And this time of year the flowers are in full bloom. The magnolia trees are my favorite.

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The author of the book I’m taking my blocks from is not shown to be from Missouri or lived here as far as I could find out. I wonder why she chose this Civil War Era block? I am glad she did because I loved that I could use all three fabrics in it.

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Famous Missourian Quote

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Grandmother’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.

Grandmother’s Favorite is the name of this block and is a sentimental choice. I had such loving grandmothers. I’m sure many people have those feelings when it comes to theirs as well. So a place in this quilt to honor grandmothers is absolutely mandatory. ¬†Grandmother's Favoritecollage

A poem for Grandmothers (author unknown)

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Four Corners/#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 Four Corners quilt block is a little reminder to self that I still have some travelin’ to do. Colorado and Arizona, I’ve been to. Loved ’em! Utah and New Mexico are on the Bucket List.

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This block presented a bit of a twist for me though. The pattern was to create 2 blocks as you might have noticed in the above lower left picture.

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I quizzed both my daughters on which one they thought was sewn correctly. They both guessed correctly. So that means the jury is still out on whether I’ll use the ‘haywire’ version. Maybe I have a new block?? Maybe I should ask for suggestions on a name? Or maybe it should be dubbed “Haywire”?

“A photographer who made a picture from a splendid moment, an accidental pose of someone or a beautiful scenery, is the finder of a treasure.” ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†¬†Robert Doisneau 1912-1994 French Photographer

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Envelope/#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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A tribute block for Letter E is created in the “Envelope” block. It’s for all the penpals and friends/family I’ve sent and received snail mail and/or email over the years. I’ve always seemed to have at least one penpal. It was my letters to my cousin written in short hand that stand out the most in my memory. We didn’t want our mothers to read our deepest, darkest secrets. But there really weren’t very many. tee hee ¬†We were just flexing our literary muscle.

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“Getting snail mail is one of my favorite indulgences, and I think receiving mail is actually a common joy.” ¬† Mary Lambert ¬†Singer/Songwriter

My sentiments exactly.

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The Color is Determined/A to Z 2017 Theme Reveal

 

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.

 Happy Monday Everyone!

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The Missouri State Fair begins tomorrow and it’s only a hop and skip for me down the Katy Trail from home. There’s a chance I’ll go. Maybe.

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Weather and sunsets can be pretty inviting, along with cotton candy and corn dogs.

Then there’s those quilts.

It’s still up in the air…….