Gypsy Wife Quiltalong: July blocks and Giveaway

Edited to add: The winner of the July Gypsy Wife Quiltalong giveaway was Crafty Kat, who is doing a very lovely blue and orange and grey version of the quilt that I’m really liking a lot! Go check out her blocks, they look pretty amazing!

So I’ve been AWOL for a while now, but not for reasons of not crafting (though a couple of weeks of too hot weather did put a bit of a damper on my desire to sew this month), just for reasons of not feeling like updating. I guess I needed a break! I could probably spend most of August just catching up on things I’ve been not writing about since April, but instead I’ll knock out three months worth of Gypsy Wife blocks right now. (Well, my brights version, anyway. I’m still three months behind on my low volume version…)

Gypsy Wife QAL - May

May Blocks

I’m pretty much in love with my Hope from Hartford block. I rarely love florals and I don’t even really love the one I used, but I love how it looks in this block. I loved how it looked with that teal Je Vous en Prie fabric and even though I don’t love the background fabric for the block, I think it’ll all work out in the end anyway; that background is hardly going to stand out in the face of all the bright and crazy mish-mash of prints and colours that this quilt is going to use. There’s a lot of blue Anna Maria Horner fabric going on in this little collection – you can always tell what’s near the top of the scrap pile with these blocks! – but there’s even more Heather Bailey, which I had been cutting into at the time for a different project that I’ve stalled on.

Gypsy Wife QAL  - June

June Blocks

I count another four Heather Bailey prints in this collection of blocks – definitely the scraps on top of the pile… I went a bit less crazy with my Crazy Anne block than was recommended and just maintained the same four prints around the outside of the block, rather than swapping in something different for each quadrant. This is another one where I was really pleased with the final look – I was so afraid of those half-rectangle triangles, but they came out almost perfectly (maybe 2-3 millimetres short). I’m not sure I love all these bordered square in square blocks, but I’m trying to remind myself that most of them will kind of disappear into the quilt and won’t be so noticeably off or awful.

Wind blown

July Blocks


Gypsy Wife QAL - July Blocks

I felt like I went too pink/purple and blue in the two previous months, so I tried to be really conscious about using other colours in this month’s blocks. But jeez… what was I thinking putting that same dark red-orange on the outside of two different blocks? These blocks won’t be too close together in the quilt (they’re in sections 2 and 8), but if they seem like too much, then I’ll probably pull off the straight borders and swap in something else (although that particular block features the only time I’ve sewn with that Corsage print and actually had a pair of scissors not get half-swallowed up in a seam allowance). Also, you’ll note, I stuck ANOTHER square of that blue Anna Maria Horner print into a square-in-square block. I’m definitely going to have to make sure those blocks all wind up spread out.

Normally I post a photo of my design wall with all my blocks up on it, but I’ve run out of design wall space, so they’re not up there at all. I think I’m going to take down my low volume blocks and start grouping all these brights blocks into sections on the design wall. I know some people are also working on this by section, rather than by the blocks Michelle set out for the month and if you’re having a hard time figuring out what goes where, I’ve made a spreadsheet that breaks down which blocks go into which section. (I took all the data from my previous spreadsheet, which breaks down which blocks we’re making each month. There may be mistakes in either or both documents, but please let me know if you find one!)

Now for the fun bit! Please link up your July blocks (Star block, three Square in Square blocks, and one bordered Square in Square block) and you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift certificate provided by our lovely sponsor Fat Quarter Shop. (A name will be chosen by on August 1st, but the linky closes late on July 31st.)


If you are working ahead to put your quilt together in sections, just pull together photos of the July blocks and you can still enter to win:

Because I’m a WordPress blog, you’ll go away to another site to enter the linky. Best of luck!

16 thoughts on “Gypsy Wife Quiltalong: July blocks and Giveaway”

  1. Your spreadsheet is all that is keeping me from losing my sanity with this quilt! Thanks! It’s been really helpful! And your blocks are so fun and colorful. I really haven’t been paying much attention to color spread–I should probably start being more attentive to that! 🙂

    1. Haha… yeah, it’s such a busy pattern, it’s hard to stay on top of all these blocks and where they go. I do sometimes worry about my colour placement, but I’m sort of hoping that if I just ignore it and do a lot of whatever that eventually it’ll all just fall into place by magic or something… 😀

    1. Thanks! I’m having fun making them (most of the time… some of them are a bit frustrating…)

      Its so easy to fall behind with projects like this… there’s always something else we could be working on 😀

  2. Wahh a FQS prize!! I’m going to have to whip up July blocks so I can enter (at least I know I’ve done the main one, fillers here I come)!!

    I need to print out your spreadsheet, and the errata sheet so I can staple it to the front of my pattern because I know I’m going to forget and yet as I’m remembering and not printing I’m sitting here not printing because… I need to plug it in and find paper /lazy.

    Every time I see photos of more blocks I feel really motivated to work on it and then I just want to punch the pattern pages while I’m making it ha. I love your Crazy Anne block and how the small triangles on the outside stands out

    1. God I’m so behind on responding to things, it’s ridiculous. I’m making another attempt at cleaning up my inbox, but we’ll see how far I get….

      It is SUCH a frustrating pattern, isn’t it? I love the final outcome, but good lord it’s poorly written. (Which makes me weep a little for all the money I rolled into it. I also bought her medallion pattern at the same time, I forget the name of it right now, but I often wonder if its equally… difficult to work with. That pattern has so many small pieces in it that I kind of went NOPE when I started reading about the construction of it.)

  3. Great looking blocks, Kristel! Such wonderful colours give them lots of energy and interest. Excited to see this coming together.

    1. Thanks Katherine! (Oh wow, has this taken me a long time to reply. It’s appalling!) I keep thinking I should start building together some of the sections, so that I can see how it’s all playing together, but it seems like such a daunting task that I keep putting it off 😀 One of these days….

    1. Haha… thanks! I’d love to “borrow” some of the blocks I’ve seen that other people have made and posted in the flickr group. I really liked how the Crazy Anne block came together for me – I though for sure it was going to come out way too small. I think maybe I should have been a bit more adventurous with my colours, but I’m happy with it as it is.

    1. Haha… yeah, I generally don’t have a problem doing it myself – it’s not like this is a job or a money-making thing for me at all – except that I’ve got some things planned for August and I need to make sure I’m not invisible again before that happens 😀 I’ve got a few weeks to try to get back into things again, though.

  4. Your blocks are looking great! I love the darker print in the Hope from Hartford block! I wish I had spotted your latest spreadsheet earlier – I’ve just “emerged” from putting my GW all together and there were a few panic moments I must admit!

    1. That darker print is from Pat Bravo’s Carnaby line… it’s fantastic fabric. I don’t know if you’ve used much Art Gallery fabric, but it feels so nice it almost makes me love even the prints I don’t like the look of 😀

      It’s not the most user friendly pattern, is it? It would be so nice if there were some kind of chart or something in the pattern saying exactly where all those blocks wind up, instead of having to try to figure out which block size drops into which place on the diagrams. I’m not sure if I got it all right, flipping back and forth through that book, but hopefully I did! (I’m sure someone will point it out eventually, though, if I have got things wrong!)

      Do you have photos of your GW up somewhere? I’d love to see it!

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