The fourth block in the Gypsy Wife quilt is called Hope from Hartford and the finished block measures 7 1/2″.
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.
And then started cutting out triangles, rectangles and a centre square. I’m getting faster at cutting the fiddly bits, I notice: regular practice!
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!
Four blocks down, now on page 10 of 34 of the instructions!