Welcome to May’s Gypsy Wife Giveaway!

Have you heard? Several of us are working on Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife Quilt pattern. There’s a Flickr group where you can check out everyone’s progress and a schedule over at Michelle’s Factotum of Arts blog. If that’s not enough Gypsy love for you, head to Instagram and use #gypsywifealong to see more!

I was particularly intimidated by the main block for this month, Hope from Hartford. There’s a partial seam involved around that center square, and I’d never done partial seams before. Like most scary things in life, it wasn’t so bad once I quit procrastinating and gave it a try. I wasn’t sure how far to leave that first seam undone; stopping halfway through the center yellow-striped square worked well for me.


I used Carolyn Friedlander’s Foliage in Fern, Lizzy House’s Chasing Butterflies in Blueberry, an out-of-print script from BasicGrey for Moda, and an unknown fabric from my block-of-the-month subscription for the center square.


This month’s giveaway is sponsored by the wonderful people at Aurifil. One lucky winner will receive a box of Aurifil’s Sew Modern Essentials by Angela Yosten.  The collection contains 12 spools in high-contrast colors, and the thread’s 12 weight thickness is perfect for handwork or machine quilting when you want a heavy thread effect.   This box of thread is worth over $100!


So get to sewing! The linkup will stay open until five minutes before midnight on June 1. That gives you this weekend AND all of next weekend to whip up your blocks and get them posted in the linky party here. If you need some inspiration or some helpful tips, cruise through the links that get posted early. I’ll pick the random winner on Monday evening, June 2. Good luck!

If you’d like to check out what happened with the Gypsy Wife Quilt Along last month, head over to Jaffa Quilts to see all the blocks. Next month, Paper Starfish will be hosting the giveaway fun!


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  1. Daisy

    I’ve only now realized that my block is backwards.  I remember noticing that I’d attached the green triangles to the script text incorrectly, but I thought I’d rearranged the remaining pieces to find a solution that wasn’t noticeably wrong.  Turns out, it IS noticeable, but I don’t mind that much.  I just thought I’d mention it!

  2. Megan@jaffaquilts

    Your block looks lovely – I didn’t even notice the block is backwards – it doesn’t matter at all!

  3. katie yoakum

    I kinda got obsessed with the gypsy wife this weekend and as you can see I turned it into a finished top for this month. Everyone’s blocks look so great

  4. Karen

    A few go my blocks are “backwards” as well. I have decided to claim artistic difference instead of error! 🙂 I think I have linked…never quite sure what I am doing when it comes to computers.
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

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  6. Audrey

    Your block looks awesome! I was also intimidated, as I’ve only attempted partial seams once before, but I’m a bit proud to have this one under my belt. 🙂 Thanks for hosting.

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