‘From Louise’s Garden’ Sew Along Block #11

Dear Friends,

I was checking out Grandma Louise’s journal to see what she was doing in her life in this phase of summer. It appears that June and July were busy months outside of the house.   There are very few recipes or notes about the weather.

Karyl, one of our Moosettes, brought in fresh cucumbers and green beans this week.   We included the cucumbers, immediately, in our lunch!  So it seems logical that on July 14, 1948 Grandma Louise made Bread & Butter pickles.   I am making the assumption that her cucumbers were also starting to produce and she wanted to make a batch of pickles with the recipe from Mrs. Harris. Pages 104-108 of her journal contain recipes for various types of pickles; dill, sweet, and mustard that Grandma Louise tried and noted if the recipe was good.  Considering how stained these pages are I think she went back to those favorite recipes year after year. Bread & Butter PicklesOur local Sarpy County fair is coming soon and I know my mom and her brothers would also have been busy in July and early August getting ready for that.

From Louise's Garden Block 11

Finished Block 4-1/2″

Cutting for one block:

from light background #1 cut 2 | 2-1/2″ squares

from light background #1 cut 4 | 1-1/4″ squares

from light background #2 cut 1 | 2″ square

from light background #2 cut 4 | 1-1/4″ squares

from medium #1 cut 4 | 1-1/4″ squares

from medium #2 cut 4 | 1-1/4″ squares

from dark cut 2 | 2-1/2″ squares

Using the 2 light background #1 squares and the 2 dark squares, make 4 half-square triangle units.

Square these units to 2″ square.

Using 1 each of the 4 different 1-1/4″ colored squares, make 4-patch units. Repeat for 4 blocks.

Using the photo for placement, stitch block units together.


Happy Stitching,