Reproduction Gypsy Wife: An International Quilt-Along Project, week 1

Well, time for something new in the Ice Bear Quilts Studio! I am taking part in a Quilt Along, initiated by Mary E. from Country Threads in Iowa. Country Threads the quilt shop is now closed (Mary and Connie have retired) but Mary still blogs about quilting and her life on the farm. You can find her blog Country Threads Chicken Scratch here: http://country-threads-chicken-scratch.com and I thoroughly recommend it for everyone who likes quilting and the country life!

Anyway, Mary wanted to make Gypsy Wife, a quilt designed by Jen Kingwell of Jen Kingwell Designs and asked if any of her blog followers would like to quilt along as she made it. Of course the result was a number of enthusiastic ‘yes pleases’ and I was one of them. It seemed to me to be a really fun idea to quilt along with people from all over the place, our connection being Mary and Country Threads.  Mary will post a block a week on her blog and we can quilt along and post our blocks on our own blogs and/or on Country Threads Pinterest page.

So this week was week one. The original quilt is very scrappy, modern and colourful. Finished, it measures 59″ by 68″ and uses about 80 different fabrics.

The Gypsy Wife pattern instruction booklet by Jen Kingwell.

The Gypsy Wife pattern instruction booklet by Jen Kingwell.

I have decided to make mine in 19th century reproduction fabrics: a sort of scrappy American Civil War Gypsy Wife, as it were, so the end result will be very different to the original, but hopefully just as interesting! And I had a stack of reproduction fabrics from Keepsake Quilting in New Hampshire waiting for a project, so it didn’t take me long to decide.

The first block in the quilt is called Colour Wheel, so I chose the six fabrics required and cut out the necessary triangles.

Colour wheel 1

The triangles that make up the Colour Wheel block.

Then I laid them out to be sure I was sewing the correct triangles to each other to get the desired layout!

Colour Wheel block layout.

Colour Wheel block layout.

And sewed them all together and then trimmed the block to 9 1/2″. Block no. 2 is called Pershing. As soon as Mary posts her block, I’ll get down to work!

The finished Colour Wheel block, the first step in my Reproduction Gypsy Wife.

The finished Colour Wheel block, the first step in my Reproduction Gypsy Wife.

2 responses to “Reproduction Gypsy Wife: An International Quilt-Along Project, week 1

  1. So happy to see someone making the Gypsy Wife from 1800’s. Was very tempted but went with the very pastel soft look. Saw your comment on Mary E’s site. Love your #1 color wheel. Great colors.

    • Hi Judy,
      Thanks for your comment. I found it tricky to decide which way to go with this one too, but in the end reproductions won out. I look forward to seeing you blocks. Isn’t this fun! What a great idea of Mary’s.

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