It finally arrived!

I got a package yesterday with the Gypsy Wife pattern and fabric for the first block-of-the-month.

package

I am in love with the Gypsy Wife quilt. I’m not a big fan of sampler quilts, but the Penny Sampler made me appreciate the kind of samplers that have some variation. I like the mix of small blocks and large blocks and long blocks and square blocks. I like interruptions in sashing that suggest broken lines and jagged placements. I like the unpredictable.

The Gypsy Wife feels just as unpredictable but still a bit different, especially when it comes to fabric choices. I planned and planned my Penny Sampler; some nights my head hurt just trying to juggle and coordinate all of the adjacent blocks and fabric choices. I plan to be a little more free with the Gypsy Wife. She’ll be wild and crazy and constructed with whatever happens to strike my fancy on the day that I assemble the blocks.

I’m new to the block-of-the-month world, but my understanding is that I’ve simply prepaid for some fabric that will show up at my door each month. I may use them for the block as suggested, or I may swap fabric from my own stash to make the blocks. I had the option of selecting from two different color themes. I chose the “Intense” bundle which will include (but of course not be limited to) navy, plum, burgundy, green, cocoa, pops of red and gold, and bone.

jan-stack

I’ll risk being negative and point out that my favorites – navy and green – are lacking.  There’s a plum peaking out from in there, but my first thought when I slid the fabric from the package was, “Really?  Bummer.”

But then I found this.

laura-gunn-fav

I’m a huge Laura Gunn fan. I wish I had more of her stuff.

And I’ve been saying for ages that I need more yellows.

yellows

So, even though the first month didn’t really knock my socks off as I opened the package, I’m hooked on the low commitment (fat eighths) way to acquire fabrics I never would have selected for myself. And my stash is shelves-deep in navy for when I’m caught up in the moment and have to add a touch of deep blue to my Gypsy Wife chaos.

A few of us got together and started a group on Flickr for Gypsy Wife quilters. This looks like a pretty big commitment for the year, and the group will be a nice place to get encouragement and share tips!

I’m also linking up to Sarah Quilts for this week’s Sunday Stash gathering.

10 Comments

  1. Sarah Schraw

    I think with this quilt you’ll be using such small pieces of so many fabrics that this stack might work better than you think!

    I absolutely cannot wait to see your first block(s)!

  2. Cindy

    I have a hard time with scrappy quilts however, I think this is going to turn out wonderful. I often find when I use fabrics picked out by others I love the results and it pushes me to come up with something out of my comfort zone.

    I look forward to seeing your blocks.

  3. Andrea @ Mouse in My Pocket

    I’m so glad that you’re giving this a try. I’ve been eying it for quite a while myself. The cost of the pattern has just kept me from making the commitment. Of course, I have plenty of fabrics in my stash that I would love to put into this quilt. Let me know how you like the actual pattern. If it’s worth the $, I’ll bite.

  4. Wendy Ramos

    I was a little underwhelmed as well, but I do like it. And, it’s nearly the same block as the sugar block club, so I know it will come together easily enough. Looking forward to seeing how yours emerges differently than mine, since I’ll probably stick to what they send me.

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