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Farmer’s wife: Country Path

Here comes another path themed block. I remember doing three others so far, Flower Garden Path, Garden Path, and Silver Lane. When looking at them all, I must say that they were each rather challenging, and Country Path might emerge as the easiest of them. But they all do look complicated and elaborate. If I had to vote which one was hardest to sew, it would probably be Garden Path.

Country Path

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

The more elaborate a block design, the more examples I find on the internet where mistakes slipped in. With Country Path, a frequent mistake was to not match the prints of the squares and triangles at the block’s sides. This has not too bad an effect on the overall look, maybe just a little “wilder”. But I always like to keep in mind that each of the 111 blocks is just a sample. If you would do a whole Country Path quilt, it would matter very much that these prints fit exactly as in Laurie’s pattern. Because then there would be a continuous band of the same print, both horizontally and vertically. This must look very pretty, I imagine.

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Farmer’s wife: Cups & Saucers

Cups & Saucers

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Just after Cut Glass Dish, here is another tableware themed block. This time, it looks more like crockery.

Analysing the block, you can see that it is made of two simple forms: flying geese and half square triangles. I was glad to be able to paper piece the whole block in just three rows.

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Farmer’s wife: Cut Glass Dish

Arriving at the letter C, I started with a pretty difficult block. Difficult because the pieces are once again very noumerous, and hence very small.

Apart from that, the block’s design is simple enough. Half square triangles in just one colour combination, all pointing in one direction—what could be plainer? And yet—

Cut Glass Dish

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

the effect you get is astonishing. The block truely lives up to its name. I can see a beautiful cut glass dish, sparkling, reflecting the sunlight like a polished diamond.

I couldn’t resist to fussy cut the three squares. I guess I’m taking every opportunity now whenever I come across a piece that is big enough.

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Farmer’s wife: Darting Birds

Fabric choice is always exciting with every new farmer’s wife block. I cannot really tell why I chose green prints only for this block. I’ve only done one other block in all green colours, Prairie Queen (Peaceful Hours has some white in it and therefore doesn’t count). Green is the accentuating colour in my quilt, so I am always wondering if I am using it too often or too seldom.

Darting Birds

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

When doing a little research on the Darting Birds pattern I found that there are several versions of this block with slight differences. I saw patterns using three different prints instead of two, and I even found a version where the heads of the four birds all pointed to the centre so that you couldn’t make out a bird in the end.

I considered to use a different print for each bird for a short moment but definitely decided against it. I think the character of a little flock is stressed more if the birds all look the same—as they do in reality.

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