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1930's Farmer's Wife: Alice

The Alice block can be found on page 85 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 162 for template instructions.)

The Alice block can be found on page 85 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 162 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Mother Memories in Nebraska can be found on page 8.

July 1937

The Peel Commission presented a report to the League of Nations, suggesting for the first time a partition of British Palestine to create two new states separating the Jewish and Muslim populations in the region. The Peel Commission was a three year long inquiry commission by the British government intended to investigate a drastic rise in violence between the Jewish and Muslim population within the Palestinian Mandate, which had been established in 1923. 

Tensions between the two populations centered largely around relative economic successes and cultural influences of newly arriving European Jews and a desire from both sides for territorial independence from Great Britain and one another.   The Commission's recommendation to partition the region was unanimously rejected by Muslim representatives, and opposed by some Jewish leaders.  Arab opposition surrounded fears of "Jewish domination" and the succession of agricultural land.  Jewish opposition came from a Zionist desire to reestablish the original, pre-Roman Jewish territories; Jewish approval of the plan centered on the concept of a recognized Jewish state regardless of territorial boundaries.  All parties were worried about proposed, mandatory population transfers and resettlement.  Ultimately, the Peel Commission's plan for partition never materialized, and all other serious partition attempts (1974, 1987, 2007) were ultimately rejected by Muslim leaders.

It was believed by supporters of the partition that the establishment of a Jewish state would have saved most of the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust by allowing them to immigrate from Europe.  Muslim leaders in British Palestine pressured Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister, into restricting Jewish immigration in 1939, around the same time that German and Polish governments began restricting Jewish emigration. 



Mother Memories' letter to the editor hits home a little for me.  It's true that my memories of childhood are not full of my mother scrubbing floors and dusting cobwebs. Memories of my mother involve blanket forts and homemade popsicles.  Mother Memories letter reminds me to take time for my own children, even if that means that dishes are left on the counter.  Loving my children doesn't just mean providing spotless living and three course dinners, it means spending time with them and indulging their imaginations.

The Block

The Alice block has lots of small bits and lots of seems. Be sure to keep an eye on your seams when you press them so that they don’t get too thick. I pressed my seams together, and alternated the directions they were pressed so the seams snugged up against one another. I would have pressed them open, but I was afraid that the small sizes of the fabrics would make it easier for the seams to fall apart.



A (9) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4"

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

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

D (8) Template

E (4)Template

F (4) 1 x 2"

G (4) 1 x 1/2"

H (4) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4"


Happy Quilting!

  • Rita