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Pharlemia

1930's Farmer's Wife: Pharlemia

The Pharlemia block can be found on page 38 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 241 for template instructions.)

The Pharlemia block can be found on page 38 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 241 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Optimist From The City can be found on page 10.

August 1934

Upond the death of Paul Von Hindenburg on August 2, Hitler eliminated the position of president and buried Hindenburg's final wishes that the Hohenzollern monarchy be reinstated.  Instead Hitler drafted and printed a nation wide "testament" in which Hindenburg praised "my Chancellor Adolf and his movement."  This was not the government's only move to consolidate power in Germany however. 

The German National Evangelical Synod (a nation-wide council of churches supervised and funded by the government) decreed that all pastors and church members should swear allegiance to Hitler above anyone or anything else.  German soldiers were also ordered to refer to Hitler as "Mein Furher" rather than "der Furher."  These were just two of the numerous attempts by the German government to usurp any competing loyalties of the German people.  Devotion to God was allowed only if it came second to the Furher.  Love of family was allowed only if it came second to the Furher.  Love of country was set above personal interest and well being.  To an extent this was appealing to the German public, a chance to believe in and work for something bigger than yourself.  Germany had been suffering from the destruction of the Great War, a decimated workforce, and an over inflated currency for nearly 20 years.  The opportunity to improve life and community was a welcomed change compared to living in a constant depression.  

Sometimes when I read women's letters to the editor there is something about them that makes me contemplate what life was actually like in the 1930's.  In high school and college I studied a bit about the Great Depression.  I read economic theories and unemployment numbers, but I guess it's true when they say 'a single event is a tragedy, a mass event is a statistic.'  These letters personalize the history that I've read about in textbooks, sometime's I'm reminded that actual people actually lived through these events.


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Pre-Cuts

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

B (4) 2 1/2 x 2 1/2" cut into HST's

C (8) 2 x 1" or template

D (8) 2 x 1" or template

E (2) 2 3/4 x 2 3/4" cut into HST's

F (4) 2 x 2" cut into HST's

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

The Block

The Pharlemia block can be a little tricky because of the 2 Y-seams at each corner of the block.  Get your strait pins ready!

For some reason, some of the Y-seams were no problem for me, but others I had to re-sew multiple times.  I don't know why some worked better than others, considering my method never changed, but I guess that's the way it goes sometimes.


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Happy Quilting!

- Rita