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1930's Farmer's Wife: Tracy

 The Nellie block can be found on page 68 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 256 for template instructions.)

The Nellie block can be found on page 68 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 256 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Mother of Four in Kansas can be found on page 12.

March 1938

March 1938 heralded the first of Adolf Hitler's expansionist moves when he annexed Austria on March 12.  The union of the two states had been a goal of the Austrian Democratic Socialist party, and since Hitler was a Democratic Socialist, the annexation enjoyed genuine support from a sizable portion of the Austrian population in the referendum that declared Austria's willingness to cede to Germany.  I highly doubt that 99.7% of the Austrian population actually voted in favor, any election with that high of a voting percentage is suspect, but Hitler wasn't know for following political rules.

Only days after the annexation of Austria, the Gun Laws were passed in Germany, banning Jews from the sale, distribution, and possession of guns or ammunition.  The World Jewish Congress petitioned the League of Nations to protect German and Austrian and Jews, a petition that went largely ignored.

In the Soviet Union Stalin's Great Purge was nearly finished, resulting in roughly 700,000 "legal" executions and an overall death toll of 1.4 million political, military, and ideological dissenters or accused dissenters.  The last of Stalin's show trials, the Trial of Twenty-One, ended with the execution of 18 former government secretaries and ambassadors.  Stalin effectively removed any and all opposition to his Communist regime.  The Great Purge would come back to haunt Stalin however, when he found himself sorely lacking capable and experienced military leaders when Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941.

In the United States, March was a relatively uneventful period.  The economy was showing slow signs of improvement.  The average annual income was $1,700.  There were some dents put into the American oil industry when President Cardena of Mexico nationalized foreign oil companies, but despite this the unemployment rate had fallen from 26% to 19%.  Americans heard about world events, but for the most part were disinterested.  Many Americans preferred isolationism and allow Europe to deal with her own problems, rather than get entangled in another bloody war.  So American's focused on their daily lives: recovering from the Great Depression, their families, and their communites.

I somewhat found a kindred spirit in Mother of Four as I read her Letter to the Editor.  I'm not a mother of four yet, only three more months left before I'll have four children 5 and under.  But Mother of Four's Sunday mornings sound very much like mine; both breakfast and dinner are prepared, the kitchen and living room are tidied, and the kids made somewhat presentable before nine o'clock service where I usually teach adult classes.  I appreciate the importance Mother of Four gives to Sunday mornings, as well as a relationship with God outside of church that she wishes to impart on her children.  It's one thing to think about God at church, it's another thing to keep Him with you throughout the week.


The Block

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I will admit that I slightly cheated on this block.  The B squares that are colored yellow in the template, I cut into solid rectangles (SIZE) and saved myself from sewing a few seams.   This caused me to change the piecing technique a bit.  Instead of following the paper template faithfully, I pieced the yellow rectangles with the B triangles and then added then to a center square made four A pieces, rather than piecing squares and triangles into strips like the template shows.  An easy enough alteration considering I changed the look of the block.

Pre-Cuts

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

B (16) 1 3/4 x 1 3/4"

C (8) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4"

D (16) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4"

Remember that the number of pieces I list to cut is the total number needed to make the block.  So if there are different colors for the same piece, divide accordingly.  For example, I list 16 of the D pieces are needed, but I cut 8 blue and 8 green pieces.


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Happy Quilting!

- Rita