Spring Kaleidoscope Pillow

I hope you will join me over at Sew Mama Sew for my Spring Kaleidoscope quilted pillow tutorial.  The quilt pattern and the pretty Liberty Tana Lawn Fabrics from Jones and Vandermeer reminded me of spring, thus the name : )

Jones and Vandermeer has an incredible selection of Liberty fabrics and some wonderful Yuwa Japanese prints that are new to me!  They also have a wonderful stock of buttons, findings and trims.

The pillow is made by paper piecing each individual square unit but you can also print out the templates and make it that way.

I hope you enjoy this little slice of Spring : )



Sunday Stash

[From top left, clockwise: Yuwa perfume labels, Lakehouse Pam Kitty Picnic Floral, Lakehouse Pam Kitty Picnic Pink Cherries, Lakehouse Pam Kitty Picnic Check in Pink, Lakehouse Pam Kitty Picnic Yellow Cherries, Patchwork in Red from QH Textiles, Yuwa Clover Stripe D, Yuwa Clover Stripe F]

This week has been an incredible mail week.  I received this wonderful package from Sew Me a Song.  I cannot wait to cut into these beauties! They all play so well together! 

The fox and deer fabric are knit fabrics from Girl Charlee fabrics.  I recently saw the fox fabric on pinterest and immediately added it to my "fabric" board.  
I pre washed both fabrics this afternoon and they came out of the dryer so soft!

These prints will be dresses and hopefully patterns someday in the not so distant future (After I finish the Anna Blouse : )
I love to wear knits and dresses especially.  They are so comfortable to wear and easy to sew!

Have a lovely Sunday evening!


Chevron Handbag - Finished!

There is nothing like a deadline to help light a fire under my "you know what" : )

I received a F8 bundle of Riley Blake fabric for a quilt challenge sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild.   I was having a hard time coming up with an idea, but then, one week before it's due date I sketched up a handbag.

I love the way it turned out!  I added leather handles and a self fabric covered button with the cute telephone motif and a self fabric loop closure!  The telephone fabric is Riley Blake Doohikey designs which came from my stash.  It works so well with the Riley Blake Challenge bundle and  is such a fun fabric - perfect for fussy cutting!

The other side is a different color chevron - yellow and turquoise- since I ran out of the orange and grey fabric.  I think it is fun that each side has its own personality!

Have a lovely day!


Hexagon Obsession


I'm not exactly sure when it happened, but I am obsessed with hexagons : )

I designed this modern Hexagon Handbag for Stitch Spring 2014.  It is a big bag, perfect for sewing projects or just if you like big handbags like I do!

The fabric with the "lady" and "vintage household items" are from Melody Miller.  I love her fabric and have been a fan for quite some time.  
Her fabrics have the most wonderful motifs and are perfect for fussy cutting.  
Sew me a Song has some of her fabrics here!

My first hexagons were hand stitched, like the ones used for my hexagon pouch.

I then found these fabulous vintage potholders on Ebay 

which inspired my modern version - a Mother's Day gift for my mom.

I recently took a wonderful class for machine stitching hexagons from Katie Pederson, Quilting Modern author,  which inspired my machine stitched hexagon projects including the Hexagon Handbag and machine stitched hexagon placemats, pictured above. 
I think the next project in my hexagon future is a quilt - I will keep you posted ; )

Happy Valentine's Day!  I am sneaking this pic in of my hubby and me circa 2000.  I met this wonderful man on Valentine's day exactly 15 years ago!!
I am so lucky to spend each and every day with him!



Work in Progress Wednesday - Riley Blake Challenge at the MQG and a little Downton Abbey

I love a design challenge - they push me creatively and take me out of my comfort zone!  
When I received the fabric for the Riley Blake Challenge hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild, I was definitely taken out of my comfort zone.  
If you read my blog you know I am attracted to 1930's feedback fabric and Japanese Zakka design.  My favorite colors are yellow, red, aqua and pink -very fun and sweet colors.

The fabric for this challenge is modern, bold, and contains a color I rarely work with - Orange!
I thought and thought about a project but the fabric was not speaking to me - until - a week before the project challenge due date!  

I decided to design a purse using the fabric to make a chevron pattern.  I ran out of the orange fabric so I subbed the yellow dot for the other side of the purse.   Much to my surprise, the orange fabric was my favorite.  It adds such energy to the blues and grays!  
I added the Riley Blake telephone fabric from my stash which can be found at Sew Me a Song. 

I'm also working on a project for Stitch Magazine's "The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews".  Today's focus is on pattern making and finishing : )

Head on over to Freshly Pieced and share your Work in Progress : )

Wishing you a lovely day!


More Sunday Stash - What is in my Cart at Sew Me a Song!

