Gypsy Wife: June

Well, mark this month down in the books.  I finished all of my June blocks within the first week of the month.  This will never, ever happen again.  I’m usually finishing the last month around this time.  Something came over me a few nights ago.  I didn’t have the energy to sew, but I decided to cut fabric.

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Having the blocks pre-cut made a huge difference and I was able to knock these blocks out in thirty minutes before dinner last night!

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Anna Maria Horner fabrics are so fun to work with.  It’s such a treat to pull fabrics and just see how they play together.  I absolutely have loved making these blocks, but I’m also having to make sure I don’t stick to the same fabrics – it’s so easy to use my favorites over and over.

Then I cut the fabrics for this one:

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And I knew I was going to love it…

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This might be my favorite filler block yet!

Here’s the main block for June, and if you follow me on Instagram (@wasntquiltinaday) you know that I hated making it.  So, YES, I did rewrite the pattern.  And I don’t care.  I don’t have time to deal with blocks that don’t measure up, and those HRT were giving me a headache.  I’m really nervous about putting this quilt together – I hope it all comes together!

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Here are all the June blocks:

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and, here are all the blocks – February through June – together!

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 EEEEEEK.  Should I go ahead and start on July?

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Gypsy Wife: May

Y’all.  The Hope for Hartford block is done.  I really didn’t want to make this block because of the open seam but I beasted it!  I am so proud!

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I really love going through so many AMH fabrics each month.  I’m hoping that in the end I’ve spaced out the colors evenly, but that’s the good thing about this pattern – it doesn’t really matter!

Here are the filler blocks that i made this month:

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Obsessed: but slightly annoyed with the pattern because I’m going to have to redo the dern outer triangles.

Up next: Fabric selection for square in a square blocks:

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Love!

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(Glad my finger made it in the picture?)

All of the May blocks together now:

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And, get ready!  All of the blocks to date:

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I love this quilt so much!  I can’t wait to get started on my June blocks – I have a feeling I’ll finish those out way before the last weekend of the month like I did in May.  How are you making out with all the errors in the pattern – or is it just me that’s struggling to get everything sized correctly?

Gypsy Wife: April…Almost

This weekend I decided I needed to crank something out.  Some.thing.  Not one of the million Bee blocks I have to do, of course, because that requires too much focus.  So, instead I decided to do my April Gypsy Wife blocks.  (Because clearly that doesn’t require focus…Riiiight.)

Case in point:

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This is supposed to be the heart block.  Yes, these fabrics compete.  Yes, it looks ridiculous.  However, I just don’t have it in me yet to redo it.  I’m going to wait until later to see what colors I need.  For right now, it’s OK.  I already hated the block before. 

Then I decided it was time to focus:

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Love.  I’m obsessed with that block. 

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I decided to do the Courthouse Steps differently than the pattern describes.

I’m very happy with this decision.

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And then finally all of the Courthouse Steps blocks:

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I really hate the bottom left baby one.  So, tonight I’ll probably redo that one along with my square in a square block.  Regardless, this quilt is too much fun.  I can’t wait to finish this one.  If you haven’t started yours – what are you waiting for?!

Gypsy Wife QAL March Winner!

Hello, Gypsy Wifers.  March has come and gone, and we are all one step closer to having our Gypsy Wife quilts.  It’s a good thing I was hosting the March link up this month, or I would have never finished my Pershing block.  Last night I buckled down so that I would make the “deadline” for this link-up, and I don’t know why I waited so long!  It really wasn’t that bad, even if mine ended up being a hair too big.  Whoops. 

March Blocks:

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All of my blocks to date:

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I’ve realized that I am leaning very heavily towards the oranges, blues, and purples in my AMH stash – so next month I am going to have to fix that.  I want this quilt to be insanely scrappy.  I think it’s getting there!

So, onto what we’re all here for!  The winner of the bundle of an April Showers Dots Fat Quarter Bundle from Alice over at Fresh Modern Fabric

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And the winner is….

Rachel over at Farm Gal Designs!

Be sure to go check out Rachel’s blocks, and head over to the link-up to see all of the gorgeous blocks we created this month.  I know I went through all of the hashtags on Instagram last night and I was so impressed with everyone!  They are all going to be stunning!

