11.27.2014

Sale in My Etsy Shop & Holiday Gift Making Ideas : )




Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you are having a lovely holiday with family and friends!
I am having a sale in my Etsy shop - 30% off all patterns through Sunday November 30th!
Use the code Thankful



It is still time to make a gift for that special someone!
How about a hot pad for the cook in your family?
These are made from my Apron and mixing bowls pattern.  Find the tutorial for the round potholder HERE


Or this charming Apple Potholder!

Cozy Cottage Pattern available at Charise Creates Etsy Shoppe

Any of my Paper Piecing Patterns make an adorable pillow!

Mini Cottages Pattern in Charise Creates Etsy Shoppe
Sachets are always a welcome gift.  I can't seem to have enough of them!  They make your clothes smell diving and keep your fabric stash smelling lovely!


If you are looking for some Free patterns and Tutorials - I have lots of those too!



Pouches make a fun gift - filled with goodies of course!
Find my 12 Patch Pouch Tutorial HERE


A frame pouch makes a fun gift as well.



These sunny  Citrus Pouches are the perfect size for a pencil pouch.



A set of fun coasters is always a wonderful gift!
Especially when it is adorned with my free paper pieced apple design.



Or a perfect project to use up some scraps like my pinwheel coasters!


How about a Sketch Book Cover for your favorite artist?

Happy Creating
xo
Charise

11.24.2014

Sunday Stash ~ On Monday : )


Fabrics Left to Right, Top to Bottom
1) Essex Steel Yarn Dye linen and Annika Wester for Kokka Fabric, 2) C+ S Fabrics: XOXO and Mustang Arrows
3) Cotton + Steel Fabrics: Rose Border and Netorious 4) Gold Daiwabo Dot and Cotton and Steel Metallic Netorious Fabric 

 I hope you are enjoyed your Sunday!  All my boys (The big one too) headed  to the in-laws to watch the Seahawks game so I was home alone sewing!  Happy Day : ) 

The swatches above are for a new pattern I'm working on - The Lovely Gathered Purse Trio.  There will be a clutch, small bag and large bag or what I'm calling a shopper size.  The project is easy to sew and makes great gifts.  Stay tuned for finished project images!
I posted this photo on Instagram and there was a lot of love for the zippers - aren't they perfect?  I found these metallic beauties at Joann fabrics!



I am also cutting out this fabric combo for the Large Shopper.  An older Melody Miller Print with Denim and Leather Trim.  You can still find this fabulous print at Sew Me A Song!  I'm almost out so I need to order more!


Last week I received these lovely fabrics from Krista at Spotted Stones.  I love them all and can't wait to make a patchwork pouch.

Enjoy your day!
xo
Charise




11.19.2014

Work in Progress Wednesday - Lovely Gathered Purse


I've taken a little break from my "deadline" sewing. Well...at least the deadlines I have set for myself- 
Finishing my Anna Blouse Pattern (release in January!) 
and the last block in my Vintage Block Quilt Along.
As well as a few blocks for the Cocorico Bee.

This little number - I'm calling it the "Lovely  Gathered Purse" has been in my sketch book for ages and when I found this fabric I knew I had to make it.
The zippers are a perfect match to the metallic dot print.
The fabrics are from Daiwabo and I love the simplicity and modern feel of the fabrics.
The colors are perfect for winter outfits in such pretty metallics,
 and cool wintry shades of silver, gray and blue.
I found the fabric at my local Pacific Fabrics.  It is also available online too!

This bag is a nice medium size at 11" tall x 11 wide at the top,
 and I just cut out a larger "shopper" version today!


I love the inside zipper pocket and it is so easy to install!

xo
Charise 


11.14.2014

Friday Favorites and a little peek of Vintage Block #12!






With the invent of Instagram, I visit Flickr less and less.  Today I decided to head on over to Flickr and discovered that they have redesigned the site.  I like it so much better!  I even found a group of wonderful projects to share with you!  All the photo credits are listed above.



My focus lately has been to finish projects and clean up my sewing space.
I have finished the last block in the Vintage Block Quilt Along and look forward to sharing it soon!

xo
Charise

11.10.2014

Patchwork Patterns 318 & Cotton + Steel Winner!




I am so excited to announce that Allison Sews is the winner 



with the winning entry #42!

