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1930's Farmer's Wife: Mrs. Taft

The Mrs. Taft block can be found on page 109 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 232 for piecing instructions.)

The Mrs. Taft block can be found on page 109 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 232 for piecing instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Glory in Minnesota can be found on page 24.

June 1935

The Italian invasion of Ethiopia continued as Italy openly spurned international condemnation. In a speech, Mussolini told England to stay out of the Abyssinian Conflict as England “never took into consideration world opinion” while creating the British Empire. He essentially dismissed British Ambassador Eden, claiming the Italian invasion was legitimate because it was time for an Italian expansion, in a quest to reconstruct the Roman Empire.

While fascism was growing in the socialist parties of Europe, the residents of Omaha, Nebraska were experiencing the full force of the US government. On June 15, 1935 martial law was declared in Omaha after strikes supporting streetcar employees turned violent. 42 people were injured and 1 killed when police fired live ammunition on the crowds. In response to increasing tensions between the public and the streetcar companies, Nebraska Governor Roy Cochrane called on the National Guard to keep order until the labor dispute could resolved. While the National Guard did not stay long in Omaha, the dispute did not end until 1938 with an unfavorable result for all involved: workers had been out of their jobs for years, the streetcar companies lost millions of dollars and ultimately closed shop, and the state spent thousands on payment to the National Guard. If you’re interested in reading more, click HERE to read a brief from the Nebraska Historical Society.

The Block

The Mrs. Taft block is a pretty straight forward block to piece. Simply start in the corner and work your way out. As always, press those seams! I guess the only thing to really keep an eye on is to make sure that seams are straight because crisp corners and straight lines make or break this block.



A (8) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2” HST

B (2) 5 x 1 1/4”

C (2) 7 x 1 1/4”


Happy Quilting!

  • Rita