Reproduction Gypsy Wife: Quilt-Along Project, Week 4

The fourth block in the Gypsy Wife quilt is called Hope from Hartford and the finished block measures 7 1/2″.

The Hope from Hartford block.

The Hope from Hartford block.

I decided to make an all blue block this week, once again using primarily Judie Rothermel Civil War reproductions prints from Marcus Brothers.

So I selected four different shades and patterns of blue.

The fabrics for the week four block.

The fabrics for the week four block.

And then started cutting out triangles, rectangles and a centre square. I’m getting faster at cutting the fiddly bits, I notice: regular practice! 

The block components: what is missing?

The block components: what is missing?

It was only once I started piecing that I realised I had only cut two of the darkest blue triangles, instead of four! Happily that was corrected in no time, and the block quickly came together. I chose to piece a slightly different combination than the instructions said: in the instructions the triangle and neighbouring rectangle were the same colour. I chose to use two different colours, as is shown on the block diagram: so my leafy fabric is bordered with a stripe instead of more leafy fabric. I also chose to make the central square the same fabric as the light coloured triangles, again, like the block diagram, but different to the written instructions, where it was a different fabric from all the others. I am pleased with the overall effect, and think it makes a more interesting block. The stripy fabric reminds me of Victorian era wallpaper; I can just imagine a room papered in it, with an old fashioned brass bedstead!

The completed Hope from Hartford block.

The completed Hope from Hartford block.

Four blocks down, now on page 10 of 34 of the instructions!

Progress at the end of week 4.

Progress at the end of week 4. Yellow blocks are completed.

 

 

 

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