Delightful Department Store


I work with lots of fabric lines and I can honestly say "Delightful Department Store" is one of my favorites.  The fabric line is designed by Amy Jordan  for Poppie Cotton Fabrics.

Not only do I love the prints which include a "Fashionable Lady" print, florals and ginghams, but the colors are perfect!

I decided to make a mini quilt which can also be a pillow cover - your choice - 

choose your own adventure : )  You can find the "Clothesline Mini / Pillow cover" in my

Etsy shop - Charise Creates.

The pattern includes an apron and a dress pattern - both foundation  paper pieced.  

As well as some fun pinwheels which are traditionally pieced.

The quilt / Pillow finishes at 20 1/2".

I would love to see your creations made with "Delightful Department Store".

Be sure to tag your pics on social media with the hashtags:


Happy Sewing




Farmhouse Summer

 Hi and Happy Summer!

Last year this time I was in Europe, Tuscany Italy to be exact!  This summer we are staying put and working on some home projects.

Seattle is beautiful in the Summer so we will definitely make some local trips around the area.  Tonight we will be taking a boat ride around Lake Union and the weather is perfect!

Speaking of Summer, I had the pleasure of making a few items with the new line of fabric "Farmhouse Summer" designed by Echo Park Paper for Riley Blake Designs.

"Farmhouse Summer" is a lovely combination of florals, plaids and dots and works perfectly with Riley Blake Basics including Bee Gingham, Florette and Blossoms.

A few of the prints have some adorable motifs that are perfect for fussy cutting.

The cute prints were just perfect for my Home Sweet Home pouch where I highlight the Flower Pot and Summer Wildflower prints in the window and door.

The Ruffle Purse is a new pattern I designed with "Farmhouse Summer" in mind. It has a roomy outside pocket and a fun ruffle detail around the top edge.

The body of the purse features the Main Floral print and the ruffle is Summer Dots in Red.

The lining features the Denim Farmhouse Floral print with a gingham inside pocket.

Farmhouse Summer is such a fun collection and the possibilities for projects are endless!

Happy Sewing!


You can find the patterns for my Ruffle Purse and Home Sweet Home Pouch 

in my Etsy shop - Charise Creates.


Swan Serenade Blossoms Quilt

 Happy Spring!  I have an extra Springy project to share with you.

I had the pleasure of working with the new fabric line, "Swan Serenade" designed by Melanie Colette of Hello Melly Designs - for Riley Blake Designs.  You can also find Melanie on Instagram at @HelloMellyDesigns

The line includes an adorable swan print as well as florals, stripes and a cute little musical note print. Some of the prints have a glittery gold which adds just a hint of sparkle. 

The color palette is so lovely with shades of aqua, pinks and grey.

I decided to make a king size quilt to fit my bed! It is a drunkards path variation in a Flower design with a leaf pairing for each blossom. 

I love how the quilt turned out!

Each flower block measure a whopping 24"!  

The gorgeous quilting was created by Ashley at Hen House Quilting.

The backing is the adorable 108" wideback - Bee Backings from Riley Blake designed by Lori Holt from A Bee in my Bonnet.

I love a gingham binding and used Bee Ginghams "Natalie" in color Cottage.

The fun sparkly binding spool is from Stitch Supply Co.

If you make a project with "Swan Serenade" please tag your photos on social media with the following hashtags:

#HelloMellyDesigns #SwanSerenadeFabric #RileyBlakeDesigns

Happy Sewing!


Down the Rabbit Hole - Tea Party


I had the pleasure of working with the new line of fabric from Jill Howarth - "Down the Rabbit Hole" for Riley Blake Designs.

I love every fabric line Jill designs and this one does not disappoint. It is adorable! The first theme that came to mind when thinking of Alice's adventures in Wonderland was a Tea Party!

The fabrics are perfect for fussy cutting so I decided to make tea cup coasters with a cute image of Alice on each teacup.

