6.19.2018

New Macaroons and a Wrist Strap Tutorial



I have been working on a few new Macaroon Pouches with some of my favorite fabrics and some new favorites as well.
This is the smaller version which works perfectly with this adorable Flower Child Fabric from Art Gallery Fabric.


I also made this fun & Fancy Cat Macaroon Pouch with Cotton and Steel "Beauty Shop" collection.
I love the way it turned out!



The large pouch makes a perfect clutch so I created a Wrist Strap Tutorial.
You can use it for my Macaroon Pouch or any other zipper pouch you would like to turn into a clutch.


Materials:
1/2 yard 3/4" - 7/8" twill tape
1/2 yard 1/2" - 5/8" ribbon
3/4" Swivel Clasp and D-Ring

Cut: 
Twill tape:
11 1/2" length
2 1/2" length

Ribbon:
11 1/2" length
2 1/2" length


1) Center the 2 1/2" ribbon on the 2 1/2" length of twill tape.  Edge stitch both sides of the ribbon.
    Repeat for the 11 1/2" length of twill tape and ribbon.

2) Slip the 2 1/2" length of twill/ribbon onto the D-ring.  Baste 1/4" from the raw edge.


3) Place the D-ring 1 1/2" from the top raw edge of the pouch.  Baste in place.

~Proceed with the sewing instructions to finish your pouch~

Create the Strap ~


1) Slip the 11 1/2" length of twill/ribbon onto the swivel clasp with right sides together.
Stitch the short raw edges together with a 1/4" seam allowance back tacking at ends.  Turn right side out.



2) Slide the swivel class to the the seam.  Stitch 1/2" from the seam back tacking at ends.

Have a lovely day and Happy Sewing!

xo
Charise

6.04.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ Week 9



This is our last Monday of the Spring Blossoms Sew Along.
If you are not ready to quilt and bind, not to worry, the sew along info will be on my blog for you to access at any time.


I will be doing a combination of "stitch in the ditch" quilting and echo quilting which you can see in the pic above.  
The pattern pictured is my Starburst Spools which you can find in my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

All the info can be found [HERE]
  Enjoy!
Happy Sewing 
xo

Charise

6.02.2018

Wishing you a Joyous June

Wishing you a joyous June!
This is a sample of the roses from my garden.  I love this time of year!

The Gathered Coin Purse is from Stitch Gifts 2012.
Link to the magazine is [HERE]

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

6.01.2018

Having fun sewing blocks from "Super cute paper piecing"




Hello! 
 I cannot believe it is already June and Summer is almost upon us!
The weather has been beautiful if the Pacific Northwest and I have been out in the yard every chance I get.
My kids are out of school at the end of June so I have also been trying to sew as much as possible before summer break.


I have been making blocks from my book Super Cute Paper Piecing.
They are so incredibly versatile and can be used in all kinds of sewing projects.


The sketch book shown uses my dress block from the book.
It was the perfect size for the front of this adorable sketch book.
The sketch book pattern is from Quilts and More's Summer issue and was designed by Heidi of Fabric Mutt..


I adore the pattern!  It has pockets on the inside to hold a sketch book, pens and pencils.


Don't you just love those kitten pens?  I found them at my local book store and couldn't resist them!


I made another apron block from by book and I love how it turned out!
The background fabric is a new color Essex linen from Robert Kaufmann fabrics called Nautical.



The fabrics in the dress and apron blocks designed by me and I am calling the fabric line "Cherry Blossom".    I plan on having them available in my Etsy shop and at my Spoonflower shop very soon.
Check back here for updates.


Happy Sewing
xo
Charise


5.28.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ Week 8



Happy Monday and Memorial Day for those in the U.S.

Today I am sharing Week 8 instructions for The Spring Blossoms Sew Along.
This week we are embroidering the flight path and small butterfly.

My preferred method for transferring the embroidery is to print out the pattern and place it
under the quilt top, positioning the artwork as per the diagram.  Then, trace the stitching line with a water soluble pen or pencil.

You can find all the instructions [HERE]

Enjoy the day!
I am heading over to my in-laws for a Memorial Day BBQ and a bit of stitching!

Happy Stitching!

xo
Charise

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ update to week 7, Assembling the Quilt


Hello and Happy Monday.
A quick note to let you know I found a small error from last week.
It affects Week 7, step #9 on page 2.


