Hope from Hartford Block for Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife Quilt Sew-along

Jen Kingwell Gypsy Wife Quilt Sewalong with Angie Wilson of, Nicole of Snips Snippets and Chelsea of Pink Door Fabrics. Learn more at
Hope from Hartford is the block of choice for this week in the Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife Quilt Sew-along. I’m not going to lie I was having a little bit of a freak out about how to sew a partial seam when it came to this block. I’d had some pretty horrid experiences with partial seams while working through the 1930’s Farmer’s Wife quilt and so I was avoiding this block a little. But I shouldn’t have worried because: nailed it! I’ve put some details below about how I made this block to help you if you were peaking like I was.

I’ve tried to make things a little easier for you to find by adding some collapsable text areas. All you have to do is click on the grey bar to expand the information that you’re looking for. I’m hoping this makes it easier for those of you that are on mobile devices. If you have any trouble with it please let me know. Now… on to the block!

Hope from Hartford Alternative Construction

For the purpose of these alternate instructions you will need to use these in conjunction with the instructions on page 9 of your Gypsy Wife pattern book.

  • Fabric I = Green Printmaking
  • Fabric J = Pale Green Astericks
  • Fabric K = Dark Green Stars + Green Circles & Diamonds (rectangle pieces)
  • Fabric L = Rabbit

Must do: Grab a pencil and beside each cutting measurement write a number starting at 1 and ending at 5 from top to bottom of the list. You’ll need to number the cutting instructions like this so you know what measurement I’m referring to. Due to copyright reasons and my undying respect for the pattern designer I will not be telling you the direct measurements for this block, you will need to follow my instructions below and use the pattern to work it out.

Please note: Due to the directional nature of the large (green printmaking) triangles and the smaller triangles within the block you will make twice as many of the 3 triangle units. This means you will have leftover triangle units. (Pop this in the orphan block pile in your sewing room and use on other projects, or as part of the backing for this quilt.)

Cut from Dark Green Stars (Fabric K)

2 – Square equalling measurement 2 with an added ¼” (Piece 1)

4 – Rectangles matching measurement 4 (Piece 2)

Cut from Pale Green Astericks (Fabric J)

2 – Square equalling measurement 2 with an added ¼” (Piece 3)

Cut from Green Print Making (Fabric I)

4 – Square equalling measurement 3 minus ¼” (Piece 4)

Cut from Rabbit (Fabric L)

1 – Square matching measurement 5 (Piece 5)


How to make a half square triangle by Angie Wilson of

  1. On the wrong side (back) of all Piece 1 draw a diagonal line with a pencil/fabric pen from one corner to the opposite corner as per step 1 above.
  2. Take 1 Piece 1 and 1 Piece 3 and put them right sides together as per step 1 above.
  3. Stitch a scant quarter inch seam on either side of the line as per step 2 above.
  4. Trim along the drawn line as per step 3 above. Press to the darkest fabric (this will help with making the three triangle units.) This will make 2 HST units. Trim to the measurement 3 minus ¼”. These will be referred to as HSTs in the rest of the construction method.
  5. Repeat steps to make another HST unit. You will need 4 of these units.
  6. Take 1 HST and 1 Piece 4 square and put them right sides together as per step 1 above. Pay close attention to matching the right colours together. Important: the drawn line must run in the opposite direction of the seam line so they form an X as shown below. 
  7. Stitch a scant quarter inch seam on either side of the line as per step 2 above. Open the seam up to confirm that you have stitched them so that when trimmed along the stitch line you’ll have formed the 3 triangle unit as per the pattern diagram
  8. Trim along the drawn line as per step 3 above. This will make 2 three triangle units. Trim all units to 3.5″.
  9. Repeat steps 6 – 9 to make 8 of these units. You will only need 4 to complete the block. Pop the spare blocks into your orphan block stash to use in another project.
  10. Important: Lay your units and remaining pieces out as per the construction diagram on page 9 pay close attention to the placement of the fabrics so that it matches the diagram.
  11. Follow the assembly instructions (skipping the section that starts with “Taking a triangle of Fabric J…” and ends with “Repeat to make 4 identical units.”) to complete the construction of this block.

