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As a non-native English writer, of course, I asked myself why this block is called Periwinkle. I soon found out that periwinkle is the name of an animal (snail) as well as a plant. And I actually do see both of them in this block.


© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

The periwinkle snail’s shell roughly has this shape, so you can “see” four periwinkles in this quilt block.

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(I admit, this is not a periwinkle, but a sea snail with a similar shell. I wasn’t able to find a picture of a periwinkle that I could post here.)


The petals of the plant periwinkle have this shape, usually five petals to one blossom, so you can “see” a periwinkle blossom with only four petals in this quilt block.

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Never mind what you see, this block with its austere geometry wasn’t too easy to plan and sew, despite its easy looks.