Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Gypsy Wife quilt and more Austen blocks

This week my SIL and I started and othe Quilt Along. We live hundreds of miles apart but both share a love of quilting and for the past year or so have been quilting together via the Internet. Sometimes we find a free online mystery or QAL but recently my SIL discovered this quilt pattern and we agreed it would make a great project to do together. The pattern is The Gypsy Wife by Jen Kingwell and I was able to order the pattern from Sue Spargo's online store. It is an Australian pattern and I love its wonderful use of color and different blocks in a fun, unusual setting.

As usual, we are each doing our own version and it is so fun to see how our different fabric selections come together into our own quilts. Here are the fabrics I started with, lots of fabric from two different lines of Lily Ashburyy fabric by Moda.

And here are my first 4 blocks.

From the beginning I wondered if I might want to add some black into this mix. Any thoughts? I have pulled a few fabrics with black and will probably try some in the next block. I am thinking that it may well make the quilt a bit more exciting.

Hopefully my SIL won't mind if I post her first 4 blocks. Aren't they great!

Generally we text each other pictures, comments and questions as we ago along and It really does add to the fun of a project. We may not live near one another but I am so happy that we can still quilt together.

And finally the next 2 blocks for the Austen Family Album quilt.

I was happy to be able to add a dancing scene in the center of this block. Makes me think of the many balls in Jane's novels.

 

 

9 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

very nice pattern - so nice that you can quilt with someone else like that and with today's technology practically be in the same room with each other while being miles apart.

Cardygirl said...

Gorgeous blocks, I love the Gypsys Wife pattern and they both look fabulous. A bit of black in yours would look great. Think.

Dolores said...

How nice. It will be interesting seeing both of your quilts progress and to see how different they will be.

Karen said...

Participating in a long distance sew-along is a fun thing to do. With today's technology, it is so easy to share your accomplishments along the way, solve problems, and encourage each other.

audrey said...

How fun to be doing a QAL together like that! It would definitely be excellent motivation.:)

MamaT said...

How fun! It's a great project to do together! I like your idea of adding in some black.

Karen said...

I have seen several Gypsy Wife quilts and they are all wonderful. Great start!

Oops-Lah said...

Love your new project! Gypsy Wife is also on my "one day" list. Your colours are gorgeous too. It's going to be so different from the other projects you are working on, but that's the fun of it!

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