5.21.2017

Macaroon Pouch Pattern in my Etsy Shop!


Hello and Happy Sunday.
We are having a lovely warm and sunny day here in the Pacific Northwest in Seattle, WA!

I'm heading outside to play in the garden,
 but wanted to share the release of my new pattern - Macaroon pouch!
You can find it in my Etsy Shop.

It is a fun zipper pouch that measures 11" x 8 1/4" which is the perfect size for carrying makeup, sewing supplies or art supplies!


The pouch has a nice curved shape that I was able to achieve with curved seams,
 and creative shaping.  
Being comfortable sewing curved seams is helpful, but I did include very clear instructions and tips to help make it easy.



You can personalize yours by adding a custom made  ribbon trim loop.
Instructions are include in the pattern.


Adding a fun zipper pull is another way to add a personal touch.
I find my zipper pulls online at ETSY, Superbuzzy, and Sunny Day Supply as well as Joann Fabric Stores and Michaels stores.


This yellow leather trimmed version is one of my favorites!
If you want to try sewing with leather, you can find a few tips [HERE]

If you do make the Macaroon Pouch, be sure to share it with the hashtag #MacaroonPouch.
I love to see what you make!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

5.12.2017

100 Days of Stitching Arts



Happy Friday Lovelies.

I have been busy working on a few different sewing projects.

I joined The 100 Day Project as an impetus to get some of those projects moving forward and it has been working well!

The best part of moving back into our house is going through my work in progress projects that I haven't seen in over a year.  Most I have been excited to continue working on and moving towards FINISHING!   I'm trying really hard to finish things....... which isn't a strong suit for me!!!

Anyhow, I though I would share a few more things I have been working on!



This patchwork project was a sew along hosted and created by Chase of Quarter Inch Mark, which I started years ago.
I added a few more 12 patch blocks and sashed the blocks in Essex Natural Yarn Dye linen.
The hand quilting will be done in Finca size 8 embroidery floss.  I love to have a hand project to work on at night while watching the telly!



Ok...I did join a new sew along.  I couldn't resist.
The Minimal Day Sampler is hosted by Bespoke Outlaw for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild but anyone can sew along!
You should head over to this post and read about the inspiration behind the blocks.  It is a very cool story!



More progress has been made on my new pattern ~ Macaroon Pouch.  I am fine tuning the pattern and instructions, and hope to release it in a week or two!
The center print is an older Melody Miller Print and the border is a yarn dyed indigo linen I had in my stash.



I unearthed my Liberty Kaleidoscope quilt project and have added a few more blocks.
You can find the pattern on the Sew Mama Sew website [HERE]



Yesterday,  I finished a few new pillows for our living room.



I love the way they turned out!  I used [this tutorial] from Seamstress Erin to add piping with an invisible zipper closure.  Since the zipper is hidden, they are reversible!

Have a lovely weekend!
xo
Charise

5.01.2017

Bella Skill Builder ~ Flying Geese




Happy May Day to you!
I can't believe it is already May ~ the days seem to fly by!


Today is the reveal for the fourth block in the Bella Skill Builder Sew Along hosted by The Fat Quarter Shop.  The lovely quilt is designed by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.


Though I have always admired Flying Geese blocks, I have never sewn one!
Well, after using the "Quilt in a Day" flying geese ruler, I am hooked.
There is definitely a flying geese quilt in my future.

The ruler is brilliant and makes the blocks so easy to stitch up.  
I think it took me a little over an hour to make the three units you see above.

I chose the sunny yellow with ivory background for these blocks.  The simplicity is so refreshing.
And yellow just happens to be my favorite color.


Be sure to click on over to the Fat Quarter Shop Blog to get you copy of the pattern and a link to a video to help you make the block.

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

      

4.09.2017

The 100 Day Project


                                          I get so much more done when I have a deadline.
That is exactly why I joined the 100 day project.

The idea is to do one thing for 100 days straight.   You can read more about it [HERE]
Basically you choose an action - something you want to do for 100 days.
I chose #100 Days of Stitching Arts.

For me, this will include the entire process - from choosing fabrics, to designing a project and including process shots as well as my finished projects.

This is turning out to be the "Finish my Works in Progress" as well as "Making things that have been in my head forever" Project!


Day 1 I worked on my Flowering Snowball quilt.



Day 2 was dedicated to finishing a block for the Splendid Sampler Sew Along.
This block is Wishful Garden by Krystine of Pretty By Hand.



Day 3 & 4 was all about finishing my petals pillow.


I used Fat Quarter Shop's Impressions Orange Peel Template.
The edge is finished with a package of purchased bias piping and an envelope back.


And the past few days I created the pattern and sewed up my design ~ "Macaroon Pouch".


I love the shape and have another version on the cutting table!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

4.03.2017

A new Sewing Studio


Just two weeks ago we moved back into our house after a lengthy remodel.  
It has been a long journey ~ three separate moves to various rentals and 13 months of construction.  
It is so nice to be home.
We have such incredible memories that were made here.  Getting married in the back yard and bringing home our first son, to name a few.



One of the coolest things about the remodel was carving out an office on the second floor.  It is a small room (about 10 x 11 feet) but it is all mine!
No more sewing on the dining room table. 

We requested a vaulted ceiling for the room, which makes it seem incredibly spacious. I plan to outfit the wall with tall bookshelves to house my vast collection of books.


Two bookshelves store my fabric.

There is also plenty of room for Madge who is wearing a peasant blouse I made.  
You can find the pattern [HERE]



I love having all the white walls which are perfect for hanging my Works in Progress
as well as taking photos.



