October 24, 1953

Dale came up tonite & we went to the dance up at the school house. Had a big crowd. We sat with Judy & Waldo. I square-danced once with Daddy. Came back to Minnie’s & ate, then came home – HeHe

I never knew Vern to dance, but she has said more than once that she has square-danced with him. That would have been something to see!

Judy and Waldo seem to be quite the item lately . . .

October 23, 1953

Playd B.B. with Bevir at home. We girls won & the boys lost. First games in our new gym. Afterwards Dale & I went to Minnie’s & ate with Waldo & Judy. They really had a crowd. I’m tired.

How wonderful that the girls won the first game they played in the brand new gym! Too bad the boys didn’t get to do that as well.

Second night in a row she’s complained about being tired — I could tell that was coming! She’s just got a lot going on.

October 22, 1953

Judy invited me to the band party tonite but I didn’t go. I’m simply dead tonite. Mr. Shotwell is about to kick 3 girls off the B.B. team. Play Bevier tomorrow nite. Mom didn’t work today & she fixed spaghit & meat balls.

I wonder who’s being so bad they’re about to get kicked off the basketball team?

Her spelling of spaghetti makes me laugh, but a big mess of meatballs sounds really good. As far as I can tell, they didn’t have any special family recipe for meatballs. But Hazel also had a recipe for meatballs served with vegetables that is really good. It’s called “Porcupine Meatball Supper”, and you can find that recipe right HERE.

October 21, 1953

Had Senior pictures & group pictures taken today. I wore a real pretty aqua sweter with pearls. Had 6 or 7 poses & my order cost $27.20. I’m dead tonite. Judy called. Opal & I held the B.B. in the B.B. picture. We sing Habor Lights at Box Social.

Yep, there’s Hazel and Opal, front and center, holding the basketball in the basketball picture.


And here’s Hazel’s senior picture pose of choice. To me, the sweater looks gray, not aqua. But I think it’s a beautiful picture of her.


If you’re a parent of a high school kid, I’ll bet you wish senior pictures only cost $27.20 these days, right?

Ready to build your final rows?

I forgot to post this earlier because I’ve been so busy, I have no idea what day it is most of the time!

This row is easy, but takes a bit of time.

Here’s what you’ll need to cut:

From bright prints, you’ll need 60 pairs of strips 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.
In other words, you’ll need 120 of these strips, matched up in pairs.

From the white background, you’ll need 60 strips 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″.

For each “unit”, you’ll need one pair of the print strips, and a white background strip.


Match the print pair up, right sides together, and stitch them together down the long side. Press the seam toward the darker fabric.


Now subcut this piece into 3 segments 2 1/2″ wide, as shown. Just discard the little leftover portion off the end.


Next, sew these 3 segments end to end to look like this, pressing seams toward the darker fabric.


Now sew the white background strip to this strip at both short ends. It’ll be a large loop. That’s the way it’s supposed to be.


Now, you’re going to randomly pick a spot along the white strip, and cut across it to “undo the loop”.


Press the seams toward the print fabrics.


Now, you just need to repeat this 59 more times!

Every time you cut the white background strip, just randomly pick a different spot along the strip, so that they are all different lengths on both ends of the print part. This is what makes them go up and down along the row.

Now separate the units into two piles of 30 each.

Arrange them in a row in an order that suits you, and sew them together.


Make 2 rows of 30 units each. Each finished row will measure 20 1/2″ x 60 1/2″.

That should keep you busy for a while. Next week, I’m going to post on Wednesday instead of Monday, because I’ll be out of town at the trade show in Houston — Quilt Market. But that day will be the final instructions for setting the quilt together, so be sure and check back!

October 20, 1953

Went to B.B. practice tonite. After the girls finished Me & Judy walked up to church, then went to Hopper’s with some girls & back to the church to listen. Lonnie Joe & Waldo were there. Came back to school & Dad brought us home.

Crammin’ lots of other doings in around what she already has on her schedule. Makes things even busier for her. But it would be terrible to miss out on anything, right? I’ll bet she’ll be saying she’s tired when this week is over!

October 19, 1953

Stayed home tonite & washed my hair, washing out some things & studied some. Boy I’ve got a full week. B.B. practice Tues, church on Wed. (I think) Band party on Thurs., BB game on Fri. & big dance on Sat. I’m going to bed.

I’d think she needs to rest up! She’s having a crazy busy senior year!


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