February 12th, 2014

Gypsy Wife Quilt Along – February

by Julie Hirt

This is my first actual Quilt Along and it’s pretty exciting!  I finally got my hands on Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife pattern, then I saw Michelle‘s post about a Quilt Along. It was fate. I thought I’d have to play some catch up, but January was just figuring out fabric choices.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I’m going to try and use fabric from my scrap bins only.  We’ll see.

The first 6 blocks were pinwheels, 4 with borders. Crazy luck, but I have a bunch of leftover HST’s from the Stars Quilt that are the perfect size.

pinwheel fillers

Since they are mostly blue and white I tried to throw in some more color.

The 7th block for February is a Color Wheel.


The fabric patterns wouldn’t be my typical choice, but they were in my scraps and I dig the actual color. So it works!

I love Jen’s quilt and hope to end up with something I love half as much.


The Quilt Along is spread out over a year and laid out in a format I can actually follow.  I think it’s around 7 blocks per month.   The pattern looks a  bit crazy to me with blocks of all sizes, and strips all over the place.  It will be nice to have a group of quilters to refer to with questions and suggestions.

If you are interested it’s definitely not too late!  Information can be found here.  The monthly schedule can be found here.  Huge thank you to Michelle at Factotum of Arts for organizing this.

Are you joining in?  If not, you totally should!


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16 Responses to “Gypsy Wife Quilt Along – February”

  1. So fun, Julie! This is going to be fantastic!

  2. I love the idea of using just your scraps! I’m planning to do the same thing with the steam punk pattern.

  3. So tempted! I have started so many other bees, swaps and a BOM for 2014 that I really shouldn’t but I think I will just take a little peek at the pattern and the schedule…

  4. Great blocks! Glad you are in the quilt along.

  5. I love your blocks and this quilt calls for scrappy you ask me, I need to catch up too. But I signed up for the Bom and didnt really like the color choices but you have inspired me to dig in my bundles, me and you sew on flicker together alot. I love this pattern and I have alot of text fabric and Japanese prints, I think this patttern calls for it. love yours.. I will go see Factotum of Arts .. see ya around

  6. Can’t wait to see your finished quilt. Especially love the fabrics in your color wheel block.

  7. This will look awesome! I loved the quilt alongs that I have done, very relaxed and lots of time to get it done. This is such a cool quilt.

  8. Neato! I love it! Michelle is a super awesome lady, I’m positive she will make it extra fun!

  9. Great idea to use up your stash and scraps! This is a perfect quilt for it.

  10. Great!
    Going to go and take a look at it and dig threw my scrap bin!

  11. Your blocks are looking so great so far!

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  14. I am starting the Gypsy wife quilt. I am a little confused about the measurements on the pinwheels to be made on page 19og the pattern. The pattern states that the finished block of 4 of the pinwheels with borders should be 6 inches. And the pinwheels without borders 4 inches. Then there is 2 pinwheels at 3 inches and 1 at 2.5 inches. The term finished block to me means the block before going into the quilt. What size did you make your pinwheels. I am very frustrated with the cutting measurements.

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