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Farmer’s wife: Evening Star

Does anybody remember Ray Cokes of MTV Europe? He always started his show MTV’s Most Wanted by bidding the viewers a “Good Evening”, but he would just say “Evening”, and in such a funny way, with a very marked stress on the first syllable, that I still remember it today. It became the running gag of the show and, for me, his trademark. And even up until today, I cannot hear or read the word “evening” without thinking of his hilarious way of saying it.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about you should go and watch some old shows on YouTube so that this word gets spoilt forever for you too.

Evening Star

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann


Farmer’s wife: Farmer’s Daughter

I am writing about my Farmer’s Wife quilt only, for a considerable amount of time now. Though I am not yet tired of the subject, I am aware that this could justly be called dreary. I don’t even know why I only post Farmer’s Wife topics because I have a lot more going on besides.

Last weekend, I bought a huge amount of batting, hauled the dining room table and chairs into the living room, wiped the floor and there, basted my Baltimore Album quilt. You can have a look at each of the twentyfive blocks, I posted pictures in an Advent Calendar style last year, starting here.

I am going to hand quilt it in a very, very dull manner. Merely diagonal lines in 3 inch intervals. I think this will furthermore stress the traditional look. And besides, I couldn’t think of any other freehand design that would work with each and every block. Which is a general problem with sampler quilts. How do you find a quilting design that is able to connect the different blocks and works well on all of them?

Another project I am working on for several weeks now is something I’ve never done before. I am doing a textured quilt sampler (oh no, sampler again). TeresaDownUnder publishes step by step guides at I am really exited about every new block. I am learning to sew pleats, and to smock, and it is so much fun. But I will write about that quilt in detail at another time.

Farmer’s Daughter

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann


Farmer’s wife: Farmer’s Puzzle

Farmer’s Puzzle

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

I read about this pattern being too much related to World War II. I certainly see what is meant but I cannot agree. There are not only many bird related but also many puzzle related block patterns. There is Grandmother’s Puzzle, Fool’s Puzzle, Washington’s Puzzle, Old Maid’s Puzzle, (Old) Bachelor’s Puzzle, School Girl’s Puzzle, Devil’s Puzzle, Irish Puzzle, Boston Puzzle, Pullman Puzzle, and World’s Fair Puzzle. And they all have one thing in common: they puzzle you when you look at them.

They use a certain combination or arrangement of geometric forms that is out of the common way. That gives you the impression of something strange or something that’s not actually there. And their simple aim is to fool the eye.

Did you see the second design: four flying geese (white), flying in four different directions?


Farmer’s wife: Flock

Now is the time of year when cranes fly above our town southwards. I did not happen to see any so far this season but I once heard them in the dark. Though I love to watch them. I think their behaviour is just too amazing.


© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

There are many different bird related quilt patterns—Flying Geese, Birds in the Air, Bird’s Nest, Migration, and Wild Goose Chase, Wild Geese, Hovering Birds and Hovering Hawks, Duck and Ducklings, and Darting Birds in the Farmer’s Wife quilt.

Seems as if birds played an important role in quilting history …