Saturday, 17 January 2015

gypsy caravan {revisiting an old WiP}



                                                                                                 a starting point












Like many, I'm pretty good at starting a new project, but finishing it seems to be somewhat more illusive! So, this year I made a real plan {see my list here} It's a fun challenge for the next 3 months - hey, no pressure- but I'm finding it quite motivating and I'm actually sticking to the list so far!

The Gypsy Caravan quilt was already well underway, so I thought it was a good place to start. I had cut out the fabric & began sewing it ages ago but, for some reason, I stopped! I got it all out this week & got busy!
I used my little selection of Amy Bulter fabrics, mainly Gypsy Caravan, as a starting point.The name of this fabric range was my inspiration, plus I'd seen a few quilts out there using these fabrics. However, I really wanted to lift the tempo a bit, you know make it quite vibrant, so I infused a bit of variety by incorporating other fabrics from my stash. Now, in true gypsy style, this sure is a riot of colour!




Scrappy tactics included: 
I did control some of the piecing by ensuring the 4 patches had the darkest colour all going in the same direction.
And I repeated the large floral on cream & the light blue fabrics throughout to break all that colour. I also repeated some rows- mirror image kind of thing- to help get a bit of overall balance.
I notice now it's all together that in some places, colours and/or fabrics merged which I'm really happy to leave as is.
Linking up with Scraptastic Tuesday here and with 'oh scraps' here on Sunday. Why not pop on over to see lots more scrappy inspiration!  






10 comments:

  1. You're already waaaay ahead of me - I've stashed a ton of Gypsy Caravan fabric but haven't even got off the starting block (pun intended!). Looking great!

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  2. Great fabrics! What a fun quilt.

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    1. Thank you! It's a bit too hot here in NZ to continue with this at present... I've had a week of more swimming than sewing! Linda

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  3. I absolutely love these colors and can't wait to see the finished quilt!

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  4. I think controlling the choice and placement of fabrics is quite consistent with scrap quilts. "Random" and "scrap" are not synonyms. claire aka knitnkwilt

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    1. Yes, how true! Thoughtful consideration really helps in unifying those many different colours & prints in our stash! Thanx for popping by, Linda

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  5. How great to see all those wonderful florals in one lovely quilt. And it is always fun to squeeze in a few scraps. Thanks for sharing your quilt with Oh Scrap!

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  6. Looks lovely and romantic ! Will you add a border or is it finished? Wondering how you will quilt it!? Love your list BTW - looks like you have some fun projects to tackle. Thanks for linking up to #scraptastictuesday and for the shout out!

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  7. It looks good. I'm like you, when it's hot I'd rather be doing something to keep cool than quilting.

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