This week the block for the Gypsy wife is made up of 16 half-square triangles. You have to make two blocks, that each finish at 8″. These were very easy to make, of course, and went together in a flash.
In the original quilt Jen Kingwell used the same 32 fabrics, differently mixed, in both blocks (one triangle of each fabric in each). Because the blocks are quite close together in the final quilt, I decided that I wanted them to look different from each other. So I chose 16 fabrics for each block, 8 background fabrics and 8 feature fabrics, and used each twice in the block, but no combination repeats.
I chose blue and cream fabrics for the first block:
For the first time in this quilt I reused a couple of fabrics that are in earlier blocks, but more than half of them are used for the first time.The aim here is for a scrappy Civil War Reproduction Gypsy Wife!
I played with the layout of blues and creams so that I didn’t have any repeated combinations of two fabrics the same adjoining each other. I usually take a digital photo of each layout, and then compare them on the viewing screen on the camera: that way you can flick from one layout to another, and the ‘good’ layout quite quickly becomes apparent.
I chose to have all sixteen fabrics in both the top and bottom halves of the block.
So then I made my HST and stitched the rows together.
For the second block I decided to use double pinks and deep pinky reds. Here also I reused some fabrics form earlier blocks.
Once again, these are almost all reproduction fabrics by Marcus Fabrics and Penny Rose.
I made a layout, using the same ‘rules’ as for the blue block.
And then got stitching.
After 10 weeks of quilt-along, there is real progress to be seen if one looks at the completed blocks marked in yellow on the original Gyspy Wife, but there is still plenty of work to go!