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1930's Farmer's Wife: Becky

The Becky block can be found on page 45 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 171 for template instructions.)

The Becky block can be found on page 45 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 171 for template instructions.)

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

March 1934

In Germany, Hitler's Nazi party had a solid foundation in the German government.  Recent elections in the Reichstag, called by Hitler, gave the Nazi party enough seats to operate as an independent majority rather than a coalition government.  While Hitler's regime had not yet turned bloody (Night of the Long Knives would take place within a month), the Nazi Antisemitism policy expanded from the political sphere to the social.  Joseph Goebbels restricted film and theater actors from performing if they were not part of a national union, and of course, those actors of Jewish dissent were banned from union membership.  Goebbels also introduced bans on all foreign films with Jewish cast members.  The first film affected by this ban was the British film The Rise of Catherine the Great because its lead actress, Elisabeth Bergner was Jewish.

The United States had its fair share of Antisemitism sentiments between the KKK and the American branch of the Nazi Party (although it never was endorsed by Hitler).  But for the most part, Americans were more preoccupied with survival in a depressed economy.  1933 was the worst year for American unemployment at 26%, and while March was still early in the year for American agriculture to take a deep hit, but workers in the industrial sectors of the American economy where feeling the pinch even when they had a job.

New York City cab drivers went on a week long strike in support of union recognition.  New York City officials banned parades and other forms of public congregation after the striker's demonstrations turned into violent riots that left hundreds injured and thousand of dollars in damages of small businesses.  

Roosevelt was able to postpone strikes led by over 100,000 workers in the American auto industry by contacting strike leads and promising mediation.  Roosevelt created the National Automotive Labour Board that mediated issues between the auto workers and their employers.  The National Automotive Labour Board was a subsidary of the National Labour Board, and administrative organization created by the Roosevelt administration designed to negotiatedisputes that arose as a result of the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933, a piece of legislation that allowed the president executive powers to regulate the wages and prices of private companies.

I think it's a wonderful juxtaposition between the depressing economic situation in the United States, and the attitude of Emancipated in her Letter To The Editor.  While so many Americans were busy keeping a roof or a tent over the heads of their families, Emancipated decided to appreciate and celebrate what little time this life gives us with our families.  Rather than become a slave to the responsibilities of life, Emancipated chooses to spend a weekend playing with her children.  In her own words: "... we've quite merely existing... no unmindful of our obligations, but never again will they engulf us!"  What a great reminder to focus on the things that matter in life, our loved ones.  Enjoy them and our time with them while we still can.

The Block


The Becky block is a cinch to piece, just start with the smaller pieces and build your way up!  The only thing you really need to keep in mind is keeping seam allowances properly aligned.  Because the pieces of this block all have 45* angles, keep those seams strait so that you don't end up with a wonky block, unless that's the look you're going for!




A (1) 2 1/2 x 6 1/2"

B (1) 2 1/2 x 3 3/4"

C (1) 2 1/2 x 3 1/2"

D (1) 2 1/2 x 3"

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

F (2) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2"


Happy Quilting!

- Rita