BLOCK SIX - GRANDMA'S KITCHEN: While making this block, I really counted my blessings. I do not know if grandma even owned a washing machine but I do remember her washboards as she was too poor for electricity never mind an electric machine. However, for our weekly allowance, my sister and I would do Mom's wash in a wringer washing machine. We had to fill up the tub with hot water and then manually wring out the clothes with the wringer and one day my sister caught her hand in the wringer. Very thankful for the emergency release!! sexy white dresses
Of course, the best part of doing laundry was smelling those fresh outdoorsy clothes! <3 your pattern ideas Pat A. Sloan <3
Then I found this article I saw on Facebook long ago.
"Warshing Clothes Recipe" -- imagine having a recipe for this! Years ago, an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe exactly as written and found in an old scrapbook with spelling errors and all.
Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water.
Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert.
Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.
Sort things, make 3 piles -- 1 pile white, 1 pile colored, 1 pile work britches and rags.
To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.
Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.
Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch.
Hang old rags on fence.
Spread tea towels on grass.
Pore wrench water in flower bed.
Scrub porch with hot soapy water.
Turn tubs upside down.
Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs.
Brew cup of tea, sit, rock a spell, and count yore blessings.
Paste this over your washer and dryer. The next time you think things are bleak, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks.