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

4.02.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along ~ Week 1



Welcome to Week 1 of the Spring Blossoms Sew Along.
We will be sewing an element of the quilt every week for 8 weeks total.
The quilt finishes at 35" x 35".

This week is all about preparing to sew and planning what your quilt will look like.

Ok, are you ready to get started?  Here we go!

I have created a to do list and schedule for the sew along, as well as a coloring page to plan your quilt.  You can find it [HERE]


*If you haven't done so already, you will need a copy of my Book Super Cute Paper Piecing.*
It is available at Martingale, Amazon, Fat Quarter Shop, and you can get a signed copy in my Etsy shop.

*Print out the Patterns*

You will need to copy the following patterns from the pattern sheet in the book:





1) Daisies - We are going to be making three daisies.
Photo copy 18 E -  Daisy Fabric Bowl Petal
Photo copy 1  D (this piece can be re-used 2 more times.)
Photo copy 3  C - Daisy Bowl Fabric Center.

2) Butterfly
Photo copy the butterfly pattern pieces A - E


3) Rain drops
Make 3 copies of rain drop A, A1- A11.
Add 1/4" seam allowance on the top and bottom edges.


4) Watering can
Enlarge the watering can pattern pieces A,B,C, & D by 125%
Once the pieces are copied, measure along the finished edge of the pattern by 1/4" for
an accurate seam allowance.  (Enlarging the pattern increases the seam allowance slightly)

*My favorite way to keep my patterns organized is by keeping each type in plastic sheet protector sleeves.*

*Fabric Requirements*
Follow the fabric requirements in the book for the daisy, butterfly, & raindrop.

For the Watering can block:
 F8 each -  background, Aqua print 1, and Aqua Print 2.
Yellow stripes on watering can - 5" x 5"

The following are additional fabrics you will need:

Border Pinwheels ~ 2 7/8" squares
~16 Yellow print 1
~16 yellow print 2
~16 pink
~16 red
~4 aqua print 1
~4 aqua print 2
~72 light ground

Background - 1 yard

1/2" Binding - 4 1/4 yards

*Picking Fabrics*

I have lots of tips for picking fabrics for paper piecing.  Click on the link [HERE] for a link to a fabric selection tutorial I created.  It will help with color, scale of prints and the value of the fabrics you choose for the quilt.

Be sure to use the hashtag #SpringBlossomsSewAlong when you post your photos on social media. I love to see what you make!

See you again next Monday, April 9th,  and we will start by sewing the Watering Can.

Enjoy!
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3.29.2018

Spring Blossoms Sew Along Starts Monday


I am excited to start the Spring Blossoms Sew Along.
It was created as a fun way to use the blocks in my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing", to make
a cheery Spring Time quilt.


To get you started, I created an E-book to help you pick fabrics for your paper pieced blocks.
You can find it on the Spring Blossoms Sew Along page [HERE]

Next week is all about getting prepared.  Printing patterns, selecting fabric and I even include a coloring page to help with the planning.

See you on Monday!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise


3.26.2018

The Purse Clasp Book Sew Along ~ all together!


I have been a busy bee and have missed writing on the blog!
Today I wanted to share my clasp purses from the Purse Clasp Sew Along. 
The Sew Along was hosted by eliseandemelie.com and you can find more info HERE
Each and every Clasp Purse was such fun to make!


The first clasp purse I made was the strawberry clasp purse.  
The Strawberry pattern is from my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing".

The book comes with two clasps and this purse was made with one of them.
You can find the book and extra clasp hardware at Zakka Workshop on Etsy.


The second clasp purse was made using my nine patch coaster pattern you can find here.



The third clasp purse has my dresses paper piecing pattern for the focal point.
You can find the pattern for the dress in my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing".


The dress for the clasp purse was reduced to 45% of the original pattern!
The dress on the right is from the book and is 9" tall.



Last, but not least is the hexagon clasp purse.
It is so small that it fits in the palm of my hand!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise 

2.28.2018

"How to Fussy Cut" for Paper Piecing Video



When I was at Quilt Market in November, 
Jenny from Martingale took a "how to" video - "How to Fussy Cut your Block".

