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!
The quilt is approved by Ginger #1! She is starting to show some interest in sewing. So exciting!
I custom quilted my gypsy wife quilt with Isacord thread in gold. The strips are quilted with an all-over, free motion bark design. 
Each block is quilted with loops, squiggles, swirls, and lines. It took a full week to quilt!
I left some areas unquilted so that they would pop and give the quilt more depth.
Wool batting was used. So the unquilted areas really pop nicely.
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.
For the backing, I used Windham Wideback Text in black. To me, it was made just for the gypsy wife quilt...perfect match.
One more full shot...LOVE! The finished size is 59" x 68".
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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  1. Wool batting does have a lovely texture, doesn't it?
    Well done and well deserved on the prizes!

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

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

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

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

  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.

  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.

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

  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

  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!

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

  12. Beautiful quilts. I love all three.

  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.

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

  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!

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

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

  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.

  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!

  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!

  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.

  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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