The Gypsy Wife quilt along is a year long quilt along hosted by Michelle. The first blocks were scheduled for February, with January being fabric choices, so there’s still plenty of time to join in and catch up… especially since there are prizes involved! You can check out the yearly schedule here, and the sponsors and where to link up across the year here. You can join us over on Flickr also, where you can share your progress and join the discussions.
This months sponsor is Spoonflower! If you’re not familiar with Spoonflower, it’s a website where you can create your own designs which can be printed on fabric, wallpapers and gift wrap! The designs are shared with others, so even if you’re not a designer, you can choose from all the other designs available! Read more about Spoonflower on their about page!
Spoonflower is generously offering a US$25 gift certificate to one lucky person who links up their blocks this month! Since February is a short month, I’ve left the linkup open until March 7th for a few extra days a winner will then be randomly chosen and will be contacted via email!
I decided to make another scrappy Christmas quilt, so my blocks are all made out off different Christmas fabrics (or some blenders in matching colours). Instead of a Gypsy Wife quilt, I’ll end up with a Santa’s Wife quilt
The blocks for February were the colour wheel block, and six of the pinwheel blocks. Of the six pinwheels, four were to be given borders. I didn’t want to pull out a million different fabrics to just cut 3″ squares out of them so I rummaged through my scraps and found a few Christmas ones and fabrics that can pass as Christmassy, like the Happy Go Lucky scallop garland. I also kept the left over triangles from the colour wheel and they were the right size to use in the pinwheels so yay less cutting! My design wall allows for fabric to stick on it without pinning, so I have been sticking the extra triangle cuts up on the wall with the rest of the blocks as a reminder that the pieces are around to use in other blocks.
Work in Progress Girl has a great tip on how to make HSTs if you’re using actual triangles to make these blocks to prevent the fabric from stretching out of shape. I am a rebel though and risked it, so didn’t use her method, but check out her post in case this is something you’re concerned with! I stitched slowly and didn’t tug on the pieces so they came out okay. I managed to escape the quilt police this time!
Before trimming my HST units, I had read this great tutorial by Little Miss Shabby. Only cut two sides! Since I don’t have a ruler the exact size of the HST I needed to make, I did have to make angled notches on the ends which removed the “dog ears” from the finished block. Using this method made trimming my blocks super quick.
My colour wheel block I first made in January. I have been contemplating changing it as I’m not happy with the neutral background with the matching centre.I really love the scrappiness of my pinwheel blocks, so I think I’d prefer to end up changing my colour wheel to look scrappier! Perhaps when I have free time…
So far, I’m enjoying making the blocks, however I am sometimes wanting to strangle this pattern. It may just be me, but I’m finding I’m having to figure out my own quilt math, which is a little frustrating because I use patterns so I don’t have to figure that out on my own. Due to this, I would say that the quilt is a little advanced for a complete beginner, as I’m finding some experience/knowledge in different blocks is needed, particularly with the cutting and trimming and knowing the ‘right’ size to have your units — the instructions for making the blocks only tell you the finished block sizes, so you always have to remember to add the extra half inch because you’re not going to have a finished block until you actually piece the entire quilt together. Since the quilt layout is different from the usual quilt layout, I’m not finding knowing the “finished” block size to be helpful since I’m left with unfinished blocks until the very very end.
By the time the quilt is completed, I think I’m going to have learnt a few more skills along the way so it’s completely worth it! By making this amongst the quilt along, there’s also a group of us ready to help each other along the way! Forcing me to use my own quilt math is probably a good thing as I shouldn’t be relying on patterns all the time.
There’s still plenty of time to join as the quilt along is running all year long! There’s an ongoing list of all the places you can purchase the pattern over on flickr here so go buy a copy and join us this year making a Gypsy Wife!!
Link up below for your chance to win the $25 gift certificate thanks to Spoonflower!