A crochet square and a Missouri-esque crochet crazy quilt piece

After a travel and errand-filled weekend, it felt good to get back to something approximating normal, and to that end, I pulled out all of the pieces of the crochet crazy quilt center panel of my now 2018 North Carolina State Fair project. I was unable to quickly locate the crochet rickrack I had been working on, so I laid out what I had:

An overview of my state fair crochet project
An overview of my state fair crochet project

and surveyed the crochet landscape looking for just the right gap to be filled. My grandmother had gone to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, and I have this artifact from that excursion:

Ruby flash glass 1904 world's fair st. louis
A memento from the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis

Over the weekend while we were driving, I had been giving thought to what I would crochet next, and I very much wanted to include a crochet crazy quilt piece that honored this particular memento, and somewhere between where we started and where we ended, I got an idea for how to do it. The first order of business, however, was to find a place to put it, and after looking over the remaining spaces, I settled on this one:

A space that needs to be filled
A space that needs to be filled

Using a 5.0 mm hook and Red Heart Super Saver claret, I fashioned this crochet crazy quilt piece:

A somewhat Missour-esquei shaped crochet piece
A somewhat Missour-esquei shaped crochet piece

and after I was done with it, I realized it had a very Missouri-esque flair to the shape which is appropriate in as much as the 1904 World’s Fair had taken place in the “Show Me State.”

Then, using a long-ago discontinued light fuchsia that had been a Red Heart Super Saver color, I worked on a smaller piece to fit in the space just below my claret Missouri-esque crochet piece:

Along with a light fuchsia crochet crazy quilt piece
Along with a light fuchsia crochet crazy quilt piece

Having made substantive and substantial progress on the center panel, I then turned my efforts to finishing the first crochet square of thirteen for a new crochet purse:

A six-inch crochet square for a new crochet purse
A six-inch crochet square for a new crochet purse

And now as the last six-and-a-half weeks of the crochet season enters the home stretch, I will continue to move forward, one stitch at a time.