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1930's Farmer's Wife: Betty

 The Betty block can be found on page 100 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 173 for template instructions.)

The Betty block can be found on page 100 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 173 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Music Maker in North Carolina can be found on page 10.

March 1933

On March 4, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was sworn into the office of the presidency, becoming the 32 president, replacing Herbert Hoover. FDR was the longest serving president, holding the office for 12 years, and presided over most of the Great Depression and the Second World War.

Two iconic American fictional characters made their debuts in March 1933. The fictional character Perry Mason was first introduced to America with the release of The Case of the Velvet Claws, the first of 80 novels that featured the defense attorney. King Kong made his first film appearance in New York city at the Radio City Theater and the RKO Roxy. Between the two theaters, the film earned $100,000 in the first weekend before being released nation wide.

I find it rather amazing that while the Great Depression was ramping up, Americans still made movie-going a regular weekly pastime, and most homes owned radios. Entertainment, either paid for or self-made where a must for Americans.

I love Music Maker’s letter on learning to play an instrument later in life, and her perseverance to learn despite busy schedules. I’ll admit that was a fraud when it came to learning to play guitar. It was a skill I enjoyed, but never something I was passionate about, honestly I only learned enough to trick Handsomepants into thinking I knew how to play so he would be interested in dating me! Handsomepants is an avid musician. He plays guitar and banjo quite well, but his love in life is the ukulele, there are 9 currently in the house. The music he plays is a joy for the entire family to dance and sing along to, and I’ll admit that the kids were wooed to sleep on more Irish drinking songs than lullabies. But Music Maker is right when she describes her life and her marriage as enriched by music. It’s a great tool to feel connected to the entire family when he’s is playing and romping with the kids while I’m cooking dinner.


Sorry I don’t have any pre-cuts for you guys this week. I’ve been so backed up on quilting work that I’ve misplaced my Eva block!

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Happy Quilting!

  • Rita