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1930's Farmer's Wife: Mrs. Brown

The Mrs. Brown block can be found on page 103 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 226 for template instructions.)

The Mrs. Brown block can be found on page 103 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 226 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Suggestion in Missouri can be found on page 12.

July 1936

England's King Edward VIII escaped a perceived assassination attempt as he rode a horse passed crowds on Constitution Hill.  George Andrew McMahon reportedly raised a pistol in the king's direction but was interrupted by a woman in the crowd who grabbed his arm, alerting a nearby constable.  McMahon claims he never intended to shoot the king, he was merely making a protest about authorities apparent refusal to take seriously his warnings of an impending assassination attempt against Edward VIII.  McMahon was sentenced to a year of hard labor and remained under M15's surveillance until his death due to suspected personal connections with Nazi hierarchy and British fascist groups.   

Several decisions were declared in July 1936 that eased the Italian invasion of Ethiopia in October of the same year.  First: the United States refused to directly intervene in the brewing conflict on behalf of Ethiopia, deciding to defer to decisions and mediation by the League of Nations; second: the League of Nations ended economic sanctions against Italy, easing restrictions on imports; third: Great Britain announced reductions in naval patrols of the Mediterranean due to increasing tension between Italy and Ethiopia.

While things in the Mediterranean sphere where cooling down, things in the United States were heating up both figuratively and literally. A number of strikes throughout the country impacted production and employment in several industries; and the 1936 American Heat Wave took place, where week long temperatures averaged 101. This heat wave marked the peak of the Dust Bowl temperatures and resulted in hundreds of deaths across the Mid-West.  168 deaths were reported in a single weekend.

Suggestion's letter to the editor is an eye opening one, especially when compared to today's heated political climate.  It’s impossible to escape when everything is politicized and there is never a good word said about anyone. But what would things look like if we took Suggestion’s suggestions? Rather than gossiping, de-moralizing, and assassinating the characters of others, focus on their virtues.  Hanlon's Razor is a philosophical razor that can be summed up like this: never attribute to malice what can be attributed to ignorance.  Rather than assume someone is evil and vile, take a moment to consider the possibility that they just don’t know.

The Block

 The Mrs. Brown quilt block is a simple, straight forward block to work with. It’s really nothing more than a fancy 9-patch. I do think that this block would be striking as an entire quilt top, but I suppose that’s just another to-do on my ever growing wish list.



A (5) 2 x 2"

B (10) 1 3/4 x 1 3/4"

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

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


Happy Quilting!

  • Rita