Puss in the Corner for Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife Quilt Sew-along

Puss in the Corner is the block of choice for this week in the Jen Kingwell’s Gypsy Wife Quilt Sew-along. You’ll need to make 2 of these blocks, one with a border (pictured above) and one without. This is a super simple block to make, but in case you don’t like cutting triangles I’ve provided an alternate method for making the HSTs in this block. I’m also talking about assembling this quilt today because I’m about half way through and I’ve found an issue with the assembly diagram that you may like to know about.

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.

Cutting Instructions

Must do: Grab a pencil and beside each cutting measurement write a number starting at 1 and ending at 4 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: Instead of giving you cutting measurements to correspond with the fabric identification, I’m going to break them down into the components of the block so you can mix and match your fabrics as needed.

Half Square Triangle

2 – Square equalling measurement 3 (Piece 1) plus 1/8″ – Dark Blue Astericks

2 – Square equalling measurement 3 (Piece 2) plus 1/8″ – Light Blue Tattooed


How to make a half square triangle by Angie Wilson of

  1. On the wrong side (back) of all the Piece 1 squares 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 2 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. This will make 2 HST units. Trim to the 2 ½”
  5. Repeat above steps to make 4 HSTs in total.
  6. Complete block as per the instructions.

Notes on Assembly

We’re not due to start on the construction of the quilt top until December 14 2017, but I’ve been working on it behind-the-scences to make sure that we’re able to troubleshoot any issues that may arise for people. I’ve updated the line drawing to reflect where there’s an error in the pattern and included more information about block sizes as well.

Jen Kingwell Gypsy Wife Quilt Sewalong with Angie Wilson of, Nicole of Snips Snippets and Chelsea of Pink Door Fabrics. Learn more at

For those of you that are using this line diagram to help work out your strips I wanted to remind you that the small print on this diagram is that there’s been some changes to the strips. Please be mindful of this when it comes to assembly.

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 8,
  2. Puss in the Corner,
  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 absolutely love your block! it’s making me re-think my blocks… (still have to figure out how to load to instagram.) thanks for your inspiration! hope you’re feeling better! 🙂

  2. I’ve been sewing along with you. I actually finished my quilt top last week. I found that the left side of the quilt strips came up short by at least a half inch. I can either add a strip to the bottom or trim off the rest of the strips to square it up. I don’t know if anyone else had a problem with this. I also improvised the block in red above. Love this quilt and want to make another one already.

    • Oh thanks for the heads up Nancy! I’m about half way through assembling the top so I’m yet to run into the strip issue. I’ll be sure to pay attention to it as I’m working so I can let people know if it’s an issue. I’m so glad you love the quilt, I’m really enjoying it as well.

  3. This is truly my most annotated pattern ever! I have had my pattern languishing for a long while so I don’t know if it has been changed, but I also found that the partial seam in section 10s assembly was indicated for the wrong seam. The pattern isn’t particularly informative about what goes where & just isn’t written for control freaks like me who want to plan out the entire quilt from whoa to go!

    • Hi Jordan, I understand your frustration and it’s why I’ve done my best to collate all the information I can to help you best tackle this project. I have to confess that I’m a bit of a control freak as well, but I’m having a really enjoyable time working out the puzzle that is this quilt. Something about working out how it’s all fitting together appeals to the 10,000 piece puzzle completer in me.

  4. Ahhh, this diagram is SO HELPFUL!!! Thank you 😊I’ve been working on getting my filler blocks started but was having time because my quilt has a specific color progression and determining what size to make in certain colors was becoming a lot of extra work. Are the listed measurements finished size?