I enjoyed making this 12" Four Winds quilt block. I found the pattern in The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird but changed the size from 6" to 12" finished. It is made up of squares and half square triangles so is an easy one to make.
In these diary entries, Mother is still in Topeka, so Hattie has more than her usual share of the housework to do. Twelve-year-old twins George and Anna appear to be reliving the boxing match that took place earlier on March 25 between Jess Willard and Frank Moran. Orvel is a hired man who works on the farm. Hattie is continuing her correpondence work through the University of Kansas.
Wednesday, April 19, 1916 -
"This has been the windiest day! - even worse than yesterday. After doing up the housework, I did a little mending - nothing very exciting, but the wind made me so sleepy that just as soon as the dinner dishes were done, I came up here and had a little nap. I slept so hard that I didn't wake until the storm aroused me. It hailed a little, and Orvel said there was a cyclone cloud west of here. But it didn't last long, was all clear and the wind blowing as usual by four o'clock. It is quiet now but cloudy and raining some.
"Mother sent the kids some boxing gloves, and George and Anna had quite a 'sparring match' before supper out on the east porch. Anna knocked George out in the second round, but George broke Anna's beads in the third! Orvel was trying to start the engine on water, and so there was quite an attendance at the prize fight.
"Papa says he may go to Kansas City in the A.M. if it doesn't rain, so I expect we'll have to get up pretty early. I wish he'd wait until Mother comes, so I can go with him to exchange my suit and get my hat, but I don't know when she is coming. As I want my suit for Easter, I'll not ask him to wait."
Thursday, April 20, 1916 -
"It's awfully cold out tonight! And it rained some more today. I don't believe we are going to have any more spring. But as long as I haven't got my spring clothes, I had ought to be satisfied. Papa didn't go to Kansas City, and we had a letter from Mother tonight saying she wouldn't be home until Saturday, so it doesn't look as if I am going to get to go to the City.
"We saw in the paper that Mother was going to bring Mrs. Rogers home with her, but in her letter tonight she said she was not. So that is off my mind - I won't have to prepare for strange guests. I got my lesson assignment off today, too, so that is off my mind."
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