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1930's Farmer's Wife: Eva

The Eva block can be found on page 40 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 190 for template instructions.)

The Eva block can be found on page 40 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 190 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 1931

Political violence in Hamburg Germany was heating up between the Communists and the Socialists. On March 14 a prominent Communist Ernst Henning was murdered by three Nazi’s. Several acts of retaliation then followed over the course of several weeks from both sides. This political violence spilled out of Hamburg throughout the rest of Germany, resulting more deaths. Political violence from the German Communist Party towards the Nazi’s became more common throughout the later 1930’s and only cultivated a general public sympathy towards the Nazi party, which was then able to create a majority coalition in the Reichstag with 30% public support.

I’ve recently turned off the TV and Youtube and I’ve purged some technology from my life. There is so much negativity in the world, politics is impossible to escape, it sounds as if the world is ending tomorrow. But while I was lost in the virtual world, I found that I forgot what the real world was like. People are still kind, the sky isn’t falling, and the sun will rise again tomorrow. I’d forgotten to focus on the good things in my life, like mt neighbors, my children, and my husband.

I love the picture of the reassurance of God's provision and the mutual support necessary for a marriage to survive the tides of life that Mrs. P. G.'s dream envisions.  I don't know if you're religious or not, but in any hard and trying situation it can be very helpful to take a moment to count your blessing even in the midst of chaos.  Taking stock of the things you do have can help to reorient your state of mind and calm you before you take on whatever it is the you face.  And it's only a matter of time before the trials come, not a matter of if.  So when you do find yourself faced with adversity, remember to share your burden.  For those of us married, rely on your spouse; for those of you single, reach out to family and friends.  


Pre - Cuts

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

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

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

D (8) 2 x 1 1/4"

E (17) 1 1/4 x 1 1/4"

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Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

1930's Farmer's Wife: Jenny

The Jenny block can be found on page 150 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 204 for template instructions.)

The Jenny block can be found on page 150 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 204 for template instructions.)

Click here for the original Farmer's Wife Magazine, the letter written by Am I Right or Wrong? in Wisconsin can be found on page 16.

March 1939

This is an interesting tidbit for conspiracy theorists.  A book entitled The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler was published anonymously in the US, alleging that Adolf Hitler had actually been assassinated by omelette poisoning in late September 1938 before German the annexation of Czechoslovakia.  The world and German people had been bamboozled, and the "Adolf Hitler" leading Germany after the annexation was actually a number of look alike impersonators under the control of Nazi Party leaders.  As a dabbler in conspiracy theories myself, this is a weird one!  But I did find the full text of the book on archive.org so if you're interested. 

Long story short, there's no evidence that Adolf Hitler ever succumbed to an assassination attempt and on March 15, 1939 the German army marched unopposed across the Czech boarder and into Prague to establish political and actual control of the country.  Several days later on March 20, Germany extended an ultimatum to the government of Lithuania demanding capitulation of the Memel territory, the Lithuanian government ceded the territory the next day.  German news organizations also began circulating rumors of Polish oppression of ethnic Germans living in Poland, which stirred up anti-Polish sentiments and support for an impending invasion of Poland.  In response to Hitler's blatant disregard for the Munich Conference, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain ordered the British Army double in size.

In the United States, a general sense of economic optimism was starting to grow.  The Great Depression was coming to a close, unemployment rates had fallen to 17% from 26% in 1933.  The average household income was $1,730, and nearly 2/3's of American's attended the movies on a weekly basis.  Big Band music was popular: the song "Deep Purple" topped radio pop charts.  Written in 1933 by Peter Derose, but Bea Wain and Larry Clinton's version of the song finally broke through to the public.  

Handsomepants is a huge Big Band fan!  He has quite a collection of original vinyls, all arranged by composer and release date.  He only plays those vinyls on a 1943 Fisher radio/player combination cabinet.  He has play lists on Spotify and Pandora, and very proudly announces the song title and composer within the first 4 bars of music every time a new song starts.  Listening to Big Band has become a bit of a family pass time and it usually helps the kids to do chores around the house.

To help me with the upkeep of the house we have chore sticks. The girls each pick 3 sticks, that have different chores on them, and chores have to be done before dinner. This way a sense of monotony is gone because you never know which chore is going to be selected, they girls have a period of time to show me they can be responsible without me breathing down their necks, and I have less housework to do. But listening to music while cleaning helps the time pass, and we can spend time as a family the entire evening.


