Design Studio - Sew Out Loud Quilt Along - Block 5

I'm so excited to share the blocks I created for the Sew Out Loud Quilt Along.
You can find the first pattern here - "Design Studio."

I've been an apparel designer for over 20 years and love fashion.
 I also haven't had a dedicated sewing room for quite some time now, so this block is inspired by the studio of my dreams!!  I thought this would be a fun block especially since you get to design the dress on the mannequin.

The fabrics I used in this block are listed from top to bottom, Left to Right.

1) Unknown Japanese Fabric
2) Moda Etchings
3) Suzuko Koseki Notions from Blije Olifantje
4) Blueberry Crumb Cake from Blackbird Designs from the Fat Quarter Shop 
5) Suzuko Koseki Checkered Blocks from Blije Olifantje
6) Robert Kaufman Pimatex Basics
7) Yuwa Sweet Pastries from Blije Olifantje
8) Moda Basics dot from the Fat Quarter Shop
9) Makower So Tonal (I originally got this from FQ shop, but they are sold out)
10) Folk Heart by Rosalie Quinlan from the Fat Quarter Shop
11) Sweet Shop by Michele D'Amore from the Fat Quarter Shop
12) Moda Sunkissed by Sweetwater

I would consider this block intermediate level as it has fairly small pieces. 
The piecing method is template freezer paper pieced.
All pattern pieces should be printed on freezer paper or traced onto freezer paper, dull side.
Your pieces will then be ironed to the Right Side of your fabric.
Kerry has a great tutorial here.

This block requires a few Y seams and you can find my tutorial for Y seams here.

The "custom-made Dressmaker" sign is from a Japanese fabric I've had in my stash for quite some time.
You can also use stamps to create your own custom sign. 
I've included in the pattern, on the last page, a few different options for signs you can print yourself.
They can be printed on to Sew-In Fabric sheets you can find at your local quilt shop.  I found mine at JoAnn's.  Be sure to follow the manufacturer's directions and heat set your fabric.
I used this method to create the Lait and Cafe labels in the block here:

The second block you can find here -  "Vintage Sewing Machine and Notions." 
This block does not have as many small pieces as the first and is the same size - 12".
**Update - I have created a "putting it together" sheet for this block - You can find it here***
This pattern is also template freezer paper pieced.
I've revised this pattern to include both patterns for Freezer Paper Template Piecing AND Foundation Piecing.
The pattern has the option of making the spool with or without the Y seams, your choice.
Find a tutorial for Y seams HERE.

Fabrics used for this block are listed from top to bottom, Left to Right:
1) Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy
2) Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy
3) Sweet Shop by Michele D'Amore from the Fat Quarter Shop
4) Robert Kaufman Pimatex Basics
5) Suzuko Koseki Vintage Sewing from Blije Olifantje
6) Kumiko Fujita print from Ayumills
7) Suzuko Koseki Vintage Notions from Blije Olifantje 

Fat Quarter Shop generously donated fabric to the designers for this Quilt Along!
Thank you so much FQ shop.  They have wonderful fabrics and an incredible selection!
You should also check out Ayumills  and Blije Olifantje for wonderful Japanese fabrics.

I can't wait to see your version of my blocks!
 Please post your photos to the Sew Out Loud Flickr Group.

***Happy Sewing***


  1. I love all your versions! It's so great that you share with us two your wonderful patterns!

  2. Beautiful work on both versions Charise!

  3. This is just unbelievable. I got my fabrics from Blije Olifantje
    just last week, so I can start trying some of your fantastic blocks!!!

  4. Excuse me while I close my mouth ;-) It is so adorable and than you for sharing the pattern!

  5. Oh, you have two version! Wonderful!!

  6. Thank you for two wonderful patterns! both amazing!!

  7. I am in awe -- how big are these blocks? How do you manage to get such precison and detail? It's more than that, though -- your blocks have an illustrative quality to them, kind of like Eric Carle's children's books. They tell a story, or beg the viewer to create a story to go along with them. I LOVE those darling sewing machines with the fabric cascading down!

  8. Wow, I just love your work! they all are so beautiful, very precis, and the fabric choices so perfect.
    I downloaded both patterns, I will start first with the simpler one...
    thank you so much for sharing with us.

