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© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

My first association when I read “Ribbons” was Jane Austen. I love to read her novels, I love to think about how people lived then, what they thought and did, how they spent their days and so on. So for me it was an easy jump from ribbons to Pride and Prejudice.

Doing needlework was as natural for any woman then as it isn’t anymore today. “Elizabeth took up some needlework, and was sufficiently amused in attending to what passed between Darcy and his companion.” —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Maybe Elizabeth was embroidering some silk ribbons? Maybe I should adorn this block with some embroidery? I am not sure—it would make this block stand out above all the other blocks …