Gypsy Wife QAL March Link-Up

Hello Gypsy Wife quilters, and welcome to the March Link-Up.  I’m so glad you’re here because it means you not only completed your March blocks, but that you’re one step closer to having a completed Gypsy Wife Quilt!  On Sunday, April 6, 2014 I’ll randomly select a winner for this months giveaway – a bundle of an April Showers Dots Fat Quarter Bundle from Alice over at Fresh Modern Fabric!  If you haven’t checked out her shop on Etsy, take a moment to do so now.  She has a great selection of fabrics, and plenty of delicious bundles to choose from.

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This month’s blocks were so much fun to make… except I haven’t even finished my own!  That dang Pershing block is still not finished, so I’ll be rushing to beat the link-up myself!  What a host I am, late to my own party.  Instead of showing you all of my blocks, I’ll post what I have and some other beautiful eye candy from this month!

My March Blocks to date:

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Beautiful Blocks from Julie of 627Handworks:

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Great Work from Megan of Jaffa Quilts:

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Finally, some stunners from Sarah Elizabeth over at No Hats in the House:

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For more eye candy be sure to head over to the flickr stream – there’s endless inspiration for sure!  Also… if you’ve yet to join in on this crazy QAL hosted by one of my personal favorite people, Michelle of Factotum-of-Arts, we’re only two months in – and if I’m any indication, you can get behind!  Let’s go people, join in!  This quilt is so much fun, and the randomness of the design really makes it fun to chose fabric.  You can’t go wrong!

Now, here’s this month’s Link-Up!

I’ll be back next Sunday with the winner!

No on to making my Pershing block….

Gypsy Wife Quilt

Whew, March blocks are slowly coming together.  I’m still refusing to tackle the Pershing block, because I love denial.  I’m not quite ready for all of those pieces and triangles cut on the bias.  I do have a deadline, though, as I’m hosting the March link up for the wonderful Gypsy Wife Quilt Along!

Last night I decided to knock out some mini-pinwheel blocks.  These things are the cutest things ever.

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I see a Pinwheel Quilt sometime in the future…

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Oh, Gypsy Wife Quilt… I love you.

Gypsy Wife

We’ve all seen it.  We’ve all pinned it.  We’ve all coveted this quilt.  Oh, wait.  That’s just me?

Don’t lie to me.

You know you want The Gypsy Wife Quilt, too.

When my good friend, Michelle over at Factotum-of-Arts started a quilt along, it took me a few days, but then I decided, “what the hell” and added one more thing to my already full plate.  Life.is.short.

I might not make the deadline, but I’ve never been one for those anyways…

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Pure joy, people.

This pattern is insane.

When waiting for the pattern to arrive, I thought long and hard about my fabric choices.  I emailed a few trusty sources with my gut feelings, and then took the plunge on Etsy.  Basically, if Anna Maria Horner designed it, it’s going into this quilt.  Her fabrics scream hippie, and this quilt just seems to mesh with her style.  I can’t wait to start playing.  I’ve got quite a blend of her fabrics going on right now, and I’m hoping to eventually add some True Colors as well.  Don’t lie, you have that in your online shopping cart, too.  I know.  Say it with me, “My name is _______, and I’m addicted to pretty fabric.”  There are worse things, friends.

Here’s my AMH stash so far:

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I have a few other scraps and prints thrown in, and I’ve decided to keep them all in a bin safe and separate.  Especially since I want to make pretty things with all of these fabrics.  It’s going to be hard to hold onto these for a year!  On the flip side, it means I’ll get to add to my AHM collection for another year.  I told you, I was late to the party, but girl has shown up!

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Happy bin!

So, check out the quilt along!  Michelle has laid out a very reasonable time table, and we all know that falling behind is acceptable.  Welcome to my life.  Plus, who doesn’t want this as their Christmas present in December.  Planning ahead, people.  Planning.Ahead.  I’ll also be linking these beauties up to Sunday Stash held over at Sarah Quilts!  Go check out her insanely gorgeous stash.

Oh, and if you ever want to mail me AMH scraps, I won’t turn you away…