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"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 ...

..."Outback Wife"
      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

   Sizzling Summer Savings

   30% Off Some of our Favorite Summer Fabric!

                   Over 400 Bolts of Sunny Summer Fabric (and a few Springtime Surprises)!

                      Including "Dogma" (You know because of the "Dog Days of August")

(The discount applies in the store and online through August 31st. 1/2 Yard minimum cut. Discounted items are not eligible for additional discounts.)

                             Summer! It's Here!

"The Four Seasons" by one of our favorite designers, Julie Paschkis from In the Beginning Fabrics. The Summer collection is in the store now. See a few of the coordinates below or ... 

        Now 30% Off Shop the Sizzling Summer Savings Sale Here!
In the Beginning - Four Seasons - Summer - Free Pattern
Make a single quilted square and hang with button tabs for the most simple imaginable project. Or make this bright Summer wall hanging.

        Download the free Summer Wall
               Hanging Pattern here.
Or one of these quick and easy pillows! Look for the Fall and Winter collections in upcoming months at Ruby Street Quiltworks!

         Download the free Four Seasons
                    Pillow Pattern here.

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  Charley Harper's "Maritime" ... has arrived on Ruby Street!

Charley Harper, a 50's era American Modernist was best known for his highly stylized wildlife prints, posters and book illustrations. He termed his style "minimal realism" and captured the essence of his subjects with the fewest possible visual elements.

We love these prints for the simple, retro, color palette, the movement, the keen nature observations and most of all the pure sense of joy, the whimsy. They make us smile.

Even more, we love this collection from Birch Fabrics because it is printed with low impact dyes on 100% organic cotton.

Best of all, we are able to offer this collection at a fantastic price! 

            Shop the Collection Here!

Starting November 1, you will, again, be able to purchase our pattern and kit for the 2016 Row by Row Experience, online or in the shop. The kit for our row "Fly Away Home" will be available at the event price of $9.95! Purchase just the pattern for $2.00. You'll also find the 2016 Row by Row Fabric and valuable collectables from The Row by Row Experiences past! Click here to shop for cool Row by Row stuff!



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  • Email: RS@rubystreetquiltworks.com
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