I made this 10" Alpine Cross block because Hattie's Mamma is buried in the Alpine Cemetery. The family visits her grave on May Day to leave her bouquets. I think it's a beautiful pattern. The directions can be found here: http://www.quilterscache.com/A/AlpineCrossBlock.html
In this entry, George and Anna are 12-year-old twins - Hattie's younger siblings. Mrs. Hile is a neighbor who helps with housework.
Monday, May 1, 1916 -
"It cleared off lovely today and has been a beautiful May Day. George called me this morning early and said, 'May basket!' He and Anna had made some for all and filled them with flowers.
"Mrs. Hile came about 9:30 this A.M., so I have been sewing a good deal today. I finished my cap and planned my crepe dress and partially altered my suit. I am beginning to like it a great deal better.
"This evening Papa and Anna and I each took a pretty bouquet of flowers - lilacs, violets, and verbenas - and walked up to the cemetery and put them on Mamma's grave. Papa always brought her a bouquet on May Day, and we children got in the habit, too, so we still like to remember our little custom. I think she still appreciates it, and I know it does us no harm to still hold the memory of the things she liked dear.
"I have been writing a letter to Fern and am quite sleepy. Just a little tired, too. To keep up with Papa, it kept Anna and I on the run part of the time, and yet he would say, 'My knees hurt so, I can hardly walk!'"
You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post: