Happy Holidays to You!!

My goodness!  It has been over a month since I posted here.  
It has been super crazy dealing with our house remodel.  
We moved last week and we still have the final move into our house. - hopefully by February. 
We found a two bedroom basement apartment that is cozy and comfortable, but I am seriously looking forward to being in our new house!

In the meantime I have found a bit of time for Christmas sewing.

If you are looking for some gift sewing ideas, check our my gifts to make page [HERE]

I made these open wide pouches designed by Noodlehead.  
If you are looking for an easy last minute gift to make, this is also a good one.
The pouch pictured in front has a leather bottom which matched nicely with the Cotton and Steel canvas print.
Find a tutorial for sewing leather or suede [HERE]

The large pouch is perfect for smaller knitting projects.
You can find the tutorial [HERE]

I saw some adorable Petal Pouches on IG made by the talented a__l
The pattern is also from Noodlehead and is a fun and easy make.

I couldn't resist making a patchwork version and raided by scrap basket. 

OK... back to Holiday sewing I go  :)

Happy Sewing


Heartland Blog Tour

Hi There!
Today is my stop on the Heartland Blog Tour.  
Heartland is the newest fabric collection from designer Pat Bravo for Art Gallery Fabric.

After browsing the collection I had to make something with the Owl print!  Hus Hoot Gul  is offered in canvas and knit fabric so a garment and purse were in order.
I have been wanting to make a granny style purse for ages and this print was perfect.

The fabric is the star of the show with this style of hand bag.

A trip to my local leather store, and I had the perfect leather for the handle.
If you haven't worked with leather before, check out my tutorial [HERE] for tips on how to sew leather on your home sewing machine.

Art Gallery knit fabric is lovely and incredibly soft. 
 I decided to make a tee that is perfect to wear now under a cardigan,
 and in the Spring and Summer by itself.  
The Mabel Flutter Sleeve Tee is a pattern I am currently working on.  
Expect to see it later this year just in time to make for Spring  : )

I hope you enjoyed seeing my makes.  Thanks to Pat Bravo and Amy Friend for inviting me to participate.  It was so much fun working with Pat's beautiful fabric!

I look forward to seeing what you make with Heartland too!  If you make something, please tag it with  #PatBravoDesigns, #HeartlandFabrics, and #ArtGalleryFabrics.

Be sure to also tag @PatBravo so she can see what you make!

***   And last, but not least, Be sure to stop by to see the other bloggers fantastic makes:   ***

November 7 Debbie
November 8 Jess and Charise (me : )  (twice as good today!)
November 9 Jade
November 10 Amanda
November 11 Kari
November 14 Stephanie
November 15 Christopher
November 16 Kerry
November 17 Nichole
November 18 Krista

Happy Sewing!


Sewing Planners ~ My New Love

I am the poster child for having oodles of projects that I want to make.  Whether it be clothing, bags or quilts,  my biggest problem is trying to organize all those ideas in one place so I can keep track of everything on my "to sew" list.

When I saw that Colette Patterns was offering a Sewing Planner for sale, I had to give it a try.

I already have a Fashionary, which I love. This one I purchased a few years ago at the Victoria and Albert Museum which makes it extra special!
 I use it for sketching on the go and I really like the crocus style, which are the outlines of the figures to create fashion sketches.

What the Fashionary doesn't have, is the space to record all the extras one needs to finish a project.
The Sewing Planner is really the next step in the creative process to take your ideas to fruition.

Check out this blog post on the Colette blog to see how a sewist used hers.

Well...now that I have a way to organize all my garment sewing "to dos", I started searching for a planner for all my quilting projects.
To my surprise, I received a package this week containing all the goodies you see in the picture!
Fat Quarter shop sent me the complete Scrappy Project Planner designed by the talented Lori Holt of a Bee in My Bonnet.
It was like Christmas came early.

It is the most adorable planner and the accessories are super cute. You can purchase gingham washi tape, fine tip markers, bookmarks, stickers and a "today is the day" planner pad to go with you Scrappy project planner.

Being a visual person, the graphics and design are important to me.
I really look forward to using it - it is so cute.
I have already started filling the pages with my many unfinished quilting projects.

I'm having fun filling it up with all my projects:

My Vintage Block Quilt

My Log Cabin Quilt

And my Scrappy Trip Quilt - and that is not all of my unfinished projects!

Happy Sewing!


More Secret Sewing

Life has been busy at Casa Charise.  I am patiently waiting for our house to be ready to move into.
More sewing has been happening on my secret project,  and today I spent the day creating pinwheels.
This is a small part of a larger project and I have enjoyed it immensely.

Since most of my studio is in storage, I picked my most precious fabric to have with me until I move back into our house.

My favorite fabric used in these pinwheels is the cream ground floral which is from the Lighthearted collection by Kokka.  Designed by the ever talented Ayumi of the Pink Penguin blog.

Fabrics used:
Red/Pink Scallop - Ruby by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics
Red Strawberries - from Yuwa fabrics
Red Trellis - Hello Betty by Chloe's Closet for Moda Fabrics
Pink Birds - Minny Muu by Lecien
Mini Aqua Gingham - Minny Mikes by Michael Miller Fabrics
Aqua Ground Fruit and Flower Print - Bandana by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda

The Chartreuse apple bowl is a vintage Hazel Atlas piece.

Happy Sewing!



Sewing for myself ~ Magyar Kimono Blouse by Vera Vintage

Hi and Happy Thursday!
I managed to find a bit of time to do some sewing for myself.  This blouse is a vintage 1940's style by Vera Venus.  The pattern is a free PDF download from her website.

I loved the easy style and keyhole neckline and I just happened to have the perfect Swiss Dot Chambray fabric from Robert Kaufman I recently purchased from Imagine Gnats.
I think it will be adorable with a 50's style button up cardigan, jeans and boots.

The pattern is one size and it fits me perfectly - I typically wear a Medium or 8/10.  
This is actually my fitting muslin and it fits well!
I shortened the sleeves a bit and stitched two tucks in the front and back instead of four.
The keyhole and neckline are bound with 1/2" single fold bias tape which I happened to have in my stash.

If you need a tutorial on creating and sewing binding, you can find mine [HERE]

There is an adorable tie neck version of this blouse, which is definitely next on my sewing "to do" list!

Happy Sewing!


Secret Sewing #SecretSewingCharise

Hi Friends!
One of the reasons I have been blogging so infrequently is because I have been doing lots of Secret Sewing.  I will be busy with my secret project until Mid November.

I will be sharing sneak peeks along the way and you can find the pictures on IG with the hashtag #SecretSewingCharise.
You can also see my progress here on the blog.

The project I'm currently working on has one of my favorite color combos - pink and yellow.
The sweet bird fabric is an older Minny Muu print from Lecien.  You can find some newer Minny Muu prints at Pink Castle fabrics [HERE] and Fat Quarter Shop [HERE]
The strawberry print is from Yuwa and is also an older print but you can find similar strawberry prints [HERE] 

The Petal nesting bowl pattern can be found [HERE]

Happy Sewing!


Oldies but Goodies ~ Apple and Pear Pattern

I can't believe it has been over three weeks since I last posted!
I've been working on a project that I cannot share now ; )
as well as overseeing a house remodel.

Both are coming along nicely and I cannot wait to share them with you!

I thought this would be a good time to share some of my favorite patterns.  
The apple and pear pattern is a perfect Autumn make and today is the first day of Fall!

This pattern has lots of possibilities - coasters, tote bag, pillow to name a few.
The apple measures 4" wide x 4 3/8" tall
The pear measures 3 1/4"" wide x 5 3/8" tall

The pattern is free and you can find it [HERE]

If you'd like to make the round hot pad you can find the tutorial [HERE] 

I also have a pattern for a smaller apple which measures about 3" tall x 2 5/8" wide 

I made this fun hot pad with the apple pattern.

As well as these cute little pouches.

Isn't it fun as a coaster?

You can find the mini apple pattern [HERE]

Happy Sewing and Happy First day of Fall!