X is for Xs & Os

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What a crazy letter of the alphabet. Have you ever gone to the X section of the dictionary? Such strange words. I think I’ll stick with the letter itself, thank you very much.

It has a nice ring to it in both of my languages, English and Spanish. And you should try doubling it! Just think of the Mexican cerveza, Dos Equis. Or in the English case, the band “the XX,” which is pronounced “the Ex Ex.” Which reminds me, the female chromosome allocation is “XX,” so is that what both of them are referring to?

The letter X is also the most scandalous. There’s the innocent text/email/letter signature “XOXO,” which I have seen in many cases just shortened to “Xx,” since people seem to want to do away with hugging. Just beware… if you add one more “X” to that farewell, you might be accused of wanting something saucier!

It’s funny that I bring all of this up, because for this project I went ahead and chose to honor one of the most G-rated uses of the letter X.

Tic.

Tac.

Toe.

Last X-mas (see how I did that?), I made Stella a memory game out of my fruity fabrics, and so when I got the suggestion for Tic Tac Toe (thanks Brenda!), I automatically was drawn to making a fabric version of the game. Spoiler alert: Guess what my nieces are getting for X-mas!? It’s okay, they can’t read yet. Please don’t tell them.

The game board is essentially a nine block quilt, and the game pieces are lined with interfacing to make them sturdier. As I was making the game, I was also listening to the first Michigan football game of the season on the radio, secretly wishing I was back in Ann Arbor. And actually, this fabric comes from the awesome fabric store in AA. I bought it back in December, as a part of what turned out to be a classic “sewing project eyes bigger than sewing project stomach” situation; I had planned on making the yet-to-be-born Mabel a baby quilt. She’s almost four months old now. X-cuse me, Mabel! You’ll forgive me when I let you beat me at Tic Tac Toe.

Just kidding. I’ll never let you beat me.

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Check it out: I played myself!

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And nobody won! Typical.

I can’t believe that there are only two more letters to go. TWO!

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