Gypsy Wife QAL starts

I have spent the last two days helping clean out my LQS, which has officially closed it’s doors. It had been in operation for 18 years, and was my go-to spot for picking up quilting threads, even if I didn’t buy too much else there. It is a sad day, but we do have another few shops in town, so I am still well served for quilting fabric, in the unlikely event that my stash should run low.

When not taking apart furniture and generally straining muscles in my arms and back, I have been getting prepared for the Gypsy Wife QAL.gw2016buttonSM

For me, this has in part consisted of getting rid of my scraps, or “The Ghosts of Projects Past”. I am slightly embarrassed by the heap of scraps currently piled up in the garage. I had previously assumed I would use my scraps, and kept every last little piece. But they were accumulating everywhere, and after deciding they were a major contributor to my growing discontent with my projects, I decided they had to go.

The donations include architects paper, irons, piping cord, sequins and even cabinets.

My scraps are piled up with the donations from the LQS, which Daughter#1 and I are transporting to the Arts Recycling Centre.

I’d like to say I have a nice clean Quilt Room now, ready to launch into the QAL, but I don’t. Maybe tomorrow, after I have chased the spiders out, and vacuumed the floor. But it’s certainly looking better.

My plan for the quilt is to diverge from the pattern a little. Having (mostly) completed two Gypsy Wife quilts already, I want to replace some of the larger blocks with alternatives. Even if I only substitute out half a dozen blocks, it will be enough to give it a different vibe from my earlier efforts. I really want an alternative to the pinwheel blocks too, since I have developed a strong dislike to creating them.

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Fabrics ready to go.

I must admit I started early, and have already sewn a few blocks. I’m still trying to make up my mind about the strips running through the quilt though. I am used to sewing the sections together at the end, once my fabric choices for all the blocks have been made. I have been cruising fabric shops online, and quite like the idea of using more Art Gallery fabrics for the strips.

More browsing is required.

Linking up with Hydeeann at SplishSplashStash.


3 thoughts on “Gypsy Wife QAL starts

  1. you’ve had a busy weekend! i bet it feels good to clean things out and let some things go. i love scraps, but you have to do what works for you. so good job! and if you decide you do still like scraps, there will always be more soon, right? =)

    how fun that you are going to substitute blocks! i look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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  2. I shall be watching with interest for your substitute blocks. I too am using some of my scraps and fabrics pulled specially for the GW. I gather you are in Palmerston I am up in a hot and humid Auckland!!!


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