Gypsy Wife: my Freespirit quilt top

This post is part of the 2019 Gypsy Wife Quilt-Along! See all posts.

Oh my, look what happened!

Complete Gypsy Wife quilt top. Stitched in Color.jpg

I thought I’d take my time assembling my Gyspy Wife quilt top, but I couldn’t resist the fun of puzzling it together. I guess I am a fan of partial seams. They keep things interesting!

Assembling my Gypsy Wife quilt. Stitched in Color.jpg

Even though the process was fun, it was quite the marathon. I know I put in more than a full day’s work just cutting strips and assembling the background. I didn’t want to stop! I could even feel it in my back when I was done.

Part of the excitement was discovering how my choice of background fabrics would makeover the blocks. The quilt top looks so different assembled with a background vs. floating as blocks on my cream design wall.

Probably my favorite part of quilting is seeing how fabric choices translate into actual patchwork. For my Gypsy Wife background, I selected a rainbow of Freespirit Designer Essential Solids. To keep things interesting, I interspersed those solids with some lowish volume Anna Maria Horner fabrics from her most recent and older collections.

Freespirit Solids for Gypsy Wife. Stitched in Color.jpg
Second Nature selections. Stitched in Color.jpg
Gypsy Wife background rainbow. Stitched in Color.jpg

Oooooh, rainbow love! I feel I managed to strike a balance between merging the background strips with the blocks without letting the blocks disappear entirely. After all I was aiming for “medium contrast” between blocks and background, as I shared early on in my Choosing Colors + Fabrics post.

Anna Maria Horner rainbow. Stitched in Color.jpg

Elora told me that it was pretty, so surely things turned out well! You can’t really go wrong when you’re using 90% Anna Maria Horner fabric.

So many seams. Stitched in Color.jpg

I’m amazed at all those seams. With 1” and .5” finished background strips, this quilt is piecey indeed! It’s a good idea to reinforce the edges of a quilt like this with a stitch line around the parameter. That protects the seams from popping open at the edges when the quilt top is handled and quilted. I need to do that.

Now to quilt it before we pack up the longarm sewing machine in May. Yay!