Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Grandma in Indiana can be found on page 12.
While unemployment steadily rose over the past year and would continue to do so until well into 1932, not all Americans were consumed by the Great Depression. That's not to say that they weren't affected, but over 80'% of the work force was employed, the average annual income was $1,850 and the average cost of rent for a house was $18. Commodity prices would fall 17% later in the year, giving Americans greater spending power, a relief when most budgets were tight.
Despite the Great Depression, movies still remained a cornerstone of American culture as a means for news consumption and entertainment. While weekly movie attendance did fall by a third between 1929 and 1934, more than 60 million Americans were watching a film every week. In February 1931 Brahm Stoker's Dracula was first legally released in film format. Bela Lugosi starred as the vampire, and a craze for horror films began to sweep America, Dracula was soon followed by Frankenstein, werewolves, deep sea creatures, and over-sized spiders.
This is one of those blocks where coloring our pattern in advance is helpful. As you can see, I even messed up my coloring, imagine how terribly I would have messed up if I had just winged it!
The Grandma Block also offers lots of variation possibilities. I chose to follow the same variation that Laurie shows in the book, but I had considered adding some squares to the variation.
* Remember, the pre-cut sizes listed below are slightly large. Trim fabric to size according to the pattern after pressing for an accurate block.
A (3) 3 x 3" B (12) 2 3/4 x 2 3/4"
1 of each color 2 blue