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Today, I am able to present another new project of mine. After doing a small New York Beauty wall hanging and starting a hexagon quilt—designed all by myself—I thought I could start another quilt where I can rely on the design of someone else.

The farmer’s Wife quilt and the book by Laurie Hird are famous amongst quilters, I understand. Ever since I heard of it, I was fascinated by the great variety of block patterns in this sampler. And since I am very fond of samplers in general, it was only a matter of time that I started a version of my own.

As to fabric choice, I went for turquoise and green. I might add some blue or orange, I am not sure yet. Some of these, I borrowed from my sister. I always like to use “borrow” for things you cannot actually give back. Like handkerchiefs or food—and fabric.

To add even more excitement to this project, I decided to not sew 6″ blocks, as Laurie did, but 4,5″ blocks. To confess the truth, I did not want to do another really large quilt, in the first place. But as a bonus, it adds to the level of difficulty plus it allows me to use up lots of scraps.

Here is my first block: Wrench.

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

The block patterns in the book are in alphabetical order. As you can see, I started at the back.

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

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