Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Reast & Joy in Iowa can be found on page 10.
January 1934 was rather uneventful for Americans. The Flash Gordon comic debuted and would become one of the most popular comics of the 1930's. FDR gave his State of the Union address, focusing on America's preference for isolation regarding European affairs, the anticipated end of moon-shining and gangsters with the end of Prohibition, and future plans for the New Deal. He emphasized the importance of "self-help and self-control," in matters of rebuilding personal and commercial finances.
I find it a little ironic that Rest & Joy's prided herself on the disorganized state of her home at the same time that the president noted that "Disorder is not an American habit." (source) But both have a point, a certain level of both organization and the flexibility to relinquish control of you life are necessary for success.
I know I'm not the only one who squeezed back some tears while reading this letter to the editor. Rest & Joy's admission of failing health and a fear of leaving her family can maybe help us all reevaluate our lives, just as she did hers. While it is important to meet the material need of our families, life is short and unexpected and we should find joy in those we love and who love us, rather than being distracted with keeping up with the Jones'.
I really like this block and I had lots of fun piecing it, there are so many possibilities with it too! I'm kicking around the idea of making a quilt based on this block that would weave and intertwine the pattern. We'll see if it actually happens though, I seem to have plenty on my plate right now as it is.
I will admit that I could have been a little more careful with piecing the outer corners. Not all of them are perfect, but the seam allowances shouldn't be compromised when I sew them onto sashing when piecing the quilt top.
A1 (1) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 B1 (4) 3 1/2 x 1 1/4
A2 (4) 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 B2 (8) 1 1/2 x 1 1/4
A3 (8) 2 1/2 x 1 B3 (16) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4
After looking over all of the pictures I've taken of the blocks I've made so far, I think I also need to pay better attention to my pressing. I feel like major seems are too puffy. Perfection is a habit, and apparently I'm still working on it!