Fun Friday

It has definitely been a Fun Friday. After taking care of business and enjoying this gorgeous spring day, I went straight to my sewing room.
The gypsy wife quilt project is turning out to be so much fun. I love the “scrappiness” and different sizes of each of the blocks. It is giving me the opportunity to play with fabric, mostly scraps. I am discovering that the more scraps I use, the more scraps I have left over! My bin of tiny, irregular sized scraps is overflowing. These pieces are perfect for the textile art squares that I am currently making. The first gypsy quilt block I made today was From the Heart. I have had this purple rose fabric for some time now, and I thought it worked perfectly for the heart. This block finishes at 6 inches.
From the Heart

The second gypsy wife quilt block I made was a bit tricky for me. There are 17 pieces for this block. I had just enough of a scrap to fussy cut from an inspirational word fabric for the center. This block finishes at 7.5 inches.
Hope from Hartford

These are the four blocks I have completed to date.

After I finished these blocks, I started working on another small textile art quilt block. I have been thinking of the time I was in Hawaii attending my niece’s wedding. That was about 10 years ago. The sunsets were amazing. I tried to capture the memory of these beautiful sunsets in today’s small quilt block.

I played music by Iz, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, to get in the mood. I especially love his version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow. It was one of my morning greeting songs that I played for my students every morning. Of course, I also had to listen to Blue Hawaii by Elvis!
The music and this quilt block took me on a time travel adventure in my mind…a Fun Friday, indeed. I think I need to plan a real return trip to Hawaii.

Gypsy Wife Quilt

For the past few months, I have been building my stash bins with fabric that just catch my eye. I was purchasing fabric with no real quilt in mind. Last month, I was browsing around the Austin Sewing Machine and Quilting Shop in Round Rock, Texas. I found a book by Jen Kingwell, Gypsy Wife. I had never heard of the Gypsy Wife Quilts, so I looked on Pinterest and found so many beautiful examples. Of course, I returned to the shop and bought the pattern book. My goal is to use only the fabric I have in my stash bins. It will also be a good way to use up some scraps.
I made the first two blocks today.
Color Wheel Block
This block was made from small to medium scraps.

Pershing Block
The pink and the black and white fabric were cut from large remnants. The rest of the pieces were from scraps.