"Perfectly Pretty Patchwork" Book Tour

Hello and Happy Monday!

I am so thrilled to be a part of the Perfectly Pretty Patchwork Book Tour.
The book was written by Kristyne of @PrettyByHand.

I have always admired Kristyne's work and was so happy to be a part of the tour.
The book is organized by quilting blocks and features both a quilt and a small project using the same traditional motif.

I chose to make the flying geese zipper pouch and I love the way it turned out!
I used mostly fabrics from my stash but also included an adorable Atsuko Matsuyama Japanese Print for the body of the pouch which I purchased from Sunny Day Supply.

The shape of the pouch is perfect and opens wide for all your bits and bobs.

I chose to machine quilt the body in a 1/2" grid and I love the way it turned out!

Be sure to check out all the lovely projects on Instagram!
Happy Sewing

 January 6Minki Kim@zeriano
 January 8Pam Vieira-McGinnis@pamkittymorning
 January 13Lauren Wright@mollyandmama
January 15Janine Vangool@uppercasemag
 January 20Michelle White@michelle.made.this
 January 22Lesley Chaisson@berry_birdy
January 27Debbie Homick@happylittlecottage1
January 29Susan Ache@yardgrl60
 February 3Amber Johnson@gigis_thimble
 February 5Deborah Russell@missluella1
 February 10Corey Yoder@corianderquilts
 February 12Chelsi Stratton @chelsistratton
 February 17Charise randell@charisecreates
 February 19Elise Baek@eliseandemelie
February 24Sherri McConnell@aquiltinglife
February 26Mary Dugan@sunnydaysupply
 March 2Kristen Valencia@bobbypinbandit 
 March 4Kim Kruzich@retro_mama
 March 9Jennie Pickett@cloverandviolet
 March 11Amy Smart@diaryofaquilter
 March 16Olivia Villarreal@thishandmadelife
 March 18Andy Knowlton@abrightcorner
 March 23Pat Sloan@patsloan
 March 25Sedef Imer@downgrapevinelane
 March 30Carrie Nelson @justcarrieintexas
April 1Cheryl Arkison@cheryl_arkison
 April 6Amy Sinibaldi@amysinibaldi
 April 8Elea Lutz@elealutz
April 13jera brandvig@QuiltingintheRain
 April 15Martingale@martingaletpp


I Love Gingham πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

I love using gingham in the items I make, so when I had the opportunity to use Riley Blake's gingham I jumped at the chance!  I made this Adrienne blouse from Friday Pattern company with Woven Gingham sleeves in Peacock and the body is made with their Stretch Jersey knit in Aqua.  

 The Woven Gingham is incredibly soft and perfect for garments.  
The knit is also soft and dreamy to sew with.
I love the way it turned out.  It will be perfect for Spring!

I also made this cross body bag with the same Woven Gingham and Riley Blake Linen in color Aqua.
This will be available as a pattern to purchase - soon!

Can you tell I am dreaming about sunny weather and planning my Spring Wardrobe?  πŸ˜

Be sure to head on over to the Riley Blake Designs blog for more projects and inspiration.
And don't forget to tag your photos on social media with #RileyBlakeDesigns #ILoveRileyBlake and #RileyBlakeGingham  

πŸ’™I love to see what you make πŸ’™

Happy Sewing!



2019  was a busy and wonderful year! Here is a recap of what has been going on around here : )         I was able to share the Festive Foundation Quilts I designed for Quilts and More Magazine.
Each quilt is seasonal and all the blocks are paper pieced.  

Each block can also be used for individual projects such as a project bag which I made with my ice cream cone block from the Summer Quilt.

I will be listing each individual block in my Etsy shop this month.  Stay tuned! 

I added some new paper pieced patterns to my Etsy shop.

I also designed a template pattern - no paper piecing.  The cottage block which comes in a 6" and 12" block.   It can also be found in my Etsy Shop 
The pouch in the bottom pic is a Tink Along pouch made with the 6" block.

I created this fun little spool block as a free pattern when you sign up for my newsletter!
The sign up is on the right side of my blog.

