Thursday, July 31, 2014

Gypsy Wife QAL – July Blocks

We are halfway through the quilt-along!  I love adding blocks to my box – the mishmash of colors is wonderful. 

Here are July’s blocks:

Star Block
An easy one.  I didn’t mean to at first but ended up going with a similar color palette as the original.  It’s bright and makes me happy.  Hooray for oversized squares, trimming, and starch!

Square in a Square Blocks
 I cut into my precious Japanese prints.  It was painful. 
When I saw the pattern I knew I had a vintage fabric that looked very similar to a couple of the square in a square blocks (the blue/pink/green/white print above).  This month was the month to use it!  It’s from a box of scraps that I got at an estate sale with my grandma when I was in middle school.  Yes, I’ve kept that box all these years. The batik on the other block is leftover from making sorority letter shirts in college. 

The bordered block had a slight mishap.  When I first assembled it the last strips came out wonky and not long enough (although they were cut correctly).  So I took them off, did a touch of trimming, and reattached them.  Second time was great. 

It seems there’s been a lag in enthusiasm for some of the quilt-alongers lately.  Summer is always hard for me with so much else going on (prime time for house projects, painting, and gardening around here), but I want everyone to be excited again.  There are great giveaways with the linkups.  In just another few months we’ll be assembling our quilt tops, so keep on trucking y’all!

Linking up to the July giveaway at Work-in-Progress Girl. 
The Flickr group will all the wonderful pictures is here.
Quilt-along schedule is here.


  1. I think my motivation for this pattern is waning because of the instructions. It's a little annoying that I have to second guess everything I make and cross check it with multiple lists because there's information missing, or there's an error in the pattern etc. I just want to sew for fun, not pull my hair out because it won't work :( I've started doing sections though which is helping with the motivation because I get to see it all come together!!

    I love the red riding hood square in a square! Super cute.

  2. These novelty prints are so much fun! I love that swooping bird and Little Red. Your star block is one of my favourites I've seen, I think - I really love the play of colours with that bright, happy star in yellow.



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