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January 18, 2021
Pieces From The Past - Double T Block from Melva Loves Scraps

Today's letter is a second plea for help... a follow-up of Klaus Hesselbarth's letter that was published with the The Rolling Stone Block (#13).

Jan. 18, 1948

Dear honored Mr. Schleich:

You will be surprised at receiving a letter from Germany.  I am the mother of one of the German POWs who worked for you in the Summer and Fall of 1945.  You would remember my son, he felt, since you always called him Fritz.  You were always good and kind to my son and for that I thank you with my whole heart.  

Great need makes it ...

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December 28, 2020
Pieces From The Past - The Double Cross Quilt from Melva Loves Scraps

Today's letter is from C.M. Lankau, typewritten and easy to read...

As the year nears the end of 1947, just a few months short of 2 years from when Camp Trinidad was shut down, it would seem that those that that lived in the Russian Zone of Germany were among those that struggled the most.  With the lack of housing and food and the harsh winters must have seemed unimaginable and mind-boggling!  It also seems fortunate for Mr. Lankau that his wife had relocated OUT of the Russian Zone, yet times are still hard... and he doesn't ...

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December 18, 2020
Mini Corner Star Ornament - Pieces From the Past Bonus from Melva Loves Scraps


As I wrote the first Corner Star post I kept looking at the pattern and I knew that I wanted to use 1/4 of the block at a reduced size to make an ornament.  There were many other tasks that needed to be addressed before I could sit and play.  When I finally did, it took a couple of tries, but finally found the proper sizes.  And I have to say that I am pleased beyond measure with the finished block.  

As I read the accounting of a Christmas celebration at Camp Trinidad for the German POWs and how ...

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December 7, 2020
Pieces From The Past - The Corner Star from Melva Loves Scraps

Today's letter is from Gotthart Hauswald... son of Mase Hasuwald, the Postal Inspector that wrote to Phillip & Katie with Block #14 (The Owl Block) inquiring of how his son's health and general mood were when he was held at Camp Trinidad.

Dear Mister Schleich!

I don’t know if you can remember we worked on your farm in the sugar beets.

My name is Hauswald and I was an American prisoner in the camp of Trinidad.

It’s a long time, but I could not write you, because when I came back to Germany, the Russians ...

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November 16, 2020
Pieces From The Past - The Maple Leaf from Melva Loves Scraps

Today's letter is from Erich Vogel and he had much to say!  His writing was quite small and he includes plenty of details.  If you close your eyes, you can almost feel as though you were there with him.

Glauchau, 11 August 1947

Very honored Mr. Schleich!

In the assumption that you will be interested to hear the fate of one of the POWs who worked for you. I want to give you, your family and acquaintances (Eckart) a small report from the old homeland.  At the time, I belonged to the Ruhr Group and I often think back ...

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October 27, 2020
Pieces From The Past - The Owl Quilt from Melva Loves Scraps

Today's letter is short and sweet...

Oberseifersdorf uber Zittau 2
January 12, 1947

Worthy Mr. Schleich!

As the father of Gotthart Hauswold, who worked for you two years ago, I would like to inform you that he has arrived back in Germany.  Unfortunately, he did not reach his homeplace, since he is away again in a Russian prison camp. On account of that, it seems that he is unable to get any messages to you either.  I would like to hear if you were happy with my son’s work effort, and how his health and general mood were ...

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October 4, 2020
Pieces From The Past - The Rolling Stone from Melva Loves Scraps

Klaus Hesselbarth
Gut Wierlauke
(21?) Soest Land

Dear honored Mr. Schleich!

You will surely be very surprised to receive a letter from me.  I worked at your farm when I was in the POW camp in Trinidad.  I belonged at that time to the Ruhr Group.  As we left and said goodbye to you, you told us to write to you sometime.  Especially if it went bad for us and we needed something, we should feel free to turn to you.  If it would be possible, you would help us.  I now come today with a question.  If ...

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September 15, 2020
Pieces From The Past - The Pine Burr Quilt Block from Melva Loves Scraps

Today's letter is from Mr. Christian Fruehbuss, a mixture of both the English and German language was written on Easter Sunday of 1947 - April 7th.  The same date as the previous letter from Rudolf Kasulke, whose letter was censored... yet, Mr. Fruehbuss' was not.  Perhaps they were mailed from different "zones", such as the British Zone (as noted in the address above) and the Russian Zone as referred to in the Kasulke letter or the American Zone as noted in Alfred ??chala's letter.  But then again, according to the postmark on the envelope the letter was not mailed ...

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August 31, 2020
Indian Star Salsa - Pieces From The Past from Melva Loves Scraps

August draws forth memories of canning and freezing produce... from the young age of 5 (50 years ago!  What???)... I recall my Aunt Clara teaching my Mom how to can peaches.  

Mom was pretty much a novice in the world of canning since her Mom wasn't much of a domestic goddess, but Mom was willing (maybe urged) to learn.  

I recall dragging a chair over to the counter to help with the preparation of the jars and the fruit - nibbling on the discarded peels of the peaches as they carefully cut the peaches in half and then dropped them ...

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August 26, 2020
Pieces From The Past - Indian Star from Melva Loves Scraps

Today's letter is dated April 6, 1947 - nearly a full year since the first letter was sent, dated May 6, 1946.  Notice that they were still censoring letters.  The letter is written in English.  However, again, for ease of reading, I have typed it out. Mr. Kasulke makes a desperate plea.  Take a look...

Rudolf Kasulke
Bergen bei Frankfurt/Main
Offenbadger Landstr. 7

April 6, 1947

Dear Mr. Schleich,

Perhaps you would be surprised to receive a letter from me, having met last time about 1-1/2 year ago.  You remember, I have been a Prisoner of War in ...