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The Block

The Jenny block is easier to piece than you might think, you just have to be conscious of the order by which you piece the block.  

Make four large triangles by piecing 2 A pieces to 1 B piece.  By breaking down block into smaller components, it’s easier to complete.

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Pre-Cuts

A (4) 3 x 3", cut into HST's

B (4) 5 x 2"


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Happy Quilting!

- Rita

1930's Farmer's Wife: Mrs. Morgan

The Mrs. Morgan block can be found on page 30 of the  1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler  (page 230 for template instructions.)

The Mrs. Morgan block can be found on page 30 of the 1930's Farmer's Wife Sampler (page 230 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 1931

President Hoover signed a congressional resolution declaring the “Star Spangled Banner” the official national anthem of the United States, although the song had been used in an official capacity since 1889. Prior to March 1931, two other songs were also considered national anthems, “My Country Tis of Thee,” and “America the Beautiful.”

The “Star Spangled Banner” was a poem written on September 4, 1814 following the Battle of Baltimore by Francis Scott Key. Key, after having witnessed the naval assault on Baltimore Harbor as a captive on a British ship, was inspired to write the poem after seeing a large flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes still flying after the end of the battle. This flag was nick named the Star Spangled Banner, and was made by Mary Young Pickersgill, and is on display at the Smithsonian.

There’s something nostalgic about the “Star Spangled Banner” and studying the early wars after American independence. It reminds me of elementary school and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance every morning around the flag pole. IT remind me of watching or marching in the band at the annual Homecoming and Fourth of July Parades. Those are memories I want my children to share.

I can't help but be a bit envious of the community that Mrs. B. F. C. describes in her Letter to the Editor.  I grew up in a small city and have lived in Denver for the last 6 years, and I can honestly say that I long to move back to a small, boring town.  I miss the sense of community that you don't find the big city.  The kind of community that comes together to solve a problem felt by only a few, like Mrs. B. F. C.'s small town did, and by doing so not only solved the problem but benefited the entire community.  I'll admit that I enjoy the opportunities a large city offers, but I miss that feeling of connection outside of my circle of friends.


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The Block

Piecing itself is pretty simple and straight forward, just pay attention to what you’re doing. For some reason my A pieces turned out not to be completely square, they’re more rectangleish. Oh well, at least they’re uniformly misshapen.!

Pre-Cuts

A (4) 2 x 2

B (12) 2 1/4 x 2 1/4"

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

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

E (4) 2 x 2"

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Ms. H's Baby Quilt - Windmill Quilt

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The youth pastor at our church and his wife announced they were expecting so I pulled this cute tummy time quilt out of the closet just in time for the baby shower. It’s so nice to see little Ms. H toddling around on Sunday’s, she’s so cute! I would say that I need another little one for myself, but she’s a little younger than Little Man and a little older than Wince, so I’m right in the thick of it with cute kiddos.

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I thought that the fabric was called Woodlands by Moda, but I’m not sure and I couldn’t find it online. If anyone recognizes it please comment below! The backing is a cute pink calico from my Aunt Grace’s stash that I received after she passed away.

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I wish I had taken more pictures of the quilt while I still had it. Oh well, blogging lesson learned.

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita

Ginger’s Quilts: Jared's Quilt

Handsomepants is from a family of five kids. It’s always a riot when the whole family gets together and inspired me to want a large family of my own. Last year Handsomepant’s younger brother Jared got married to a lovely lady, and they both like to play video games. So when Ginger asked what kind of a quilt pattern they wanted for their wedding quilt the asked for Majora’s Mask from the game Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

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Unsure of where to find a king sized pattern of Majora’s mask, because let’s be honest it’s probably not a popular quilt pattern, Ginger turned to the internet. What she ended up doing was converting a stained glass pattern onto paper and pieced or appliqued major parts of the quilt.

The mask from the game.

The mask from the game.

To keep in line with the look of the stained glass, Ginger selected batik fabrics and outlined the mask with black bias tape. Each section of the quilt is quilted with a different patter, and you can see that best on the back of the quilt because Ginger matched the thread to the quilt top. I like way that patterns are highlighted ob the backing, especially in the boarders where Ginger quilted in Triforce and sword patterns.

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I never played the game, but Handsomepants was quite impressed at the details. I appreciate the giant carpenter’s star Ginger put on the backing. I know that the quilt took a long to make, but I think the wait was worth it!

Happy Quilting!

  • Rita