Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Home Quilt Block

     I found this New Home block in 5,500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone and drafted it to 6" finished.  It consists of squares and half square triangles so was not difficult to make.
     In Part 2 of "the rest of the story," Hattie writes about the home she moves to after her marriage to Frank George in October 1917.    

Harriet wrote in the 1940's:
"After our wedding, Frank and I came to this home where I am still living.  The George family had built this house to replace the former smaller house which was destroyed by fire.  Frank had it all freshly papered and painted and a Delco light plant and pump put in the house, which was very good - but the power was not very strong unless we ran the motor, which charged a set of batteries.  We were glad to get the High Live connection years later in 1930 when a small airport was built a mile west of us.  I was pleased to have such a nice, new home and new furniture, and we received many lovely wedding gifts for a home we were both proud of. 

"We had no trees on this hilltop except the ones planted by Frank the spring of 1917, and we had lots of wind from across the open prairies north.  This seemed very different from living on the Woodbury farm, which had many native trees all along the Marais des Cygnes River and in our yard."  (My grandmother christened her new home Sunbyrne Farm because of this.)  

Frank and Harriet George after a year of wedded life, 1918
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Wedding Bouquet Quilt Block

     I found this Wedding Bouquet block in 5,500 Quilt Block Designs by Maggie Malone.  I thought it was the perfect block to go with the story about the engagement (at last!) and marriage of my grandparents.  The block is made up of eight 2-1/2" squares and twenty-eight 2-1/2" half square triangles - all unfinished, which finish out to 2" each.
     This is Part 1 of "the rest of the story."  In the 1940's, my grandmother wrote a story about what happened in 1917 - the year after the diary:

"It was suggested that I could go to Topeka to business school for secretarial work.  I had been dating Frank all that summer but wasn't ready to become very serious and felt I could get away and learn something else before making any decision.  Mother Nelle thought that was a good idea, and Papa approved, too.  She helped me find a place to stay with one of her friends in Topeka, a widow who had a little granddaughter she had cared for ever since the child's mother had died when she was born.  I enrolled in the school early in January and was there three months for courses in typing, shorthand, penmanship, spelling, and bookkeeping and liked the place well enough, but it was a little boring doing the same thing every day.  I finished this three month course, and spring was 'bursting out all over.'  I went home and decided I could use what I had learned and be happier at home.  Frank had his answer, and we became engaged on May 6, the first Sunday of the month, 1917.  I was very happy with my beautiful ring.  Frank told me he had sold his best Hereford young bull to pay for it, but I never wanted to hear the exact cost in dollars.  It was too precious to me. 

"We had had a house-full at Christmas time (1916).  Frank had hoped to give me my engagement ring at that time, but since I was not ready, he gave me a silver jewel box to hold the ring when I did get it.  I did not know he had the ring and was glad I had not known.  It was good to have the Topeka experience before deciding.

"Our wedding was in the Woodbury home on October 24, 1917, at twelve o'clock noon."

"The marriage of Miss Harriet Edith Woodbury to Frank J. George of near Olivet occurred at noon yesterday at the home of the bride, who is the daughter of Hon. Fred H. Woodbury.  A large number of guests witnessed the ceremony."
            from the October 25, 1917 edition of the Burlingame Osage County Chronicle

In 1982, Howard's daughter and Hattie's niece Ann Woodbury Lusk wrote: "Hattie (Harriet) Woodbury married Frank J. George in a home wedding in 1917.  The Georges were prominent and prosperous farmers in Coffey, the adjoining county.  Frank was popular and an outstanding debater.  Except for Grandfather Woodbury being a died-in-the-wool, straight-ticket Republican and Uncle Frank being one of the most enthusiastic Democrats I've ever known, I'd imagine everyone was quite happy about the wedding.  (In reading this to Aunt Hattie 64 years later, she said, 'I never once heard my Father and Frank argue about politics, and Dad said, 'True, but I never heard them agree (about politics) either.'  Very perceptive!" 

Frank George and Harriet Woodbury Engaged
"No, I do not wear slacks!  That's just a weed in front of my long skirt."
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Bright Hopes Quilt Block

     This 6" Bright Hopes block is one of my very favorite quilt blocks because of its title.  It reminds me of the hymn "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," which includes the phrase, "Strength for today and bright hopes for tomorrow."  This block contains partial piecing, which is explained very clearly in the directions (for a 12" block) found here:
     In her last diary entry for 1916, Hattie writes about what it has been like to keep a diary for an entire year.  Ruth is Hattie's older sister who lives in Washington state.  Mary is another older sister, also from Washington, who has been visiting for the holidays with her husband Lester and their two little girls.  The entire 22-member Woodbury family, including nine children, spouses, and grandchildren, have had an extended reunion, celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas together.  Hester is a friend.  Frank is Hattie's beau.  He asked her to marry him over two months ago, but she has not given him an answer yet!  "League" refers to "Epworth League," a Methodist young adult association.

