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1930's Farmer's Wife: Mrs. Smith

 The Mrs. Smith block can be found on page 16 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 231 for template instructions.)

The Mrs. Smith block can be found on page 16 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 231 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Comfort in Pennsylvania can be found on page 16.

March 1935

In March 1935 Adolf Hitler and Herman Goering announced the creation of the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force, and a nation wide rearmament of a newly created German army.  Germany had been limited to only a police force by the Treaty of Versailles at the end of the First World War, and was now taking swift steps towards becoming one of the largest, best trained, and best armed and outfitted armies in the world.

A point of interest elsewhere in the world: Persia officially changed it's name to Iran, but this is only kind of accurate because Iran was the pronunciation of the countries name in Persian to begin with.  Persian leaders, under the influence of German ambassadors (Iran and the Hitler regime were close), requested that other nations refer to Persia as Iran.  A linguistic and symbolic step towards distancing itself  from a history of British and Russian colonial influence.  Interestingly enough, the Germans were highly supportive of the name "change" because it symbolized supported for the championing of the Aryan race; both nations shared strong streaks of antisemitism and racial purity, and the name Iran is a derivative of Aryan.

The first modern race riot took place in the US in the form of the Harlem Race Riot.  The reason it's considered a modern race riot is because crowd violence was focused at property rather than a person, and the rioters were of multiple races.  A volatile mixture of racial tension, unemployment, and the false rumor of a black teenager beaten to death combined to cause a riot that resulted in the deaths of 3 people and the destruction and looting of 3 city blocks.  

On a more friendly note, Porky Pig made his debut on American television in a short cartoon titled "I Haven't Got A Hat."  Porky was originally voiced by a man named Joe Daugherty who truly had a stutter.  But as Porky's character developed, Mel Blanc was recast as his voice because Daugherty was unable to control his stutter, which had become too difficult to record and animate.

Despite some of the events going on in the country and around the world, life kept on as normal for most Americans.  Nothing could point to this more dramatically than Comfort's Letter to the Editor, depicting what seems to me an idealistic winter day.  Cold outside, warm inside, children at school, and dinner made first thing in the morning meaning a day full of guilt free quilting with a friend.  There's something blissfully nostalgic about the picture that Comfort paints but as much as I love a winter full of knee deep snow, frosted windows, and quilts piled up on beds, I love Colorado's 70 degree weather in March even more!


The Block

While coloring the template for this block I changed things up from the pattern the Lori demonstrated in her book, but I liked the idea of demonstrating a simple dual toned block.  I wish that I hadn't been lazy and decided not to change my thread, I'm not a huge fan of seeing those white stitches!  Maybe I pressed a little too vigorously, oh well, I'm not redoing it.  

The Mrs. Smith block was simple and straight forward to piece.  There's not really much to comment on, other than to remind you to trim the seam allowances to prevent bulky seams.  If you can press seams open, I would recommend it. 

Pre-Cuts

A (1) 2 x 2"'

B (8) 2 3/4 x 1 1/4

C (16) 1 1/2 x 1 1/2"

D (8) 2 x 1 1/4"

E (20) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4"


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Happy Quilting!

- Rita