It's almost time to #optoutsewin
This year, for the second time, Ruby Street Quiltworks is opting out of the Black Friday (November 24th) retail madness.
Last year we were inspired by REI, the outdoor recreation equipment co-op, who closed their stores on Black Friday and paid their employees to go on an outdoor adventure instead. Then REI invited their customers to skip the Black Friday stampede and take the time to enjoy the outdoors as well. That invitation turned into a movement and now millions of people skip the line and #OptOutside on Black Friday.
On Ruby Street we opt out of the Black Friday madness in our own humble, heartfelt, handmade-holiday way. On November 24th the Ruby Street Staff will be paid to sew in. We call our movement #optoutsewin.
"Gypsy Wife" Meets ...
Our love affair with Jen Kingwell's "Gypsy Wife" Quilt has never really been over. The longing to return to it has been there, in the background, smoldering, while other quilts caught our fancy. But now (and this is the fault of Angie, the Gnome Angel, who is hosting a Gypsy Wife Quilt Sew Along) the romance has flared anew!
But in this flare-up of our Gypsy Wife romance, another, exciting, new love is in the picture (see below) and, happily, all parties are amenable to a threesome!
We (well some of us) are smittem with a rule-breaking, way-outside-the-lines, new collection from Cathi Bessell-Browne, designing under the label "Gertrude Made," called "Outback Wife." This exuberant scrappy mix of fabrics is a melange of color and texture. Authentic Bark Cloth mingles with woven textures, plaids, heady grandma inspired florals and a riot of color. The design esthetic is exotic. It has a Pacific Rim flair (a taste of the orient, the gentle whisper of tradewinds, the rhythm of the islands) grounded in plain, outback farmhand, work-a-day practicality. If you're not seeing it from my description, just click here (or on one of the images below) to see the entire collection. Yeah. Not for everyone ... but if you have dirt underneath your fingernails, a soft spot for grandma's big blowsy blooms and a bit of the "Outback" in you ...
Join the Sew Along
We will be joining the Gnome Angel Sew Along and sharing our progress on Instagram @rubystreetquiltworks. The "Gypsy Wife Quilt" Sew Along is just gearing up. The event has a slow build up (It runs through January 3, 2018) and there are no immediate posting requirements, so there is plenty of time to join in. Find all the information about the event here.
Purchase the Gypsy Wife Pattern Here
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