10.17.2019

Vintage Dresses and Sugar House Park!




I had the pleasure of making a little something with the new fabric line "Sugar House Park" from Riley Blake Fabric and designed by Amy Smart.


My Vintage Dresses were a perfect match for this adorable fabric!
The line consists of the sweetest florals and that fun floral dot that I used for the dresses.
Sugar house Park also includes a plaid, more florals, a ticking stripe and dot.
I have been working on making more dresses and plan on making a Vintage Dresses quilt.

I can't wait to make more dresses with this adorable fabric!

You can find more info about the fabric on the Riley Blake website [HERE].
You can find the Vintage Dresses paper piecing pattern in my Etsy Shop [HERE].

If you share your projects made with Riley Blake Fabric, be sure to use the hashtags #ILoveRileyBlake
#RileyBlakeDesigns
#SugarHouseParkFabric
@RileyBlakeDesigns

I love to see what you create!

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise 


9.30.2019

Riley Blake National Parks - Mt Rainier Quilt




⛰️ I am so thrilled to be sharing a quilt I made with Riley Blakes National Parks Panel - Mt. Rainier.  My son loves the outdoors & hiking, and every summer we make a trip to Mt. Rainier. 



I made this quilt for his birthday and I love the way it turned out.  The border is a cotton/linen solid color Dark Gray also from Riley Blake Fabrics.  I bound the quilt with a vibrant solid -Riley Blake Confetti Cotton in color Riley Teal. 



The beautiful baptist diamonds all-over quilting was done by The Hen House Quilting. Ashley, the owner of The Hen House Quilting, suggested the quilting pattern and I love it! 
It mimics the shape of a mountain and the cream thread stands out against the dark grey border nicely.  

You can find more info on the National Parks fabric panels on the Riley website - and see more fun projects on their blog [HERE] 

Be sure to tag your project on social media with the hashtags #nationalparksfabric, #rileyblakedesigns, #iloverileyblake, and tag @rileyblakedesigns.

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

8.22.2019

Flutter and Shine Fabric




I had the awesome opportunity to work with a new fabric line from Riley Blake Fabrics.

The line of fabric is called "Flutter and Shine" and is designed by Melanie Colette.  The prints are super cute with lots of butterflies and strawberries.  The prints are perfect for fussy cutting.  
If you are unfamiliar with fussy cutting, click [HERE] for a video tutorial.

The fabrics are so adorable I couldn't make just one project, but decided to make three!


My FREE Baby Patchwork Pouch pattern was the perfect project for this fabric line.  There are so many cute fussy cutting opportunities.  You can find the fun zipper pull at Sunny Day Fabric.
Link to the FREE "Baby Patchwork Pouch" pattern is [HERE]


Since we have a butterfly theme going on,  I just had to make my Butterfly Paper Piecing Pattern and use it as the center panel on my Macaroon Pouch.  Both patterns can be found in my Etsy shop.           (I reduced the butterfly pattern to 80% of the original to fit on the pouch)

The background dot, yellow dot, and woven gingham fabric I used for the pouch are from Riley Blake Fabrics as well. 
The Swiss Dot can be found [HERE] (this a go to fabric for backgrounds on many of my projects) and the 1/4" Red Woven gingham can be found [HERE]


Last but not least, I made these cute strawberry pincushions!  The pattern can be found at Down Grapevine Lane.  I filled them with ground walnut shells which you can find online. The lavender scented walnut shell filling 
for my strawberries was found on Amazon.com.

Be sure to head on over to the Riley Blake Fabrics blog to see all the fun projects made with Flutter and Shine!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

8.06.2019

National Parks Fabric from Riley Blake


Happy Tuesday!
I had the awesome opportunity to use Riley Blakes's National Parks fabric by Anderson Design Group to make some fun summer projects.

The fabrics are gorgeous and the artwork is lovely with a vintage look.





I used the National Parks pillow panels to make two 20" pillows.  They were a quick and easy make!

