First I scoured Pinterest for some images and this one caught my eye.
Then I printed it out on plain paper and taped it to the door with freezer paper-backed fabric on top. From there I used a .05 black Pigma Pen and traced the design as best I could.
And here it is.
I added a broderie perse leaf to the two remaining corner squares.
And this is the end result :)
As I was making this block and thinking about inked inscriptions and drawings, it reminded me of the lovely verses my grandfather wrote in my grandmother's autograph book.
My maternal grandmother, Etta "Ethel" Strubbe, was 15 years old when this photo was taken in 1905.
My grandfather, Stanton M. Bower, was seventeen when he wrote:
May 12th 1905
May fortune send you happy hours,
And strew your path with life's bright flowers.
Stanton M. Bower
Two years later he was hoping "to be more than a friend" . . .
September 22d, 1907
Many have written before me dear,
Many have liked you I know,
Many have seen your sweet face near,
There are many who'd like to now,
But before life sun has set dear,
I hope to be more than a friend,
I hope to be more than a brother dear,
To be near you pet to the End!
They were married in 1910 in NYC but this picture was taken in Lawrence, MA at the home of his grandfather (my gr-gr-grandfather) Robert Bower.
In 1996 I was experimenting with transferring photos to fabric and did this one using a xeroxed copy of my grandmother's photo along with turpentine and a spoon. Did you ever try that?? Anyway, I embroidered the corner squares and fused a couple of flowers and 'to my sweetheart' which so reminded me of my grandparents :)
Taking it one step further while thinking about friendship blocks and inscriptions are these Victorian cups with "Think of Me" on them. Aren't they sweet?
Enjoy your Valentines Day!
Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer