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Grandma’s Kitchen BOW #5 of 25


This week the Grandma’s Kitchen block is called Glasses and Cups by Pat Sloan. Each week when Pat posts the block of the week she tells a short story about memories of her grandparents and the participants of the BOW do the same. This week’s subject is glasses and cups and here is my story.

Coming from the hills of East Tennessee a lot of people in my family used some type of tobacco product, whether it was chewing tobacco, cigarettes, and/or snuff (powdered tobacco). This was way before all the dangers associated with tobacco was common knowledge. At this time snuff came in clear glasses with a tin top. When empty they made the perfect water/milk glasses. They fit your hand just right and were easy to wash. We always had a good supply in the cabinet.

Local gas stations would give glasses with the purchase of $1 of gasoline. Gas was around twenty cents a gallon and $1 would almost fill the tank. Everyone that had a car would buy gas at the station that gave the glasses until they had a complete set. Anyone that had a set of these glasses would save them for Sunday dinner or when company came over to eat.

Thanks for reading.





I am a retired grandmother living in hot and sunny Florida. I spend most of my days doing what I love: sewing and quilting. I have a spoiled rotten Boston Terrier named Sami who keeps me busy mostly by cleaning up after her and refilling holes in the yard that she insists on digging and burying her toys. Of course then she digs them up and brings them into the house resulting guessed it...more cleaning. I will be posting pictures of Sami, quilts, flowers, and other things as they come along. Glad to have you join me.

14 thoughts on “Grandma’s Kitchen BOW #5 of 25

  1. I love the soft colors in your block!! Are they hydrangea blossoms?? The memories this quilt is stirring up is quite fun! We drink out of “jelly jar” glasses all the time. We use them for wine usually, less likely to tip over than stemware! I remember 29 cents per gallon around the time I got my driver’s license in 1972. We used to fill up for what 2 gallons costs today!! (You are motivating me to get out to the sewing room and work on my block today! Yesterday was “scrap containment day”….more later on my blog about that!

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    1. Thank you. They are not hydrangeas, but I wish they were as I love them. I’m not sure what they are but I loved the colors and they have a subtle touch of silver going through that is a little hard to photograph. This QAL is bringing up a lot of memories and I am enjoying them. I just didn’t realize I was so old. 🙂 Scrap containment is an important part of sewing also.


  2. Hi Peggy! This is a lovely block and it goes nicely with the other four. I’m struggling with my block this week – can’t settle on the colors. I think it’s a fairly easy block to put together, though – I’m just going to have to bite the bullet and do something! We’re either 20 or 25% finished with this QAL. ~smile~ Roseanne

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