I started this version pretty much straight after I finished Gypsy Wife #1. I enjoyed the piecing, the jigsaw puzzle approach to putting it together, and the big stitch hand quilting. So I dove right into the fray again, this time planning a “winter” version of the quilt. It got put aside for a while, when I managed to lose a screw in my sewing machine, which meant a four week break from sewing.
The first version I made was the first quilt I have completed and kept for myself, all the others being quilts I made for fun, for utility, or as a way of using scraps. As a beginner quilter I have made lots of mistakes as I have taught myself to quilt, but as a perfectionist, I didn’t want to stare at those mistakes every day on my bed. So, I have been very generous (?) in giving away quilts to whoever wanted them, until I made one I just couldn’t bear to give away.
I love the craziness of Jen Kingwell quilts, and this quilt was the beginning of my decision to make as many of her quilts as possible. I have started one other (Midnight at the Oasis), and have amassed the supplies for a third (Small World).
My aim for this quilt was to make it look like a dark, gypsy shawl, with old-fashioned roses, shots of rich, dark colours, and gold tassels. I also tried to make sure I had a wide range of value between the blocks, using Widescreen by Caroline Friedlander in grey for many blocks.
Overall, there are too many fabrics to count, since many were small scraps donated to me at the NZ Quilt Symposium, held here in Palmerston North in February. It’s great to have so many scraps in this quilt as a permanent reminder of such a fun symposium, and generous quilters.
This is also the quilt in which I first started using Kaffe Fassett fabrics, a slippery slope which has led to much stash enhancement.
The next step is to wander off to the bach (holiday home) in a couple of weeks, and start the construction phase. Since I have only three and a half days sewing there, I might start sewing a section or two together beforehand. It would be nice to return from my break with a completed flimsy.
I just have to replace this block..
On another note, I mentioned in my last post we picked up our new dog, Miko. Last night was her first night at obedience class, only two days after we got her. She did really well, and as you can see from the photo, both she and The Hubbie concentrated hard to follow all the instructions.
Enjoy your week. We are huddling around the heaters here, looking forward to some”proper” Spring weather. I have abandoned all hope of growing tomatoes this year, or peppers, it’s just too cold.
Linking up with WIP Wednesday and Lets Bee Social.