Countryside Colette Purse and Zipper Pouch


Today I'm sharing accessories I made with the new fabric line from Lisa Audit - Countryside.

The fabric line is a gorgeous collection of painterly prints including florals, ginghams, dots, and plaids in a beautiful coral, red and sky blue palette.

I created two new patterns that were perfect for this lovely fabric collection.
The "Wrap Dress paper piecing pattern" is a new pattern that I used as the focal point on my "Favorite Block Zipper Pouch" which is designed to feature your favorite 6" finished quilt block. The dress is made with the gorgeous Coral Blossom Floral and the bottom of the pouch is the Red Gingham print from the fabric line.
The back of the pouch features the Red Medallion floral print.

Find the patterns at the following links:

The Colette Purse is a roomy bag with outside pockets and a curvy shape. The Blue Blossom print paired with the Blue Gingham was the perfect fabric combo for this purse!

If you make a project with "Countryside", be sure to tag your photos on social media with the hashtags:

#CountrysideFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

Happy Sewing!


Charise : )


Sunflower Quilt in BloomBerry Fabric


I had the pleasure of working with the new fabric line from Minki Kim - "Bloomberry". The line includes an adorable strawberry print, florals, ginghams, dots, and a fun "cheater" hexagon print.

Spring here in the Pacific Northwest is still a bit grey and wet so I decided to make a cheery, low volume quilt with primarily yellow and pinks with the hexagon cheater print thrown in. 

I'm calling it my "Sunflower Quilt."

The beautiful quilting was masterfully stitched by Ashley of Hen House quilting and I love how it turned out!

The binding is BloomBerry Yellow Gingham and the backing is the very pretty POParazzi in color Peaches n' Cream.

The Sunflower Quilt is an easy make using half square triangles with a row by row construction to finish the quilt.

Find the Sunflower Quilt Pattern Here  *Available on May 1st*

We had a brief moment of sunshine, so I snapped a few photos of Sunflower Quilt on the clothesline in the backyard : )

If you make a project with the gorgeous BloomBerry fabric line, be sure to tag your photos with the hashtags:

#BloomberryFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

Happy Sewing!


Albion fabric Tote Bag

When I had the chance to make a project with Albion fabric from Riley Blake Designs designed by Amy SmartI jumped at the chance!  Albion is a beautiful fabric line and the perfect fabric for Spring sewing.

The fabric line is just beautiful with water color florals, great basic dots and stripes, a fun text print, and a lovely floral gingham.

The tote bag is a Free pattern you can find [HERE]

I made a few changes  to the original Tote including adding my Cozy Cottage Foundation paper pieced block to one side of the tote.

You can find my Cozy Cottage pattern [HERE]

The opposite side has an outside pocket.  The fabric is a beautiful watercolor floral.

I added some embroidery to enhance the gorgeous watercolor floral.

The Tote has a covered button closure which is made from the Watercolor Floral.

I also added a cute fabric loop and a fun floral charm to the side of the Tote.   The charm was a free gift with purchase from Sunny Day Supply

If you make a project with Flower Garden fabric, be sure to tag your photos on social media with the following hashtags:

#AlbionFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

If you make my Patchwork tote, be sure to also tag your photos with the following hashtags:

#ChariseCreatesPattern #PatchworkTote

Happy Sewing!




Picnic Florals Granny Purse & A Patchwork Coaster Tutorial

 Today I am sharing a few projects I made with the new fabric line from My Mind’s Eye, “Picnic Florals”. It is such a sunny, fun fabric line. Just what I need this time of year! I absolutely love the pink and yellow color way. The prints include an adorable strawberry print, gorgeous florals, and a lovely gingham and stripe.

The “Granny Purse” is a sweet hobo style bag. It has a cute little gathered pocket on one side. I added a custom covered button and loop closure. The purse is roomy with an inside pocket. Perfect for the market or for your portable knitting or sewing project.

The opposite side of the bag has a patch pocket. I trimmed the pocket with a sweet lace trim.

This collection just had to be made into a cute patchwork project. I love having a collection of coasters. 
I made this sweet 9 patch coaster and you can too! 

Sometimes it is nice to make a quick project and this coaster is just that project. 
It is a free pattern on my blog!

If you make a project with “Picnic Florals” be sure to tag your photos on social media with the following hashtags:

#PicnicFloralFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

I love to see what you make!

