Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hodgepodge Patchwork Tuesday - Got the Winter Blues?

Here is fun and simple way to get rid of them, using 3 blue fabrics.
You start with three coordinating fat quarters.

Medium, dark, and light.

Cut the dark fabric fat quarter into 1 1/2 inch strips X 22".

Cut the medium and the light fabric fat quarter into 3 inch strips X 22".

Stitch them together alternating the dark strips in between the medium and light fabrics.

Iron/Press the strip set with the seams going away from the skinny strip and towards the larger strips.

Next cross cut the strips at 2 inches wide.

The cross cut strips will look like this.

Next stitch the skinny strips (dark blue) in between each of the cross cut strips.  Start with a light square at the top and then a medium, so that it creates an offset pattern. I even staggered a few of the strips by cutting off a little at the top, before I started sewing, so it was even more offset.

Don't worry if the top or bottom edges don't line up perfectly.  Rotary trim is after it is pressed.

Doesn't that create a cool pattern? It is like a basket weave. Of course, it really is cool to me, because it is BLUE!

I will quilt it and then rotary cut it into mug rugs - 7" X 10", but it could be quilted and made into a table runner.

I'll share the finished mug rugs sometime in the future. It may not happen before Christmas, I wanted to share the idea with you today!

Did that get rid of the Winter Blues?
Sewing something fun and easy always does it for me!
Remember to take time to play!



Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Pretty! Love the idea of creating a "fabric" ready to cut up for mug rugs.

The Slow Quilter said...

What a great winter blue buster. Love it and will try it. Thank you.

Rosa said...

Gorgeous.Love it and will be in my new year to do list.Thanks for the tutorial!!

JoyceLM said...

Thanks for the great tutorial.

Margaret said...

Wow! This is cool. I just happen to have some winter blue batiks that would look awesome. I think you are amazing. How do you come up with these ideas? I wish I had half your talent.

VickiT said...

Very cool Marcia. You always make it look so effortless. I really need to stop stressing about using my favorite fabrics and just do it. It's not like I can't buy more right? WHY do I do this?