Log Cabin Block

Riley Blake Designs posted a fun challenge to help get us through this shelter in place.  
They are sharing a traditional block each week. 
The 2nd block is a Log Cabin.  
Head over to Citrus and Mint for a tutorial to make either a 6" or 12" block.
I'm making 6" blocks to add to one of my many sampler quilts 😊 
The fabrics are from the line "Vintage Happy" by Lori Holt of a Bee in My Bonnet.

Happy Sewing 
xo Charise

#LogCabin #LogCabinBlock #VintageHappy #VintageHappyFabric #quiltBlock #Quilting #Sewing #StayhomeandSew #RBDBlockChallenge #ChariseCreates


Churn Dash Block

πŸ’™Riley Blake Designs posted a fun challenge on Instagram.  They are sharing a traditional block each week. The 1st week is Churn Dash.  Riley Blake is not providing patterns but there are lots of tutorials and patterns on the web!  
I found this version on the All People Quilt website.  
The block is 6" finished and I chose this size so I can add it to one of my many sampler quilts! 😊 

The x kisses fabric and swiss dot fabric are both from Riley Blake.  The cute umbrella, galoshes and floral prints are from the new collection "Singing in The Rain" from Flamingo Toes also from Riley Blake. 

Happy Sewing 
xo Charise⁠

#ChurnDash #ChurnDashBlock #singingInTheRain #RileyBlakeFabric #quiltBlock #Quilting #Sewing #StayhomeandSew


Manassa Ruffle Front Maxi Dress Sew Along

Hi! I Hope you are well!
I thought I would share a free pattern and Sew Along with you.

I designed this maxi dress for Stitch Magazine years ago.  The pattern is now available as a free pattern on the Sew News site!

The dress is designed for drapes knits and the pattern is very forgiving.
The pattern is available in size xs - 4xl!

You can register for the sew along at the Sew Daily site!

I'd love to see your version.  Tag your photos with #ManassaMaxiDress 
#sewdaily #charisecreatespattern

Happy Sewing


Heart Sachet ~ a free pattern!

Happy Monday!
I hope you are well!  I have been having a hard time focusing on my "to do" list of patterns I am working on.
So with everything that has been going on, I decided to create a new free pattern!. It is a simple make but a happy make in this very strange time.
You can find the pattern [HERE]

The pattern is also great for using up large fabric scraps of fabric.
  You can use 5 1/2" squares or 5" squares cut on the bias. 

I filled my sachets with lavender from my garden harvested last summer, but you can also use batting or a combination of batting and lavender.
I used Liberty fabrics for my sachet.  Both Liberty Tana lawns and Liberty fabrics from Riley Blake.
I also raided my button and ribbon stash : )

Enjoy the pattern and do a little selfish sewing for yourself.
I think it is the best form of self care : )

Happy Sewing!


Diamond Spools Block ~ Free Pattern

I have been working on a new free pattern for you. 
My Diamond Spools Block Pattern is a 6" finished block.  Perfect for a sampler quilt or use it to make a zipper pouch, coaster or hot pad, to name a few.

The flower fabrics are from Atsuko Matsuyama and can be found at Sew Me A Song and Sunny Day Supply.
The rain boots and umbrella fabrics are from the new line "Singing In the Rain" from Riley Blake Designs designed by Flamingo Toes The background fabric is Essex Linen in color flax and the Brown Spool fabric is an older Suzuko Koseki Fabric. Sew Me A Song has a nice collection of Suzuko Koseki fabric in her shop. 

I am working on a version of my Home Sweet Home Boxy Zipper Pouch with the Diamond Spools block as the focal point!

The Pattern can be found [HERE]

The details:

Skill Level - confident Beginner

This pattern uses templates to make the block.
The pattern can be sewn by Machine or By hand.

This pattern requires sewing "Y" seams and the pattern includes complete instructions for sewing "Y" seams.

Use it to make a quilt, coasters, to embellish a pouch or anything your heart desires! 

The pattern measures 6" finished / 6 1/2" unfinished block

This 6 page pattern includes:
*Full size, full color pattern.
*Detailed instructions on how to assemble the block

Take Care!



Singing in The Rain

Hello Lovely peeps!
It has been quite a week and I hope you are all holding up OK with the corona virus self quarantining going on!
This seems like the perfect time to calm anxiety with self care and some selfish sewing.
If you are able, support your favorite local quilt shop by placing an online order.
And I have just the perfect "must have" fabric.........

Today I am sharing a project I made with the new fabric "Singing In the Rain" by Riley Blake.
The fabric line is designed by Beverly McCullough of Flamingo Toes.

The fabrics are adorable with umbrella, galoshes, rain drops and lovely coordinating floral and ticking stripe prints.

I made a tote bag with the pinks from the line and paired it with Swiss Dots and 1/8" gingham in Hot Pink both also from Riley Blake.

One side has the fun nine patch block and the other side has a zipper pocket with a pretty lace zipper.
I found the lace zipper on Etsy.

I have listed the pattern in my Etsy shop at a substantial discount (the pattern is only $2.25 through Sunday March 22nd.)

Be sure to head on over to the Riley Blake Blog to see inspirational projects, and tag your makes on social media with the hashtags #RileyBlakeDesigns #SingingInTheRainFabric

Happy Sewing


Liberty Winterbourne Fabric

Happy Monday!

