Work in Progress Wednesday (on Thursday) - Scrappy Trip Along!

I started this a year ago - yikes.  So happy to do some mindless, fun sewing over the holiday break.
Last night I cut strips for hours while watching the Polar Express with the boys!  I want a queen size quilt so I need 56 blocks!  I still have to cut strips for about 26 blocks but I'm tired of cutting, so, off to sew I go : )  You can find my original post here where I explain how I created an OCD version of the "Scrappy trip along".  I do not do well with randomness : )

Hope you are enjoying the quiet after all the holiday craziness.  I'll have to admit that I was feeling a bit like "grinchella" right before xmas but have since come out of my grinchiness.  Seeing the joy in my boy's eyes on Chrismas day and having the honor of spending the day with my hubs 96 year old grandmother did wonders!  

I think the lazy, relaxed days after the Christmas rush is my favorite part of the holiday.   

Enjoy your week!


Winter Blossoms Frame Purse

Hope everyone is enjoying preparations for Christmas.  
Most of my shopping is done and I am finishing up a few hand made gifts.
I'm planning a walk to my local shopping district today to purchase those last few items : )

I was fortunate to be included in Stitch Gifts 2014.  
Last week I shared my "vintage bow clutch" which is a perfect last minute gift to make.

Today I am sharing the Winter Blossoms Frame Purse.  This is a fun easy project, but a project that takes a wee bit more time.  The flowers are by the yard trim that is cut apart and applied by hand with embroidery floss.  A perfect project for a cold winter night!

I used a readily available flower trim, wool melton (coating weight) and a purse frame you can find on the Sew Daily Website.  A wool felt can be substituted for the wool melton if not readily available. I found my flower trim at Joann fabrics but you can also find it here.
You can find Stitch Gifts here.  

Wishing you a lovely day.


Apples - I'm Obsessed!!!

I love apples - I always have.  And I'll never forget my mother telling me "an apple a day will keep the doctor away".

I have created apple pouches.....

and I am working on a pattern for an apple apron. The sample will be my mom's Christmas present!

So........ last Friday was my birthday and my husband took me to the the Frye Art Museum to see the current exhibition by German artist Franz Von Stuck.  The exhibit was absolutely incredible.  It was a real treat!  After seeing a great master's work I often dream of having the time to learn to paint.....maybe some day.

I just couldn't leave without taking a look at the gift shop : )  It is beautifully curated with art books, local artisan jewelry, hand bags and vintage items.  I couldn't resist these vintage apple accessories.
The wee brass apple tray will be perfect on my sewing table to hold odds and ends.
I love the shape and weight of the apple necklace.  It is a substantial piece of jewelry.  It has a seam near the top and I've tried to open it....hmmmm what could be inside?

I'm looking forward to enjoying this holiday with family and friends.  Cookie baking will commence on Monday. It is one of my favorite traditions along with cutting down the Christmas tree.  My boys love it too - actually the eating more than the decorating : )  The cookies pictured were made for a cookie exchange at my son's school.  I love decorating cookies and trying new designs thought I'll admit the easier design the better the outcome! 

I'm looking forward to spending two weeks with my boys, sleeping in over the holiday break and maybe sneak a bit of sewing in!

Enjoy your day!


A winner!

Thank you so much everyone for all your wonderful comments!
The winner of the Sew Mama Sew Give-away Is Karin @ Leigh Laurel Studios.

Karin wrote:

"Wonderful Apple.  I'd love to make this."

Thanks Karin - I look forward to hearing from you!!



Christmas Sewing ~ Bow Clutch ~ Stitch Gifts 2014

The latest issue of Stitch magazine ~ Stitch Gifts 2014 ~ has been on the news stands for a few weeks.  It is a great issue with some wonderful projects for gift making.
I am excited to have two different projects in the issue!  

My vintage bow clutch is a perfect easy gift to make for a friend or family member.  Inspired by the glamorous 1950’s, this stylish clutch has a self fabric bow. 

The clutch measures 7” tall x 11” wide.
The zipper pull is made from 3/8” ribbon adorned with embroidered flower trim.

                                   I made this one with a favorite japanese fabric print.

                            I've listed the samples in my Etsy shop!  Perfect for gift giving!

I use my proto type sample to hold my mini I-pad.  So....you can also use it as an i-pad holder as well as a stylish clutch!

xo Charise


Sew Mama Sew Give-Away Day

Hello lovelies!  Tomorrow is the start of Sew Mama Sew Give Away Day!  
I'm posting just a little bit early : )  
I am giving away a fabric kit and pattern to make my Apple Orchard Hot Pad !!!

The give-away includes the fabric pictured above.  
The red print top left is one of my favorite out of print fabrics - "Sweet Broderie" by Rosalie Quinlan for Lecien~ 1/2 yard.  The top right fabric is one of my favorite New fabrics - "Recipes for Success" by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Dry Goods ~ Close to 1/4 yard.  You can purchase this lovely fabric at Sew Me a Song .
The 2 1/2" squares are a range of some of my favorite white ground prints.
And last, is a piece of Suzuko Koseki Notions Fabric for the stem.

It also includes a PDF pattern for my new Apple Orchard Hot Pad pattern.  Just in time for holiday gift giving.

To Enter ~  Please leave a comment below!  Give-away is open to international participants.
Comments will close on December 13th at 5 p.m. PST.  I will announce the winner on December 15th.

Sew Mama Sew Give-away day starts tomorrow morning. 
Head on over for your chance to win some fabulous notions and hand made items from other designers and bloggers.

Good Luck!


Find me at the Sew News Blog for a Q & A and give-away!

Just a quick note to let you know I'm over at the Sew News Blog for a little Q & A.
My cozy sweater jacket is in the current Winter '13 issue.

