Thursday, March 21, 2019

Japanese πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Gypsy Wife

Here's my Gypsy Wife quilt!!! I sewed the blocks in 2018 as a QAL (quilt along) with two groups I belong to. Then I spent all of January and the first half of February assembling and finishing it, in order to enter it in our quilt show on February 15th.

As it says in the pattern, putting these blocks together "is a journey"! In other words, it's a lot of work, just when you thought you were done with a lot of work, AKA sewing zillions of random blocks! 
Below are my blocks on the design wall. I recommend labeling each one with the finished size in inches. Then when it's laid out on the design wall, you can switch blocks that are the exact same size and spread out the color arrangement. This is before rearrangement:


The pattern makes a quilt that finishes at 59" X 68", which is not a very useful size for me--I don't have any wall space to hang such a big quilt, and it's too fancy for a sofa throw quilt. So after surrounding the body of the quilt with a narrow indigo border, I carried the background strips into the outside and added a 10" border. Halfway there:

Here are my background strips, trying to keep them in order! 
The finished size came out 81" X 90", just right for a full size bed. Quilt top:

I used wool batting and did custom quilting on each block:

All my fabrics are Japanese, either vintage, recycled or modern reproductions of traditional prints: 







Here's my finished quilt hanging at the quilt show:

Below are Sunny's quilt (left) and Arlette's quilt (right):

And here's Jeanette's version:

I was honored to get a second place ribbon on mine:

Gypsy Wife is quite a journey! If you haven't taken the journey yet, I recommend it.


Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy
  
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32 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks like so much hard work, and so beautiful! I love it when you use Japanese fabrics. I can tell immediately that it's Japanese fabrics, they have such a distinct look to them! And I'll bet the texture is wonderful. Congratulations on your ribbon!

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  2. Congratulations on the honor; your quilt is beautiful. I am participating in a GW QAL and would love to have your permission to share your quilt with our group.

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  3. Nancy, it’s an amazing work! And I love how you made it larger to fit a bed. It deserves to be displayed that way

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  4. Love your 'Gypsy Wife' quilt. So nice to see such a different version of this popular pattern. I've made one in scrappy vintage fabrics which I love, but have stalled on my 2nd version in more 'modern' fabrics.

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  5. What a masterpiece! Amazing quilt.
    Quilter Bonnie

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  6. This quilt is even prettier in person :-) I do like the added border (hadn't considered that on mine). Not sure how I'm going to do the layout of mine, since I don't have a large design wall. Now I'm eager to finish mine! All three of your GW quilts are lovely. Congrats on the second place award!

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  7. Great job, Nancy! Your Japanese Gypsy is beautiful. I especially love how your quilting motifs on the navy fabrics remind me of sashiko. Congratulations on that ribbon!

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  8. I kind of think you got ripped off! That definitely is first place worthy! One of the most visually appealing Gypsies I've seen! Love how you incorporated the border, and the quilting is stunning!

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  9. Congratulations! I love your background fabrics and great border design to enlarge.

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  10. Nancy, I really love your Gypsy's Wife. The colors are wonderful together - one of my favorites, and the way you augmented the size added to the aesthetics. The swirls in the background quilting are just right!

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  11. Hi Nancy! Big huge congrats on the ribbon. I am not one bit surprised that you won a ribbon as this is a beautiful finish. I love the thin border you added and then expanded it to the size you preferred. I'm going to keep that in mind next time I want to do that. In fact, I think some PINing is needed. I wish I could take a look at this first hand - I'd love to see your custom quilting. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  12. Congratulations! Awesome! What a beautiful quilt! The quilting is fabulous. too. I love this pattern. Never made a Gypsy Wife quilt, but enjoy seeing these quilts at quilt shows.

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  13. Wow that is just a stunning quilt!! I am glad you did all the work so I could see it!! Great job!

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  14. Congratulations! This finish is an inspiration. I'm in the middle of my own Gypsy Wife quilt -- in all Bonnie and Camille fabrics -- and it's daunting to say the least.

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  15. Love your version of Gypsy Wife--beautiful!!!

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  16. Oh wow Nancy, it's just glorious!! I truly can't imagine making one, but they are so fun to look at, thanks for sharing them with us.

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  17. Beautiful, Nancy! I enjoy seeing Gypsy Wife quilts but think that this is a journey I will watch from afar :) Your fabrics make your version even more special. I really like the addition of the striped outer border.

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  18. This quilt is absolutely stunning and deserves its ribbon! I love Japanese Fabric. I really love the light background and the indigo fabrics. So well done.

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  19. This quilt is just stunning! I certainly understand why it got a ribbon. Many, many congrats!

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  20. Congratualatuons on a well earned ribbon, its glorious.

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  21. Your quilt came together beautifully! Being awarded the ribbon reinforces my opinion. Congratulations!

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  22. So intricate and so lovely!
    Dalene,An admirer

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  23. Love your version of Gypsy Wife. The muted background strips allow the blocks to shine. Congrats on the ribbon!

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  24. Hi Nancy, your quilt is really stunning. Those muted strips really add a lot to it. Congrats!

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  25. WOW! I love your quilt! It's awesome! Great job on your ribbon too! So great!

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  26. I've never seen a GW done in Japanese fabrics. Yours is just stunning, Nancy! The muted colors (so classic!) and the extension of the GW strips into the borders makes for a truly unique quilt. And of course your quilting is divine! You really knocked it out of the park :)

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  27. Really love your version, and all the other versions you showed. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  28. Love the colors and your quilting! This is on my list - will get to it sometime. There so many color options I can't decide on one.

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  29. That might be the prettiest one I've seen yet. Congratulations on the finish and the ribbon.

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  30. Nancy, this is probably the most beautiful rendering of this pattern I’ve seen. Thank you so much for sharing your photos!

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  31. Stunning quilt! I love how you combined all of the different blocks, prints, and colors together into one cohesive quilt.

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