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1930's Farmer's Wife: Ann

The Ann block can be found on page 24 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 163 for template instructions.)

The Ann block can be found on page 24 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 163 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Ugly Duckling in Illinois can be found on page 14.

July 1935

The German government passed a law making draft-dogging punishable up to 6 months in prison.  In hindsight this should have been highly suspicious considering that the German Army was disbanded after the First World War and the German government was only allowed to maintain a national police force.  

Mussolini continued aggressive actions in Ethiopia in an endeavor to recreate the Roman Empire.  Ethiopia appealed to the United States in an attempt to curb Italian expansion by complaining that Mussolini had violated the Kellog-Briand Pact.  The US declined to intervene, sighting "action" from the League of Nations.  Both the League of Nations and the Kellog-Briand Pact were created with the intention of ending military action in the face of international dispute. Unfortunately for Ethiopia, the Kello-Braind Pact was as ineffective as the League of Nations at actually preventing the rise of military ambitions or expansion.  Statements of condemnation do not dissuade countries from pursuing military and economic advancement.  It could be argued that the United State's inaction partially contributed to the Italian invasion of Ethiopia four months later.

 In the United States, Americans sweltered under the peak of the Dust Bowl. Temperatures averaged 101 and hundreds of Americans dies over the course of the month due to dehydration and exposure. Farms continued to flounder under the unprecedented heat. But thankfully coolers temperatures and coolers summers where on the horizon.

On and interesting note, the worlds first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City.  

The Block


A (4) 1 1/2 x 3 1/4

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

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

D (4) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4"

E (4) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4"

F 1 3/4 x 1 3/4"

G 1 1/2 x 1"

The Ann block is relatively easy to piece, just be sure to watch the tiny triangles at the sides of each quarter of the finished block. Those tiny triangles are really nothing more than slivers of fabric and can easily be lost in the seam allowances. Also, watch how you press your seams, they can get fat fast and then you’ll end up with a lumpy block.

I apparently also never took a picture of my colored paper template for you guys, sorry about that. But here’s the list of pre-cut sizes, I’ll let you use your imagination to decide where they all piece together, those should be some interesting blocks! Good luck!


Happy Quilting!

  • Rita