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August 3, 2020
Pieces From The Past - Russian Sunflower from Melva Loves Scraps

Today's letter is from Alfred (last name unknown).

His handwriting is not of the best penmanship, and for that reason I have the transcribed the letter below.  Even though the writing on the envelope is much better... you'll notice that even the envelope makes the last name unreadable...

December 11, 1946

Dear Mr. Schleich,

I hope that you will remember of me because I left already the United States several months ago.  I am the former prisoner officer who has been working in your farm and at that time I gave you by leave the picture of ...

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July 26, 2020
Pieces From The Past - Dragon Fly Part II from Melva Loves Scraps

The letter from Herbert Wenzel had a tiny PS at the end of the letter that I wanted to touch on...

A small experience of a friend of mine who is a watchmaker and is still in the old homeland: a Russian came to him with an alarm clock and asked him to use the alarm clock to him make a wristwatch.

I don't know about you, but when I think of vintage alarm clocks I envision something like this...  Large and bulky.

I know they made smaller travel clocks as well, something like this one...

In the Kurt ...

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July 14, 2020
Pieces From The Past - The Dragon Fly from Melva Loves Scraps

Herbert Wenzel's letter, dated November 18, 1946...

Hohenlimburg, Nov 18, 1946

Very Honored Mr. Schleich:

You will not know what to make of this writer.  In June of last year, I was sent to work from Camp Trinidad, first with Mister Eckert and then, in the same group, with you in the sugar beet fields.  We all hoped to also come help you with the harvest, but unfortunately we were employed elsewhere.  We were then quickly discharged and started our homeward journey in San Francisco.   The trip will remain unforgettable for me.  But once in Europe, I had a ...

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June 23, 2020
Pieces From The Past - Friendship Quilt from Melva Loves Scraps

Bremen, Germany
American Enclave
November 10, 1946

Dear Family Schleich!

You will be certainly astonished to receive a letter from a former German prisoner of war, who returned home three months ago.

Because you were the best farmer I ever worked for, I want to tell you that I like to remember those some days when I did farmwork at your farm.  It was really a good job, the five days beet-topping at your farm (after three days by water-Hart) and I’ll never forget Trinidad, Colorado and the friendly family of Phil Schleich.

Before I continue my letter, I ...

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June 15, 2020
Broken World and Modern Broken Dish from Melva Loves Scraps

In the most recent published letter from Helmut Müller he implies that something big had happened either on August 21, 1946 or in recent days. Perhaps he was simply referring the atrocious conditions of Germany in general... buildings bombed and destroyed, living conditions were poor, not to mention the lack of food and work/income.  

The men that have written all seem grateful for the jobs that they had.  Ernst Ruehr found work in a nursery, while his brother worked for a farmer in Bavaria and Alert Baldauf obtained a position with the American Military Government.

As I researched for ...

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June 8, 2020
Pieces From The Past - Modern Broken Dish from Melva Loves Scraps

Another letter written in English, but I have typed it out for your reading pleasure so that you don't have to decipher the hand writing.

Jmpekoven b./ Bonn/RH
Waldstr 20, Germany
August 21, 1946

My dear Mister Schleich,

After being back in Germany I often remember the nice time at your farm.  I should like to say once more many thanks to you for this beautiful time.  But I must say that Colorado is a very beautiful country and I like to think of the sugar beet time at you and Mr. Eckert’s.  How are you and ...

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May 14, 2020
Pieces From The Past - Basket of Diamonds from Melva Loves Scraps

Typewritten, but in German...

Albert Baldauf Wiesbaden, Aug. 14, 1946
Wiesbaden-Biebrich (16)
Bunsen Street 9

Dear Mr. Schleich and family:

Today I am keeping my promise and writing to you.  At our parting, I promised to write and tell you how our trip was and how things now fare for me at home.  You’re sure to still remember the POW, who helped you last year with the turnip harvest.

For me, much has changed since then.

As you know, Camp Trinidad was closed this past January.  We traveled by train to San Francisco and there boarded a ship.  We ...

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May 1, 2020
Our Country - Germany from Melva Loves Scraps

As I continue my research for the Pieces From the Past Sew Along, I have been reading a book authored by Kurt Landsberger, who was a translator for Camp Trinidad from June 1943 until its close in January 1946.

A portion of his book, Prisoners Of War at Camp Trinidad, Colorado 1943-1946, includes translated journal entries by one of the POWs.  There were many things that captured my attention (and I will be sharing tidbits with future posts) but this particular entry Karlhorst Heil  was especially reflective in June of 1943...

"We hope for an honorable end of the war ...

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April 20, 2020
Pieces From The Past - Our Country from Melva Loves Scraps

This letter is written in English... However, I have typed it out (below the copies of the letter) for your reading pleasure.

Karl – Heinz Born
(22) Solingen-Ohligs
Niederstrasse 7
British-zone July 15, 1946

My dear family Schleich!

Now, I am a few months in my country and will send to you the best greetings.  Our crossing over the Atlantic Ocean was good.  Most of the men was seasick but we all was glad to see our country so soon.  All my relations were well too.  Often, I must think of you and on your farm who we have harvested ...

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April 6, 2020
Piece By Piece - Flower Garden Block from Melva Loves Scraps

Last week I released Block #4 of the Pieces From The Past Sew Along - the Flower Garden block.  It is an English Paper Pieced pattern, but mentioned that it could be pieced on the machine as well... so I decided I would give it a try!

If you hesitated with making this block because of the labor intensive hand stitching, I encourage you to consider trying this machine piecing method.  It is still time consuming, but also much faster... I had it done in about 2 hours.

I started with tracing the templates onto the paper side of freezer paper ...

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