Gypsy Wife: March Tips

I love that I posted finished Gypsy Wife blocks yesterday… that actually weren’t finished.  This pattern confuses me, and last night I read the pattern about 5 times.  For two blocks.  So, if you’re doing the wonderful Gypsy Wife QAL with Michelle over at Factotum of the Arts, here’s a tip for March: You don’t need 7 blocks, you really need 5 blocks.  Two of your mini 2.5 inch Pinwheel blocks are the center of your Square in Square blocks.

Don’t get confused like me.

So, now I’ve really completed my March filler blocks, and I only have to make my Pershing Block.  This block looks like a pain in the a$$.

Also, here’s another tip.  When adding the triangles to your pinwheel blocks, use the center line to guide where you put the triangle point.  This really helped make sure that each of my corners lined up.


Is that an obvious tip?  Oh well, I didn’t know what to do since the triangles were so much larger than my baby pinwheel.  However, this really helped!

When I first figured out that the baby pinwheel blocks were the center blocks of other blocks, I was a little peeved because I didn’t plan out the color scheme.  Now, I’m pretty happy that I was just winging it.


These might be my new favorite blocks.


I could not decide where to go with this second one, but I am loving this gray fabric!  I love how this block has so much purple, gray, and orange.  AMH is a goddess of fabric goodness.

And here are all the March filler blocks:


Now my design wall looks like pure happiness:

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Now I just have to tackle that dang Pershing block!

12 thoughts on “Gypsy Wife: March Tips

  1. Hurray for figuring it out!!!! And that’s a great tip about lining up the points – I think we all forget that we can use our previous piecing as a guide. Also – Geometry is hard. My husband told me to mention that. 😀

  2. I’d never have known if you hadn’t told me, but I must say the finished blocks are even lovelier than the cute little baby pinwheels. Now get to that Pershing block so we have something gorgeous to look at later…

  3. Aww the Pershing block isn’t that bad 🙂 apart from the last round; it’s like doing a economy block! I put a tip on my blog for doing the last round, maybe it will help!

  4. Perishing is a pain in the A$$ — be warned — I did mine yesterday and fought with it all the way. I’m glad it’s done though and I know you got this.

  5. I really love seeing your blocks! I’ve wanted to make this quilt and green tea and sweet beans since I first saw them. I’ll eventually make them but in the mean time I’ll quilt vicariously through you 🙂

  6. There are a few other blocks in the book that get converted into other things, so you’ll need to remember that later on, so you don’t get tripped up by the weird pattern writing again 😀 (My spreadsheet shows all of them, if you want a handy reference!)

    Anyway, the blocks look great! I can’t wait to see your Pershing block, which I’m still letting intimidate me. I wonder if I could figure out a paper pieced version instead…

  7. Word of advice – try to keep your 1” strips that run vertical to the bottom light colored fabrics! I am just finishing my quilt. Ripped out so many dark fabrics. You want the colorful blocks to pop! This quilt took me months! Hardest quilt I have ever done! I am attempting to quilt it in 7 blocks and then connect together.

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