Gypsy Wife, Week 9, August 10

i really like this block called Nurses Cross found on page 14 of your booklet.  I tried to get brave again and pick some fabrics that didn’t look so predictable.  I think that’s what fascinates me the most about Jen Kingwell’s work.  The fabrics have nothing in common within a block or within a quilt and I love the result.

This was my first try with fabrics. 

Then I studied the color picture of her block on page 18 and changed the triangles as well as the center square.  I liked this combo better.

Continuing on I noticed that her pieces were all assorted and I had real problems with that so this is what I ended up with.  I am reasonably satisfied with it.

We have just 2 blocks left until we start the filler blocks so come September be ready to make multiples of simple blocks used in the quilt and then it’s on to layout and assembly.  I think we’ll have this finished by Thanksgiving, don’t you?

I stopped at Natural Plus Nursery just east of Clear Lake today to see Lena, the yellow lab puppy I introduced you to last week.  I could just eat her up!

I finished binding the Japanese fabric quilt which ended up table topper size.  That will be tomorrow’s post.

8 thoughts on “Gypsy Wife, Week 9, August 10

  1. Louise

    Your fabrics in the last block are wonderful! Each of the eight fabrics are so perfect….
    I hope you brought little Lena a treat, gosh she is so cute

  2. Judy

    Mary, I really like the first block but went on to look at your photos and your final one is great. You are certainly moving right along with this. Thank you for the inspiration!

  3. Judy

    This is so unbelievable. Louise and I (Judy) are sisters and live in Washington state and California respectively and we posted a comment to you, Mary, at exactly the same time! Now, we both have excellent taste and we both just love your Gypsy blocks!!
    P.S. Hi Louise!

  4. Rose Mikulski

    I love this block, it’s a wonderful mix. I guess I’ll be working on my block tomorrow. I quilted my Gardenvale quilt today and now sewing down the binding. I really love the fabric, all the prints are yummy. If I had fat quarters of the collection, it would have made a beautiful GW quilt. And I am not at all surprised you went back to the nursery to see Lena. She would look awfully cute at your farm.

  5. Noeleen Taylor

    Hi Mary, That’s a gorgeous block. I think I need to find Jen’s website and start one of my own gypsy lifestyle. I love it. Blessings, Noel.

  6. Ann Gupton

    Mary…I really like your block. I have always liked the civil war fabric and 50’s fabric…I am a changing. Have been watching your posts on the Gypsy Wife quilt you are making. I went and bought the book. Need to start buying bright, wild pattern colors now…oh boy…

  7. Launa

    Your fabric choices for the second Nurses’ Cross block are an excellent match. Am I reading between the lines or is Lena looking for a home away from the nursery? Can’t think of a better place than with you and the other happy dogs.

  8. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Hi Mary,

    I think your Nurses Cross is very daring! I played safer with my Reproduction version, and used just five fabrics. I am looking froward to putting them all together when we get that far, but first on to the HST blocks for week 10.

    Kind regards,

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