6.19.2018

New Macaroons and a Wrist Strap Tutorial



I have been working on a few new Macaroon Pouches with some of my favorite fabrics and some new favorites as well.
This is the smaller version which works perfectly with this adorable Flower Child Fabric from Art Gallery Fabric.


I also made this fun & Fancy Cat Macaroon Pouch with Cotton and Steel "Beauty Shop" collection.
I love the way it turned out!



The large pouch makes a perfect clutch so I created a Wrist Strap Tutorial.
You can use it for my Macaroon Pouch or any other zipper pouch you would like to turn into a clutch.


Materials:
1/2 yard 3/4" - 7/8" twill tape
1/2 yard 1/2" - 5/8" ribbon
3/4" Swivel Clasp and D-Ring

Cut: 
Twill tape:
11 1/2" length
2 1/2" length

Ribbon:
11 1/2" length
2 1/2" length


1) Center the 2 1/2" ribbon on the 2 1/2" length of twill tape.  Edge stitch both sides of the ribbon.
    Repeat for the 11 1/2" length of twill tape and ribbon.

2) Slip the 2 1/2" length of twill/ribbon onto the D-ring.  Baste 1/4" from the raw edge.


3) Place the D-ring 1 1/2" from the top raw edge of the pouch.  Baste in place.

~Proceed with the sewing instructions to finish your pouch~

Create the Strap ~


1) Slip the 11 1/2" length of twill/ribbon onto the swivel clasp with right sides together.
Stitch the short raw edges together with a 1/4" seam allowance back tacking at ends.  Turn right side out.



2) Slide the swivel class to the the seam.  Stitch 1/2" from the seam back tacking at ends.

Have a lovely day and Happy Sewing!

xo
Charise

6.04.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ Week 9



This is our last Monday of the Spring Blossoms Sew Along.
If you are not ready to quilt and bind, not to worry, the sew along info will be on my blog for you to access at any time.


I will be doing a combination of "stitch in the ditch" quilting and echo quilting which you can see in the pic above.  
The pattern pictured is my Starburst Spools which you can find in my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

All the info can be found [HERE]
  Enjoy!
Happy Sewing 
xo

Charise

6.02.2018

Wishing you a Joyous June

Wishing you a joyous June!
This is a sample of the roses from my garden.  I love this time of year!

The Gathered Coin Purse is from Stitch Gifts 2012.
Link to the magazine is [HERE]

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

6.01.2018

Having fun sewing blocks from "Super cute paper piecing"




Hello! 
 I cannot believe it is already June and Summer is almost upon us!
The weather has been beautiful if the Pacific Northwest and I have been out in the yard every chance I get.
My kids are out of school at the end of June so I have also been trying to sew as much as possible before summer break.


I have been making blocks from my book Super Cute Paper Piecing.
They are so incredibly versatile and can be used in all kinds of sewing projects.


The sketch book shown uses my dress block from the book.
It was the perfect size for the front of this adorable sketch book.
The sketch book pattern is from Quilts and More's Summer issue and was designed by Heidi of Fabric Mutt..


I adore the pattern!  It has pockets on the inside to hold a sketch book, pens and pencils.


Don't you just love those kitten pens?  I found them at my local book store and couldn't resist them!


I made another apron block from by book and I love how it turned out!
The background fabric is a new color Essex linen from Robert Kaufmann fabrics called Nautical.



The fabrics in the dress and apron blocks designed by me and I am calling the fabric line "Cherry Blossom".    I plan on having them available in my Etsy shop and at my Spoonflower shop very soon.
Check back here for updates.


Happy Sewing
xo
Charise


5.28.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ Week 8



Happy Monday and Memorial Day for those in the U.S.

Today I am sharing Week 8 instructions for The Spring Blossoms Sew Along.
This week we are embroidering the flight path and small butterfly.

My preferred method for transferring the embroidery is to print out the pattern and place it
under the quilt top, positioning the artwork as per the diagram.  Then, trace the stitching line with a water soluble pen or pencil.

You can find all the instructions [HERE]

Enjoy the day!
I am heading over to my in-laws for a Memorial Day BBQ and a bit of stitching!

Happy Stitching!

xo
Charise

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ update to week 7, Assembling the Quilt


Hello and Happy Monday.
A quick note to let you know I found a small error from last week.
It affects Week 7, step #9 on page 2.


You can find the revised instructions [HERE]

Happy Sewing!

xo
Charise

5.21.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ Week 7, Quilt Assembly


Hello and Happy Monday!
I hope you enjoyed having a week to catch up on the Spring Blossoms Sew Along.
If you are new to the sew along or just joining, no worries!  
All the info for the sew along is on my blog and you can find it [HERE]
Sew at your own pace and have fun!
This is not a race : )



This week I am sharing the Quilt Assembly.  You can find the info [HERE]
I found an error in the original document.  The revised document is [HERE]
The change was made to page 2, #9.

Please tag photos of your Spring Blossoms Quilt on social media with the hashtag 
#SpringBlossomsSewAlong
I love to see what you make!

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

5.14.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ Catch up Week



Happy Monday and welcome to the Spring Blossoms Sew Along.
Today was suppose to be the "Assemble The Quilt" week of the sew along.

Unfortunately I have had a problem with my computer and my files have disappeared.
As in, whoosh they disappeared into thin air and, I cannot find the folder on my computer!
I am working to restore documents so there will be a short delay in the Sew Along.

Good news, if you are following the schedule you have some time to catch up.
And you can find the updated schedule [HERE]

Have a lovely day!
xo
Charise