If you’ve not done a partial seam before this video shows how easy it is to do:

If you’d rather read about how to do it there’s a great tutorial from Faith at Fresh Lemon Quilts which you can read by clicking here.

Hopefully these instructions aren’t too hard to follow and you end up with a block that you love. There’s nothing wrong with following the instructions as they are in the pattern, you’ll end up with a great block that way, I just prefer to make triangle units using this method because I’m clumsy and heavy handed and so tend to stretch out triangles when done as per the pattern method. This method allows me to make them and trim to size which helps with my accuracy. As always, find a method that works for you and use that!

Troubleshooting Printing Problems

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I would love to be able to provide IT support for troubleshooting printing your pattern but I just don’t have the skill set. I recommend the following if you’re having troubles:

  1. Ask Google – always, always, try to solve the problem by asking Google. There’s so much information out there about printing that’s specific to the configuration you’re using. Just put something like the following into the search bar “printing issues <device> <operating system> <printer type>” (Obviously you’d replace what’s between the < > with the names of the items you’re working with!).
  2. Take it to a Print and Copy Shop – if you can’t get it solved easily then take the file to a print and copy shop and for less than $0.20 they’ll print it to the right scale for you. (Remember to take your ruler with you so you can check before you leave the shop and save yourself a return visit!)
  3. Ask at your local Library – you’d be surprised to learn that most libraries will print stuff for you (either for free or for a small fee). Head on in and ask if they can help (remember they’re not trained IT people so you might not get help, but at least you tried!) and don’t forget to take your ruler with you.
  4. Call or Visit your IT Hardware Provider – this is where having an Apple Store in your town comes in handy. Take your device (if mobile) into the store and ask them how to print. Or call their help line. If you’re on a Windows/Android device you can also find help at the place where you purchased it.
  5. Ask in a Facebook Group – make sure it’s within the rules of the group to be able to ask for this kind of support before you put it out there (it usually is) and ask for help. You might not get it, but you’d be surprised at how many people have the same problems when it comes to printing.

Weekly Task

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We’ll be setting you a weekly task, but we’re not going to enforce the weekly task. This means 2 things:

  1. You can join the event at any time prior to the reveal week and still be eligible for prizes if you meet the criteria, and
  2. You can self pace until the reveal week.

I’ve decided to work it this way to help people who are coming late to the event and to give you a little more wiggle room when it comes to life getting in the way. We’ve just come of the back of two really strict entry requirement events and, I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to take it easier.

Nicole and I will still post our blocks as per the weekly task to help keep you on track so you’ll know where you “should” be up to if you want to use our timetable as a guide to getting it done.

Winning a Prize

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Now I bet you’re wondering how you’ll go about winning a prize, well it’s simple:

  1. Post 1 photo of each block type, including all the requirements for eligibility (we’ll go into more detail about this in a minute),
  2. Post a photo of your finished quilt top between 12:01am 21 December – 11:59pm 2 January in your timezone.

At the end of the event we’ll be looking for 19 block photos, 1 assembly photo (this is a photo of the quilt top being assembled – so a photo of you with your sections being joined – not a photo of your complete quilt top) + a photo of the finished quilt top. (It doesn’t have to be quilted, but it can be if you want – minimum requirement is the completed top.)

A Word about Block Type

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You only need to post 1 photo of 1 of each block type.

This means that, for example, where you’re required to make 35 Square in Square blocks we only need to see 1 of them in the photo, not all 35. You can totally post a photo of all of them (either individually or all in one shot) in there, but you need to ensure that at least one of the blocks in the photo is fully visible so we can confirm it’s been made correctly.

You can totally post more than one photo of your blocks, but you only need to post one for prize eligibility.

Help With Block Piecing

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While we’re talking about blocks, don’t forget that you can find some Jen Kingwell approved Foundation Paper Pieced patterns by clicking here. These patterns have been created with the intention of helping you complete some of the “trickier” blocks in the quilt. We have not (and will not) provided FPP patterns for all the blocks (it’s time to stretch those wings, get out of your comfort zone and learn some new tricks!).

