Wednesday, March 27, 2019

I May Have A Scrap Problem... Gypsy In The House!

Hi, all!

Scraps, scraps everywhere - they can really consume you, can't they?  But every so often, it's nice to have a finish, and be able to look at it and know that you took something that could have been thrown away and turned it into something beautiful.  You may have seen this post about my Long Time Gone quilt...


...and today, I'm happy to say that now I can add Gypsy Wife to the (nearly) finished column!  I went back and looked through my pictures, and found this one, dated August 8, 2017.


That was the day that I started Gypsy Wife, a Jen Kingwell pattern.  The fabrics are Latitude batiks by Kate Spain, and were a wonderful and unexpected gift from Kate herself.  I came home one day to an enormous box on my doorstep, filled with scraps of the line before it even came out, along with a note from Kate saying SURPRISE!  I divided them up into cool and warm colors, pressed and sorted them into these tubs, and started on Gypsy Wife.

The blocks have been finished for a while, but trying to find time to set them into the background strips was hard to do, with so many projects going on.  However, last week I decided that it was time to put those blocks together, AND I DID!


Bear with me, because I've got a lot of pics!  


Isn't it gorgeous?  I love the way it looks like the blocks are floating on the vertical strips.


And even though it was windy, I wanted to get a stained glass shot (or two or three...)


I tried to use mostly warm colors in my blocks, with cool tones as the backgrounds.  Then I used all cool tones as the background vertical strips.


This quilt has a nice variety of blocks, and is a great way to learn to piece well.


There are no paper pieced blocks in this quilt, either. Hooray!


I made one mistake in this quilt - well, at least one! - as I found as I was piecing the last section that one of the blocks I had left wasn't what was called for in that space.  But by then, I wasn't going to go find where I messed up earlier and take it apart, so I made it work.  At least I'll be able to identify it as mine and no one else's!


It was such a rarity to have sunlight, I even love this shot with the sun glare!


One final shot as the sun sets in the west.

And don't think that this top is going to languish on a rack waiting to be quilted - I ordered another wool batt which arrived today, and the back is made and ready to go.  I need to quilt one more ministry quilt to reach a self-imposed finish goal before I load Gypsy Wife on the frame, so I should get to start on it tomorrow sometime.  I can't wait to try out some new designs that I picked up from Christina Cameli's new book, Step-by-Step Texture Quilting!

I still have scraps, scraps everywhere - even in the Latitude tubs - button I have two beautiful scrap quilts that I will be keeping for myself.  And I'm so inspired to keep making scrap quilts!  

Hugs!

Sarah

32 comments:

  1. LOVE it!! Definitely on my bucket list :)

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  2. omigosh...that is beautiful....so love jen's patterns and want to make so many of them...beautiful result!

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  3. Gypsy Wife is lovely! I have this pattern but haven't even pulled fabrics for it. Enjoy the quilting!

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  4. Lovely fabric in your Gypsy Wife quilt - beautiful, beautiful!!

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  5. Love your Gypsy Wife!!. It inspires me. I've been saving my batik scraps for 15 years. Dumped the whole big tub out on the floor so I could see what was all there. The grandsons come into my sewing room and comment of the big mess. Scraps everywhere! I'm ready for my next Jen Kingwell pattern.

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  6. Wow, your Gypsy Wife is wonderful! Congratulations on your finish

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  7. Beautiful quilt, Sarah! I can't wait to see what you do with the quilting. Enjoy every moment with the longarm.

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  8. Congratulations on a gorgeous quilt! Yes it does look like stained glass, and the fabrics are so pretty.

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  9. You did an exquisite job of balancing the colors in this quilt. Great job and what fun it will be to quilt!

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  10. Lovely quilt top. I have loved the Gypsy Wife pattern for a few years and want to make one myself. Thanks for inspiring. Looking forward to seeing how you quilt it.

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  11. very nice quilt - I had that one on my list for awhile but never made it nor the other one Long Time Gone and I have the pattern for that one! I love your stain glass shot! and wasn't that nice to get the box of fabric!!

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  12. Beautifully done! The colors are a very nice balance between warm and cool.

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  13. Love your Gypsy Wife! That fabric line is a fantastic choice for that pattern too. I made a quilt with the Latitude Batiks that I love but it's not anywhere near as much work as yours. Well done.

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  14. This really is beautiful! I love the colors!

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  15. I love love,love your Gypsy Wife. I just bought the pattern and you inspire me to get started!

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  16. Wow, your quilt is stunning and took a lot of skill to keep those strips in the same order and continuous through the length of the quilt. Way above my pay grade!

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  17. Dividing the components by temperature really worked well for the quilt top. This is one of THE BEST Gypsy Wife tops I have seen! Enjoy the quilting process, Sarah.

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  18. Wow! Your quilt top is awesome.

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  20. The warm versus cool colors really unify it and I think it’s one of the best I’ve seen.

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  21. It is just gorgeous Sarah! Such a lovely finish! xx

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  22. Until seeing yours, that quilt hadn't totally captured me, but wow, I love what you deliberately did with the warm and cool colours! Bravo!

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  23. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful. I love your choice to separate the warm and cool colors. It really makes the blocks shine.

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  24. What an awesome quilt and a great surprise of those fabrics!! I think I may have to find that pattern! Love it!!

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  25. Really really nice! I love your colors and the play between the warm and cool colors. Going on my bucket list. :)

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  26. I love how you sorted and used warm colors for the blocks and cool colors for the backgrounds and strips. Great job!

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  27. Yours is the loveliest GW I've seen yet!!

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  28. Stunning! Love the warm and cool colors!

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