Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Project Quilting

I am sponsoring Project Quilting with prizes for the participants and I am going to be a participant myself and create the quilting projects. You and anyone who sews or is just learning to sew and quilt are invited to join Project Quilting -- it starts in January! See all the info - follow the links to Project Quilting.

just posted an interview from Barb Raisbeck - one of our judges!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

NEW Crafty Sewing Etsy Shop

Update --Available at www.craftysewing.com.
No longer in Esty shop --- other items in shop.

Just click on the title of the blog and it will take you directly to my shop or http://www.etsy.com/shop/CraftySewing

I will be adding new crafty creations all the time. Listed my Mini Comfort Quilts first and the NEW Crazee Patch (ONE OF A KIND) Mini Comfort Quilts.

All items will be one of a kind -- NO duplicates!

The Story.......The Mini Comfort Quilts are special to me, so they had to be first.....

A quilting friend of mine showed me how to make them several years ago and I have been making them ever since... Made hundreds of them -- never two alike -- some similar, but not identical. I get orders from churches and from individuals who just want to share the love with a friend who needs comforting.

I send them to my friends in need with get well cards and with sympathy cards. When my mother in law died I gave one to my father in law. I found out later when he died he had kept it on his dresser with the little printed message that I had pinned to it. Maybe it was comforting to know I was thinking of him and saying a prayer for him. We can't take away their pain, but maybe we can let them know we care...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Crazee Patch in Black & White Fabrics

Makes a striking Mini Comfort Quilt using the black and white fabrics! The Crazee Patch Mini Comfort Quilts are 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches. Made with 100% cotton fabrics. Finished with Machine Embroidery Feather Stitching.

Just added several photos of the Crazee Patch Mini Quilts in black and white ....and with accent colors of reds and blues to the Photo Gallery. You will find new photos added all the time.

Available to order at www.craftysewing.com.

Monday, December 6, 2010

New Crazee Patch Mini Comfort Quilts with a Vintage Look!

All Unique - No two alike!!!
Size: 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches square.
Colorful fabrics with beautiful machine embroidery stitching.

Also click on link to the photo gallery on the top tab for more step by step photos of the construction process of the crazee patch block.

Linked with:
Pieceful Life: Little Quilts Monday - Nov. 14, 2011

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday and Tuesday !! Three Free Quilted Photo Postcards with any order!

"Cyber Monday extends thru' Tuesday night" for Marcia's Crafty Sewing and Quilting !!

Order anything on my website and get three FREE Quilted Photo Postcards with your order! www.craftysewing.com

Check out the "One of a kind" quilted tote bags! The quilted photo note cards make a great Christmas gift. There are pre cut kits and patterns. An assortment of Mini Comfort Quilts make a great gift too! You can purchase a Gift Certificate too ...... for yourself or for a friend! All get three FREE Quilted Photo POSTCARDS... one of each pattern!

Monday and Tuesday --- November 29 and 30 2010


Friday, November 26, 2010

When I am not Quilting... I am Sewing... and I am Weaving!

Sometimes I make other sewing projects other than quilts!!! During the past two weeks my mom and I made 16 woven baskets!!! They are called Biscuit Baskets. First we were at a quilting retreat and worked on them for 3 solid days. Then we came home and I quilted for my business in the mornings and we worked on the baskets together in the afternoons and evenings up til the Eve of Thanksgiving. It was a fun project to do together! I cut the strips and stitched them. Mom turned them right side out and fed the heavy stiff interfacing into each strip. Then I pressed each strip and started the weaving process -- which this is where I added my own step of Zig Zag stitching the base of the basket before weaving the sides of the baskets. I did a lot of pinning to hold the fabric strips as a wove the strips and then stitched on the binding. I again used a Zig Zag stitch to finish the edge of the binding (an all machine stitched binding).

Biscuit Basket is the name of the pattern. See the picture with the information. I made a few changes as I made the baskets. I stitched the bottom of each basket with a Zig Zag stitch to hold the strips in place before weaving. I also used a 3 inch strip for the binding. The changes made the binding and weaving process easier. This is a link to all the pictures of the baskets.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Great Gifts for everyone on your list --- Bright Note Cards FREE SHIPPING

Brightly colored quilted photo note cards with blank insides... and plain envelopes. Great gift to give to a friend or use as a stocking stuffer! All occasion! Premium quality!

