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Auditioning Strips

Five multicolored quilt blocks on a background of clashing, patterned, colorful, fabric strips.
Auditioning clashing yet coordinated fabric strips.

I laid the number of strips out called for in section one of The Gypsy Wife Quilt pattern. Colors are completely up to the creator, the pattern gives no concrete guidance. I am struggling to create the traditionally wild and eclectic Gypsy Wife Quilt background without smothering my blocks. I’ve succeeded in keeping my blocks defined, but Amoeba is dissatisfied with the two plain blue strips, and wants me to separate the two red strips. I am “meh” about the blues, but I love those reds together. One person has told me I need to move the yellow strip on the right, and another person told me that they absolutely love the way the right end strips all play together and asked me not to remove the yellow one.

All these strips are making me dizzy. Why don’t you go ahead and share your thoughts on the audition before I stitch them in to a permanent contract?

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. I love the block on the upper left the very most. I think it would look terrific in the center.

    1. Sue, according to the pattern, that block goes in the upper left. You’ll notice that they aren’t all the same size. It is kind of hard to just move them around. Also, this is just one of 10 sections before the quilt is together. Since I am only showing you the pieces, it is hard for you to have a concept of the “whole.”

  2. We’re just talking about the strips, right? I think the yellow and the pale one next to it make the right side a bit unbalanced compared to the left side, which is more dark in general.
    However, my true gut reaction upon seeing this was, “Wow. I love this thing.” So you should just suit yourself.

    1. Nathalie — I am trying for balance, but I also love this, so I was hoping for other opinions. However, upon getting other opinions they 1.) conflict 2.) aren’t what I wanted to hear! hahahaha.

    1. LOL! Too late. I have changed it 3x since I took this pic. Well, the storm changed it for me once. I have the strips hung on a hanger, and the wind whistled through and had a bit of a party amongst the strands.

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