2.07.2016

The Splendid Sampler is just one week away!

The Splendid Sampler starts in exactly one week!

In case you haven't heard, 
Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson came up with the amazing idea to invite 80+ designer to create original blocks for a year long Sew Along!

The block pictured is a free block from Pat to give you a little warm up for the quilt along.  It is a great way to audition some of the fabrics you are planning on using.

The quilt along starts February 14th and you can find all the details [HERE].
There is a Facebook group which is a great way to share fabrics and get to know everyone.

Here is a sneaky peek of my blocks!  I have had such fun making them.

I will be sharing my version of the first block in the quilt along on February 14th including an easy appliqué tutorial.

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise


1.28.2016

The Splendid Sampler Sew Along

Good  Morning peeps!
Today I am thrilled to share a very exciting sew along - The Splendid Sampler.
Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson came up with the amazing idea to invite 80+ designer to create original blocks for a year long Sew Along!

When Pat contacted me back in August to be a part of this wonderful project, of course I said "yes"!  
As a designer, I have access to the patterns before the QAL starts and I have to say they are incredible!

The quilt along starts February 14th and you can find all the details [HERE].
There is a Facebook group which is a great way to share fabrics and get to know everyone.

You will also find an extensive list of sewing tutorials on the blog as well!  From Applique' to English Paper Piecing to Foundation paper piecing!

I've made six blocks so far and can't wait to share my versions of the designs - they are absolutely amazing!


I am going to use my extensive stash for the quilt along focusing on happy Yellow and Red.


Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise


1.13.2016

Hope Blooms


Welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Shop's Top Ten Videos of 2015.  
Today I'm sharing the Hope Blooms Quilt Block.  
I love log cabin blocks and the video from Fat Quarter Shop ensures your log cabin blocks will be perfectly square!  The video shows how to make the 8 1/2" log cabin using the Creative Grids Log Cabin Trim Ruler.  I seriously love this ruler!
If you want to make the quilt, you can find the pattern HERE.
My favorite part of any new sewing project is picking out the fabric.  I was inspired by this Fat Quarter Shop bloggers bundle from Quilt Jane.  I love the coral pink, turquoise and grey combo.  
I chose to use predominately coral pink and grey for my blocks.  You can see some Paperie by Art Gallery Fabrics and Lakehouse Favorites that I used in the blocks.
I decided to make a pillow with four squares and grey dot sashing from Lakehouse.  I love how it turned out and you can never have too many pretty pillows : ) 
Next project is a full size quilt to match the pillow!
If you’re on Instagram, use the hashtag #hopebloomsquilt to share your Hope Blooms Quilt Project and #FQSTop10 for a chance to win a Fat Quarter Shop $100 Gift Certificate.  
The contest ends January 31, 2016 and the winner will be announced on Instagram February 1, 2016.
Be sure to check out the other lovely blogger projects here:
Shruti of 13 Woodhouse Road
Sinta of Pink Pin Cushion
Rachel of PS I Quilt
Christopher of The Tattooed Quilter
xo ~ Charise


1.03.2016

Welcome Fanny ~ Farmer's Wife 1930s Quilt Along


Happy New Year to you!
Today it is my stop on the Farmer's Wife 1930s Quilt Along hosted by Kerry at VeryKerryBerry.

I have fallen a bit behind in making blocks due to the Holidays and time spent with family and friends. 
And, some Holiday Gift Sewing that was lots of fun.  I'm pleased I made time for it this year!


One of the things I like best about this quilt along is the pace - nice and slow : )
I'm still on track to have enough blocks to make a nice sized quilt at the end of the Sew Along.


This week I am sharing the block "Fanny".  This is another straight forward block to make.
I am using the sewing method ~ Foundation Paper Piecing, which lends itself well to fussy cutting. 


For this block I combined both new and vintage fabrics.
The Pink Floral and White Ground Floral are some "new to me" vintage prints I found at Mary's Funky Finds on Instagram. They work so well with the "Kerchief Girl" print!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise







12.25.2015

***Merry Christmas***



Merry Christmas to you!!!  
It has been a very busy December getting ready for my kids' favorite holiday. 
 I've had so much fun sharing some of my favorite patterns and gifts to make the past few weeks.  
You can find a recap and all the tutorial links [HERE]
Handmade Holidays are the best : )  
I was able to finish up a few more gifts for my family which I will share today.

My mom has been doing some embroidery and I wanted to make her a few useful and cute items to keep her embroidery supplies at hand.  I made the pouch big enough to hold a small embroidery hoop with inside pockets for storing notions and supplies.  The dress on the pouch is from my Vintage Dresses pattern reduced to 6" tall.


The needle book has a paper pieced design with my favorite "Kerchief Girls" print as the focal point.


Two front pleated pockets hold embroidery thread.
My favorite feature is this cute little scissor holder.


My boys both have MP-3 players and are always misplacing them!  I thought it would 
be fun to make a gadget pouch so they could keep their player and earphones in one place.


It was fun to put together a boy colored palette of blues, golds and browns.


Every Christmas my boys get a new stuffed animal in their stocking.  I found these cute Husky dogs but they needed a little something to make them extra special.  I made each a hand knit scarf and think they look extra adorable.



Wishing you Love, Peace and Happiness and a 2016 filled with Joy!

xo
Charise



12.16.2015

Handmade Gifts ~ Vintage Kitchen Hot Pads



It is not too late to stitch up some gifts in time for the holidays!  This sweet potholder set is made
with my vintage bowls and vintage apron pattern. 

I used my round potholder tutorial which you can find [HERE]
This pattern is perfect for an orphan quilt block 8" or smaller. 
 I embellished the back pockets with cotton lace and ric rac. 
 It would also be fun with a self fabric ruffle or some whimsical ribbon trim.


Include a pair of color dipped kitchen utensils and you have the perfect gift for you favorite cook!


You can find the Vintage Bowls and Apron Patterns in my Etsy shop [HERE] and my Craftsy shop [HERE]


xo
Charise


12.10.2015

Handmade Gifts ~ Apple and Pear Potholder



Hello and Happy Thursday.  Only 15 more days until Christmas!  Yikes.....
I am working on more Holiday Sewing and thought I would share a quick make 
that is a wonderful gift.


These round potholders are made with my free apple and pear paper piecing pattern which you can find [HERE].
The round potholder tutorial can be found [HERE].  
I am pairing them with a fun set of 
colored dipped bamboo spoons I found at a local kitchen wares store.
I found these on Etsy which are adorable!

If you missed any of my previous Handmade Gift posts, You can find them [HERE]

Wishing you Happiness and Peace during this hectic Holiday Season!

xo
Charise