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1930's Farmer's Wife: Ava

The Ava block can be found on page 146 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 169 for template instructions.)

The Ava block can be found on page 146 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 169 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Synthetic Moter in Ohio can be found on page 18.

January 1936

Internationally some big changes took place in January 1936.  Edward VIII succeeded his father, George V.  He would abdicate in December in order to marry Wallis Simpson, an American socialite and twice-divorcee. In France, Pierre Laval's government failed for the second time after he was forced to resign and labeled a traitor and appeaser to Mussolini.

In America, some exciting events were also taking place.  Charles Anderson became the first African American elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives as a Republican.  His public career would see the passage of legislation the reduced other legal restrictions on the access to higher education for African Americans, and he would later go on as an alternate representative to the United Nations.  

The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted it's first members: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson.  And the New York Herald Tribune became the first news paper to begin archiving itself on micro film.  Once upon a time I aspired to be a professional archivist, so that tidbit about microfilm is really really interesting to me.

I'm not really sure what I thought reading Synthetic Mother's letter to the editor.  I think her self title as Synthetic is silly, she's more of a mother to her daughter's than the women who gave birth to them, adoption doesn't water down family.  I did think it was interesting that she credited her daughter with making the Great Depression less miserable.  I know the comforts and joy that family can give during times of hardship, but I would have thought that caring for a child during a prolonged financial crisis would have increased the parents stress and anxiety.  But then again I'm reminded that if God cares for the well-being of every fallen sparrow surely he cares for ours as well, and that we should let tomorrow worry about itself.

The Block


I like the simplicity of the Ava block, it's a cute variation of the Shoo Fly block.  All of the pre-cuts listed bellow are squares.  I didn't take the time to measure and cut the A2 pieces into half square triangles and then piece them on.  I simply pieced them as a square and then trimmed them according to the pattern.



A1 (5) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2"            B1 (4) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2"

A2 (10) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2"           B2 (2) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2"


Sorry I don't have much more to say about it, I was rather busy this weekend between potty training, kids birthday parties, and joining a D&D league things got a little crazy in the Wahn household!



Happy Quilting!

- Rita