Eligibility Requirements for Photos

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This will be the trickiest part of the whole thing, you’ll need to include the following things in your block photo caption on Instagram:

  1. The week number,
  2. The block name,
  3. The hashtag: #GypsyWifeSAL

That’s it. We’ll be going through and checking winning accounts to make sure they have 19 block photos, 1 assembly photo + a photo of the finished quilt top (with the above information) posted between 12:01am 3 August and 11:59pm 2 January in your timezone.

For this block, you’ll need to include the following things in your block photo caption on Instagram:

  1. Week 4,
  2. Hope From Hartford Block,
  3. #GypsyWifeSAL

Troubleshooting the Entry Requirements

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Now I know there’s going to be questions, so I’ve put together a list of things that I think might trip you up. If I’ve missed something pop your question in the comments and I’ll answer it there so that others who might also have the same question can see the answer.

Can I put the caption details in a comment on the photo?

No, it needs to go in the caption. We’ve tried to make things easy for you so it would be great if you could make it easy for us to find the information. The image below show where you “Write a caption” as part of the posting to Instagram process.

I messed up my caption can I edit it?

Yep, you can totally edit your caption. Click here to read a post I’ve written about troubleshooting Instagram which will help you. Please note that the linked post about troubleshooting Instagram references putting the hashtag in a comment – the eligibility requirements for this event require it to be in the caption not as a comment.

A word of warning: if you’ve tagged someone in your caption (used their @instagramname) every time you edit your caption they’ll get a notification. The first time it’s amusing, the third time it becomes annoying and on the fifth time it can often result in someone blocking you because that’s the only way to stop the notifications. It’s not a great feature from Instagram and it can chew the life of your battery so it’s something to keep in mind, especially if you get to the end of the event and go back and edit 17 photos!

Is there a format you’d like me to use for my caption?

Nope, you can word it however you want. However, it would make it super easy for the event administrators if you could make those things really obvious. The use of emoji’s for the number would make it standout for example. (Here’s a link to how to use an emoji on an iDevice, click here, Android users you’ll have to google this one I’m afraid as I don’t have any Android experience.)

Can I put a number on my photo?

Yep, that would be outstandingly helpful. But it’s not part of the requirements and the number still has to be in the caption to be eligible for prizes.

I get asked all the time how I put text on my photos and I confess I use Photoshop, but when I’m not at my computer I use WordSwag. (It’s a paid app for iOS and Android) I love it because it’s modern and has its own stash of stock photos so if you don’t have a photo you can freely use one of theirs. You can find out more about WordSwag by clicking here.

Hopefully that’s answered some of your questions, if you’ve still got more pop them in a comment below and I’ll answer them lickity-split.

Event Tracker

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To help you keep things in order I’ve made up a free tracker for you to download, you can get it by clicking here.

A word about the tracker: This seems kind of obvious, but I’ve had a number of complaints about it with past events…. if the event timetable changes I am unable to go back and update the tracker you’ve already printed out. (I’m good, but even I have to respect the time/space continuum) So while I provide a tracker it’s a one-off help you get organised free tool. I won’t be updating it again (unless there’s a super typo in it). In the event Doc and Marty turn up at my house I will totally go back and amend ALL the trackers I’ve ever provided to make sure they’re super cool and reflect how the dates rolled out.

A Word About Pacing Yourself

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This event is a little misleading as there’s not a lot of blocks to make at the start, however this changes significantly when we get to the filler blocks and assembly. I’ve worked out a weekly block construction timetable for those of you that want to stay ahead of the work requirements for the end of the event. You can read more about it by clicking here.


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We’ll be announcing prizes as we go along to help keep you motivated. Today we’re excited to announce one of the prizes:

  • $150 gift voucher to Amitie Textiles.

Instagram Accounts to Follow

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At this stage you need to follow the following accounts to be eligible for prizes:

That’s everything… for now… as always if you have any questions either drop me a line or leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help you out. I hope you love making this quilt as much as I have, it’s such a fun way to make a unique sampler.

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  1. HI Angie. I’m playing catchup here and am about to start ” Hope from Hartford”. I did notice that you have the instructions for this block showing as ” From the Heart”