10.24.2021

Liberty Fabrics "Flower Show Midsummer"

 

Liberty Fabrics are some of my favorites.  I was so excited to design and create a project for the new fabric line from Liberty Fabrics - Flower Show Midsummer, from authorized distributor Riley Blake Designs.

 The Flower Show quilting collections from Liberty Fabrics celebrate the ‘Best in Show', bringing together botanical designs from across Liberty’s iconic print archive. 

Flower Show Midsummer is a beautiful collection of Liberty favorites inspired by a sunny meadow.  

My project is a quilt made with a variation of the Drunkards Path block in vintage patterns referred to as Love Ring for the flower, and The Oklahoma Wonder for the secondary block.

If you'd like to make a quilt, I found a similar design HERE.  

I used a 6" Drunkards quilt block acrylic template I purchased years ago on Etsy to make 24" blocks.  The finished quilt is 72" square. 

Isn't the quilting beautiful?!  Ashley from Henhouse quilting did such a wonderful job with the clamshell allover pattern which was her brilliant idea!


The quilt background is Swiss Dot in color Hot Pink and is backed with a cute yellow gingham from Riley Blake Designs.



If you make a project with Flower Show Midsummer, be sure to tag your photos on social media with the hashtags

#FlowerShowMidSummerFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #Riley Blake Design

Happy Sewing!

xo, Charise

10.12.2021

Harmony Placemats and a Napkin Tutorial

 

Harmony by Melissa Lee for Riley Blake Designs is the most adorable collection of nature themed prints.


My favorite is the "Oh Deer" print in Blush and I used it for the center of this hexagon placemat as well as the napkin border.


There are so many beautiful prints ~ bees, bee hives, meadows, and a sweet floral.

If you follow me on this blog or Instagram you will recognize a theme in my most recent designs.  It seems hexagons have taken hold and all my hexagon project ideas are coming to fruition.

  The latest hexagon project is a placemat, and the Harmony collection works perfectly. 

 The bee hive and deer prints are so perfect for fussy cutting.

The Buzzing Meadow print is a perfect print for the perimeter hexagons and works so well with the Fussy cut centers.  The Natural linen is from Riley Blake Designs.



The placemats are bound with Swiss dots in Yellow from Riley Blake Designs.

You can find the placemat pattern in my Etsy shop - Charise Creates.

Please share projects you make on social media with the hashtags:

#HarmonyFabric #ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns


And of course a placemat needs a matching napkin!

The napkins are a free tutorial!

Enjoy!

Napkin Tutorial

by Charise Randell

FABRIC - Based on 44/45” wide fabric

-1/2 yard Solid Linen (makes 2)

-Print Fabric:  1/4 yard (makes 2)

 

OTHER SUPPLIES

-matching thread

-fine pins

-Rotary cutter

-Cutting mat

-acrylic ruler


 CUT Cut the following for each napkin:

Print Fabric - 1 strip 6” x 17 1/2”

Solid Linen 1 - 17 1/2” square

FINISHED SIZE

16”


SEWING INSTRUCTIONS:



1) On the top long side of the print fabric strip, Press under 1/4” to the wrong side.  Place the strip at the bottom of the linen square with the folded edge on the top.  Match raw edges and pin in place.  Edge stitch the top folded edge.  Baste the other raw edges to the linen square.







2) Press 3/8” to the wrong side on each napkin edge.  Press again 3/8” from the first line.



3) Mark a diagonal line as shown.  Cut on the line.

Fold diagonally with right sides together matching the raw edges of the cut edge.




4) Stitch from the fold to the first fold line 3/8" from the edge with a 1/4" seam allowance. Back stitch at the beginning and end of stitching.  Trim the corner.   Repeat for the three remaining corners of the napkin.






5) Turn each corner right side out turning under 3/8".  Press.  With the folded edge facing you, edge stitch around the perimeter of the napkin. 




9.30.2021

"My Happy Place" Hexagon Circle Purse

 

 I had the pleasure of working with another fabulous fabric line from Riley Blake Designs  - "My Happy Place" designed by Lori Holt of A Bee In My Bonnet.

The line is so cute! I love the color palette and the adorable sewing themed prints. 

I also use Riley Gingham in color Aqua which works perfectly with the "My Happy Place" prints!

I made my Hexagon Circle Purse (pattern is available in my Etsy shop) All the hexagons are machine stitched which makes the purse quicker to make. This versions has leather handles but the pattern also includes instructions for fabric handles.