I made these fun little pin cushion as gifts for some of my sewing friends.

I have some new patterns in the works which I am excited to finish this year!

I have a new pattern series that will be cottages with a theme.                                                       The first will be sewing, of course! : )

A new version of my Vintage Dresses Pattern is in the works - Vintage Dresses 2!

I still have lots of Works in Progress and hope to make a dent in finishing these quilts this year.

The best part of the year was an amazing trip my family took to France.  It was such a wonderful experience.  Both my husband and I have traveled to Europe but not my boys.

They are at the perfect age - 12 & 16 -  so we decided now was the time.

Wishing you all the best for the upcoming year!


My Happy Place!


Riley Blake Designs sent me a new fabric collection from Lori Holt of "A bee in my Bonnet".  It is called My Happy Place and is the most adorable sewing themed collection.

The fabric is a little bit heavier than quilting cotton in a very subtle twill weave.  It lends itself perfectly to quilting, home dec and accessory projects.

I made the basket tote from a free pattern by Sew Can She.  I love the way it turned out! 

I opted for the zippered version and lined it with  "Floral Cottage" from the collection.  It is a gorgeous floral, that works perfectly with the other prints in the collection.  

I also used the floral to cover the chair in the pic! 
The possibilities for projects with this adorable fabric is endless!!!

I can't wait to see what you make with "My Happy Place" fabric.
Be sure to tag your creations on social media with the hashtag #MyHappyPlaceFabric and #RileyBlakeDesigns 

 Happy Sewing


Vintage Happy 2

Riley Blake sent me the most adorable new collection from Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet.
The prints are adorable and include florals and ditzies as well as fabulous text prints.
I have been planning what I would make for a few weeks now.
Can you tell what it is?  The shape is basically a rectangle with rounded corners.

The background fabric is Linen in color Aqua Teal, The binding is 1/8" Aqua Gingham and the adorable red lace is also designed by Lori.  All are from Riley Blake Designs.

I opted to make my own bias binding which is super duper easy and a great way to personalize your projects.
I even have a tutorial to make your own bias binding [HERE]

If you guessed sewing machine cover, you are correct!
It also doubles as a sewing mat and I will keep my seam ripper and scissors in the pockets!

Be sure and head over to the Riley Blake Blog to see some inspirational sewing projects.
And please tag you photos on social media with the hashtags #RileyBlakeDesigns & #VintageHappy2fabric

Happy Sewing


Adrienne Blouse in Designer Knits

Riley Blake sent me this beautiful Fabric -  "Something Borrowed Petals Navy" in stretch jersey knit designed by Christopher from The Tattooed quilter.  I decided to make the Adrienne blouse by Friday Pattern Company.  I love how it turned out!

The print is the cutest sketchy floral with  "Love" text scattered in the print.  And it you look closely at the picture, the "Love" is perfectly positioned at the center front of the blouse.  A happy accident indeed!  The cotton knit has a nice soft hand and is a dream to sew with!  

Be sure to check out the Riley Blake Blog for more adorable and inspiring projects! 

Please tag your photos on Social media with the hashtags #RileyBlakeDesigns & #SomethingBorrowedFabric so we can see your amazing work! 

Happy Sewing
xo Charise 


Buffalo Check Square Neck top

Riley Blake sent me this adorable cotton knit Buffalo check fabric.  I chose the red and black because I thought it would make a cute top for me : )  

Buffalo checks are pretty hot right now,  in interiors and also in fashion.
I created this collage as a little inspiration of all the things you can make in buffalo check fabric.  

I opted to make this cute Square neck top from Friday Pattern company.
The fabric is so soft and easy to sew with.  The Square neck top pattern is fabulous and I will definitely make more of these.

The Buffalo check is designed by Simple Simon and Company and is available in three different color combos.

Be sure to head on over to the Riley Blake site to see all the gorgeous Designer Knits!

Be sure to tag your photos with #RileyBlakeDesigns if you share your creations on social media.

Happy Sewing!