Saturday, November 5, 2011

Peace and Plenty Quilt Block

     This 8" Peace and Plenty block was fun and easy to make - just half square triangles.  I adapted the original 6" pattern found in The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird. 
     In these diary entries, Papa visits Chester Redding, a Woodbury relative from New Hampshire who now lives outside of Chicago.  Mrs. Hile is a neighbor who stays with Hattie's family and helps with the housework. 

Wednesday, April 12, 1916 -
"Papa arrived home tonight safe and sound.  He got $9.55 for his cattle and seems very well pleased as we all are.  He went out to see Chester Redding and his family who live in Berwyn, a suburb of Chicago.  Papa brought me a new suit from Kansas City.  I am not sure that it 'suits.'  I want to try it on in daylight first.  It is a real dark blue serge trimmed in a little taffeta, gabardine, and steel buttons."

Thursday, April 13, 1916 -
"I finally got my crocheted yoke started successfully after beginning it five times and am getting along so well I hate to lay it down.  But I have done other things today, too.  I helped Mrs. Hile finish the ironing this A.M. and swept and helped clean the third floor and studied some besides the other regular duties.  It has been a rainy, rainy day and, of course, is damp and cold.

"Mother and I had planned on going to Kansas City tomorrow to take my suit back and do some other shopping, but Papa changed his mind, said people would think we were trying to spend money as fast as he could make it.  Ha!  Besides, he said he had to go down on business next week, and I could go along and exchange the suit then.  I hope the weather is nicer for I hate to go anywhere in the rain, and I'm so tired of cold weather. 

"My tulips are coming out lovely in these showers, but the sun would greatly aid them."

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  1. Beautiful colors! Great stories, thank you for sharing.

    Your friend in stitches

  2. How wonderful to have this treasure from your Grandmother!

    Cathleen Savage

  3. I have enjoyed your blocks and your grandmother's journal entries. I connected to you through the farmers wife block group. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. have you found photos of the ladies in the dresses that are in the diary?

    1. I have not, but wouldn't that be fun if I had?


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