Available to purchase at www.craftysewing.com with a credit card or your paypal account.

Three note cards in one package for only $6.00. Sold in packs of three assorted or three all one design.

Or send a check or money order to Marcia Wachuta 41826 Cty Rd W, Boscobel, WI 53805

FREE Shipping on order of any size in the continental United States!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Quilt that was featured in the Quilting Video

This is the colorful quilt that was featured in the Quilting Video. 
 The pattern is "The Easy to Sew Quilt Pattern." 
 It is available for purchase on my website.

This unique quilt looks different every time you make it! See examples in my photo gallery of quilts and quilting. Easy to read and follow. This pattern makes sewing and quilting fun again!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Quilts in my Garden

Quilts in my Garden ---- Make a "Quilt Like" Cover for your hanging planters for next year! All of the simple instructions FREE under each picture in the Photo Gallery under "Quilts in the Garden" direct link to my photo gallery --- Just follow along and make... your own "Quilt Like" Cover! Feel free to share it with your friends too!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Quilts that look like pictures or photos.........

.. I use the quilting machine to thread paint on the fabric pieces with all different colors of threads ...... creates a texture like painting ..... a type of thread painting... really gives the quilt a three dimensional look.... Not necessarily real..... because it's not -- it's a quilted wall hanging! See more pictures of this type of thread painting in the photo gallery.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Three Easy to Sew Quilts -- All from different lines of fabrics....

Quilts will be on display at LouAnn's Quilt Garden in Oelwein, Iowa later today, October 4, 2010.

.... Just choose a line of fabric and stitch it up!!! Using The Easy to Sew Pattern... it will guide you thru' how to choose the fabric and how to sew this easy quilt! Sewing made fun again!

Linda Kowalski made the brown and yellow quilt and I quilted it with vertical wavy lines. Deb Czech made the pink and green quilt. I chose to quilt it with overall swirls. I made the blue and yellow quilt and quilted it with a two color ribbon quilting and double daisies. All using the same Easy to Sew Quilt pattern, with different lines of fabrics .... The pattern makes it so simple!! ..... Choose a focus fabric for the center sections of the block and then add a light, medium and two dark fabrics.... choose some with a little texture. The possibilities are endless!! Add a wider border on the outside or add two or three borders to make the quilt larger. Choosing a whole line of fabric makes it easy! 

See several photos of the Easy to Sew Quilts at the Photo Gallery at www.craftysewing.com Lots of close ups too!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Lunch Looks Like a QUILT to Me!

Everything looks like a quilt to me... I love the colors of the sunshine tomatoes with the rosy strawberries (both from my container garden!) The little carrots in the center blend the strawberries and the tomatoes together! I should have cut open the egg and had the bright yellow yolk in the picture too! Thought of that when I was eating, but it took so long to display my meal, I had to just eat. (I only get a half hour for lunch -- you know I have a really tough boss.) I added the triple curly parsley from my container garden to accent the avocado slices, creamy pasta salad, and the bright white egg. All set on a pretty little plate from the local resale shop. My blue quilted table topper makes a gentle, cool background!

New - Lunch Looks Like a Quilt to Me Blog

Advertising on www.buysellcraft.com --- Put my Note Cards up first!

The Website and Ad aren't there anymore... It was good place to advertise while it was there....

I placed a Free advertisement for my Assorted Quilted Photo Note Cards on a website called http://buysellcraft.com . This is the direct link to my ad http://buysellcraft.com/?page_id=4&id=43 . My website and phone number is listed in the ad so customers can get in touch with me directly after reading the ad. The advertisement is free for 7 days and $1.00 for 30 days and $5.00 for a year ---- Go to the website and get the details. I am trying the 7 days first and then will probably go with the one year and will add other items to that! They are just getting started and I think it will be a good place to be! I was the second ad on the website!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

All Machine Embroidery Binding in BLUE!!!

No .... I did not polish my nails to match the binding! I just love blue! That week my toe nails were blue too! Went a quilt retreat in Iowa and had some wonderful pampering! I made photo note cards from a picture I took of four other quilter's feet and polished toes on brightly dyed fabric!!! Note Card Page on the website. There is a slide show of the binding samples on the Photo Gallery/Examples Page.

