Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hodgepodge Patchwork Tuesday - It's a Charming Midnight Blues!

When I first started writing Hodgepodge Patchwork Tuesday, I wrote them at night after Taco Tuesday.  I should have probably named them Hodgepodge Patchwork Wednesday, because I didn't finish writing them until later on Tuesday night.  Tacos must inspire me!  We didn't go out for Tacos tonight, but I am inspired to write. 

I am always looking for simple construction ideas to make really cool looking quilts.  This summer, I made this quilt top using fat quarters, but I cut them into 5 inch squares - charms.  I named the quilt "Midnight Blues".

I used 3 shades of blues - light, medium, and dark and 2 golds and a blue and gold star fabric.  Since I started with fat quarters, I really don't know how many charms I used for the quilt top. 

First, I mixed up the 5 inch squares and sewed them together in random order into long strips. You could do them in an order or a pattern, but I like the randomness it creates.

I moved them around, so the same colors weren't together, like in the photo.

Then I staggered them.

Next I cut several 1 1/2 inch strips in a coordinating color. I chose the lighter gold.

Then I sewed the strips in between each row.


Then trim off the offset ends that are sticking out!

I bordered it with the same gold on the top and on the bottom - sorry no photo. But you know what I mean - right? You can see the sides in this photo.

That is it.  Fun and simple and it looks cool!

This would work great for a charm pack of many colors.  I also think an I-Spy Quilt would be cool in this pattern!  It would be a great pattern for a beginner - no matching!

Remember to take time to play!


Vroomans' Quilts said...

Tacos inspire you - wow, I need to change my diet. Just a great idea for charms.

VickiT said...

That's so cool and looks easy enough too. Great job and I really love the colors (even if they aren't purple lol).

Very glad to see you posting again.

Smultronbo said...

Thats a quilt totally in my taste. Really nice colors and an easy pattern that gives a really nice quilt. ;)