Sunday, December 31, 1916 -
"This is the last entry I shall make in this diary, and since I am not planning on keeping a record of the 'House proceedings' next year, I shall probably get to bed earlier during the year 1917 than I have in the past.  I am really surprised that I have kept this up so well.  I didn't dream I would when I began it a year ago tonight.  It has been a little hard the last few weeks since the girls came home, and I have had to live in so many rooms with no regularity at all.  But I am glad I have kept a record of the past three hundred and sixty six days.  Some of them have been blue, but many of them have been very bright indeed.  Many acts of the past year I would correct but many I would gladly live over again.  Oh, I hope that I may fill this coming year with happiness and joy, not only for myself but for many others.  We talked about New Year's resolutions in the League and church tonight, and there were a large number of good thoughts expressed. 

"It has been a cloudy, foggy day for the most part but has been a lovely day for all that.  Ruth and I went to church this morning - we had communion service.  Hester came out home with us and went back with Frank and me this evening.  There were twenty-three here for dinner - just our family and Hester.  We had a lovely turkey dinner, and they set two tables, so we all ate at once.  Hester took some pictures of us afterward, out on the front porch.  I hope they're good.

"Mary and Lester and their babies leave early in the morning.  My!  I sure hate to see them go.  I will certainly miss those dear children.  We had quite a time with the bunch of them here this afternoon.

"I don't know what to think about Frank tonight.  Perhaps he is trying out another method.  At any rate, I'll confess he didn't do what I expected.  He wouldn't come in to get anything to eat.  After chatting a moment upon various subjects, he went, saying goodnight when he was about halfway down the steps.  When I wished him a 'Happy New Year,' he didn't say a word - just went on.  But perhaps it is just as well.  I might have been tempted to tell him something tonight.

"Well, I am wishing for everything to turn out bright in the year 1917, which is less than an hour away."

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Frolic Variation Quilt Block

     I found this fun 12" Frolic Variation quilt block pattern free on-line at:
     In these diary entries, Ruth, Mary, Howard, and Eva are Hattie's siblings.  Lester and George are her brothers-in-law.  Jesse is a hired man who works on the Woodbury farm.  Lesta is a good friend of Hattie's from high school days in Emporia.  Frank is Hattie's beau, and Lois is Frank's sister.  K.D. stands for King's Daughters, an international non-denominational Christian service organization that began in 1886 and is still in existence in the United States and Canada today.
     A reader, Susie Rose, tells me that a hawk-bill broom is one that is curved.  Another reader, Joan, commented, "When a broom is left sitting on the straw end it will gradually curve into what is called a hawk bill. My mom always sat her broom on the handle to keep the straw straight. It lasted longer that way and was much easier to use. Imagine using the side of a straw or the point of the straw."  Thank you, both, for this helpful information.

Thursday, December 28, 1916 -
"Since we didn't get in until nearly one A.M., I am writing this later in the day.  We had a lovely time at the party.  We sang and ate fudge, pounded on the piano, etc. until time to go.  I wore my flowered flaxen with the net ruffles, and everybody was sort of fussed up.  Ruth wore her flowered crepe.  We sang every verse of every song in an 'Old Time Song Book' and some of them twice!  Mrs. C. sang and played the Victrola, and we had a baby contest in which our baby pictures were on display.  Some were sure crazy.

"Mary and Lester and the children went to Emporia today to visit until tomorrow.  Howard and Jesse went to Rosemont so our table was not very crowded at dinner.  It was wash day, so we didn't mind in the least."

Friday, December 29, 1916 -
"Eva and George came to Minerva's last night and on out here this morning.  Mary and Lester also came home on the 5:20, so we are all here again.  Lester and George have been buried in books all evening, and Eva has been finishing some Christmas gifts!  I received the embroidered breakfast cap from Lesta today that she promised me three years ago.  Better late than never.  I think it is a very cunning cap."

Saturday, December 30, 1916 (written later as it was midnight, and I was dead tired when I got in) -
"Frank and I went to Literary at Key West.  Ruth and Howard were urged to go, too, but did not accept.  I certainly enjoyed the ride - just cold enough to feel good, and it was very comfy all tucked up in the car.  Frank was on the debate - military training - and his side won.  They had a good program besides, although we missed part of it.  Lois sat with us after the recess, and I enjoyed myself very much.

"Lester with the 'hawk-bill' broom helped me with the sweeping this morning.  Then we had a very nice little confidential chat over the mending this afternoon.  He can do almost everything it seems.  Sewed a rip in his coat and some buttons on it this afternoon, as well as anyone could.

"Mother and Ruth went to town.  Ruth to the K.D. meeting, and they arranged for our party next Tuesday night.  They invited about forty guests and spliced the dates!!  I imagine this will cause some excitement.  We K.D.'s are to have our pie supper next Thursday, and I have to give a reading and be in the Kitchen Orchestra.  I foresee that next week will be 'full up,' too."   

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