Friday, August 27, 2010

First Two Quilted Tote Bags available for purchase with a Credit Card!

ONE of a KIND !!! I make and create a variety of Quilted Tote Bags --All unique -- No two are alike! Not even the same size!

They are a simple quilted tote bag with no pockets or only one pocket. Made just for carrying your craft stuff and reading material around with you, protected by the padding of the batting and fabric. All are freestyle quilted with 100% cotton fabric and 80/20 cotton/poly batting and stitched with colorful threads on the all machine embroidery binding. Very durable and machine washable.

There are two yellow, black, and white quilted tote bags available for purchase at www.craftysewing.com.

Great little tote bags for carrying and protecting your small items and craft projects!

More "One of a Kind" quilted tote bags in a variety of sizes will be added soon...... see pictures in the photo gallery.

A New Look ! Slide Shows, Photo Gallery, and Online Store!

A New Look to my Website features hundreds of new pictures in the Photo Gallery. I added a couple photos of every quilt I quilted this year! Some are up close of the quilting like the photo here! That one I made into a quilted photo note card and a post card. You can purchase the note cards and three other styles on my website with a credit card!

Over the next couple weeks I will add a couple pictures of all the quilts I quilted last year then a couple weeks later, I will add the year before! Soon there will be a couple thousand pictures of quilts! Amazing!! I can't do it all in one day as I have to quilt in between --- I can't just work on the computer! Ha Ha! I added a couple of slide shows to the website on the Quilted Tote Bag page and on the bottom of the Reconstruction page. I am in the process of adding more One of a Kind Quilted Tote Bags for purchase. Several Quilted Tote Bags are completed and the photos are ready for upload I just have to write the descriptions for the Online Store!

If you find your quilt on the Photo Gallery email me! Marcia@craftysewing.com Also email your friends and share it with them too!! Copy and paste this link and email it to your friends and family www.craftysewing.com Thanks! Enjoy the pictures of the quilts and quilt related items!! It will be like going to quilt show in your own home!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Beans and Potatoes!!! YES ---- I do COOK!!

COOK at your own risk!!!! Ha Ha 1. Steam or boil fresh green beans. 2. Wash and slice "New" Potatoes -- leave the skin on!!! Pan fry the potatoes in butter or whatever you would like. Season with a little salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning. In the second picture I used canned diced potatoes -- Open can, rinse in cool water and drain water and pan fry them. 3. When both the potatoes and green beans are cooked --- drain the green beans and add them to the fry pan and toss with the potatoes. YES !!! They are ready to eat!
One night I didn't have any potatoes, so I pan fried Zucchini and a little onion and served it with fresh corn on the cob. Of course add a few flowers for color!!! Oh and don't forget to drink lots of WATER!!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Second Annual BEAN WEEK! July 2010

Last week we had our Second Annual BEAN WEEK! Mark and I and MOM and Alex got together last year and this year to FREEZE GREEN BEANS!!! Great Grandma Nordeen said green beans are the Best vegetable for you and she was right!!!! We love them!!! Next post I will post my recipe for Beans and Potatoes. Because Mark and I love our "Day Jobs" so much we managed to squeeze in web pages and quilting! Mark worked on my Online Store on my website and I worked on putting together the beginning parts of a T-shirt Quilt for Spencer (Mark's step son). It was a very productive week!!!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Announcing Marcia's Online Store at www.craftysewing.com

Marcia's Online Store features Patterns, Pre cut Kits, Quilted Photo Note cards, Extra Wide 100% Cotton Fabric and other quilt related items.

Several items are up and ready to order with your credit card or PayPal account. I use the PayPal Shopping Cart which provides a very simple and secure method for purchasing online. You can checkout with a credit card or use your PayPal account.

More items will be added later so check back often.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Bindings --- All Machine Embroidery Bindings!

Why not have me machine stitch your Quilt Bindings?
I do an All Machine Embroidery Binding! Looks great on the edge of your quilt! How nice when you get your quilted quilt back from me to have it all complete and ready to use or ready to give as a gift!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Veiw of my container garden and my fabric cover for my tomato planter

Lengthwise view from both ends of the deck.. This is on the south side of our home. Sunny all day!!

Of course I had to add fabric to my container garden! Wanted to make it look like a quilt!!!

I am really having fun with my little garden!!!