Happy Sewing!




Tulip Cottage Zipper Pouches & a Free 6" Zipper Pouch Pattern

Today I am sharing the cute zipper pouches I made with the adorable new fabric line Tulip Cottage by Melissa Mortenson for Riley Blake Designs.

The first pouch I made uses my Free Tulip paper piecing pattern for the focal point on my "Home Sweet Home" boxy zipper pouch.  The zipper pouch can also be used to hold fat quarters : )  

Find the Tulip pattern [HERE]

Find the Home Sweet Home Boxy Zipper Pouch [HERE]

The fabric line is perfect for fussy cutting.  Those rabbits and cows are just adorable!

I love the zipper charm from at Sew Be!

On the back of the Boxy Zipper pouch I used "Pink Flower Fields" print.

I also made a Cottage zipper pouch!  The pouch is made with my Cottage paper piecing pattern.  

The pouch is a free pattern you can find at the bottom of this post!

If you make any projects with Tulip Cottage fabric be sure to tag your photos on social media with the hashtags:

#ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns #TulipCottageFabric

I love to see what you make : )

Happy Sewing!



6" Quilt Block Zipper Pouch

Find the Pattern [HERE]

Notes: ~All seam allowances are 1/4". 

    Back stitch at the beginning and end of each seam.

Finished Size:  6" tall x 8" wide


~ 6" finished / 6 1/2" unfinished quilt block

~ 1/4 yard shell fabric

~1 - 1" x 1 1/2" Print for the zipper tab

~ 1/4 yard lining

~ 1/4 yard batting

~ 1/4 yard muslin or canvas


~Zipper Foot
~Matching Thread
~9" or longer coil zipper 
~Marking pen, pencil or Hera Marker for quilt marking


~ Shell (background) Fabric: 2 - 6 1/2" x 2 3/8" rectangles, 1 - 1 1/4" x 8 1/2" , 1- Main     Panel 

~Print Fabric for zipper tab:     1 - 1" x 1 1/2" 

~Fusible Batting     ~2  Main Panel

~Muslin or Canvas  ~2  Main Panel
~Lining                      ~2  Main Panel

Sewing Instructions:

1.  Stitch the 6 1/2" x 2 3/8" shell fabric rectangles to the left and right side of the quilt block.  Press.

Stitch the 1 1/4" x 2 1/2" strip, centered, on the bottom of the block. Press.

2.  Place the pattern on the panel and trim to size.  Fuse the Batting to the back of the panel.

Place the muslin or canvas Main Panel on the back.  

Quilt through all layers as desired.   

Repeat for the Back Pouch Panel.

3. Trim the zipper to 7 1/2" measuring from the top of the zipper head to the bottom of the zipper.

4. On the 1" side of the zipper tab, fold 1/4" to the wrong side. Press.

    Press in half wrong sides together.

5.  Place the bottom end of the zipper so that it is against the folded edge of the tab.
    Pin in Place.
    Stitch the folded edge with an edge stitch.

6. Fold back the zipper tape on the top edge of the zipper to the wrong side. 
     Glue baste or machine baste in place.

7. Place the zipper to the pouch right sides together with the top edges of the pouch
     and zipper tape matching.
    Center the zipper on the pouch panel.  Stitch the top edge with
    a 1/4" seam allowance.

8. Place the lining right sides with the pouch panel right side matching the top raw edge.
      Pin in place.
The zipper will be sandwiched in between the pouch and lining panels.
    Stitch the top edge with a 1/4" stitch.

9. Press the pouch and lining panels away from the zipper.  Press.
     Top stitch 1/8" away from the seam line.

~Repeat for the other side~

Separate the lining pieces from the pouch pieces.
     Place the pouch pieces right sides together, matching seams and raw edges.  
     Pin in place.

     Place the lining pieces right sides together, matching seams and raw edges.  
     Pin in place.
     The zipper teeth should face towards the lining.
     ****Make sure the zipper is open.
     Sew the sides and bottom of the shell and lining,  leaving a 4" opening on the       bottom lining side.
Press the seams open.

11. Box the corners:
      Place the bottom and side seams right sides together at the bottom corner 
      with seams pressed open.
      Stitch the seam.
      Repeat for the other bottom corner.
Repeat for the lining.

12.  Turn right side out and press.
        Machine stitch or hand stitch the opening in the lining closed.