After all the Harvey-induced chaos of the last 10 days, it’s felt really good to spend bits of time working on some new projects. In August, just as I officially finished my Long Time Gone quilt, a sew-along for another Jen Kingwell pattern — Gypsy Wife — started up. And, well, I couldn’t resist. My Long Time Gone was scrappy so I decided to try something a little (ok, a lot) more intentional with Gypsy Wife, and spent way too much time playing around in Illustrator to make this mockup:
I loooove how it looks on screen — like stars against the night sky! The block colors all come from two Kona cotton bundles (one yellow/orange, and one green/blue curated by Jaybird Quilts) while the background strips will be a combination of three Kona solids and two star-inspired prints.
I’ve made six of the primary blocks so far, which is on pace with the sew-along. I’ve also made a few of the filler blocks and plan to start piecing sections together as I’m able. Even with my mockup, I’m feeling nervous about this one coming together well in real life. Fingers crossed!
In other news, I also made progress during the rain-soaked Harvey days on a quilt I started back in late July? Early August? Not sure, but either way, it was weeks ago. The pattern is Corner Crest by Michelle Bartholomew and I’m using the same green/blue Jaybird Quilts Kona bundle for this one. (In fact, buying it for this quilt and loving the colors is what got me thinking about using it as a color scheme for Gypsy Wife.) The background looks white in the photo below but it’s actually a white-on-very-light-gray star-themed print by Lizzy House.
I like where this one is going. Hopefully I’ll get the top finished up in the next few days!