Pershing 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

Pershing is the block of choice for this week in the Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife Quilt Sew-along. It’s a cracker of a block and I had a lot of fun with it. I used the foundation paper piece pattern (details provided below) to make this block and it went together really easy.  I love the scale of this block, after making a tonne of small blocks in the past months this bigger size really made me happy (and feel like I achieved something!). We’ve announced the first prize for this event below as well so be sure to check it out.

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!

Pershing Alternative Construction

If piecing this block as per the pattern instructions isn’t your thing and you’d rather Foundation Paper Piece it then be such to head on over and download this pattern made by Julie Hirt at 627handworks for the Pershing Block. You can find the FPP pattern for this block by clicking here.

Please note: You will need to print at 100% and make sure to measure the block before beginning construction so as to avoid any incorrect sizing issues through the printing process.

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 2,
  2. Pershing 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. I am so sorry about the multiple caption edits with your @. I had no idea that my hyper editing would spam you! When I read this I had a sudden jolt that it might have been me. I just messaged you on Instagram, then realised you may have blocked me and I wanted to be sure you got my apologies for sucking your battery life. Won’t happen again. Thanks for the SAL updates.

    • Hi Nancy, thanks for your apologies but there was no need – you were fine! I think we’ve had a giggle about this on Instagram in the meantime, but I wanted to respond here too. Enjoy the event! <3

  2. Thanks for the fun event! I have some questions:
    1. Just to confirm, it’s okay to post before and after the designated week, as long as we meet the final deadline? (Sorry if this is obvious, but I think I confused myself by reading posting requirements for other SAL’s)
    2. As far as block construction, is it okay to use the Pink Door Fabrics plan for slightly fewer strips, where they’ve substituted a 1.5″ strip for the pattern’s two 1″ strips?
    3. is there a list of blocks that you’re planning to post an alternate construction method for, like you did for the first week? I like the multi-HST approach, but if you’re going to do the math for a particular block then I won’t work ahead!

    • Hi Kathy, here’s my answers 🙂

      1. Yep, that’s how this one will work. I’m trialling this new technique to see if it’s easier for people to keep motivated and sewing.

      2. Yes, that will be one of the very few allowable alterations but we’ll cover those when we get to them.

      3. Not at this stage, I’m sewing along just like everyone else and so I won’t know how I’ve constructed it until I get to it. I am using Marti Michell templates for the square in square blocks to help with fussy cutting and fabric conservation. And I can pretty much guarantee that if there’s a triangle unit in the block I’ll have used another method to make it because I’m gun shy of cutting triangles and sewing blocks together that way. 😉

      • Thanks so much! I think your schedule is a good idea, and I’m certainly motivated just by how fun it is to do this in a group. I’m with you on the HSTs!

  3. I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask this question. Please point me in the right direction if there’s a better place! I read several places about people’s Pershing blocks coming out too small. I use the fpp method so I was sure mine would be spot on. I’m super happy with how it came out….but it’s way small – 8.75″ instead of 9.5″. Seams are definitely scant already. Is adding a border legit? I can’t figure out what I do differently to bother redoing the block. Thanks for your help….and for running this SAL!

    • Hi Juliet, it sounds like you might have printed your FPP template with the default printer settings instead of making sure it was set to print at 100%. Did you measure the FPP template before starting to make sure it had printed to the right size? I usually find I have about a 1/8″ shrinkage on ALL of my blocks when I work regardless of the technique – I just put it down to my natural sewing quirk. Let me know if it wasn’t the pattern and we’ll brainstorm to see if there’s something else we can tweak to help with the accuracy!

      • Oh the irony. That’s exactly it. I printed a correct one very carefully at first to play around with since I’ve never tried the method before and wanted to be sure I did it right. When I printed it the second time I paid less attention because you know “I’ve got this!”. So the second one (the REAL one) was incorrect. Looks like I have a very fun block to go on the backing! Thanks again for your help!

        • I’m glad I could help. Don’t worry you’re in good company – I’ve done the click and print so many times with FPP only to find out that my printer scaled it that I could probably wallpaper the house with the “wrong” block templates. 🙂

  4. Where do u find the “files” section everyone is talking about but I need to print this off

    • Hi Joy, The “files section” is in the Gypsy Wife Facebook group. If you’re looking for the FPP pattern for this block the clickable link to download it is in the post above under “PERSHING ALTERNATIVE CONSTRUCTION”. There is also a link in the above information to take you to another post that contains links to more of the FPP patterns that we have provided as part of this event. I hope this helps.