As this is a very special post for me I am launching the start of a new quilt, new to me anyway, although I'm sure most of you will have heard of, and some will quake at the thought of, The Gypsy Wife. Oh yes, I have dreamed about it for over two years, I have had the pattern for over a year, and now I have started it. If you haven't seen it before here it is
Beautiful isn't it? The challenge to me is in the complexity of it, the sheer number of blocks combined with the strips, and putting it together with those partial seams, but I love to challenge myself so here are the first blocks.
Bordered square in a square 5 inch finished
Hourglass with two borders 6 inch finished
Square in a square 3 inch finished, I need another 22 of this size for the quilt, and no I am not kidding, there are another 12 in different sizes too.
Pinwheel 4 inch finished, yes I agree I didn't do a very good job of the centre
Puss in the Corner 5 inch finished, no I haven't pressed it very well, you don't miss much do you?
This is the first Puss in the Corner I made, it was too much purple for the section, but I need two for the quilt so it won't go to waste.
This is the one I made a mistake with, yes with such a simple block, but you get the bad as well as the good here. What did I do wrong? I cut the centre square 3 inches instead of 3.5 inches, Actually I rather like it so I may just use it anyway. AND, wouldn't a perfect quilt be just plain boring? If I was the perfect quilter (is there such a thing?) you would all be watching hoping I made a mistake, or is that just me?
These are the 1.5 inch strips I cut, I won't need all of these for this section and yes I know I duplicated one, but the strips run the length of the quilt and some lengths are so long they need two width of fabric strips. No, they are not all 1.5 inches, some are 1 inch........If you are interested I believe there are 55 strips in total, not including the long ones.
If you are interested there is a Gypsy Wife quilt along on just now, they are on to section 7 so I am a little behind, but I've been following it since January. It is being held by Hydeeann from Splish Splash Stash and Megan of Jaffa Quilts. There is an excellent document of all the blocks in each section and another on the strips. Here are the links for the block chart and the strips. If you read both blogs from the start of the quilt along you will get all the info and excellent tutorials.
If you have been before you might be wondering about my circles quilt, so here is my progress.
These are the finished (unless I add something) blocks.......
and these are the rest. Oh yes, two quarter circles left to appliqué and they are already made, doing my happy dance........
So, that's it for this week, I hope you enjoyed your visit and it would be lovely to see you again.