9.14.2014

Sunday Stash with Liberty Tana Lawns



I hope you are enjoying your Sunday.  I picked the last of the lavender from my garden that I will use for sachets and cooking.  My husband makes killer Lavender lemon scones!  The recipe is from my favorite Seattle bakery - Macrina.  
My roses are still blooming - you can see a little peek in the upper right hand corner of the photo.
My house is full of vases with the luscious smelling blooms.  I will be sad when they are gone.


I could't resist making a sachet with the my Liberty Tana 
Lawn scraps  and lavender from my garden!  The pattern is one I designed, way back when, for Stitch Gifts 2012.
You could also use my tutorial for a simple four patch sachet - tutorial is [here].  It is a great project for using your favorite scraps.  


Here is a little sneak peek of a project I am working on for the Liberty Craft Blog with these beautiful fabrics!  They are so summery which is nice since summer is coming to an end.  I love the citrus colors (hint, hint).

Have a lovely evening!
xo
Charise




9.10.2014

Work in Progress Wednesday


It is Wednesday again and time seems to be flying by.  The kiddos have been in school for a week and I've been struggling with setting a schedule for myself.  My main work in progress is grading my Anna Blouse.  Basically grading means taking a pattern and making it larger and smaller.     I learned to grade in design school but that was over 20 years ago!  A task that I dreaded at first, but have come to enjoy as I measure each seam, feeling very satisfied when the pieces sew together!

I have a stack of fabrics to make more versions of the blouse and can't wait to share them here!


To help keep my sanity, I have set aside some time for sewing.  In celebration of National Sewing Month, I will be sharing a project that uses a technique that is new to me - appliqué.  I was inspired by the book Playful Patchwork by Suzuko Koseki.  The project pictured will be a sweet little bag which I will share on the blog later this month.

I hope you enjoy these last few days of summer.

xo
Charise



9.05.2014

Sponsor News - National Sewing Month!








Becca at Sew Me a Song is having a sale this weekend
In Celebration of National Sewing Month! 
Take $10.00 off your purchase of $50 or more.  Enter coupon code :  SEWSEPT  at checkout. Offer good through September 8th.

I'm rather smitten with this I dream of Paris bundle : )


The Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating National Sewing Month with a free pattern.  The Color my Heart Quilt pattern is available HERE.  It uses a handful of charm squares and makes a 27" finished block.  I would be an adorable mini quilt or make a bunch for a larger quilt!
(Don't forget to use #colormyheart on social media when you create this quilt!)

They are also hosting a blog hop!  They have asked bloggers (me included!) to share a projects they have not made before ~ all month long!  Here is the list of bloggers!




Sherri of A Quilting Life



Charise of Charise Creates

Lucy of Charm About You



Rachel of Family Ever After

Anne Marie of Generation X Quilters

Marni of Haberdashery Fun

Melissa of Happy Quilting


Elizabeth of In the Boon Docks

Jana of Jana Machado

Lynne of Lily's Quilts

Maureen of Made by Marzipan

Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs

Melanie of I Heart Stitching

Kaye of Miss Print


Natalia of Piece N' Quilt

Denise of Pieced Brain

Stephanie of Quarter Incher

Jane of Quilt Jane

Heather and Megan of Quilt Story

Cheryl of Quilter Chic

Michele of Quilting Gallery

Allison of Quilting Mumma


Leslie of Seasoned Homemaker


Liz of Sew4Home


Sara of Sew Sweetness

Leanne of She Can Quilt

Vickie of Spun Sugar Quilts


Tonya of The Crafty Mummy



Erin of Why Not Sew?


Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

9.01.2014

Summer Vintage Finds



Spring and Summer are usually spent with a fair amount of "estate sale" shopping.  This year I made it to only one estate sale and my favorite antique shop where I found this beautiful vintage toy sewing machine. 


The estate sale was a good one!  Most of the items were fabric - napkins, tablecloths and a bit of fabric.  I picked up a few of my absolute favorite items.

The fabric on the right is a vintage feed sack make into a tablecloth

This fabric on the left is an apron.  I love the teeny, tiny fruit : )


These are some lovely vintage fabric pieces.


I also picked up these cute vintage patterns! Gotta love the 60's!

I have been organizing and cleaning in preparation for school starting this Wednesday!
It is bittersweet - I will miss my rascally boys but it will also be nice to have more time for my design work!

xo
Charise

8.27.2014

My Good Night Nightie at Sew Mama Sew!



Happy Wednesday.
This is a quick post to let you know the Good Night Nightie I designed for Stitch Beautiful Bedrooms is available as a free download!  You can find it [here] at the Sew Mama Sew Site.



I absolutely love mine and wear it often - so perfect for warm summer nights!

The fabric I used is a voile from Little Lisette which is now out of print but would be perfect in a lawn or lightweight silk.


If you like the cover pic - I designed that as well : )  it is a perfect lightweight robe with a pretty ruffle detail, shirred waist and inside tie.
The book has wonderful projects for your bedroom, from slippers and eye masks to quilts and a beautiful duvet set!

Enjoy!!!
xo
Charise


8.26.2014

Sketch Book Cover Tutorial


Just in time for back to school, I designed this handy sketch book cover!
You can find it over at the Sew Mama Sew blog.
I love to have a sketch book in my bag at all times to jot down ideas or just to doodle!  They are also great for list writing and immortalizing all your fabulous ideas!  Since I change my bag often, I designed a sketch book cover that has a handy pocket on the back to keep your pen or pencils.  There is nothing worse than wanting to write down or sketch an idea but not being able to find a pencil in your purse - which happens to me often.  Thus the design for this handy sketch book cover!


The cover has a paper pieced pencil and embroidery detail.


This is also a great project to make for young artists - a perfect portable sketch book with everything in its place!


The handy pocket on the back has a velcro closure.
Perfect for stowing your favorite sketching tools.

You can find the tutorial and pattern at the Sew Mama Sew blog!

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

8.25.2014

Coffee Koozie


The Fat Quarter shop is sharing a video and free pattern for this adorable Coffee Koozie. 

I take a cup of coffee with me on my daily walk to take the kiddos to school, so this will come in handy! 
And it is just so darn cute!!


It is perfect for a mini charm pack - or - choose your own fabrics.  I used some of my favorite fabric scraps!  I also found some vintage red buttons in my button stash.


A perfectly easy project, it took me about an hour to sew and a bit more time to pick out the fabrics and cut the 2.5" squares.  If you have a mini charm pack, the project is super quick!


I think this will be the perfect teacher gift!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise