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1930's Farmer's Wife: Katherine

The Katherine block can be found on page 28 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 208 for template instructions.)

The Katherine block can be found on page 28 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 208 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Mrs. H. B. C. in Texas can be found on page 12.

February 1931

Some events in Europe began unfolding that at the time might have seemed significant, but would lay the groundwork for some very momentous events indeed.  In February 1931, the Spanish government of Damaso Berenguer fell, leaving  Admiral Juan Bautista Aznar-Cabanas as Prime Minister.  Aznar became prime minister at a time when the Spanish public was split between factions of loyal monarchists, constitutional-monarchists, communists, and republicans.  (Republicans were not like the American party, they were largely a group who advocated for a full democratic political system.)  While Aznar attempted to save the political party of King Alfonso III, the king was still forced to flee the country only 2 months later.  The political tension in Spain would explode into full civil war in another 5 years, resulting in Francisco Franco ruling Spain as a dictator from 1936-1975.

In the United States some interesting events took place.  Serious efforts to begin the repeal of the 18th Amendment and end Prohibition were cropping up throughout the country.  Catholics were able to hear the voice of Pope Pius XI for the first time as the Vatican began broadcasting from it's own radio station, this was quite significant considering the Catholics are still the largest religious denomination in 35 states today.  Over the course of 1931 unemployment rates doubled to 17%, affecting roughly 21,080,000 people.  Unemployment rates continued to grow as the spending power of the American consumer fell, causing manufacturers to close as demand for their products fell.

Perhaps it's with this background of knowing a bleak financial future awaits more Americans, I found Mrs. H. B. C.'s Letter to the Editor rather bitter sweet but I don't exactly know why.  I admire how she and her husband worked to make themselves successful farmers and successful parents.  I think we forget how hard farming was at the beginning of the 1900's where electricity and running water were rare.  But Mrs. H. B. C. is writing to share how she can take pride in a fertile farm she helped develop, despite some years of hardship.  She can take pride in a loving family that she raised.   And now she can reminisce all of the good times, and the bad, and relax and enjoy the rest she's earned after decades of hard work. 

The Block


When you piece together the A and B pieces, be sure to keep your 1/4" seam allowances, or else you'll end up with blunt points.  Look up at the top picture and you'll see when I mean.  Some of the blue pieces aren't so perfect.  But that being said, the Katherine block was pretty fun, quick, and easy to piece together.



A (8) 1/2 x 2"

B (8) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2"




I don't know about how your year has been going, but our family has been through the ringer!  Two boughts of the stomach flu, a sinus infection and step throat all before the end of February!  Handsomepants and I are are worn out and the kiddos a have new mattresses, and I can only hope we avoid the flu.  At least I've had some quality quilting time and hopefully I'll have some more quilt posts up for you guys soon!

Happy Quilting!

- Rita