Gypsy Wife Quilt Alongs

I decided to join in a quilt along that starts On February 2.  As soon as I decided to do the quilt along I instantly ordered the pattern book and a quilt bundle.

The quilt bundle is Alison Glass' kaleidoscope bundle and the fabrics are all wovens. My plan is to do the gypsy wife in a color palette moves across the quilt like a rainbow. Reds/pinks will be to the left and blues/purples to the right with oranges, golds, greens in between.

I will use my low volume fabrics for the strips that run through the quilt and between the blocks.

While prepping for this quilt along I happened to find another group doing the same pattern. That quilt along started on January 1 so I decided to start making blocks. In this second quilt along there are prizes given away by sponsors. How fun to have an added incentive to make this! I made the first block for the contest and I just love how it turned out. Maybe I will get lucky and win some nice prizes.
Gypsy Wife Colour Wheel Block


Legion Post Curtain

The American Legion Auxiliary ladies at the local legion post asked me to make a curtain for a divider window. The legion hall holds banquets for the general public and the ladies of the auxiliary offer catering services. Back in the kitchen where the window is it can get noisy and it would just be nice for the customers that are renting the hall to see a pretty curtain over a bunch of people in hair nets washing dishes.

So I went shopping for some home dec fabric. I found a nice 60% off sale and purchased 5 yards of fabric. It is pretty heavy but not too heavy that it won't drape nicely and it is machine washable. The auxiliary ladies only requests were that the curtains had to be on rings so they could slide easily and the rod had to be about 10 inches longer than the window so they could slide them out of the way.

I didn't like the large size of the grommets available for draperies at the fabric shop so I headed to Ikea. There I found some nice medium-sized rings with clips that pinched the fabric to hold the ring on. I didn't want the clips showing so I added a strip of fabric to the back of the curtains to hold the clips. Surprisingly, it took me less than an hour to cut and sew all the curtain panels.

Once they were finished my husband and I headed over to the post where he could install them. When we were at Ikea we also purchased the curtain rod to hold the curtains. The rod had a nice industrial feel that matched nicely with all the stainless ovens, stoves, freezers and refrigerators in the hall. We got to the hall and surprisingly, it took about an hour and a half to install the curtain rod and hang the curtains. That didn't matter, we were just happy they turned out so nicely. Hopefully they will add a nice bit of charm at the next catering event.


Floral Patchwork Quilt

I finished the binding on the floral patchwork quilt today. It is such a pretty little quilt. The backing is the same floral print as the border so the pretty flowers are everywhere.

I will hang on to this quilt in case I need a quick gift or donate it to church.

I also have to show off Jeff's work. He installed this beautiful barn door between my kitchen and laundry room. Now that the original door is gone from the laundry room, it's like an entire wall has opened up in there. So much more room. Jeff had to rip down some of the wallpaper in the laundry room to install the new trim around the doorway so I think I just got a good reason to remodel the laundry room - ha! Or at least redecorate it.


What's on the design board?

I'm working on a quilt called Treasured Friendship. The pattern can be found in the Summer 2018 issue of Quilts & More Magazine.

A fabric panel is used in the quilt with friendship stars. The panel has to be cut into 6 and a half inch squares and placed in the centers of the stars. I purposely chose to wait to cut the panel in pieces because they have to stay in the pattern that they were in before cutting. I figure if I put the entire quilt on the design board before putting the center squares in, I won't mess it up.

This is a very modern quilt top with a very modern panel. I like the color combination because it's not what I usually use. It's nice to get out of my comfort zone now and then. I'm hoping to do more art quilts this winter and this feels like a jump start.