Both of the coasters use "Blossoms" from Riley Blake Designs, which is a great basic and coordinates so well with "Down the Rabbit Hole".

If you want to make some cute coasters - see below : )

Coaster Tutorial:

Materials: (for one coaster)

7" square fusible batting

7" square fabric

7" tea cup block (I used my Tea Cup and Tea Time patterns which you can find [HERE]

30" - 3/8" wide finished bias binding

* Add borders to your block so that it measures 7" square

1)  Create a quilt sandwich.  Quilt the top block to the batting as desired.   I used a stitch in the ditch stitching around the teacup and straight line stitching beneath the cup.

2)  Pin the backing to the quilted tea cup.  Use the Creative Grids Multi sized curved corner ruler or the edge of a small cup to trace the curved shape on all the corners of the coaster.  Cut the curved edge of all corners.

3)  Baste around the perimeter of the coaster.

4) Head on over to my Bias Binding Tutorial to finish the project.

Continuing the tea party theme, I made these cute and comfy pillows with a fussy cut teapot and coordinating teacup. 

You can find all the teacup and teapot patterns in my Etsy Shop - Charise Creates.

Click [HERE] for a handy little tutorial on making and applying bias binding which I used on all the projects.

Happy Sewing!



Curvy Purse in Art Journal Fabric

Hi!  Hope you are doing well!  So happy you are here!

I had the opportunity to sew a project with the new Art Journal Fabric from J Wecker Frisch for Riley Blake Fabrics.  

The fabric line is a beautiful collection of vintage inspired prints including vintage text, sheet music and advertising images. 

The Flower Press Patch Panel has the most lovely vintage images and I knew I wanted to use it in my project. 

I designed the Curvy purse with a Panel Pocket which is the perfect place to highlight a favorite fabric.

The Curvy Purse has a handy zipper closure, adjustable strap, and an inside zipper pocket.

I also designed this version using the fabric "Parchment Art Journal Dear Folks Script", and the lovely gold Floral Guide sewing panel. 

If you make a project with Art Journal Fabric, be sure to tag your photos on social media with the following hashtags:

#ArtJournalFabric #RileyBlakeDesigns #ILoveRileyBlake

Happy Sewing!




"Down the Rabbit Hole" sneak peek!


I received the fabric - "Down the Rabbit Hole" for Riley Blake Designs before Christmas.  

I have been having so much fun playing with this new fabric line for a new project.

"Down the Rabbit Hole" fabric is absolutely adorable.  It is designed by Jill Howarth - @zippyboro on Instagram.  

The fabrics are beautifully illustrated and are perfect for fussy cutting the adorable Alice in Wonderland characters. 

A Tea Party themed project seems just perfect so I will be using many of my tea themed foundation paper piecing blocks from my Etsy shop - Charise Creates!  

The finished project will be completed in February and you will find it on my blog here, Instagram - @ChariseCreates,  as well as the Riley Blake Blog.  

Happy Sewing!




Ruffle Purse with Barbie Girl ™ Fabric


🎀 I Love all things Barbie. My love of sewing started as a little girl designing and sewing Barbie clothes.

When I had an opportunity to make a project with the new Barbie Girl fabric from Riley Blake Designs, I jumped at the chance!

My Diamond Patchwork Purse pattern was the perfect choice to highlight the adorable “Barbie Girl Main” print. I added a ruffle in the “Barbie Girl Logo Dot” print in blush. For the purse body I used “Barbie Girl Toss” in hot pink, and the “Barbie Girl Dot” in hot pink for the handles.

Of course I had to make a dress for Barbie. Swipe Left to see that I had a little fun and imagined Barbie in her new dress, strolling through Paris : )

If you make a project using Barbie Girl, be sure to tag your photos on social media with the hashtags

#BarbieGirlFabric #RileyBlakeDesigns #ILoveRileyBlake

Happy Sewing!