Read the post and answer the question in the comments section and you’ll be entered to win the book Christmas Home-Made and a cute fusible web tape dispenser!

Good Luck!
xo Charise 

Vintage Block Quilt Along ~ My Progress so far

I am in "full throttle" gift sewing mode here at the Randell house but did take a moment to make a collage of my blocks so far in the Vintage block Quilt Along.  I started the Quilt Along about this time last year with the goal to have all 12 blocks complete.  Well....I am a little behind but will provide free patterns and detailed tutorials for three more blocks over the next few months.

I just love these vintage blocks.  I imagine quilters in the 1930's hand piecing these lovely blocks with well loved clothes just like my great grandmother did!

I hope you will join in.  There is no pressure and they will be up on my blog for you to create at your leisure : )  Click on the "Vintage Block Quilt Along" tab in the top bar for a link to each block.

Take a peek at the Vintage Block Quilt Along Flickr Group - you will find some seriously gorgeous blocks!

Happy Sewing


Gift Sewing and a New Pattern - Orchard Hot Pad!

 I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving - my friends in the US!
Christmas gift sewing has started at the Randell house.  I created this Apple potholder pattern some time ago and I am sewing a few for gifts.  
The pattern is easy to make and is a great holiday gift for friends and family who love to cook with fun kitchen accessories!
It is available in my Etsy Shop.

The front left side of the apple is pieced and quilted.

The back has quilted pockets.

And I used some of my favorite text fabrics and a few vintage fabrics!

I'm excited to use the new Pam Kitty morning text print for my next hot pad which you can find at Sew Me a Song!  

I'm working on a companion apron and another fruit hot pad for the orchard.  We will see if I get them done in time for Christmas  : )   Thank goodness mom does not have a computer!

Happy Sewing!


Secret Drawer - Vintage Block Quilt Along #9

Below you will find the instructions to make the next block in the Vintage Block
quilt Along - The Secret Drawer from the Kansas City Star, circa 1930.

I love this block and I think it is my favorite so far, thought I feel that way about each of these vintage blocks : )  After completing this block you will be a Y seams expert!  The are not as hard as they look and I will give you tips for success!

OK....lets get started:

Pattern for piece B can be found [Here]

Fabric: all pieces include a 1/4" seam allowance
Cut 1 - A  4 3/4" Print Center Square
Cut 8 - B Background Fabric
Cut 8 - B Spool Fabric
Cut 4 - C  2 5/8" squares for center spool
Cut 2 - D  5 1/8" squares background fabric, then cut these squares diagonally to make 4 triangles
Cut 2 - E  3 7/8" squares background fabric, then cut these squares diagonally to make 4 triangles

100% cotton thread
Marking pencil or pen
See thru ruler
Rotary cutting supplies

All seam allowances are 1/4"

Tip for Cutting Piece B.
Cut 1 9/16" strips and lay piece B on the strip cutting the diagonal seam with you rotary cutter.

Create the spools:

1)  Mark the center spools C 1/4" from each edge and 1/4" from raw edge.   I like to draw a seam line and make marks for the 1/4" point.
Place B spool right sides together with C inside spools.  Pin in place
***In order to make sure both pieces are centered, I fold both pieces in half and create a crease mark.  Match the crease on B to C to insure they are placed correctly***

2) Stitch the seam, stopping 1/4" from beginning and end of seam.  If you go over the mark (like I did on the top left) use your seam ripper to remove the stitches.
Repeat for the other side.  Press seams open.

3) Place piece B - background fabric to Piece C right sides together.  Pin in place.

4) Flip over the spool and stitch the seam starting and ending at the previous stitching, 1/4" from edge.  Start 1 stitch inside the previous stitching line.  Again, if you stitch into the previous seam, use your seam ripper to remove the stitches.
Repeat for the other side.

5) Place the diagonal edges of both B pieces right sides together and pin in place.
Start stitching 1 stitch away from the previous stitching back tacking at ends.  Repeat for the other side of the spool.

6)  Press seams towards the dark pieces.
Repeat for the opposite side.

7) Your finished Spool with look like this.  Repeat steps #1-6 for the other three spool blocks.

 Assemble the block

8) Lay out your block as pictured.
Stitch together Row 1.  Stitch together Row 2.  Stitch together Row 3.
Stitch row 1 to 2.  Stitch Rows 1/2 to 3.  Attach the top and bottom corners.

Yay!!!!  you are done!!
Easy, peasy, lemon squeaky - as my 6 year old would say!  : )

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I will answer your questions!

Happy Sewing!



Christmas Sewing

About a year ago, Melinda from the Cocorico bee asked for Christmas themed blocks.  I made the block pictured above.  It is 12" square so all the individual stockings are fairly small at less than 4" across.

I've been wanting to make the block into a pattern (for a year) and I finally did!  You can find it in my Etsy shop Here.  I've enlarged each stocking to be 10" tall and about 5 1/2" wide. They would be a fun addition to a Christmas themed quilt or would make fun placemats.  I think I may make mine into drawstring bags and fill them with goodies for my boys! I've listed them as a set but and also have them available as single patterns.

Santa has a bigger hat and eyebrows!
The Tree pattern is unchanged...

As well as the present stocking.
I finished the last ornament in the "Trim the tree handmade ornament swap" last week.  This cottage is the "Sweet Cottage" from my mini cottages pattern.  This is my favorite one of all.  Love the pink and green color combo.
And I received the most adorable ornaments in the Trim the Tree Handmade Ornament Swap!
The hedgie is from Jodi, the star from Melinda and the Star gingerbread from Leila.
These adorable little birdies are from Leah.  The have the tiniest scarves and boots.
I am so looking forward to trimming the tree this year!
Have a lovely weekend!