I was doing a little online shopping and thought I would share what is in My Cart this Sunday evening.
One of my favorite things to do when I need a little break is to peruse my favorite online shops!

Sew Me a Song has some adorable new fabrics! 

 The perfume label print from Yuwa and the clover stripe from Yuwa which look so great together!

Have a lovely Sunday Eve.  
Looking forward to a little Downton this evening : )


Sunday Stash with the RJR Cotton Supreme Solids Blog Hop!

Happy Sunday everyone.  It snowed in Seattle which is a small miracle!!!!  It is such a beautiful sight, one we don't often witness up here!

RJR is promoting their beautiful range of Cotton Supreme Solids with a blog hop!  RJR will be giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of the colors used each week.  
If you don't win the drawing, head on over to Pink Castle Fabrics where you can find the fabrics for sale!

 I'm excited to be included with this talented group. 
 Head on over to Kati Spencer's blog, "From the Blue Chair", and check out her beautiful quilt!

Here is the schedule:

2/7/2014Kati SpencerFrom the Blue Chairhttp://www.fromthebluechair.com/
2/14/2014Laura Jane TaylorNeedles Pins and Baking Tinshttp://www.needlespinsandbakingtins.com/
2/21/2014Jennifer MathisEllison Lanehttp://ellisonlane.com/
2/28/2014Elizabeth DacksonDon't Call Me Betsyhttp://www.dontcallmebetsy.com/
3/7/2014Audrie BidwellBlue is Bleuhttp://blueisbleu.blogspot.com/
3/14/2014AnneMarie ChanyGen X Quiltershttp://www.genxquilters.com/
3/21/2014Katie BlakesleySwim Bike Quilthttp://swimbikequilt.com/
3/28/2014Jacey LucasJacey Crafthttp://jaceycraft.blogspot.com/
4/4/2014Amanda Jean NybergCrazy Mom Quiltshttp://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/
4/11/2014Terri HarlanSew Fantastichttp://sew-fantastic.blogspot.com/
4/18/2014Holly DeGrootBijou Lovelyhttp://www.bijoulovelydesigns.com/
4/25/2014Amy SmartDiary of a Quilterhttp://www.diaryofaquilter.com/
5/2/2014Deborah MoebesWhipstitchhttp://whip-stitch.com/
5/9/2014Rita HodgeRed Pepper Quiltshttp://redpepperquilts.com
5/16/2014Katy JonesI'm a Ginger Monkeyhttp://imagingermonkey.blogspot.com/
5/23/2014Maureen CracknellMaureen Cracknell Handmadehttp://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/
5/30/2014Debbie GrifkaEsch House Quiltshttp://www.eschhousequilts.com/
6/6/2014Charise RandellCharise Createshttp://charisecreates.blogspot.com/
6/13/2014Amy NewboldSukie, Don't Ya Knowhttp://sukiedontyaknow.com/
6/20/2014Rossie HutchinsonFresh Modern Quiltshttp://r0ssie.blogspot.com/


On the Cloud 9 Blog!

Cloud 9 has a nice recap of all the blouses sewn for the Palos Verdes Blouse Challenge.

Head over and see all the wonderful designs and links to each ladies blog.

Today I am working on another project using Palos Verdes.  A nightgown for Stitch Magazine's  "Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews" which is coming out in June!  I will keep you posted!
Happy Sewing


Work in Progress Wednesday

Thought I would share a few things I am working on this cold (28 degrees!) sunny day in Seattle.

I've been working on a new paper piecing pattern for my shop.  I hope to sneak in a little bit of time to finish it today.

RJR fabrics is sponsoring a mini quilt challenge for their Cotton Supreme Solids line which will be hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics.  I had a lot of fun designing this quilt for the hop.  
The hop starts on Feb 7th and runs through June 20th and I'll be sure to post links once the blog hop starts! 
If you have some WIP, share them over at Freshly Pieced!

Happy Sewing!


Dreaming of Spring!

I just received my copy of Stitch Spring 2014!  The projects are Springy indeed and just what I need to get me out of my winter funk!

I designed the daisy purse which is inspired by the Vintage Block Quilt Along Block "Daisy Pinwheel" which you can find here.

The indigo fabric is yarn dye Essex Linen, the pinwheels are Liberty Lifestyle Stile fabrics and the center is a prized Kerchief Girls japanese print. 
You can find the Liberty prints at  My Modern Quilt Shop,  Fabricworm, and Fabric.dot.com.

The inside has a magnetic closure and a cute gathered pocket as well as larger pockets on the opposite of the lining.  

The strap is adjustable so the purse can be worn cross body.

I am hoping this post gets you in the mood for Spring Sewing.

Happy Creating : )
 xo Charise