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Farmer’s wife: Friendship

Friendship

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

The last of the three friendship themed blocks, is the one whose name I can understand best. One can see four squares in four different colours/prints that are combined by a strand of common colour. That’s what friendship is for me. Share something you have in common, let the rest be as it may, let it rest untouched, undiscussed. This block is a very nice picture for friendship, indeed.

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Farmer’s wife: Friendship Block

This block is the second in a row of three friendship blocks. I like it best of the three, though I must admit that I did not stick to the pattern to the last.

Friendship Block

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

In Laurie’s example, the block features only two different prints, not three. And now that I can compare the two versions, I think the original is better, indeed. But now that I have fussy cut the centre so beautifully, I think I’ll keep the block all the same.

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Farmer’s wife: Friendship Star

The next three posts are all in the “friendship theme”. This one, Friendship Star, is a very simple block, and a very popular one too. It consists of five solid squares and four half squares. And since it is such a simple block, the focus lies on fabric choice. I could picture this block in a hundred different versions, and each would make a different statement.

Friendship Star

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

I think, this one says: “Come along with me.”

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Farmer’s wife: Grape Basket & Fruit Basket

Grape Basket

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

These blocks are almost twins. That’s why I post them together. The only difference is the bottom of the basket, and the use of different prints, of course.

Laurie varied the pattern even more, though I have no clue why. As I didn’t take a short cut this time, you can even see the difference in my pictures: In Grape Basket, there are two white print triangles adjacent to each other. One could have spared a seam and cut a bigger triangle instead—which Laurie actually did in Fruit Basket, at the very same spot.

Fruit Basket

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

Stunning, how different these two blocks look.

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Farmer’s wife: Garden Path

Garden Path

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

An extra big challenge for the weekend was just what I needed. First, I was challenged to decide whether to sew this block exactly as in Laurie’s pattern or to change it a little bit and thus avoid the dreaded y-seams. After taking the decision to follow the pattern, it took me at least fifteen minutes to decide on the six prints. I wanted to have green in this block, the square ring would certainly lend itself to this role, but I did not want the ring to dominate the block. So I found me this medium green solid cotton, and I think it works nicely.

I paper-pieced the corner pieces, and “normally” pieced the centre. Then came the last four seams—I remember too well my problems with the setin seams when sewing homemaker lately—and I did them first time every time! Now I’ve earned me an ice cream, I dare say.

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Farmer’s wife: Gentleman’s Fancy

What an easy triumph!

I could and certainly did paper piece the whole block. So all the points are matching perfectly. I could safely use my stripe print and I think it looks wonderful here. And there was a centre I could fussy cut. This is a block I can absolutely recommend for anyone who is distracted, crabby, or simply feeling blue.

Gentleman’s Fancy

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

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Farmer’s wife: Hill & Valley

Hill & Valley

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

A block where no creative energy is needed to understand the pattern’s name. You look at it, and you understand it. I like that.

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