WIP wednesday: gypsy wife update

I’ve made a bit more progress on my Gypsy Wife quilt:


I’m afraid I might have been a little too proud of the perfectly protected points on this block:


When I say the points are “protected,” I mean the points that face toward the outer edge of the block. See how there is a substantial 1/4 inch surrounding them? That means when the block is joined together with the other blocks, the points will still be nice.

But then this challenging block came along:


I’m afraid a few of those points aren’t going to make it. In fact, a few of the inner points have already been sacrificed as well (the outer tips of a couple of the black striped pieces). But, on the bright side, a lot more points are intact and lovely! I can definitely live with it. Considering that it took an entire morning, I’m not redoing it.

One thing I really appreciate about quilting is how incredibly challenging it is to get it just right. Even the absolutely gorgeous and jaw-dropping original Gypsy Wife quilt might be missing a few points here and there if you really study it.

The quilt along schedule for February also included these “filler blocks”:




All together now:


The pattern calls for all pinwheel blocks but I thought it’d be fun to mix it up a bit. These blocks took 2 days instead of 1 because I used so many different fabrics, all of which needed to be starched and pressed. But now I’ve got those fabrics all ready for the next blocks! I keep them all in our hallway hanging on the railing, as if having a whole room devoted to sewing isn’t enough. #howquiltersannoytheirpartners

A few of these filler blocks will get small borders before going into the quilt. I decided to wait on that so I have more flexibility with my color placement. Since these blocks are constructed to some extent in pairs, I don’t want them to end up too close to each other.

This is such a fun quilt along. The quilt is really challenging, but taking it slowly through the year makes it doable for beginners and more advanced quilters alike. If you decide to join and have any trouble with any of the trickier blocks, I’d be more than happy to walk you through it to the best of my ability. Just email me.

Linking up with the other Gypsy Wife quilt alongers at Riddle and Whimsy and WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

21 thoughts on “WIP wednesday: gypsy wife update

  1. Beautiful work, ma’am, and great colour choices. Of all the GW quilts I’m watching in this QAL, I think I like your fabrics best. I like the crispness of the graphic prints as an antidote to the riot of florals most other people are featuring.

  2. Ooh, love the Pershing block. Mine is missing a couple of points too, but like you, once it was together, there was no way I was redoing it. πŸ™‚ Everything looks great!

  3. No one’s going to notice those points but you. In the first pic, they’re not even noticeable unless you’re REALLY looking. I”m also guilty of draping starched and pressed fabric in places it’s not supposed to go. It got so bad that Hubs bought me a hanging clothes rack with wheels that I can use instead of the railing, bed, chair, etc.. When it gets in the way, it gets wheeled into the corner or into the closet.

  4. I’m loving those little polka dots thrown into the mix. And I had to look very hard, and reread your description, to find the points that had been sacrificed. My husband is not at all impressed when my creative endeavours take up space outside of my studio, and in all fairness I suppose he has a point – my studio is the largest room in the house.

  5. I agree with Sarah above. No one will notice the points but you, and as you’ll see when I post my barn door, we all have points that get cantankerous at times πŸ™‚ I love that you put your quilts over the railings too! I’m not the only one. I mean, where else can I put them so they don’t get wrinkled?

  6. I think your points look great… and in the grand scheme of things, nobody will even be able to tell. I cant wait to see it all come together πŸ™‚

  7. Great work. These look awesome! I know what you mean about precise piecing for complex blocks. I’ve just finished the March blocks for the #NGAQB and they were like nothing I’d ever done before. Give me improv any time! All a learning curve though, no?

  8. scrapalicious!!! I was a little proud of my points, too. dang it. I have yet to tackle this month’s blocks, so thanks for the heads up. maybe i’ll benefit from your troubles. =)

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