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Farmer’s wife: Linoleum

I found a safe use of my stripe print in this pattern. Hopefully, there are more to come because I really like it. But after my big error when using it for Pine Tree, I am determined to not pick it anymore for triangular pieces. I successfully used it in the Silver Lane block, at exactly the same spot as in Linoleum, and in Spool. The stripe print makes one other appearance, which I am not too happy about, in Strawberry Basket, but I can live with it there.

Linoleum

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

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Farmer’s wife: Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf is one of the very few patterns I already new before starting the Farmer’s Wife quilt. So I guess it is very common, very popular, and very traditional, though many or all of the patterns of this sampler might be really “old”.

But I think some of the Farmer’s Wife patterns look more traditional than others. Maple Leaf, for example, looks much more traditional than Ozark Maple Leaf.

Sometimes, I do a little research on some of the blocks’ names, and I am often surprised that a pattern is very old, but looks so very new. I would never have thought that the Prairie Queen pattern, or the Pine Tree pattern were so very old, known in the 19th century already!

Maple Leaf

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

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Farmer’s wife: Morning

Morning

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

This was one of the more trying patterns of this sampler. Similar to Weathervane—in difficulty and construction. These are twin blocks, only differing in the use of colours. I took the same shortcut when sewing the four “rays” pointing to the corners as I did in the Weathervane block. Funny how different they look merely by shifting the stress to some other pieces by using lighter or darker colours.

“Arise!  Arise!  Come see the morning star.”

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Farmer’s wife: Mother’s Dream

I wish someone would explain to me why this pattern is named “mother’s dream”. I cannot think of any possible explanation.

Nevertheless, this is a design I very much liked sewing, and I would love to see a whole quilt of. I like the block’s graphic design. I picture it with some big scale prints—it would make a wonderful “modern” quilt.

Mother’s Dream

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

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Farmer’s wife: Night & Day

With Night & Day, we have another “big loser”. This block will loose much of its good looks when turned on point in the end—like Storm Signal, and some others.

Night & Day

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

Speaking of “in the end”. Night & Day is my 56th block, so this is half time already! Many other quilters who are blogging about their Farmer’s Wife quilts frequently publish a collage of the blocks they’ve done so far. I never did and never will for a simple reason: I always have an overview of all my blocks on my pinboard at Pinterest. If you would like to see all the blocks I’ve done so far, feel free to visit my board My Farmer’s Wife.

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Farmer’s wife: Noon & Light

This block reminded me a little bit of the W.C.T.U. block. I liked sewing it very much as I did the W.C.T.U. block. Noon & Light gave me again much opportunity to play with colours and prints. And not for the first time, I asked myself—after finishing the block—if I had not better used other prints. Not because I am not satisfied with the ones I actually used, but out of mere curiosity, how this block might look like if I had used a light print as background, a dark print instead of the white, four different colours for the cusps, or the white ring, and so on …

Noon & Light

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

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Farmer’s wife: Northern Lights

This block reminds me very much of the Broken Sugar Bowl block. When seen together, of course, there is much difference. But also many similarities. I will give you proof when I am posting my Broken Sugar Bowl block … some day when I reach the letter B …

Northern Lights

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

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