You can find the revised instructions [HERE]

Happy Sewing!

xo
Charise

5.21.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ Week 7, Quilt Assembly


Hello and Happy Monday!
I hope you enjoyed having a week to catch up on the Spring Blossoms Sew Along.
If you are new to the sew along or just joining, no worries!  
All the info for the sew along is on my blog and you can find it [HERE]
Sew at your own pace and have fun!
This is not a race : )



This week I am sharing the Quilt Assembly.  You can find the info [HERE]
I found an error in the original document.  The revised document is [HERE]
The change was made to page 2, #9.

Please tag photos of your Spring Blossoms Quilt on social media with the hashtag 
#SpringBlossomsSewAlong
I love to see what you make!

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

5.14.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ Catch up Week



Happy Monday and welcome to the Spring Blossoms Sew Along.
Today was suppose to be the "Assemble The Quilt" week of the sew along.

Unfortunately I have had a problem with my computer and my files have disappeared.
As in, whoosh they disappeared into thin air and, I cannot find the folder on my computer!
I am working to restore documents so there will be a short delay in the Sew Along.

Good news, if you are following the schedule you have some time to catch up.
And you can find the updated schedule [HERE]

Have a lovely day!
xo
Charise


5.07.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along - Week 6





Hello and Happy Monday!
Today I am sharing the instructions to make the border pinwheels for the Spring Blossoms Quilt.
You can find the instructions for prior weeks 1-5 of the quilt along [HERE]

You can find all the info and instructions to make the border pinwheels [HERE]


With this method you will be able to make two half square triangle blocks per 2 squares which makes the sewing much faster.


And please be sure to tag you photos on social media with the hashtag #SpringBlossomsSewAlong so I can see your makes!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise








4.30.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ Week 5




Welcome to Week 5 of the Spring Blossoms Sew Along.
The info for the Sew Along can be found [HERE]


This week we are making pinwheels that are the leaves for the flower blocks.
You will need three for the quilt.
You can find all the info [HERE]


Please be sure to tag your photos with #SpringBlossomsSewAlong

I love to see what you make!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

4.23.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ Week 4



Welcome to week 4 of the Spring Blossoms Sew Along.

This week we are making flower blocks.
You will need three for the quilt.
You can find all the info [HERE]


I love the fussy cutting possibilities with the flowers.
I used a Holly Holderman print for the Birds, " Birdies" by Lake HouseDryGoods.
The petite florals are from Atsuko Matsuyama.

Please be sure to tag your photos with #SpringBlossomsSewAlong

I love to see what you make!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

4.16.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along - Week 3



It is Week 3 of the 
Thanks for stopping by!


The mini quilt is made with blocks from my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing"

This week we will be making the Butterfly and Rain Drop blocks.
You can find the instructions for the Butterfly [HERE]
and the Rain Drops [HERE]


The butterfly block is made from
 a favorite Lecien floral print and a matching solid for the border.


I could not resist fussy cutting the rain drop blocks from some favorite prints 
from my stash!
 

If you missed week  1 & 2 click [HERE] for all the info.


Please be sure to tag your photos on social media with the hashtag #SpringBlossomsSewAlong
I love to see what you make!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise 

4.13.2018

Quilt as you go ~ Springtime Patchwork Purse Tutorial




A year ago, I designed a fun patchwork bag for Sew Mama Sew ~
The Springtime Patchwork Purse.
 I decided to make another but this time I used a log cabin panel with a "quilt as you go" method.

Click on over to Sew Mama Sew for the pattern and instructions.



In order to make this version you will need to  Substitute, Add OR Omit the following~


Fabric and Interfacing 44/45” width:

2/3 yard Print Cotton for Lining
1/3 yard Linen
1/4 yard Apple Print
4 each - 1/8 yard: 4 different blue prints
*SUBSTITUTE
14 pieces fussy cut prints 10" x 10" (7 prints for each panel)

1/3 yard Batting
1/3 yard Muslin
5/8 yard Heavy Wt Interfacing or Canvas

1/4 yard Light Weight Fusible Interfacing


**For this version of the purse, I used 7 different fabric pieces for each side - 14 total.
 You can use more fabrics and make a more intricate panel.**

