Thursday, September 29, 2011

Contrary Wife or The Revolt of Mother Quilt Block

      I wasn't planning to include the Contrary Wife block in my quilt.  The name bothers me. Then I read in this entry that Harriet presents a piece called "The Revolt of Mother" at a high school pie supper.  I found the piece online, so I decided to include the block, along with my revised name for it.  You might enjoy reading the short story like I did.
     I made this block 12" square so I could include as much of each chicken as possible.  I found the pattern here:
    Ted is Harriet's 14-year-old younger brother.  A graphophone is an early version of a record player or a CD player.

Friday, March 3, 1916 -
"Ted took me to a pie supper the high school kids gave, and we just got in.  As it was 11:55 by my clock, and said clock was stopped, I know it must be a little 'early,' so I'll write details later.  I had a real good time and got along pretty well with my piece, however.  I gave Mary Wilkins Freeman's 'The Revolt of Mother,' and although I didn't do as well as Myrtle Mc did out at C. of E. (College of Emporia), I didn't make any serious blunders.  The program was quite good - an immense graphophone made quite a hit.  Then they sold the pies afterward.  I hadn't taken any, for I hadn't given it a second thought until Ted came home from school, but Mr. Miller bought several for the high school at the restaurant, and he asked permission of several of us girls to put our names on them.  I consented for I felt I should help them out.  I was scared stiff that a certain person had got my pie, so I felt really relieved when Tim brought Mike Rennolds around with it.  But luck of lucks, it was a raisin pie! - the only kind I don't like.  But I ate a little for politeness' sake. . .

"Alpha is getting up a surprise on Grace for next Tuesday night.  She gave me the privilege of choosing from four boys who I should like for an escort.  Following are the 'eligibles': Leroy McCune, Glen Robinson, Earl Matney, and Howell Lusk!  Needless to say, I have not yet decided upon the most desirable one."

Aunt Minerva's Sour Cream Raisin Pie
1 cup water
1/2 cup seedless raisins
1/2 cup sugar
1 heaping tablespoon flour
1 cup sour cream
2 egg yolks, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1- 8" pie shell, baked

1.  Combine water and raisins in a saucepan.  Cook until raisins are quite tender and juice is low.
2.  In a bowl, mix together the sugar and flour.  Add sour cream and egg yolks.  Add mixture to raisins and cook until thick.  Stir in vanilla.
3.  Pour into baked pie crust.  Use the egg whites for meringue.   

            - from The Woodbury Larder: A Legacy published by Phyllis Woodbury Bryant

     I found a recipe for the meringue since Aunt Minerva's recipe ended as above.  
Beat 2 egg whites and 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar on high speed until frothy.  Add two tablespoons of sugar slowly until peaks form and are stiff but not dry.  Be sure all sugar granules are dissolved.  Using a rubber spatula, spread meringue over warm pie filling, spreading over pie edge to ensure a firm seal.  Swirl top of meringue with spatula to create peaks.  Bake at 350 degrees until peaks are golden brown.   

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog entry:


  1. Thank you so much for sharing the link to that story... it made my day! I'm loving the glimpse into the past that each one of your entries gives.

  2. I love your chickens! What a cute block!

  3. Love the journal entries! And those chickens are fantastic as is your block.

  4. What a great gift for your daughter. To have such delightful stories from one era and the blocks to go with the time period.


  5. Not only have I read "the revolt of mother" in my by-gone college days. It so impressed me that in the late 90's I created a quilt titled "A Matter of Priorities" based on that short story.

  6. I would love to see a photo of that quilt!


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