She is a member of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild and a super sweet gal who makes amazing quilts and quilty items  : )

She said:

"These are both so cute! Wish you were coming to retreat this weekend, I'll miss you :(
Handsewing is not for me but you know I love me some paper piecing!"

I was bummed to miss our annual retreat this past weekend - maybe next year!

Thanks everyone for participating.  Look for another give-away soon in celebration of my contribution to the book "Mollie Makes Patchwork and Quilting"!

xo
Charise

11.02.2014

*Patchwork Patterns 318 Blog Hop and Give Away*


I'm so happy you stopped by my blog for the Patchwork Patterns 318 Blog Hop!  Patchwork Patterns 318 is a Japanese sewing book by Kumiko Fujita.  It has recently been published by World Book Media for the first time in English!

The book is written for hand sewing but can be easily adapted to sewing on your machine using foundation paper piecing or freezer paper piecing.

I decided to make a few projects from the "Girls Night Out" section of the book.  The patterns are adorable and the perfect designs for embellishing some very practical items.
I couldn't resist making a make-up bag - perfect for the lipstick and nail polish block!

The fabrics used for the lipstick and nail polish are Cotton + Steel Mustang Collection.  The large floral is a cotton canvas designed is Ruby Star Polka dot in Pink by Melody Miller.  The background dot is Essential dots in Pink from Moda.



 The lipstick and nail polish block were enlarged to 4".  The patterns in the book are approximately
2 3/8" and are not reversed for paper piecing, so I scanned the image and used Adobe Illustrator to enlarge and reverse the image.  I added a seam to make the piecing a bit easier and numbered each section.   If you don't have Illustrator you can use Photoshop Elements as well.  Kerry has a great tutorial for sizing the blocks which you can find here.



The next project is a shoe/project bag. (Shhh.... don't tell anyone but I had an almost identical pair of pink kitten heels I wore in the early 80's : )

The shoe is made with Cotton + Steel Mustang, the bottom and top border are
 Ruby Star Polka dot in Pink by Melody Miller.  The background fabric is Essex Yarn Dyed Linen from Robert Kaufmann.


I enlarged the pattern to 8" - large enough to adorn a roomy bag - perfect for a shoe bag or project bag.  I am currently using this one for a knitting project.  It is a roomy 13" x 16"  - so it will fit a pair of long knitting needles or your favorite pink high heels : )



Now for the fun part!!!  I will be giving away one copy of Patchwork Patterns 318 compliments of World Book Media and a FQ set of Mustang from Cotton + Steel from Fat Quarter Shop!  Don't forget to take a peek at the New Cotton + Steel line at Fat Quarter Shop.

Please leave a comment below sharing whether or not you have tried foundation paper piecing.  If you have tried,  what did you make?
Give away is open to USA and International commenters.  Comments will be open until Friday 9:00 p.m Pacific Standard Time.


And.... be sure to check out the other projects on the blog hop - they are wonderful!

Good Luck!

xo
Charise

318 Patchwork Patterns Blog Hop 

October 2oth Kerry Green from http://verykerryberry.blogspot.com 
*Project: House Mini Wall Hanging & Freezer Paper Piecing Tutorial with Y seams
      October 22nd  Penny Layman from http://sewtakeahike.typepad.com
*   Project: Gardening apron with blocks from Vegetables collection
      October 24th Angela Pingel from http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com
*   Project: Wall hanging or bunting from Halloween collection
     October 27th Amy Sinibaldi from http://nanacompany.typepad.com
*   Project: Tote bag with appliqué blocks
      October 29th Amber Carrillo from http://oneshabbychick.typepad.com
*   Project: Blocks from Christmas collection
      October 31st Latifah Saafir from www.thequiltengineer.com
*   Project: Baby blanket from At the Circus collection
      November 3rd Charise Randell from http://charisecreates.blogspot.com
*   Project: Make up kit and shoe bag from Girls’ Night Out collection
      November 7th Amy Friend from http://duringquiettime.com
*   Project: Table runner with blocks from Fruits collection
      November 5th Leila from http://wheretheorchidsgrow.blogspot.com
*   Project: Tea Cozy from Tea Time Collection
      November 12th Caroline from www.sewcanshe.com
*   Project: Tote or pouch with appliqué block
      November 10th Faith Jones from www.freshlemonquilts.com
*   Project: Mini quilt from Vehicle Collection
      November 14th Rashida Coleman-Hale fromhttp://iheartlinen.typepad.com



10.31.2014