Nope I am not considering a plural marriage…but if that’s what you are into, I’d never stand in the way of your happiness…Just saying.
I need another “Gypsy Wife”, because my original “Wife” recently found a happy home with my fabulous niece, who lives far far away in a big city in central Canada.
Some of you may remember I blogged about my first Gypsy Wife journey here and here too. Please feel free to go there to visit should you want to read about it. And you can see lots of pictures in that post too. Oh and that’s her above in the Header also. Isn’t she beautiful?
The first time I undertook to make this outrageous quilt, I did it completely on my own. But not this time. This time I’m sewing along with at least 1000 other bold and brave souls in the “Gypsy Wife Sew-Along” hosted by Angie, who blogs at Gnome Angel and Nicole who blogs here in Canada at SnipsSnippets.
Whew, I am all a-tingle due to the choices I made about my new “Wife”. This Gypsy is definitely well on her way to being much more free-spirited than the earlier one. Right up front, she is going to be completely dotty when done (much like me, I expect LOL). I purchased a FQ bundle of Kaffe Fassett Spots to go along with all the dotty and quasi-spotty fabrics I found in my stash. Aren’t they ahhhmazing? YES THEY ARE!!!
IMHO the trick to doing this, is to find a way to control the contrast between the many many dotty blocks so the whole quilt, when finished, is sensational to see but will not make anyone go cross-eyed or lose their lunch. This, my friends is much like performing a high wire act–blind-folded and without a net above Niagara Falls, I’m very afraid it’s apt to make me completely potty before we’re done. My sole plan is to make the fifty-odd vertical stripes very neutral, trusting this will give the whole moonstruck quilt some balance. Right now, I’m seriously considering using only 2 fabrics for the vertical stripes. I have two excellent pairs of contenders. Below is a sample of Crosswatch in Onyx and Crosswatch in Aluminum. Both are from the Hatch Collection, designed by Bread & Butter for Windham Fabrics. There is nary a spot or a dot to be seen in these beauties, but I think its a fabulous pairing and would look absolutely brilliant in this quilt. And would give my eyes a place to rest…which they are definitely going to need. I LOVE THEM!
But then, I am seriously crushing on my other choices too. There are definitely dots aplenty in this pairing, but not overwhelming I think…These fabrics are designed by Rae Ritchie and are part of the Chroma Basics collection for Dear Stella. I LOVE THEM TOO!
I think either pair will be stupendous and will do a kick-ass job of showcasing all those brilliant dots and spots. Right now Pink Castle Fabrics is offering a 25% discount on low volume fabrics….which might possibly be the deciding factor. Stay tuned to see what I decide. All four fabrics are on the way to my house via the wonder of my magic Visa card, UPS and of course the Internet. Watch for all these fabrics to turn up in this or another quilt in the near future.
So…I think this is the first quilt I’ve ever made twice. I am absolutely over-the-moon, crazy mad in love with Gypsy Wife. Seriously I shed a quiet tear or two at home in my sewing room after Lobo decided she wanted to make my original “Gypsy Wife” hers and took her off to live in Toronto with her. Have you ever loved a quilt pattern as much as that? Did you ever make your own Gypsy Wife? I’d love to see it if you did.
Just so you know…the block for week one is done and posted on my Instagram Feed. I love it so much I thought I’d show it here again. Ain’t she just the cutest thing ever?