This is a helpful guide for anyone who wants to make even 1.5" stripes all the way across the Wanderer's Wife (formerly Gypsy's Wife) quilt by Jen Kingwell. This is only for Section 9 and I'll provide instructions for Sections 8 and 10 once I've got those figured out. This will not replace the pattern, you can get that directly from Jen Kingwell (https://www.jenkingwelldesigns.com/wanderers-wife-booklet) or ask your local quilt shop if they can order it for you.
Some tips before you start: having a consistent scant quarter inch seam is super important for putting this quilt together. I will point out several places where you can do a check to make sure you're sewing exactly the right size seams. If you're having to pull a bunch on your stripes or blocks to make them fit, then your seams are off and it will make all those partial seams so much harder.
I pressed open where ever possible, but there are a few spots where I pressed to one side just because all the bulky seams were on one side and there were no seams on the other side.
I find it best to pin at the end of every seam so that I know that my seams will match up and then I keep gently tension on the pinned end while sewing. If you find yourself tugging a lot to match up the sides evenly, that's not good.
I used my coloring sheet to draw new stripes, which looks like this:
Ok, so we've got 59 stripes across when they're all 1.5" wide.
Please note that my pattern above starts with a red stripe, but I decided I wanted a full set of rainbows, so I ended up adding a red and orange stripe to one side and will be adding a dark blue and purple stripe to the other side. So where I have red in the pattern above, you will see yellow in the images below, orange - green, yellow - light blue, and so on.
So here are cutting instructions (I will only label the sizes if they differ from the original pattern, we have to veer into Section 8 territory here, but that's ok):
Row 1 (yellow): stays the same (the red and orange extra strips I cut at the same size as the yellow)
Row 2 (green): top and bottom pieces stay the same
Row 3 (light blue): top - 1.5"x4.5", bottom - 1.5"x7"
Row 4 (dark blue): top - 1"x3.5", second piece - 1.5"x1.5", third piece - 1"x3", fourth piece - 1.5"x1", bottom - 1"x6.5"
Row 5 (purple): 1.5"x4.5"
Row 6 (red): 1.5"x4.5"
Row 7 (orange): top - 1"x3.5", bottom - 1.5"x4.5"
Row 8 (yellow): 1.5"x7.5"
Row 9 (green): 1.5"x7.5"
Row 10 (light blue): top - 1.5"x7.5", second piece - 1"x2.5", third piece - 1"x1.5", bottom - 1.5"x8.5"
Now to put this beast together...
First step, add the strips to the blocks next to them:
So that's the dark blue added to the right side of the smaller square in a square block, the dark blue added to the left side and the orange added to the right side of the top square in a square block, the dark blue to the left side of the pinwheel block, and the light blue to the right side of the Old Maid's puzzle block (mine probably looks different than yours because I changed it up a bit). I pressed to the side of the stripe on all but the pinwheel block, that seam I pressed open.
Next we will sew the strips together:
The green and light blue stripes at the top should now be 2.5" across (if they are not exactly that size, this is a good time to dial in your scant quarter inch seam). The purple, red, and orange strips should be 3" across, and the yellow, green, and light blue strips should also be 3" across. I pressed all of those seams open.
Next up is attaching our partial seams - do not sew the whole way, stop at no less than 3/8" from the end, but as close to 3/8" as possible to make it easier for yourself later:
We're attaching the dark blue to the top right and bottom right of the smaller square in a square, the light blue to the right top of the pinwheel block, and the light blue to the right bottom of the Hope of Hartford block. I pressed the square in square pieces to the strip side, and pressed the other two open.
The next step is to attach the purple/red/orange strip set to the right of the smaller square in a square portion (it should measure 6.5" across). I pressed to the strips:
Next we will attach the top square in square section to the smaller square in square section (I pressed to the strips):