Block Twenty-Four: True Blue

I’ll try very hard to keep a lid on things today.  Barbara Brackman’s latest block, True Blue, recalls the term bluestocking which was applied to women (and men) of the 18th century.  Specifically, women that formed literary clubs.

Bluestocking (noun): a woman having intellectual or literary interests.  — Merriam-Webster

And we all know what happens when you educate a woman, they invariably begin to form opinions and get ideas of their own.  Ideas bigger than what’s for supper.  Bigger even than whether or not in their opinion broccoli is superior to green beans.  Next thing you know, they’ll want to discuss more than books or poems, they may actually become knowledgeable about finances and politics… my, my, my.

True Blue Barbara Brackman Fight For Womens Rights Quilt Grandmother's ChoiceI did promise to keep a lid on it, didn’t I?  Oh, well.

Today’s block was a super easy block to complete, and a good thing for me that it was.  Another member of our Flickr group sent up a red flag on the instructions.  The block finished over-sized instead of at 8 1/2 inches (sigh).  So, it was a pencil, graph paper, and calculator for me this morning.

More distressing news, I’ve caught the bug – the Downton Abbey bug.  I’ve finished season one and began streaming season two today.  At this rate I’ll burn through season three as soon as it’s available on Amazon Prime, and where will that leave me?  Haven’t had to deal with the not-so-patiently-waiting-foot-tapping-is-September-ever-going-to-get-here? kind of anticipation since the Kiefer Sutherland series, 24.

Shucks – I survived eight off-seasons wondering what Jack would do next without turning into some kind of zombie that sits in front of a blank TV screen tearing old magazines into thin strips – I’ll survive this as well.

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8 thoughts on “Block Twenty-Four: True Blue

  1. Donnell

    Chris and I started Downton Abbey last week too. We’ve finished season one but had to wait until I finished another Houston training this week to start season 2.

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    1. Jo Post author

      It’s likely that I’ll finish season two sometime today. Then the hard part comes, will I pay for season three, or wait until it’s free? Decisions, decisions. Hope your Houston training was a nice break for you. Did Chris go with you again?

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    1. Jo Post author

      My sense of humor isn’t for everyone, but there are a select few out there that ‘get’ it. Glad you got a chuckle or two out of my ramblings!

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  2. Louise

    I’m a Big Downton Abbey fan myself. Six episodes into season 4 and looking forward to episode 7 tonight. Oddly enough, there is a common thread between your blue stocking block and Downton Abbey. One of the main story lines is about women coming of age , getting the vote, joining the workforce, and having more options. I won’t spoil it for you, but Edith is coming along nicely.

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    1. Jo Post author

      Where was I when they passed out the self-discipline gene? I’ve absolutely no self control, and I know that you aren’t surprised to hear that I finished season two today in one wild Downton Abbey marathon.

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