I almost never follow directions when using a pattern, and this Gypsy Wife quilt has been no exception. Many of the pictures of the finished quilt are beautiful, and I really like the idea of a variety of blocks put together in an unusual way, so I decided to make this quilt. However…
The directions are just as inadequate as I have read they are. Some of the bigger problems have been solved by various bloggers, and Gnome Angel links to them in her introduction to the Gypsy Wife sew-along 2017.
You’ll see in my picture of sections 1 through 4, shown here on the design wall, that I’ve made a few changes. OK, more than a few changes.
I started out making the blocks in their order in the booklet. However, when I put them up on the design wall, it was apparent that I needed to switch to making a section at a time (in the order in which the sections will be assembled). I did use the coloring sheet (see the Gnome Angel site for the link) to plan my quilt, but the blocks are not labelled by name in any of the layouts, so it was very difficult to determine where the block I was making would fit into the quilt!
I had made an effort to distribute the colors evenly among the blocks I’d made, but the problem was with this little guy…
I have only scraps of this fabric and I want the little guys distributed evenly around the quilt. However, I had put them in blocks where they FIT without realizing they would be so close together in the final layout. Therefore…
In section 4, shown above, I substituted the Nurse’s Cross block where the plan called for a courthouse steps block of the same size. And, as you can see, I turned the pieces in the half square triangle block to give it a different layout.
I’m enjoying the beautiful fabrics and variety of blocks in this quilt, and consider it well worth making. I just need a few tweaks as I go along to make it work for me.
It is a beautiful quilt and your adjustments are definitely working. I too usually do not follow directions, until I try my way and discover that just maybe their way is better. 🙂
Thanks. I like the look of the quilt, too.
When I first heard about a “Gypsy Wife” quilt, it was intended to use up orphan blocks, I think. I don’t think it was a pattern as much as an idea. Seems to me you can make it however you want to make things fit together. Your colors are very pretty. I think yours will turn out well, regardless of the “pattern” or instructions! 🙂
It makes more sense as a use for orphan blocks, though the actual blocks in the pattern appear to be developed just for the Gypsy Wife. I appreciate your comment.
This sounds like challenging and fun st the same time. I love the “little guy” blocks. Following directions is usually something I can’t or choose not to do.
I love how you put things together your way.Beautiful quilt.
Thank you, and thanks for visiting 🙂
I love your palette – and the fussy cute blog! What a cool shake up to the Gypsy Wife! I want to add this quilt to the endless list of quilts I want to make someday, lol 🙂
Fussy cut, not fussy cute, but it is cute!
Um, I’ll email you about wanting to make it. I do love the way it looks.