Sunday, 20 July 2014

burning the midnight oil

Yep, I'm still  here, and still working on the Gypsy Wife quilt!
At first glance, this appears to be a really delightful scrappy quilt, but as I have discovered, there's a bit more to it than just throwing seemingly random bits of fabric together!  And so it is taking a bit of time, but the more I work on it, the more I'm loving it!
Once I started piecing the earlier blocks I realised a couple of things - I didn't have enough fabric for all my chosen vertical strips and I also needed to consider the overall colour & fabric balance. So first up I contacted Amitie, sent over samples of what I was short of, & they are posting over some of my order. And then I began to work on a section of the left side of the quilt, making sure that potpourri mix of colour related well together. I have unpicked a few things & I have changed my mind about a few things, and I do have a few small blocks that I have no idea where they go yet! But once I had come to grips with the measurements (many thanx to Megan for forwarding on Liz's beautifully worked out spreadsheets!) it has all gone together very nicely so far.
I thought you might like an update of where I'm at.

Nurses Cross - my favourite block by far!

I have completed all of the left hand sections -

... now I am back working on the right hand sections again -

... and finally, an "all -together -so -far" pic 
(a bit tricky to take but u can get the general idea!)

I've had a lovely run of spare time due to the school hols, sewing late at night
'cos I didn't have to get up at 5:45am ... but that's all over for now! 
I'm back to my  "Olive Days" and volunteer work.
Further progress on this may be a bit slower, but pop back soon to check!


  1. There are some lovely looking blocks in this quilt. What is the finished size of it?

    1. Hi, the finished quilt is 59" x 68" (150cm x 173cm)


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