The border is National Parks Green Signs which I also used for the back of the pillow.
The pillow edge has piping which I purchased at my local quilt shop.  One package is just the perfect amount for one pillow.



I also made some fun coasters with the National Parks posters fabric and they are borders with the National Parks Cream Signs fabric. 
 Each of these little posters is 3" x 4",  so they are the perfect size for these coasters.
They are finished with a narrow bias binding which I also purchased at my local fabric store. 

Be sure to head on over to Riley Blake to see all the beautiful fabrics in the National Parks Collection!



6.12.2019

Vintage Swimsuit



Hi and Happy Wednesday!


I am ready for Summer and thought it would be fun to make the Vintage Swimsuit block from my
Summer Quilt in the latest issue of Quilts and More.



I have been trying to finish some of my Works in Progress and thought the swimsuit block would be perfect for my "Bon Voyage" Cocorico Traveling Bee Quilt.


If you are interested in making any of the blocks from my Summer Mini Quilt
head on over to the American and Patchwork site [HERE]

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

5.10.2019

I'd Rather be Glamping!


"I'd Rather be Glamping" is a new line of fabric from Riley Blake Designs created by Dani Mogstad.
When I saw the fabric I knew it would be perfect for my Macaroon Pouch.



The fabrics are absolutely adorable!
My husband and I have talked about getting a cute little trailer for camping trips and I want one just like this.  I definitely need that cute bicycle too.

I used Riley Blake fabrics 1/2" and 1/4" Woven Gingham in color Navy for the pouch borders.


The pouches have different prints on each side. 
For the smaller pouch, I used the "Cream Fruit " and "Mini Campers" with the 1/4" navy gingham.

I happen to have the cherry ribbon to add a cute detail to the side of the pouch.
(Search "cherry ribbon" on Etsy to find similar ribbon)

Similar zippers can be found at Sunnydaysupply.com and Polka Dot Secrets on Etsy.



I will definitely be Glamping in style when I use this pouches on my camping trips this Summer : ) 

Be sure to head on over to the Riley Blake blog to see more fun projects from their latest fabric lines.

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

4.17.2019

Summer Quilt for "Quilts and More"



(Image Used with permission from Quilts & More magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.)

I am super excited to share the latest mini quilt I designed for the magazine "Quilts and More".
This Summer themed mini quilt is the second of four seasonal quilts.
The issue is filled with adorable projects and definitely a must buy.
You can find more info about the issue at the Quilts and More website [HERE]
You can find the Summer issue of Quilts and More magazine on newsstands this Friday!


Each block is paper pieced and they are perfect for small projects as well as the mini quilt.
The project bag on the right was made with my Ice Cream Cone Block.

If you are new to paper piecing, I have a beginning paper piecing  pattern and tutorial [HERE]


(Image Used with permission from Quilts & More magazine. ©2019 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.)

All the fabrics for this quilt are from Riley Blake Fabrics.
You can find the fabric details at the bottom of this post.

I am looking forward to making more projects with these Summer themed blocks!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise



Background - Swiss Dot on White - Aqua
Borders - “Serendipity Strawberries” by Minki Kim - Aqua 

Corner Blocks - “Gretel” Heart Yellow by Amy Smart
Binding - White Swiss Dot on Raspberry

Sunglasses -
Lenses - “Seaside” Main White by Tasha Noel 

Frames - White Swiss Dot on Peacock

Vintage Swimsuit -
Yellow Swimsuit Fabric - “Gretel” Wreath Yellow by Amy Smart 

Red Dot - White Swiss Dot on Red

Beach Umbrella
Pink Print - “Gretel” Lattice Pink by Amy Smart 

Red Dot - White Swiss Dot on Red
Brown Dot - White Swiss Dot on Nutmeg


Ice Cream Cone
Pink Print - “Bake Sale 2” Cherry Pink by Lori Holt
Pink Gingham - 1/8” Small Gingham Check Hot Pink
Brown Gingham - “Sew Cherry 2” Nutmeg gingham by Lori Holt