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1930's Farmer's Wife: Bonnie

The Bonnie block can be found on page 136 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 175 for piecing instructions.)

The Bonnie block can be found on page 136 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 175 for piecing instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Lovingkindness in South Dakota can be found on page 10.

June 1934

June 1934 was a tumultuous month worldwide. The United States called on other nations to repay their outstanding debts of $12 billion, 350 million borrowed from the United States in order to fund reconstruction projects after World War 1. Britain responded by informing the US they would not be repaying its $5 billion war debt, claiming that repayment of the debt would cause substantial harm to the European economy, creating economic conditions that existed prior to the war and ultimately lead to war. France cut the pensions of WW1 veterans to ease the national burden to repayment, resulting in veterans rioting.

In Germany, things took a violent turn with the Night of the Long Knives. A single night when Hitler ordered the murders of roughly 100 people he deemed to be political threats. Victims were largely critics of Hitler and the Nazi party, and those with whom Hitler had long standing political or personal feuds.

In the United States, things were a little more normal. While John Dillinger was terrorizing the Mid-West, President Roosevelt signed the Communications Act of 1934 into law. This new law created the FCC and granted it regulation of radio and telephone communications both nationally and internationally. This ultimately resulted in the end of non-commercial radio stations, that is, not-for-profit stations. It wasn’t until 1996 that the Communications Act of 1934 was replaced with the Telecommunications Act.

On a fun note, Disney introduced Donald Duck in his first ever cartoon “The Wise Little Hen.” This little tidbit was near and dear to my heart because Donald Duck is a household favorite. Little Man’s first question every morning is if he can watch Donald Duck. We like the old cartoon versions and I’m very glad that YouTube has hours of original 1940’s and 1950’s cartoons.


The Block

The Bonnie block is so simple and strait forward that it doesn’t require any instruction or warnings. Just mind your corners and you should be peachy keen!

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Pre-Cuts

A (1) 3 1/2 x 3 1/2”

B (2) 2 x 2”

C (2) 2 x 3 1/2”

D (2) 2 x 4 3/4”

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Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

Mr. R's Baby Quilt - Space Quilt: Throwback Series

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I recently found an external hard drive that had been missing for about 3 years. I am so excited because I had previously come to terms with loosing several years worth of family pictures and quilt pictures. But lo and behold, I found it and now I can add several quilts to the blog! A number of the quilts are unfinished in the pictures. I don’t know why I took pictures of unfinished quilts, but I’m glad I did because most of these quilts were gifted away several years ago so these pictures are the only records I have of them.

I’ve decided to make a mini-series of these quilts not only to show off my profile, but it’s also interesting for me to see how my quilting has improved over the years. I was always a little intimidated by the immaculate, intricate quilts of my mother in law or the displays in fabric stores, so I think it’s good to show people that everyone starts somewhere!

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This particular quilt was made for the son of some very good friends of ours, he turned four this summer and was in the same preschool class as M last year. At the time I made this quilt, my Pinterest was full of space inspired quilts and patterns so I pulled a total copycat and created this little piece. (I couldn’t find the original pattern I modeled after, so I can’t leave a link to that site.)

For the most part, this is a whole cloth quilt with appliqued planets and the orbits of the planets are the quilting. I remember this being a very simple, very fast quilt to put together. I also remember how sloppy my applique was around this time, and I’m rather glad that I have no closeup pictures to show you!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

1930's Farmer's Wife: Ann

The Ann block can be found on page 24 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 163 for template instructions.)

The Ann block can be found on page 24 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 163 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Ugly Duckling in Illinois can be found on page 14.

July 1935

The German government passed a law making draft-dogging punishable up to 6 months in prison.  In hindsight this should have been highly suspicious considering that the German Army was disbanded after the First World War and the German government was only allowed to maintain a national police force.  

Mussolini continued aggressive actions in Ethiopia in an endeavor to recreate the Roman Empire.  Ethiopia appealed to the United States in an attempt to curb Italian expansion by complaining that Mussolini had violated the Kellog-Briand Pact.  The US declined to intervene, sighting "action" from the League of Nations.  Both the League of Nations and the Kellog-Briand Pact were created with the intention of ending military action in the face of international dispute. Unfortunately for Ethiopia, the Kello-Braind Pact was as ineffective as the League of Nations at actually preventing the rise of military ambitions or expansion.  Statements of condemnation do not dissuade countries from pursuing military and economic advancement.  It could be argued that the United State's inaction partially contributed to the Italian invasion of Ethiopia four months later.

 In the United States, Americans sweltered under the peak of the Dust Bowl. Temperatures averaged 101 and hundreds of Americans dies over the course of the month due to dehydration and exposure. Farms continued to flounder under the unprecedented heat. But thankfully coolers temperatures and coolers summers where on the horizon.

On and interesting note, the worlds first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City.  


