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1930's Farmer's Wife: Marcella

The Marcella block can be found on page 80 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 215 for template instructions.)

The Marcella block can be found on page 80 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 215 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by A Child Again in Wisconsin can be found on page 26.

April 1932

Political unrest seemed to be a theme throughout April 1932.  Political protesters, both peaceful and violent, where arrested throughout the world.  Martial law declared throughout Chile as protests against the countries financial crisis.  Hundreds were arrested throughout Germany as violence erupted over Reichstag elections and Nazi Party leadership was accused of an attempted civil war after cashes of illegal weapons were seized from SS offices.  Protesters vandalized government buildings in New Foundland as they marched in response to corruption charges against officials.  Pro-labor marches shook cities in Australia, and when protesters turned to rioting and looting, 2,000 people where arrested in Auckland.  Marches also took place in Ethiopia to protest Emperor Haile Selassie's executive order abolishing slavery.  

Any time of political and economic unrest is stressful.  But when the world seems to be up in arms and your native economy is in the tank, the world can be a scary place.  Sometimes just watching the news can be stressful!  But then you take a break, you go outside, and you speak with real people and the world goes back to normal.  Sometimes just taking a break is all you need to reorient your world and remind you of the important things in like, advice that A Child Again gives.

A Child Again's letter to the editor is a gentle reminder to never loose our inner child, and how important that inner child is to development of our own children.  This mother's willingness to be present with her children helped them learn and understand a variety of things: she loved and valued them enough to spend time with them; she nurtured their playful side by taking the time to bake miniature treats for the tea party; they were her priority, she left chores undone just so she could sip milk and nibble bread during play time.  

I wish I was more like A Child Again.  Too often I turn down my daughters' requests to play because I'm folding laundry, dinner needs to get started, or I'm too tired.  I don't know why finding 15 minutes to play is difficult, but sometimes it feels impossible.  Am I the only mother who does this?  We all know that our children are our priority, but do our actions actually show them that?  How often do things like housekeeping, work, TV, our phone screens take our attention away from those tiny people in our lives?

The Block


Piecing the Marcella block is simple and strait forward.  Piece together the small A triangles to create a large triangle.  Then sew onto both sides of the B piece, press flat, and viola!


Remember to always square your block when you've finished piecing and pressing.  Squaring your block immediately will spare you from having to square them up when all the blocks are finished and are ready to be pieced into a quilt top.  Why put off work for tomorrow when you could do it today!



A (4) 3 x 3" cut into HST's

B (1) 2 1/2 x 9"


Happy Quilting!

- Rita