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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!



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”


Happy Quilting!

  • Rita