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1930's Farmer's Wife: Mollie

The Mollie block can be found on page 108 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 222 for template instructions.)

The Mollie block can be found on page 108 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 222 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Mrs. J. M. L. in Iowa can be found on page 40.

April 1937

The Soviet Union announced the second implementation of it's infamous Five Year Plan, nine months sooner than anticipated.  The 5 Year Plan had been a economic brain child of Stalin intended to modernize and industrialize the Soviet Union at a rapid pace.  To some extent the 5 Year Plan was successful, urban populations doubled as industrialization expanded, steel production increased by around 350%, and an infrastructure productive enough to minimally support the Soviet Army through the second world war was created.

In much larger part though, the 5 Year Plan was a horrific failure.  The backbone of the 5 Year Plan was forced labor, the dissolution of private property, and the murder of those who resisted.  In order for industrialization to take place, workers were needed to run the factories.  Most often factory workers were forced to leave their rural homes through conscription.  In order for factory workers to survive, urban areas were subject to collectivization; which was largely attained through the execution or imprisonment of farm owners whose properties were then farmed by peasants for the government.  The majority of the crops harvested were then taken to the cities and distributed to factory workers.  Famine was a constant state of being in rural regions of the Soviet Union because very little was left for the farmers themselves.  An estimated 6-7 million rural inhabitants died, and an additional 3-4 million died as a result of agricultural collectivism. 

In the United States, most people were busy keeping their nose to the grind stone and counting their blessings as the American economy began an upswing in production and income for the first time in nearly a decade. New technologies, the development of national energy infrastructure and the movies were making American lives easier ad more entertaining.. But some difficulties still remained, as they remain today: being sick.

I like thatMrs. J. M. L. chose to see the silver lining of her quarantine and treat it is as a vacation rather than bemoaning her misfortune and poor luck.  Sometimes when life hands you lemons, you need to make lemonade in the form of physical rest and mental restoration.  Personally I like to find my little vacations in the forms of coffee, Chips A'Hoy, and Judge Judy reruns (because they make me feel intelligent.)  Now you know my dirty little secret!

The Block

The Mollie block was fun to piece and is an interesting take on a Shoo Fly block. Do be sure to pre-color your pieces so you don’t get lost while piecing it. There are lots of little HST’s in this block, so make a little effort early on to save yourself from a headache later.



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

B (4) 1 x 2 1/2"

C (8) 1 1/2 x 1/2"

D (8) 1 1/4 x 1 1/2"

E (2) 3 x 3", cut into HST's

F (4) 1 x 3 3/4"

G (8) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4"


Happy Quilting!

  • Rita