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!

Monday, November 26, 2012

20% OFF Extra Wide Fabrics - Monday Sale!

Extra Wide 100% Cotton Fabric

All fabrics in stock 20% off the regular price today.

Do not order thru' the website. Please send a direct email to me please --- Marcia@craftysewing.com 

Find the fabric on the website at www.craftysewing.com and then send an email including your paypal email, so I can email you a paypal invoice with the 20% OFF

Sale runs today thru' Monday at midnight CST - Nov. 26th.

You can order one yard or only a 1/2 yard or 3 yards or more - - - any amount and get the 20% OFF Sale! 


I ship in the Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes --- up to three yards in the Flat Rate Padded Envelope for only $5.30 in the US - $12.95 internationally. Medium box for US is only $11.35 if you order over 3 yards of the extra wide fabrics.

Enjoy your Monday!

Tomorrow, I will start the Hodgepodge Patchwork Tuesday up again with a post using Charm packs!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

First Snow, Posting Again, and a Binding to Share

This summer and fall has kept me soooo busy!  I have been quilting and gardening and enjoying time with family and friends.  I have taken so many photos of my quilting that I will have unlimited posts!  It is time to get back to posting on my blog. I created a new pattern this summer - Summer Tomatoes. I am working on two more quilt pattern ideas.

But this morning, I am enjoying a cup of coffee and our first snow in Wisconsin. We did have a few flurries on Sunday, but not like this.

Note the temperatures outside and inside!  It is cold!

I haven't dug out my boots yet!

I took the dogs out in my sandals. I walked on the path, but still got snow in between my toes!  I will get out my boots.

My plants are covered with snow and all stacked up and put away for the winter.

A little parsley still trying to grow.

I am going to stay inside and boil some eggs and quilt up a winter storm in the house!

I have so many quilts to share -- where will I start?

Today --- just the finished binding on my stitch and slice table runner.

I tried a different embroidery stitch for the binding. It is not my favorite but I like it for this quilt.

Update: The Slice and Stitch Quilt Block Tutorial is now available at Craftsy.com as a PDF Downloadable Pattern for Only $1.00.  Click Here.

Remember to take time to play, to enjoy a cup of coffee and the first snow of the year!