I still have lots of organizing to do, but is coming together!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise



3.31.2017

Bella Skill Builder ~ Pineapple



Today I am happy to share the third block in the Bella Solid Skill Builder Sew Along sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop - Pineapple.



I haven't made a pineapple block before but always admired the ones I've seen.  They look quite complicated. 
Well..... there is a pineapple block ruler that makes the process super easy.  
You can find the ruler [HERE]

 It was really fast to sew but I would suggest reading the directions a few times before cutting.


It is such a fun block and look forward to making more!  The pineapple sure is playing nicely with my other blocks : )

Head on over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog to find the links to the other bloggers making this block as well as a video tutorial!

Paula from The Sassy Quilter 
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Erin from Sew at Home Mummy
Erin from Why Not Sew
Lisa from In the Boon Docks
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Natalia from Piece and Quilt
Julie from 627 Handworks
Kim from Persimon Dreams
Patty from Elm Street Quilts
Denise from Pieced Brain Quilts
Kaye from Miss Print
Melissa from Happy Quilting Melissa
Charise from Charise Creates
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

Be sure to share your blocks with the hashtag #BellaSkillBuilder.

I love to see your versions of the block!

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

2.28.2017

Bella Skill Builder ~ Orange Peel


Hi!  Can you believe it is already March?  The year is flying by and I am ready for Spring : )


Today I am sharing the latest block in the Bella Skill Builder hosted by Fat Quarter Shop ~ Orange Peel. 



Fat Quarter Shop has a nifty Orange Peel template which you can find [HERE]  
I chose to do a turned edge appliqué.  No raw edges for me.
  
I started making my petals by using hand appliqué but then saw these gorgeous petals made by Amy Sinabaldi.
She cuts the petals 3/8" larger than the templates and then carefully irons the seam allowance around the template. You can see her petals and the explanation [HERE]


I am continuing with my pink lemonade palette which has been so fun and refreshing to work with!
So far, my blocks are playing nicely together : )

Be sure to share your block with the hashtag #BellaSkillBuilder !

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise




2.17.2017

Pussy Cat Pattern ~ Available on Craftsy


It has been some time since I released a new pattern.
Life was busy in 2016 with a house remodel (almost done!!!), and a secret project (can't wait to share this November).

I decided to spend my time designing a pattern and donate the proceeds to an organization that does amazing work - Planned Parenthood.
The pattern is available on Craftsy


I don't use this platform to share my political views and like to think of this as a "happy place" to share my pretty projects and inspire your amazing creativity.


But, In my feelings of despair with the state of leadership in the United States, I decided to use this platform and my love to design as a way to "pay it forward" by donating the proceeds from this pattern to organizations I support.  
I understand that not everyone is in a position to share their political views for fear of losing customers and support.  
Fortunately,  I am in a position to share my political views and use my voice for what I see as good.

So....for the month of February I will be donating all the proceed from the sale of this pattern to Planned Parenthood.

Thanks for your support!

xo
Charise

  



   


2.14.2017

***The Splendid Sampler Anniversary Celebration - and lots of Give Aways***



Hello and Happy Valentine's Day.
Today I am hosting a give away in celebration of the 1 year anniversary of the Splendid Sampler.

Pat and Jane are hosting a giveaway and you can find it [HERE]
They will have
* a US winner
* an Australian winner
* a Rest of the world winner
Just go to the link above where they will ask for a photo of ALL your blocks and what the project has meant to you. 



I am hosting a give-away, too!  
Leave a comment on this post and share what you feel is the most Splendid part of this Sew Along.

The winner will get a $25.00 credit towards any patterns in my Etsy shop!

Comments are open until Feb 21st at 11:59 PST
and I will announce the winner on February 22nd.



Here are my blocks.  I didn't make 100, but I am well on my way.  
And remember, it isn't a race!  
I have been incredibly busy this year with a house remodel and secret project 😉 so I am very excited to have time to make the rest of the blocks in 2017.



Be sure to get your copy of the book.  You can find it [HERE]


I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day.
It is an extra special day for me since I met my husband 18 years ago today!
Oh my gosh, we look so young : )

Good Luck & Happy Sewing!

xo
Charise


2.06.2017

Splendid Notions Pouch featured in Homespun Magazine

Hello and Happy Monday.

I designed my Splendid Notions Pouch for the Splendid Sampler Sew Along
and you can find it featured in Homespun Magazines January issue.


The Splendid Sampler is a year long sew along with free blocks by 100 designers.

Homespun magazine asked if they could feature the project in their January 2017 issue.  
Of course I said yes!  


Homespun magazine has adorable projects to sew, quilt, embroider, knit, crochet, and appliqué.



The Splendid Sampler book will be released next month.  You can pre-order your copy [HERE].

The individual block patterns are free until the book is released and you can find them [HERE]



You can find my Splendid Notions Pouch [HERE]

We are currently experiencing a snow day here in Seattle!
We rarely get snow in the city so this has been a treat.  And of course my boys are thrilled to have a day off school!

Happy Sewing

xo
Charise

2.02.2017

Sewing on Repeat - Petal Pouches

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I spend lots of time on Instagram and there are lots of different ways to share what you are sewing.
Harts Fabrics is hosting a Self Care Sewing Month.  I think most of could use a little self care right about now.  There is a prompt for every day and yesterday was Groundhog's Day - What have you been sewing on repeat?

I have been sewing lots of Petal Pouches and started around the holidays in December.
A cute and easy pattern, I can't stop making them.



The patchwork version is my favorite and most of those fabrics are scraps from the scrap basket.
I used pink fabrics on one side, blue on the other and the alternating squares are Essex linen.



I made a few for gifts



and I have a few extras for future gifts.



What are you sewing on repeat these days?

Happy Sewing!

xo
Charise