Gypsy Wife is a quilt pattern designed by Jen Kingwell. I bought this book years ago and never put it together because I was so hung up on what fabrics I should use. After I completed the 2 Long Time Gone Quilts By Jen…you can find those Here and Here.
I decided that fabric choices don’t matter. I am part of the Jen Kingwell FB group and she uses 150 different fabrics in each of her quilts. She is definitely a scrap quilter and I think she probably doesn’t get too caught up in fabric choices. It’s really all about value. So once again I just took a handful of scraps from my scrap bin ..put them on my cutting table and started cutting. I didn’t care what it looked like..it if fit for the size I needed I used it and didn’t pay much attention to color or design. This is what happened, 🙂
I actually have a drawer full of strips that are cut 1.5 inches..which just so happens to be the size of the strips in this quilt….so I just used those to put my quilt together which was really nice. There is also a lot of purple and blue in this quilt…which is funny…I can tell those are scraps that were given to me..because I don’t have a lot of purple & blue in my stash. haha!
I will say that my least favorite part of constructing this quilt is keeping all of the stripes straight…it wasn’t all that easy. But I am rally happy with the end result. I think the other thing that really stands out on the quilt is all of the solids mixed in with the patterns. I didn’t do it on purpose…it’s just the scraps I had on hand..but I like all of the solids that are mixed in….it helps keep it all in check. It might be difficult to see with the way I took the pictures..In these pictures all I can really see are the quilting designs… Which is why I take pictures normally…..
I decided to just put this on the computer to get it quilted..I used the infinity design..which is a very modern design…and I really like the texture it created on the quilt.
I used scraps for the back:
Pretty happy with the results. I have a few more Jen Kingwell designs that I am putting together…I have fallen in love with her designs and style.
Thanks so much for following along! If you need a scrap buster without any rules..try a Jen Kingwell pattern!
I can’t remember the name of this pattern. I know it’s by Primitive Gatherings. Pam sent this to me and I was Awestruck! Her work is always amazing and how she accomplishes all of the projects she does with all of the details and stitching is AMAZING!!
I used 2 layers of batting because it will be a wall hanging. I also had creative freedom to quilt it however I wanted. I had to think about it for awhile….and one night it came to me. 🙂 I love that.
I studied it for a few weeks…..I sometimes need to do that. So she had to wait a bit longer…only because I wanted it to be from me..and what I envisioned. I think we are both happy with the results.
I really wanted to take advantage of the space around the center applique. I knew I could make it shine so i quilted in that framed star to bring it out.
I wanted to mix linear and circular designs..but I also wanted all of those appliques and my frame to pop out…so I did lots of pebbling as a filler to make that happen.
I quilted each block different and added details to bring out the designs. I used straight lines in the inner borer between the vine and saw tooth border to create a definite design…and then on the outer part of the design I quilted all over feathers to create movement.
Here is the back:
Look at all of that stitchy goodness! Bestill My heart! One of my faves!!