Monday, May 11, 2015

Gypsy Wife Quilt Finish

My design wall has had gypsy wife blocks on it for almost a year and a half. Well, now my design wall is empty, but only for a short while. The Gypsy Wife quilt is finished!
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The quilt is approved by Ginger #1! She is starting to show some interest in sewing. So exciting!
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I custom quilted my gypsy wife quilt with Isacord thread in gold. The strips are quilted with an all-over, free motion bark design. 
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Each block is quilted with loops, squiggles, swirls, and lines. It took a full week to quilt!
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I left some areas unquilted so that they would pop and give the quilt more depth.
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Wool batting was used. So the unquilted areas really pop nicely.
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For the binding, I used Art Gallery Squared Elements in Merlot. I totally planned on going with a gold binding, but in the end purple surprisingly won out.
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For the backing, I used Windham Wideback Text in black. To me, it was made just for the gypsy wife quilt...perfect match.
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One more full shot...LOVE! The finished size is 59" x 68".
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In other good news, two of my quilts won first and second place ribbons in my local fair, Dixon May Fair. I was so shocked and happy! Sudoku won first in the Machine Quilted by Exhibitor, Lap/Twin Quilt category. Home For Christmas Medallion won second in the Machine Quilted by Exhibitor, Double/Queen/King category.

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It was a perfect weekend, and I had a perfect Mother's Day! My girls each picked crafty presents for us to do together. Ginger #1 chose a paint set, and Ginger #2 chose a stamp set. I'm so happy they love art too!
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Happy Stitching,

25 comments:

  1. Wool batting does have a lovely texture, doesn't it?
    Well done and well deserved on the prizes!

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  2. Congrats on your prizes! And I love your Gipsy Wife. Everything about it is wonderful :)

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  3. Oh boy your Gypsy Wife is amazing!! Congrats on the ribbons.

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  4. I loved Sudoku. Fantastic that it won 1st. The quilting on Gypsy Wife looks great! What fun.

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  5. What a gorgeous finish! Really beautiful and I am sure super rewarding, not to mention relief that its finished!

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  6. Love, love, love your Gypsy Wife! All of the colors and patterns make me feel like you could explore it for hours and still find new things.

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  7. Well done! The Gypsy Wife Quilt is a real treasure! I love wool batting, too and plan to use it exclusively in bed quilts for my family from now on.

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  8. That gypsy wife looks lovely. I love the colours, it looks really snug and inviting.

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  9. Three fun things at once: cheers on the first and second and the finish. Your Sudoku quilt is much more intricate than others I've seen that substitute one color for each numeral--I like your sampler approach. Claire aka Knitnkwilt

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  10. It is a very impressive quilt! Really difficult. I am sure you are very prude of yourself,now that your design wall is empty!

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  11. that is a really beautiful quilt - whats on your design wall now? Congrats on a gorgeous finish!

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  12. Beautiful quilts. I love all three.

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  13. I am so glad I saw this linked in TGIFF; I don't know why I haven't been seeing your posts on Bloglovin' lately, and that makes me sad. Anyway, what a beautiful finish, Katie! Your custom quilting looks wonderful, and I really like that you chose to leave some areas unquilted.

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  14. Absolutely an awesome quilt! I love it! Congratulations on winning the ribbons : )

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  15. Lovely finish! I really like your bright scrappy colours... and your quilting is fabulous. Congrats on the wins at your local fair! Thanks for linking up with TGIFF!

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  16. Congrats on your finish! It is wild pattern and color combo but it is looking good! Well done!

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  17. Congratulations on a great finish, and on your wins. You are having a good week!

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  18. What a fun, fun quilt! Just beautiful. Your quilting is just perfect. Congrats! on your wins at the fair. How exciting! I have two gingers, too, but I have very dark brown hair. :) We get asked a lot where the red hair comes from with my two. They are adults now and have kept the beautiful color.

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  19. Impressive quilting, I love your custom design done on Gypsy wife. The others here are just lovely as well. what fun choices in fabric, binding and thread! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Hurray for the Gypsy Wife finish! I love the gold thread, it looks so pretty on the fabrics you chose. Congrats on the winnings!

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  21. That is stunning work! I love all of your fabric choices. This makes me want to try the gypsy wife quilt too! Congrats on the finish and the prizes for your other quilts.

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  22. Good Golly Ginger - Oh my! Your Gypsy Wife has got to be one of the most beautiful I've seen. It looks like a difficult pattern - and been in process for over a year. Don't know if I could've keep going that long. One question - did you have all the fabric chosen when you started or did you just use what you had as you working along? There's a really great mix of colors and textures, you've done well on this. Makes me want to make one (what a disaster that would be).

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