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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Barn update—and others

Something very rare has happened: I unsewed the star of the Barn block. I knew the fabric wasn’t right when I appliqued it. But I am very short on blues in general. I even had to borrow (!) this one from my sister.

Well, I believe one tiny spot of mismatching fabric does not spoil a quilt as grand as this one. I could have left it as it was—but as it is, I didn’t. Have a look at the before-and-after pictures:

© 2011 by Heike Scharmann

The next block involved five more stars—maybe that was the reason I finally gave up the blue with white dots. The flowery greyblue suits my style much better.

© 2011 by Heike Scharmann

Another big theme these past days were trees. Conifers and broadleafs—as solitaires and forming little woods and avenues. I truely am very fond of trees. I like their different shapes and sizes—varying from species to species but also from one individual to another. I also like them because you can watch them grow—if you have patience enough.

© 2011 by Heike Scharmann

Initially, our garden was inhabited by lots and lots of trees. But rather sadly, they were not well kept. We had several fruit trees—apples and a mirabelle—very old and fragile. We had thujas—crooked and often held in place with lots of green wire (which vexed me very much). And we had a very tall white fir—with a thin and dowdy top—and an oak tree with two trunks. They were both about fifty years old and must have been planted shortly after the erection of our house. A close friend then and tree specialist told us they were a threat to the house and recommended to fell them.

© 2011 by Heike Scharmann

They were the first to go and all the others followed. Now our garden is treeless except for a mini avenue of four light green thujas and a flowering apple. Until now, none has reached a height that would make them deserve the name tree, but I am patient. Yet, I think our garden lacks one big tree. A place to hang some nesting boxes, the rustling of leaves in the wind and a natural spot of shadow on the lawn.

© 2011 by Heike Scharmann

We will plant a peach tree this month, though. A very special one. But that is another story.

© 2011 by Heike Scharmann

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