The Block

 Pre-Cuts

A (4) 1 1/2 x 3 1/4

B (4) 1 3/4 x 1 3/4"

C (4) 1 1/4 x 2 1/4"

D (4) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4"

E (4) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4"

F 1 3/4 x 1 3/4"

G 1 1/2 x 1"

The Ann block is relatively easy to piece, just be sure to watch the tiny triangles at the sides of each quarter of the finished block. Those tiny triangles are really nothing more than slivers of fabric and can easily be lost in the seam allowances. Also, watch how you press your seams, they can get fat fast and then you’ll end up with a lumpy block.

I apparently also never took a picture of my colored paper template for you guys, sorry about that. But here’s the list of pre-cut sizes, I’ll let you use your imagination to decide where they all piece together, those should be some interesting blocks! Good luck!

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Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

Geometric Baby Quilt: Throwback Series

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I recently found an external hard drive that had been missing for about 3 years. I am so excited because I had previously come to terms with loosing several years worth of family pictures and quilt pictures. But lo and behold, I found it and now I can add several quilts to the blog! A number of the quilts are unfinished in the pictures. I don’t know why I took pictures of unfinished quilts, but I’m glad I did because most of these quilts were gifted away several years ago so these pictures are the only records I have of them.

I’ve decided to make a mini-series of these quilts not only to show off my profile, but it’s also interesting for me to see how my quilting has improved over the years. I was always a little intimidated by the immaculate, intricate quilts of my mother in law or the displays in fabric stores, so I think it’s good to show people that everyone starts somewhere!

Quilt top

Quilt top

Quilt back

Quilt back

This particular quilt was originally intended for my nephew, and the purple fabric was supposed to be a dark blue, but the fabric selection just wasn’t quite right and I felt the purple was a better fit. Just like the Teal Star Baby Quilt, I’m not quite sure what happened to this quilt. I have a nagging feeling that it either ended up in storage or was deconstructed and cannibalized into other quilts.

My original intent for this quilt was to master triangles, which turned out easier than I had imagined, and the back of the quilt was designed to use up the rest of the fat quarters used to make the front of the quilt. To be honest, the longer I look at these picture, I find I prefer the back of the quilt to the top. There’s something to the simplicity of bold, stripes of color that I find appealing and uncluttered.

Check out that old watermark!

Check out that old watermark!

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The quilting itself was very simple, and according to these pictures, was restricted largely to the border. I hope that’s not the case because I don’t want the center of the quilt to start deconstructing because the quilting too spaced out. Oh well, maybe if I do find this quilt I’ll fix that.

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

1930's Farmer's Wife: Mrs. Brown

The Mrs. Brown block can be found on page 103 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 226 for template instructions.)

The Mrs. Brown block can be found on page 103 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 226 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Suggestion in Missouri can be found on page 12.

July 1936

England's King Edward VIII escaped a perceived assassination attempt as he rode a horse passed crowds on Constitution Hill.  George Andrew McMahon reportedly raised a pistol in the king's direction but was interrupted by a woman in the crowd who grabbed his arm, alerting a nearby constable.  McMahon claims he never intended to shoot the king, he was merely making a protest about authorities apparent refusal to take seriously his warnings of an impending assassination attempt against Edward VIII.  McMahon was sentenced to a year of hard labor and remained under M15's surveillance until his death due to suspected personal connections with Nazi hierarchy and British fascist groups.   

Several decisions were declared in July 1936 that eased the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in October of the same year.  First: the United States refused to directly intervene in the brewing conflict on behalf of Ethiopia, deciding to defer to decisions and mediation by the League of Nations; second: the League of Nations ended economic sanctions against Italy, easing restrictions on imports; third: Great Britain announced reductions in naval patrols of the Mediterranean due to increasing tension between Italy and Ethiopia.

While things in the Mediterranean sphere where cooling down, things in the United States were heating up both figuratively and literally. A number of strikes throughout the country impacted production and employment in several industries; and the 1936 American Heat Wave took place, where week long temperatures averaged 101. This heat wave marked the peak of the Dust Bowl temperatures and resulted in hundreds of deaths across the Mid-West.  168 deaths were reported in a single weekend.

Suggestion's letter to the editor is an eye opening one, especially when compared to today's heated political climate.  It’s impossible to escape when everything is politicized and there is never a good word said about anyone. But what would things look like if we took Suggestion’s suggestions? Rather than gossiping, de-moralizing, and assassinating the characters of others, focus on their virtues.  Hanlon's Razor is a philosophical razor that can be summed up like this: never attribute to malice what can be attributed to ignorance.  Rather than assume someone is evil and vile, take a moment to consider the possibility that they just don’t know.


The Block

 The Mrs. Brown quilt block is a simple, straight forward block to work with. It’s really nothing more than a fancy 9-patch. I do think that this block would be striking as an entire quilt top, but I suppose that’s just another to-do on my ever growing wish list.

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Pre-Cuts

A (5) 2 x 2"

B (10) 1 3/4 x 1 3/4"

C (2) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2"

D (2) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2"


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Happy Quilting!

  • Rita