  9. That is the cutest block I have ever seen!

  10. This block is absolutely beautiful! I think it might be my favorite paper patchwork yet-- just Love the draping of the pink fabric....I just posted this comment on Shape Moth's blog, cause I love it so!

  11. Really nice work and you share the patterns too! Bravo!

  12. I saw this block whilst surfing earlier today - it's amazing - oh how I want to try my hand at creating some inspiring PP'd blocks like this - well done

  13. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful Charise. I just love to stare at this block.

  14. Incredible, the gorgeous details in this block!!!

  15. They are absolutely gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing them. Although I'm not participating in the quilt along I think I just need to try at least the second block.

  16. This is just so amazing, Charise! It might be one of my favorites among everything you've made!Just so gorgeous!

  17. Soo gorgeous! you've got such a talent Charise! xx

  18. So lovely! You are quite the talented designer (and make me want to see the apparel you've designed/made!) I love how "Made in England" is partially peeking out... I sometimes have ideas for such, but have learned that execution is a whole 'nother story! ;)

  19. These are wonderful blocks and I cannot wait to try them.

  20. I've been sipping wine to build up the courage to attempt this and already I'm stumped! I'm trying to figure out where the H blocks go in the design! Not a great start is it! And really, I haven't had THAT much wine! Hope you can lead me in the right direction Charise!
    Oh, and is it possible to foundation piece the sewing machine and then freezer paper the dress etc? Would they join together properly? I haven't freezer papered before, can you tell? Thanks!

  21. Literally, 30 seconds after I wrote the above question, I found where to put Part H! Duh!

  22. This block is just stunning, amazing, fabulous. I really cannot find the proper words for it!

  23. Both of these blocks are so beautiful, thank you so much for sharing them. I am going to try the easier one and see how it goes :)

  24. Your work is stunning. Thank you for sharing and I really enjoy reading your blog too!

  25. Beautiful blocks! I am still intimidated by paper piecing, but will have to try it soon - I can see I am missing out!

  26. Wow! Your block is just gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing it!!!

  27. Just came from Martingale Books where one of the comments mentioned your site. (Martingale have republished a book on Foundation Paper Piecing.) So just a glimpse at your work makes me so envious, just want to twitch my nose Samantha in Bewitched style to have these amazing blocks. Thank you for showing me (and I didn't) grab the name of the blogger who introduced me to you. with best wishes and hopefully find where I can sign up to see more of your work..........

  28. I just used this pattern to make my friend a bag. This was my second paper piecing. I got frustrated at first but then thought about it and finished it! I just used the sewing machine and left off the material and little jar. It came out better than I expected! Thank you! If I had a blog I would post the pic. I'm not sure how to do it otherwise.

  29. I can not access the free patterns. It takes me to a Google site to sign up. Can you help? I love the patter for the vintage sewing machine. So sweet and great workl.

    1. I would love to send you the pattern. Please email me with your address.

  30. Hey Charise! I have a question about this pattern which by the way is beautiful!! I am in the process of paper piecing the sewing machine and I did the spool and C section, but how do you do the D section? Do you have to cut apart the pieces and then sew them back together? I just am confused about how to make it w/out the raw edges showing.

    I hope this makes sense...


    1. I'm with the same doubt =s I'm trying to make this pattern for my sewing machine cover, it's a fabulous block! But I cant figure out how to sew part C and part D using the same piece of paper. :)

  31. charise ,I love your patterns ,I am working on your dress pattern ,
    how do you do the pieces labled b6,and b7?
    you can email me at mj.schultz@comcast.net
    thank you mj

    1. Those pieces are Y seams. You can find a tutorial on my blog here:
      : )

  32. Hi - I have included a sheet that will help you put the pieces togethe for the sewing machine.
    You can find it here:

  33. Wow, you are really talented! Beautiful and creative work!

  34. A small, newish group to Flikr would like to use this block as our August Challenge. We will link back to this post for credit. Is this ok?

    its not a swap group - we just start a mini block at the beginning of the month and "Ta Dah!!" at the end on the month. If you want to miss a month - that's fine.

  35. I came across your pattern via http://lrstitched.com/2012/07/16/paper-pieced-mini-quilt/
    We are a small group of ladies who challenge ourselves to make a mini quilt each month and would like to use this design. We link the pattern and any posts on Flickr or our personal blogs back to the source. Hope that this will be ok with you.


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