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1930's Farmer's Wife: Hope

The Hope block can be found on page 128 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 202 for template instructions.)

The Hope block can be found on page 128 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 202 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Mrs. F. M. M. in Illinois can be found on page 7.

July 1938

Throughout Germany Jews were banned from specific areas of public life: private schools were shuttered, they were prohibited from health and beauty spas, and they were banned or fired from employment in law enforcement, realty, and tourism. At the same time, an international conference in Evian-les-Bains in southern France lasted a week, where countries discussed a resolution to the multitudes of Jews who had applied for asylum and refugee status in an attempt to escape Germany. Ultimately the conference ended with no solution as no country except for the Dominican Republic was willing to accept Jewish refugees.

While disagreement and division changed the lives of Europeans, America celebrated a four day long reunion of Confederate and Union soldiers commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. It’s estimated that over the 4 year course of the Civil War, 620,000 American soldiers and 50,000 civillians were killed. Over the course of the four day celebration, survivors of the Battle of Gettysburg met on the battlefield. The average age of the soldiers who attended the event was 94. I was able to find some original footage of the meeting on YouTube, it’s pretty neat.

Mrs. F. M. M.’s letter to the editor: spend less time obsessing over the details of a clean house if it costs you quality time and a relationship with your children. Turn those daily tasks into weekly tasks and take some time to enjoy one another instead. I can personally say that’s more easily than done when laundry is never ending, dishes are piling up, and constantly cleaning the floor to prevent baby from eating anything and everything he can crawl to. But it’s also good advice, children aren’t small forever so you might as well enjoy them while you can.

The Block

I’m not sure how it happened, but my B pieces didn’t flush into nice, neat corners when I pieced the Hope block. There’s a good 1/4” difference from the the B piece ends and where the corner is supposed to be. I’m worried about it because the opposite corners of the B pieced will also be cut off when the Hope block is pieced into the quilt, which will give the block a softer, more flower petal type look to it. Oh well, done is better than perfect!



A (1) 1 3/4 x 1 3/4"

B (2) 3 x 3"

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

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

E (4) 1 3/4 x 2 3/4"


Happy Quilting!

  • Rita