I also made a matching eyeglass case.


The Lady charm and readers are also designed by Lori Holt for Riley Blake!

Please tag your My Happy Place creations on Social Media with the hashtags

#ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns #MyHappyPlaceFabric 



Happy Sewing 

xo, Charise : )



9.29.2021

The Sagebrush Top in Designer Navy Floral from Riley Blake

 πŸ’™ Hi! I am very excited to share a new fabric from Riley Blake Designs.

This Navy Floral Designer Rayon designed by Melissa Mora  is absolutely beautiful. The rayon has an amazing drape and the print is gorgeous. 

I originally planned on making a sun dress but the weather has changed so I opted for a Fall blouse that can be worn with a sweater for chilly Fall days.
I love the pattern and plan on making many more!



The Floral print is also available in Off White or Gold which are equally as lovely.





The Sagebrush top has lovely gathered sleeves and gathers at the front yoke.  It is an easy make and oh, so flattering!

The tie back is so cute!  


If you make a project with Riley Blake Navy Floral Rayon, be sure to tag your photos on social media with the hashtags:⁠
 #ILoveRileyBlake #NavyFloralFabric #RileyBlakeDesigns⁠

Happy Sewing!  
xo Charise
 

8.16.2021

πŸ‹ Gingham Foundry πŸ‹


πŸ‹I'm excited to share a few projects I made with the new fabric line "Gingham Foundry" from Riley Blake Designs designed by My Mind’s Eye Design⁠⁠.

I love the color combo blue and yellow and I knew I wanted to make a few projects for my back porch.


The fun lemon pillows are from a pattern called Memi's Lemons from Cotton and Joy Patterns.

I used Riley Blake natural linen for the background. 


The Lemon Coasters are from the book Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects designed by Ayumi from ⁠⁠- Pink Penguin 
Ayumi  has wonderful tutorials and patterns on her blog : )



Please be sure to share your Riley Blake Gingham Foundry Projects on Social Media with the hashtags 
#ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns #Gingham FoundryFabric

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise


7.26.2021

Stitch !

 

Stitch is the new line of fabric by Lori Holt of A Bee in My Bonnet for Riley Blake Designs.


Stitch is an adorable line of fabrics consisting of florals, vintage style prints and Sewing themed fabrics.


This fun little log cabin purse was designed by me for the book "Playful Little Paper Pieced Projects."

I used the adorable cheater print for the center square.  The sweet bias binding  with crochet trim is also designed by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs.


The zipper pouch can be found in my Etsy shop.  It is the perfectly designed for 6" finished blocks.  The sewing machine block is from the new book "100 Paper Pieced Blocks" which will be out in August.
The sewing machine block seemed a perfect choice made in "Stitch" fabric : )
The stripe fabric is a lovely basic from Riley Blake.


The opposite side of the pouch is made with the Stitch fabrics print "Vintage Ladies" and I added the cute little sewing machine zipper pull designed by Lori Holt as well.


The fun little tab on the zipper pouch was made from the selvedges !  They are so cute!

 


The cheater print is so dang adorable and you can see it in its full glory here!

Please be sure to tag your photos using Stitch fabric on social media using the hashtags:
#StitchFabric #IloveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise









7.08.2021

Hidden Cottage



I had the opportunity to create with the adorable new line of fabric from Minki Kim designed for Riley Blake Designs.

Hidden cottage is a beautiful line of fabric consisting of florals, ginghams and a cute hexagon cheater print.  The palette is a lovely combination of Gold, pink, blue and green.



I have had the design for a new purse pattern in my head for a while and thought this would be the perfect fabric line for my design.

This is the first sample of my new pattern, "Hexagon Circle Purse"which will be released very soon!

I love how it turned out,  and it is a fairly quick make as the hexagons are sewn by machine.

The natural linen lining is from Riley Blake designs and the leather handles were found on Etsy.  

The Brass rivets that attach the handles to the purse were purchased from Tandy Leather.


I couldn't resist making another Macaroon Pouch with the adorable cheater hexagon print and Blue Floral.

You can find the pattern for the Macaroon Pouch in my Etsy shop - Charise Creates.



Please be sure to tag your makes on social media with the hashtags:
#ILoveRileyBlake #RileyBlakeDesigns #HiddenCottageFabric 

I love to see what you make!
Happy Sewing
xo 
Charise : )