I found the pattern for this Wandering Star block on-line and reduced it from 9" down to 6" finished. http://www.quilterscache.com/W/WanderingStarBlock.html
In these diary entries, Anna and George are Hattie's 12-year-old twin siblings, and Grace is a hired girl. Bing is a friend from her days at Emporia High School. A dray is a low, strong cart without fixed sides, for carrying heavy loads.
Thursday, June 22, 1916 -
"Mother and I picked some currants, and she made some lovely jelly, so clear and red. We also did a basket of mending this morning. Anna and George went to town this P.M. They were running quite a dray, bringing my new mattress and Grace's trunk. Grace went on a horseback ride this afternoon. I remodeled a last summer's dress and did other odd jobs, crocheting, etc. Also got a letter from Bing. It has been quite a warm day and as the clock has just chimed ten and my new bed is very inviting, I'll hie me hither."
Friday, June 23, 1916 -
"The clock just now struck 10:30. I thought I should be in bed long before this, for my bed on the porch is quite an inducement. I even like to sleep there during the day, but I have been doing other things this evening and the time passed quickly. Right after I finished wiping the supper dishes, I went out on the front porch and strolled on down to the front gate. It was a nice evening, and I was in a mood for walking so kept on and on. I went clear to Edmonds and chatted a little with Mrs. E. and Hattie Reeser and the children. It was almost dark when I reached the porch where the family was gathered under the light (and bugs) reading the papers.
"I am getting poor! Measure just 24 inches around the waist. I was 25 or 26."
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