the 2019 Gypsy Wife Quilt-Along

Big news! I’m a little late to the party, but I’m joining and cohosting the 2019 Gypsy Wife Quilt-Along with @ScrappyViolet. And it starts this week! You don’t want to miss this. Trust me.

What’s Gypsy Wife?

Only an epic quilt designed by Jen Kingwell that I’ve had a crush on for years. The quilt is a sampler, with many one-off blocks, a smattering of square-in-square small blocks and vertical stripes. It finishes throw-sized at 59” x 68”.


Join us!

I know you’re thinking, “Darn, I’m too late to join!” But, nope, you’re not. After all, I just ordered my Gypsy Wife pattern today! We can be late bloomers together. This quilt-along starts at a slowish pace (just 4 blocks this month), so it’s totally doable to start even at the end of January.

  • Join us to stretch your patchwork wings with new experiences. This quilt is full of fun blocks!

  • Join us to finish the Gypsy you started way back when.

  • Join us to sew your scraps! Scrappy versions of this quilt turn out fantastic.

  • Join us to make another Gypsy Wife quilt. My cohost is on her third! Yep, it’s really that fun to sew!

Come on, you know you want to. Join us!


How to Start

  1. Follow #2019GypsyWifeQAL on Instagram to join the community of fellow makers. You can also bookmark this post, which will be updated ongoing with helpful links.

  2. Get the pattern booklet. Using the old booklet? See this errata page. The new booklet is hard to find at the moment, but call your local quilt shop for starters. At this point, online copies seem to be sold out, due to a printing issue. If I find any copies available for order online, I will let you know.

  3. Study the pattern. Get to know Gypsy Wife and take advantage of the wealth of examples at your fingertips. Browse hashtags like #GypsyWifeQuilt, #GypsyWifeQuiltAlong2016, #GypsyWifeSAL. Check out the guest series of lovely Gypsy Wife finishes at my friend Hydee Ann’s blog:  Sarah SchrawLiz Gellert, Cath MoselyElisabeth Woo and Nicole Calver.

  4. Choose your fabrics. Gather a stack of fabrics to start with. This quilt will evolve over time, so no need to nail everything down now. I’ll be posting more about fabrics this week.

  5. Start sewing. When your booklet arrives, jump in on our quilt-along schedule and catch up as you can. No worries if you are “behind”. We’re all out here having fun and supporting each other!

Color Sheet provided by Pink Door Fabrics via Ali of Needle Down for  Gnome Angle 2017 QAL . Check accuracy against your own pattern. Click image to download.

Color Sheet provided by Pink Door Fabrics via Ali of Needle Down for Gnome Angle 2017 QAL. Check accuracy against your own pattern. Click image to download.


the Quilt-Along Schedule

The quilt-along runs January - April for making blocks and into May for assembly. Here are sewing assignments for each week of the quilt-along:

in January

Week 1: Color Wheel

Week 2: Pershing

Week 3: From the Heart

Week 4: Hope from Hartford

in February

Week 1: Crazy Anne

Week 2: Star Block

Week 3: Indian Hatchet

Week 4: Puss in the Corner (x2)

in April

Week 1: Courthouse Steps filler blocks (×5)

Week 2: Hourglass filler blocks (×3)

Week 3: Square in a square filler blocks (×47)

Week 4-5: Strips and Section Assembly

Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife quilt

Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife quilt

More QAL Posts

Questions? Suggestions? Are you so confused? Let me know how I can help.

I’ll be posting my progress and tips here at Stitched in Color. To really play along and qualify for prizes though, you’ll want to get in on the Instagram action. I hope to see you there!