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I am posting these two blocks together for the obvious reason that they are very, very similar. Almost twins. Plus their names are so similar that one directly succeeds the other in Laurie Hird’s book.

Hovering Hawks

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

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Hovering Birds

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

The two blocks are an excellent illustration of how different a block can look when using different colours or hues. Okay, the colours in my example are rather too similar—dark and light hues used for the same pieces—but I still hope that you’ll get my meaning.

There is also a Hovering Hawks block in Barbara Brackman’s Civil War Sampler—a quilt consisting of 50 blocks, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in 2011—that is looking slightly different. In fact, there are a number of blocks that appear in both samplers but that is only natural, since a sampler is always a compilation of patterns that are known already in other contexts.

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