Gypsy Wife, Week 12, August 31

You’re shocked, I know  — it’s Monday morning, not Monday evening, and I’m posting  Gypsy Wife!  I couldn’t sleep so I got up and sewed the first of the Filler Blocks which are all pinwheels and found on page 19 of your booklet.

  
These are the 4″ blocks, 2 are left as 4″ and the others are bordered to make them 6″ blocks.

  
This is the only 3″ block.

  
And these are the two blocks that finish 2-1/2″.

I’m not sure where these go in the quilt – I haven’t even looked – I want to be surprised!

I mentioned that I started making Tula Pink’s Modern Blocks.  Here is the scrap bag of African fabrics that I bought at Quilt Market – having no idea what I would use them for until now.  When I run out of these scraps, I will stop making blocks — I doubt I have enough fabric for 100 blocks.

  
Cathy Boo sent this picture of her Tula Pink quilt on display.  She loved making these blocks so much, she has started 2 more quilts!

  
All I can say is “wow”.

Here is the book again.

  
And I’ll close with a funny cat picture.  I opened this cupboard by the stove and Ernie jumped in but had to back out because he is so big he couldn’t turn around.  And no, I did not invite him to jump in – I turned around and there he was!

  

5 thoughts on “Gypsy Wife, Week 12, August 31

  1. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Hi Mary,
    Very snazzy pinwheels! I really enjoyed making them this week: when I saw my 4″ pinwheels all in a row, I was tempted to carry on and make more, they looked so cute. Later!
    Have fun with the African fabrics, what a great scarp-bag buy. Bizarrely enough, quite a lot of ‘African’ wax prints are actually made here in the Netherlands, by a company called Vlisco, not far from where I live. They have been making these fabrics for over 150 years and still use the traditional wax method, and nearly everything is done by hand. In Africa to have this Dutch made African style fabric is regarded as cool, so garments are often made with the selvedge included and showing, as a sign that the wearer has the fashionable brand!
    Regards, Fiona.
    https://icebearquilts.wordpress.com

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      Oh, that is so interesting, Fiona! These pieces of fabric are very thin and when you mention”wax” it sort of reminds me of batik that I did years ago. I am hoping to set these blocks together without sashing. I’ll see. I learned something today!

  2. Launa

    Afternoon Mary, Had a good laugh seeing Ernie Joe M’er and the places he gets into without help.
    Your Gypsy Wife filler blocks are coming right along and I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with the African prints you showed.
    We’ve had a little cooling here in the valley….certainly need it.
    Thanks for the photos.

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