Cut:

Print Lining Fabric
2 - B - Purse Body
1 - 8 1/2“ x 10 1/2” print fabric for lining pocket

*OMIT Print for Outer Patchwork Panels
3 1/4” squares:
a) 28 “Teacher’s Pet” Apple Print
b) 6 “Dictionary” Text Print
c) 8 “Loves me not” Yellow Floral
d) 8 “Eyelet” Print
e) 6 “Daydress” Floral

Linen
4 - A Purse Border
1 Strip 3 1/2” x 28 1/2” (handle)

Batting
2 - B Purse Body
*SUBSTITUTE 
2 - 8 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Heavy Wt Interfacing or Canvas
2 - B Purse Body
4 - A Purse Boder

Light weight Interfacing
1 Strip 3 1/2” x 28 1/2” (handle)
2 - 1” squares

*ADD 
Muslin - 2 each,  8 1/2" x 10 1/2".


~~~SUBSTITUTE the following instructions for "Make the Patchwork Purse Panel:"~~~
1. Cut two  8 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangles from the batting.

2. Attach the batting to the back of the 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" batting rectangle.
You can use fusible batting or basting spray for non fusible batting.

3. Trace the purse template onto the batting side of the  8 1/2" x 10 1/2" rectangle.
This will help you make sure you are covering the entire purse panel.


4. You are going to start in the middle of the panel and add fabrics in a counter clockwise direction.

Position the center motif on the center of the purse panel.  You can measure or just eyeball the position of the center fabric motif.  Pin in place.  (This center apple piece is approximately 3 1/2" x 4 3/4")


5. Choose the next fabric piece that will be sewn to the right of the center motif.  I chose this navy apple print because it is a nice contrast to the center apple motif.


6. Place both pieces right sides together matching the top and right edge on the center motif.
Stitch the right seam with a 1/4" seam allowance.


7. Fold the top piece back and press.  Topstitch 1/4" from the seam. OR you can quilt the panel
in your desired pattern.


8. Continue to add pieces in a counter clockwise direction.  I like to measure the length of the previous section to help determine how big of a piece I need to cut.


 You are basically making an improv log cabin block.

9.  When you have covered the purse panel, trace around the pattern and cut out the panel.
Baste around the edge.


Continue with the Sew Mama Sew instructions as follows:
"With right sides together, pin a Purse Border A to the top of a quilted Purse Body Panel B. Match notches and pin in place. Stitch the seam with a 3/8” seam allowance back tacking at ends. Repeat for the other side."
Enjoy!
* Happy Sewing *
xo 
Charise


4.08.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ Week 2 ~ Watering Can



Hello!
Today I am sharing the first block for the Spring Blossoms Sew Along.
I created a fun mini quilt with blocks from my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing"

You can find the instructions to make the Watering Can Block [HERE]

I kept the fabrics fairly simple on this block.
The floral is "Flower Sugar" from Lecien fabrics.  The "Ciao" print is from Suzuko Koseki.
You can find a different color way of the print at Sew Me A Song on Etsy [HERE] and at Delta Patchwork  [HERE]
I used a matching solid print for the spout and handles.

Please be sure to tag your photos on social media with the hashtag #SpringBlossomsQuiltAlong
I love to see what you make!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise 


4.07.2018

Spelling Bee Saturday!



Hello and welcome!
It is my stop on the Spelling Bee Saturday Sew Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.



I made the letter "u" from the book, and decided to combine it with my Fussy Cut Heart pattern!
I also used the capital letter "I" from Lori Holt's fabulous book.



The fabric for the letter "I" is Glamper-licious from Riley Blake.  The print is Pink Cherries and you can find it at Fat Quarter shop [HERE]

The letter "u" is made from Lori Holt's Calico Days dot which is now out of print but this pink Lori Holt "Bake Sale 2" dot would work perfectly in it's place!

The"Fussy Cut Heart" pattern can be found in my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

The girl fabric in the center of the heart is an out of print Japanese fabric and the tiny gingham can be found [HERE]


Be sure to visit the Fat Quarter Shop Blog - The Jolly Jabber to see the other adorable blocks made from Lori's book.

Be sure to tag you photos with the hashtag #SpellingBeeSaturday so I can find your fabulous makes!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise