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I am writing about my Farmer’s Wife quilt only, for a considerable amount of time now. Though I am not yet tired of the subject, I am aware that this could justly be called dreary. I don’t even know why I only post Farmer’s Wife topics because I have a lot more going on besides.

Last weekend, I bought a huge amount of batting, hauled the dining room table and chairs into the living room, wiped the floor and there, basted my Baltimore Album quilt. You can have a look at each of the twentyfive blocks, I posted pictures in an Advent Calendar style last year, starting here.

I am going to hand quilt it in a very, very dull manner. Merely diagonal lines in 3 inch intervals. I think this will furthermore stress the traditional look. And besides, I couldn’t think of any other freehand design that would work with each and every block. Which is a general problem with sampler quilts. How do you find a quilting design that is able to connect the different blocks and works well on all of them?

Another project I am working on for several weeks now is something I’ve never done before. I am doing a textured quilt sampler (oh no, sampler again). TeresaDownUnder publishes step by step guides at mypatchwork.wordpress.com. I am really exited about every new block. I am learning to sew pleats, and to smock, and it is so much fun. But I will write about that quilt in detail at another time.

Farmer’s Daughter

© 2012 by Heike Scharmann

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