When I visited Tennessee Quilts recently, I had just run across the 2017 sew-along for Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife quilt. So when I saw the pattern at Tennessee Quilts it just sneaked into my shopping basket! Here’s a picture of my copy of the pattern, in case you’re the only quilter in the world who hasn’t seen 2 dozen versions of it on Pinterest:
I like the combination of color and complexity that makes up this quilt. Here’s the link to the Sew-Along on Angie’s blog, Gnome Angel. She’s in Australia, which is fitting, since Jen Kingwell is, too.
Angie had some useful tips on getting ready to make the quilt, which is fairly complex. Just for comparison, it is nowhere near as complex as preparing to make a Judy Niemeyer quilt. On the other hand, Jen Kingwell’s instructions aren’t nearly as precise as Judy Niemeyer’s, so it is helpful that Angie has links to several resources that help with preparing to make the quilt. Check it out if you’re interested.
Angie has helpful suggestions about fabric selection, but I recently bought a layer cake of Jen Kingwell’s “Just A Speck” fabric that was just too cute to leave in the shop. I’m combining that with some fat quarters from Moda’s “grunge” line to make up my palate for the quilt:
Fabrics for Gypsy Wife Quilt
Here are the blocks I’ve made so far. Most of these are “filler” blocks placed in various positions around the quilt. The “card trick” variation block near the middle is the first of the focus blocks for the quilt. This is NOT the way the blocks are arranged in the quilt, just the way I have them grouped on my design wall for picture-taking.
Those cute little people in the center of a couple of the blocks are left over from another project. I thought a few of them scattered around would add interest 🙂
And by the way, the little 4-patch blocks are not part of the pattern. I just said “no” to making pinwheel blocks that finish 3″ square, so I’ve substituted 4-patches! It’s not the first time I’ve deviated from a pattern!
I’ll let you know how this goes. And if you’ve been inspired to sew along, check out Angie’s blog.