You can find the video [HERE] starring my hands!  : )
I have full instructions in my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing" but it is always nice to see 
someone in action!


Enjoy!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

2.22.2018

Purse Clasp Book Sew Along


I am a sucker for a good sew along.  Even though I know I shouldn't start any new projects I could not resist the Purse Clasp Book Sew Along Hosted by Elise and Emelie

The Sew Along runs for four weeks starting February 19th and you can find all the details [HERE]

I purchased the book a while ago and this was just the push I needed to make some clasp purses.
I have made 'sew in' clasp purses but never the glue in type.  It was a lot easier than I thought. 

This Strawberry purse in tiny at just 2 1/4" tall.  
I used the strawberry pattern from my book Super Cute Paper Piecing.


The back of the purse uses a print from the 30's collection by Atsuko Matsuyama.
The red gingham is Carolina gingham from Robert Kaufmann Fabrics.


I made two nine patch blocks that will also become a clasp purse.
The instruction to make at the block can be found [HERE]


I also make this tiny dress with the pattern from my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing" for another clasp purse.
The original pattern was reduced to 45%.
The back of the purse will have that adorable Suzuko Koseki Fashion Print.

If you are on Instagram, be sure to tag your pics of any clasp purses you make with the hashtag #purseclaspbooksal

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise  

2.16.2018

Scrappy Patchwork Coaster Tutorial




Happy Friday!
I created a tutorial for Scrappy Patchwork Coasters.


There is a 9 patch version that uses 2" squares.



There is also a 16 patch version which uses 1 1/2" squares.


This project is perfect if you want to use up some of your scraps.


I like to make my own bias tape which I think adds a nice touch.  It is really quite easy to make.
If you'd like to try making bias tape, you can find a tutorial [HERE]

You can find the Scrappy Patchwork Coaster Tutorial [HERE]

Enjoy!
Happy Sewing

xo
Charise

2.12.2018

Fussy Cut Heart Pouch



I think I have a problem -  I can't stop making pouches!
My fussy cut heart is the perfect size for my Splendid Notions Pouch so of course I had to make a pouch.

You can find my Fussy Cut Heart Pattern [HERE]


I used a 6" finished Farmer's Wife block for the flip side.


This one is very special and you can read more about it [HERE]

The Splendid Notions Pouch pattern can be found [HERE] and you can use any 6" or smaller block.

Enjoy!

xo
Charise

1.27.2018

Fussy Cut Heart Mug Rug / Pot Holder Tutorial



I love to make useful items with my paper pieced blocks as you can see in my new book
I thought my new fussy cut heart pattern would make a cute mug rug.  
I don't know about you, but I always have a drink beside me during these cold winter months!

The Fussy Cut Heart Much rug is 8" square with rounded corners and a fabric look for hanging.

You can also use any orphan 6" blocks you have.  Just add borders to make the block 8" square.

You can find the pattern for the Fussy Cut Heart on Etsy [HERE]
and Craftsy [HERE]

You can find the tutorial for the Mug Rug [HERE]

Happy Sewing!
Xo
Charise

1.25.2018

New Patterns in the Shop!




I hope everyone is having a good week!
I have been busy, designing and listing a few new patterns in my Etsy shop.

The first is just in time for Valentine's Day ~ the "Fussy Cut Heart" pattern.
It comes in two sizes - 5 1/2" x 6" and 7 1/4" x 8".
You can find it in my Etsy shop [HERE]


This is such a fun pattern to make.  
I have been gathering all my favorite prints and making heart blocks.
They are addictive to make!
  
These Heart blocks are perfect for a quilt, pouch (you can use the small heart on this pouch!) or a mug rug/coaster.  
I am working on a mug/rug coaster which I will share a tutorial for soon!


The second pattern I have been working on is my "Citrus Pouch".
I designed this for the Liberty Craft Blog which no longer exists.
You can now find it in my Etsy shop [HERE]


This is an intermediate pattern with both foundation paper piecing and curved piecing.
I include instructions on how to do both techniques with full color photos explaining each step.

If you are new to foundation paper piecing, I have resources on my blog {here}

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise