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1930's Farmer's Wife: Old Maid

The Old Maid block can be found on page 84 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 237 for template instructions.)

The Old Maid block can be found on page 84 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 237 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by A Homemaker in Virginia can be found on page 10.

February 1938

In Germany, Adolf Hitler took serious action to monopolize power by decreeing the Oberkommander der Wehrmacht.  This decree forcibly retired 12 senior generals, abolished the position of War Minister, and placed Hitler himself as the head of the military.  Hitler and his high command were making obvious moves to monopolize power within Germany, and on March 11 they marched across the border, took Vienna, and annexed Austria.

Meanwhile in the United States, protections for free speech were advanced in the Supreme Court. The case Lovell vs. City of Griffin decided that it was unconstitutional to require a government permit in order for someone to engage in free speech. Alma Lovell was arrested, fined $50 and imprisoned for 50 days for violating city statute that restricted the distribution of pamphlets without a city permit. The court found that because the statue restricted the time, place, and manner in which speech could be shared, it also violated Freedom of the Press by expressly regulating the distribution of written materials.

Miss Homemaker’s letter was a touching to me, I felt like I could sympathize with her. While I wasn’t called into homemaking due to a death, I was called due to a pregnancy. When Handsomepants and I were in our fifth and last year of college, I had just been accepted into graduate school and a TA position for several weeks in Rome. The very next day I took a pregnancy test. Six months later we graduated, moved 1,000 miles, and I became a homemaker over the course of a single weekend. Within 5 weeks of moving to Denver, I became a mother for the first time.

I’ll admit that I cried for about a week after first finding out I was pregnant, I believed my life was over, I would never have a career, I would become a slave to this growing family. But as soon as Goose popped out and I met her face-to-face for the first time, I found all of those fears to be entirely unfounded. Three more children later, there is nothing else I would rather be doing right now. I know I’m biased about living a life where I can take a nap whenever I feel, but I’ve never heard of a dying person wish they had spent more time at the office when they were healthy. I’ve never heard an empty-nester wish they had skipped that soccer game to attend that staff meeting. I have found joy in making my family my job, as I believe Miss Homemake did when she finally asked herself, “what are the most important things in life: your family or your career?”

The Block

I really appreciate the geometric simplicity of the Old Maid block. Flying Goose blocks are a traditional favorite of quilters, and I like the spin this block puts on them.

Take note that the sizes I listed below are slightly over-sized. Please trim accordingly as you go along. I wrote them a little large because I struggled and eventually gave up with accurate sizing.



A (5) 3 x 3", cut into HST's

B (4) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2", cut into HST's


Happy Quilting!

  • Rita