I absolutely love Liberty fabric and this collection is no exception.  The pinks and grey shades are absolutely beautiful together.
"Inspired by an exquisite Arts and Crafts period house, the collection draws upon the interior and the family who once lived there."

I designed the fun Granny style bucket bag (pattern coming soon!)  and just had to make a 
fun little zipper pouch to match : )

The front of the zipper pouch has a cute little dress from my Vintage Dresses 2 pattern.

The back of the pouch is a patchwork of some of my favorite prints from the Winterbourne collection.

The fun little Heart charm is from Sunny Day Supply which I just had to add since it matches
the fabric so well!

Be sure to head on over to the Riley Blake Blog for more fun projects.
Please tag pics of projects made with Winterbourne with the hashtags #WinterbourneFabric
#RileyBlakeDesigns and #ILoveRileyBlake

Happy Sewing


"Perfectly Pretty Patchwork" Book Tour

Hello and Happy Monday!

I am so thrilled to be a part of the Perfectly Pretty Patchwork Book Tour.
The book was written by Kristyne of @PrettyByHand.

I have always admired Kristyne's work and was so happy to be a part of the tour.
The book is organized by quilting blocks and features both a quilt and a small project using the same traditional motif.

I chose to make the flying geese zipper pouch and I love the way it turned out!
I used mostly fabrics from my stash but also included an adorable Atsuko Matsuyama Japanese Print for the body of the pouch which I purchased from Sunny Day Supply.

The shape of the pouch is perfect and opens wide for all your bits and bobs.

I chose to machine quilt the body in a 1/2" grid and I love the way it turned out!

Be sure to check out all the lovely projects on Instagram!
Happy Sewing

 January 6Minki Kim@zeriano
 January 8Pam Vieira-McGinnis@pamkittymorning
 January 13Lauren Wright@mollyandmama
January 15Janine Vangool@uppercasemag
 January 20Michelle White@michelle.made.this
 January 22Lesley Chaisson@berry_birdy
January 27Debbie Homick@happylittlecottage1
January 29Susan Ache@yardgrl60
 February 3Amber Johnson@gigis_thimble
 February 5Deborah Russell@missluella1
 February 10Corey Yoder@corianderquilts
 February 12Chelsi Stratton @chelsistratton
 February 17Charise randell@charisecreates
 February 19Elise Baek@eliseandemelie
February 24Sherri McConnell@aquiltinglife
February 26Mary Dugan@sunnydaysupply
 March 2Kristen Valencia@bobbypinbandit 
 March 4Kim Kruzich@retro_mama
 March 9Jennie Pickett@cloverandviolet
 March 11Amy Smart@diaryofaquilter
 March 16Olivia Villarreal@thishandmadelife
 March 18Andy Knowlton@abrightcorner
 March 23Pat Sloan@patsloan
 March 25Sedef Imer@downgrapevinelane
 March 30Carrie Nelson @justcarrieintexas
April 1Cheryl Arkison@cheryl_arkison
 April 6Amy Sinibaldi@amysinibaldi
 April 8Elea Lutz@elealutz
April 13jera brandvig@QuiltingintheRain
 April 15Martingale@martingaletpp


I Love Gingham πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

I love using gingham in the items I make, so when I had the opportunity to use Riley Blake's gingham I jumped at the chance!  I made this Adrienne blouse from Friday Pattern company with Woven Gingham sleeves in Peacock and the body is made with their Stretch Jersey knit in Aqua.  

 The Woven Gingham is incredibly soft and perfect for garments.  
The knit is also soft and dreamy to sew with.
I love the way it turned out.  It will be perfect for Spring!

I also made this cross body bag with the same Woven Gingham and Riley Blake Linen in color Aqua.
This will be available as a pattern to purchase - soon!

Can you tell I am dreaming about sunny weather and planning my Spring Wardrobe?  πŸ˜

Be sure to head on over to the Riley Blake Designs blog for more projects and inspiration.
And don't forget to tag your photos on social media with #RileyBlakeDesigns #ILoveRileyBlake and #RileyBlakeGingham  

πŸ’™I love to see what you make πŸ’™

Happy Sewing!



2019  was a busy and wonderful year! Here is a recap of what has been going on around here : )         I was able to share the Festive Foundation Quilts I designed for Quilts and More Magazine.
Each quilt is seasonal and all the blocks are paper pieced.  

Each block can also be used for individual projects such as a project bag which I made with my ice cream cone block from the Summer Quilt.

I will be listing each individual block in my Etsy shop this month.  Stay tuned! 

I added some new paper pieced patterns to my Etsy shop.

I also designed a template pattern - no paper piecing.  The cottage block which comes in a 6" and 12" block.   It can also be found in my Etsy Shop 
The pouch in the bottom pic is a Tink Along pouch made with the 6" block.

I created this fun little spool block as a free pattern when you sign up for my newsletter!
The sign up is on the right side of my blog.

I made these fun little pin cushion as gifts for some of my sewing friends.

I have some new patterns in the works which I am excited to finish this year!

I have a new pattern series that will be cottages with a theme.                                                       The first will be sewing, of course! : )

A new version of my Vintage Dresses Pattern is in the works - Vintage Dresses 2!

I still have lots of Works in Progress and hope to make a dent in finishing these quilts this year.

The best part of the year was an amazing trip my family took to France.  It was such a wonderful experience.  Both my husband and I have traveled to Europe but not my boys.

They are at the perfect age - 12 & 16 -  so we decided now was the time.

Wishing you all the best for the upcoming year!