Barbie fabric!

When I had the opportunity to sew up some projects with the new line of Barbie fabric from Riley Blake Designs, I couldn't resist!

I first learned to sew by making clothes for my Barbie dolls when I was 6 years old
 which led to a career as a fashion designer : ) 

The tote is a nice roomy size with a large outside pocket that holds a small Macaroon Pouch perfectly!

Or a couple of stylish Barbie Dolls : )

I used a current Simplicity pattern to make this cute dress. 

The vintage McCalls pattern from 1964 was used to make this dress.

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Happy Sewing!



Conservatory is a new line of fabric designed by Jill Finley for Riley Blake Designs.
The fabric line is predominately blue and white with some pretty colors sprinkled in.

I decided to make my Hexagon Handbag in shades of blue.  The tote is roomy and is a perfect shopping or beach tote. I modified the pattern to have self fabric handles.  
I used Riley Blake Linen in Color Navy for the handles and gusset.

Shine on Quilt Pattern by Jill Finley
"Shine On" quilt pattern by Jill Finley with Conservatory Fabric

If you want to make a quilt with this fabric,  check out this beautiful pattern from Jill Finley.
The quilt is called "Shine On".  Isn't is beautiful?
I just love the gradation of color .

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Abbie's Garden

 Summer is upon us and the new line of fabric, Abbie's Garden designed by Sue Daley for Riley Blake, has me in the the mood for Summer.
The line includes both big and small florals, and some great basics in stripes and lattice designs.
And, of course, some adorable prints with Abbie in the garden.

I love to make bags and pouches and this fabric was just perfect!

I made this fun drawstring bag with a fussy cut pocket.  The body of the bag is Dark Grey Linen from Riley Blake and absolutely wonderful to work with.

I also made this sweet zipper pouch that features Abbie on a gathered pocket.

You can find this fun little pouch pattern in my Etsy shop - Charise Creates.

I'd love to see what you make with Abbie's Garden!
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Pin Drop fabric

This has been a super busy sewing week! I hope you have had some time to sew : )
Today I am sharing a few projects I made with the new line - Pin Drop from Riley Blake Fabrics.

This perfect basic is designed by The Tatooed Quilter.  It comes in a rainbow of gorgeous colors.
I absolutely love this fabric and just had to make some sewing themed projects.

The adorable basket is a free pattern from The Sewing Chick.  I made the larger size with a rainbow of Pin Drip fabrics and Riley Blake linen in color Natural.  It is the perfect size to store your Pin Drop Fabrics : )

This tiny 3" pincushion is made with Pin Drop and Singing in the Rain fabric also from Riley Blake.

Last but not least, I made a scissor pouch with Pin Drop and Riley Blake gingham.  Tutorial coming soon : )

I am looking forward to using Pin Drop in upcoming projects.
What will you make?

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Riley Blake Designs Block Challenge

Hi there!
I hope everyone is doing well : )
If you have some time and extra fabric, remember I have tutorials and free patterns on my blog if you are looking for a new project!

I have joined the Riley Blake Designs block challenge.  Riley Blake is sharing a traditional block each week with tutorials for 6" and 12" blocks.  Head on over to the Riley Blake on Instagram - @RileyBlakeDesigns for all the details. 

Here is a recap of the blocks I have made so far.

This Churn Dash block is made with Singing In the Rain Fabric from Flamingo Toes from Riley Blake Fabrics.

I love Log Cabin blocks!  This one is made with Farm Girl vintage fabric designed by Lori Holt from Riley Blake Design.  Pattern link here.

Economy Block is a great block for fussy cutting!  I used Farm Girl Vintage and My Happy Place Fabric designed by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs.
Click [HERE] for a block tutorial.

Friendship Star is another great block for fussy cutting!  The cute bird fabric is designed by Atsuko Matsuyama and can be found at Sunny Day Supply.
Click [HERE] for the block tutorial.

 Last but not least is Nine Patch Block which is one of my favorites.  I used fabrics from my stash for these two.  The squares are 2 1/2" so this block is also great to use up fabric scraps.
You can find a tutorial to make the block [HERE]

Stay Safe : )
Happy Sewing!


Kite Block from "Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects"

💕In 2013 I was fortunate to be included in a fantastic book - "Playful Little Paper-pieced Projects" with many talented designers.
  The publisher Stash Books, has created a paper piecing guide with 10 of the patterns from the original book.  I have 4 patterns in the book, 2 apples, a pear and this kite block!  

If you are interested, the original book is still available and you can find it on Amazon and on the Stash books website!  

It really is a great paper piecing reference and filled with even more blocks and amazing projects!
Happy Sewing!


Log Cabin Block

Riley Blake Designs posted a fun challenge to help get us through this shelter in place.  
They are sharing a traditional block each week. 
The 2nd block is a Log Cabin.  
Head over to Citrus and Mint for a tutorial to make either a 6" or 12" block.
I'm making 6" blocks to add to one of my many sampler quilts 😊 
The fabrics are from the line "Vintage Happy" by Lori Holt of a Bee in My Bonnet.

Happy Sewing 
xo Charise

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