what attracted you to the gypsy wife quilt or why did you make one?
When I saw Catherine Mosely’s (@cathmosely) version of the quilt hanging at QuiltCon in 2015 with black and white strips and super saturated colors it was the first time I could visualize the quilt in my head! I fell in love with the idea of a background that would fade and leave the focus on all the blocks!
how long did it take you to complete?
I like to work on several projects at the same time, so I move a little slower. It took me 18 weeks of on/off focus from when I pieced the first block to when I finished the top.
how did you go about making fabric selections?
I selected my limited color palette (I like blue and oranges together), then just stuck to it and started sewing.
|Crazy Ann block, lower left, and some others|
what was your favorite block to make or favorite part of the project?
I think Crazy Anne was my favorite block, but I also really enjoyed making all the filler blocks. J
please explain your quilting choices
I was really stumped with what to do with this quilt once it was finished. I loved all the pieces but was having a hard time feeling connected to it, so I asked one of my good friends, Valori Wells (@valoriwells) if she would quilt it for me. I love her artistic quilting style and I feel like I’m looking at a page in her sketchbook. Seeing her doodles on it really made me love it.
|puss in the corner block - with pugs!|
what would you change or do differently if you could?
It was really challenging piecing stripes in the background (using Kona Snow + Kona White), but they end up looking very similar and you can hardly see the subtle stripe. I think next time I would try using two colors with a bit more difference so you can see the background striping a little easier (like Kona White and Oyster).
what advice or tips would you offer for others making this quilt?
Keep track of all those filler blocks!! J I actually accidentally made more than I needed to because I wasn’t counting that carefully.
thank you, elisabeth, for sharing your photos and ideas with us! to see more of elisabeth's work (like her killer farmer's wife sampler quilt) and a bit about life around robert kauffman fabrics, visit elisabeth on instagram @elisabew.
i have one or two more examples of the gypsy wife quilt that might still make a showing. in the meantime, look for the big kick off post for our gypsy wife quilt along coming on saturday, january 30th, and the first post about section one on monday, february 1st.
who's ready to get gypsy-ing?!
as soon as my sewing room is finished, i'm in.
hurry up, construction fellas!