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1930's Farmer's Wife: Monette

The Monette block can be found on page 127 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 223 for template instructions.)

The Monette block can be found on page 127 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 223 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Selfish-Me in Maryland can be found on page 14.

April 1935

Throughout the rest of the world, there were unsettling rumblings of future war.  Hitler unveiled the newly re-created German Airforce when he announced Herman Goering as the Commander of the Anti-Aircraft Force.  Italy prepared for an invasion of Ethiopia that would take place in October 1935.  The Japanese army continued its invasion of Manchuria.  

Britain's Prime Minister Anthony Eden ending his peace tour with the comment, "In the world today no nation can prosper on another's ruin.  We are too intimately connected for that.  We stand and fall together."  Unfortunately for Eden, who retired his office shortly before WW2, not every European leader felt the same way.  However, one of the most important military breakthroughs was invented around this time, Robert Watson-Watt received a British Patton for RADAR.  Radar, the use of sound waves to detect physical objects, gave a significant advantage to the Allies who were able to use it to turn the tide of naval warfare against German U-Boats.

An ominous cloud was spreading over the world, but in America people where struggling through the depression while counting their blessings. I love Selfish-Me's list of her personal joys. The things she likes in life are basic, but not necessarily simple. Enjoying your children’s achievements is wonderful, but raising those children is a battle. The joy and comfort of a loving relationship with your spouse is priceless, but marriage is work. The satisfaction of receiving the fruits of your labor is pleasing, but you did labor for it. Selfish-Me certainly is right when she hints that the best things in life don’t come easy, but how sweet they are.


The Block

Forward and strait to the point, there’s no special tricks to the Monette block. Just be sure to keep your corners aligned and you should have no problems.


A (1) 2 x 2"

B (4) 2 x 2 3/4"

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

D (48) 1 x 1"


Happy Quilting!

  • Rita