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1930's Farmer's Wife: Aunt

The Aunt block can be found on page 97 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 167 for piecing instructions.)

The Aunt block can be found on page 97 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 167 for piecing instructions.)

January 1933

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Aunt Maria of Indiana can be found on page 9.

In January 1933, the foundations for major events in the 20th century were being set.  Joseph Stalin began implementing his famous Five Year Plan which ultimately lead to the starvation of millions of Russians, Ukrainians, Turks, and Eastern Europeans.  Japan was invading China, and Adolf Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany.

In America the Great Depression was in full swing. Bonnie and Clyde were becoming a household name. President Hoover signed into law the "Buy American Act," which required government purchases to favor American made products to foreign made.  Workers strikes resulted in Ford Motor Company to close it's American factories indefinitely, putting around 150,000 workers out of a job.

But the letters received by the editors of Farmer's Wife Magazine only seem to reflect a sense of steadfast calmness if not positivity.  Aunt Maria reminds us that life happens one day at a time, enjoy what you have today because it might not be here tomorrow.  But when things do get tough, there is no profit in wasting you energy by worrying about tomorrow.  Do what needs to be done today and take things one day at a time.  I can only imagine that's how most American's handled the Great Depression, one day at a time.

The recipe I tried was the Gold Cake on page 17.


The Block

When prepping for this quiltathon I had decided that I was going to paper piece all of the blocks.  Not only did I find all of the individual templates a little overwhelming, but the paper piecing templates conserve more paper.  Ultimately this hasn't made a difference for me when I found out that my printer doesn't work so I resorted to tracing the templates off of my computer screen!

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After tracing the paper piecing templates I relabeled them into units that made more sense to me, and I colored in the units to plan out which fabrics go where.  Then I used my little quilting ruler to measure approximate sizes to pre-cut fabrics.  The sizes I pre-cut are listed below if you're interested.

Also, I changed the color of the center square from yellow to white, hope that doesn't confuse anyone.

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Pre-Cuts

Yellow/White Square: (1)

Light Pink Triangles: (2)

Blue Rectangles (4)

Pink Squares (4)

Piecing was nice and easy and I thought a nice easy start to the new year was needed.  I don't know about you, but I've found these last couple of months were hectic!  Hopefully 2018 will be kind to all of us.  But even if this turns out to be a hard year on any of us, just remember to take things one day at a time.

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Happy Quilting!

- Rita