Thursday, November 3, 2011

Cups and Saucers Quilt Block

     This is a little 6" Cups and Saucers quilt block.  I found the pattern in The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird.  I also found the pattern at Quilterscache here.  I fussycut the center to feature the roses.
     In this diary entry, Papa is shipping cattle to Chicago.  My dad writes:  "When a cattleman shipped cattle on the railroad, the cattle owner could ride in the caboose free to wherever the cattle were going (Kansas City or Chicago) and free coming back." 

     Hattie is studying for her correspondence courses that she's taking through Kansas University.  She later writes that she found these classes "rather unsatisfactory without the classroom environment."  

Friday, April 7, 1916 -
"I was sure surprised to see everything covered with snow this morning, and it kept up snowing almost all A.M., but it didn't stay long enough for sleighing.

"Papa started for Chicago with the cattle this evening, so, of course, it has been a day of some little excitement.  Mother baked and fussed about all day getting his lunch fixed and his bag packed, and we all had to fly around getting him off.  The cattle certainly looked fine as they drove them to town.  We all lunched on fried chicken, brown bread, nut sandwiches, cake, pie, coffee, pickles, etc. about the time he left. 

"I studied awhile until supper was ready when the folks made me come down and go through the motions, although I wasn't hungry.  We have just been sitting around talking this evening, and Mother says for me to go to bed early!  But I'm going to take a bath first."

1917 Recipe for Hickory-Nut Sandwiches
1 cup finely chopped hickory nuts
2 cups finely chopped apples
Celery or celery seed
Bread, sliced thinly and with crusts trimmed

1.  Mix together hickory nuts and apples with as much mayonnaise as needed to bind.
2.  Add finely chopped celery or celery seed if desired.
3.  Use mixture as filling in sandwiches.   
                                  from the July 1917 edition of Needlework Magazine

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  1. I love your project! This is a great block, and the fabrics you used are so pretty.

  2. what beautiful rose material. and the polka dots really accent them. another block i am in love with!

    what is a "nut sandwich"? i have never heard of those

  3. Thanks for the reminder of nut sandwiches..I can remember having them at family reunions at the park.
    I'm so enjoying following your postings.
    thank you


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