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One in between

When I started this big project called Farmer’s Wife, I didn’t plan to post about it only, and not have any other quilt themes besides. But as it turned out, not until 93 posts later, I am finally able to write about another project, my first finished quilt for this year.

It’s another sampler—indeed! And I call it Dreaming in 3D

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

I stumbled upon Teresa’s tutorial for this textured quilt sampler at her blog mypatchwork.wordpress.com. At first, I thought I would sew along two or three of these very fun squares. But I soon got hooked and wanted to do every single one of the 25 patterns. I never smocked fabric before, or sewed tucks in so many variations, and I learned so much during the process. I extremely enjoyed making these squares.

20 of them made it in my quilt. Against my usual practice, I machine quilted it, using a polychromatic sewing cotton my sister once gave me.

You might enjoy looking at each square in detail.

Centred tucks with bow ties

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Cluster tucks

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Cross pin tucks

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Cross shirring

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Diamond pin tucks

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Diamond smocking

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Double controlled pleats

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Double controlled pleats with ripple effect

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Gathered double edged ruffles

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Gathared stip

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Lattice smocking

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Lotus flower smocking

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Lozenge smocking

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Pin tucks

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Prairie points pinwheel

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Puff gathering (my favourite)

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Smocked tucks

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Star gathering

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

Undulating tucks

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

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Farmer’s wife: Checkerboard

Checkerboard

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

In this block, Laurie used the same prints for the squares opposing each other, diagonally, vertically and horizontally. Only the centre square has no twin. But I was glad to have a block to show off as many different prints as possible, so I didn’t stick to her example. Postage Stamp is the only other block I remember so far where I could do this.

I love to look at a block and go over the prints in my mind, remembering where I bought this fabric, or borrowed that one, how long I’ve had this one, or that I am now run out of that one—or best—remember the quilt I bought especially this fabric for, or the dress out of which I cut that square.

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Farmer’s wife: Churn Dash

Traditionally, Churn Dash is done in two different colours. But since I have already done Wrench in two colours, I thought I could give this one more distinction by using three.

If you do the background triangles at the corners in a different print than the rest of the background, you can create a secondary pattern when doing a quilt with churn dash blocks only.

Another very pretty alternative is to do the centre square in the same print as the inner triangles. But then you loose the ring-like look and thus the link to the block’s name.

Churn Dash

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

© 2013 by Heike Scharmann

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