Many years ago - six to be exact - I was inspired by the most wonderful Amy Butler to start a business. I had attended Quilt Market with my mother and was distraught at all of the moose and evergreen trees I was being subjected to. My mother's color and style are a little different than mine to say the least.
And what to my wondering eyes should appear!? Yes, it was that dramatic for me. Like a kid at the North Pole. It was Amy's Gypsy Caravan booth. In that instant I was inspired to turn my little one of a kind couture biz into a full-on line and wholesale business. Gypsy Caravan is still my favorite line that Amy Butler has designed. The colors speak to me in a way that no other line has. As a designer myself, I tire of almost everything that I or anyone else designs after a certain amount of time. Gypsy Caravan still captivates my attention after all this time.
I've had this beautiful stash of fat quarters from the line stowed away for years and it is finally time to cut. I'm using the original quilt pattern designed by Amy Butler and pieced by Marsha Evans-Moore. I am following the pattern about 50% of the time and altering prints, sizes and placement the other 50%. The original quilt is 49" square and I'm creating a queen size quilt approximately 88" x 92" finished. Wish me luck. This is yesterday's progress:
The uncut fat quarters in all of their glory! I have 54 fat quarters total. The line originally consisted of 44 prints and the quilt pattern incorporated 32 of those. I have multiples of some prints and have 40 of the original 44 prints. I'm missing four - and of course they are four that were used in the original pattern, but there are many other lovely prints to take their places.
Playing with some weird pinwheel piecing - making it up as I go.
Three rows started. W00h00!