7.25.2014

Vintage Furniture in Petal Pinwheels



When the Modern Quilt Guild announced their latest fabric challenge I wanted to join!  The fabric for the challenge is Petal Pinwheels by Michael Miller Fabrics.  I love the fabric and had the perfect
pattern for it - my Vintage Furniture pattern.  I had designed the pattern quite some time ago and was excited to finally sew it up.
Since the original post about this project I completed two of the blocks pictured above!
  


The plan is to make a mini with the couch in the middle and the chairs surrounding.  Or if I get uber ambitious it would be an adorable lap quilt for the couch.

I missed the deadline to enter my quilt for the challenge, but that is OK.  It will be a fun project to work on this summer.  Oh, and of course, the pattern will be available soon : )

xo
Charise

7.19.2014

Jam Jars and Fruit ~ paper piecing pattern



I have a long list of "to do's" and my Jam Jars and Fruit pattern has been on the list for over a year.


This was a block I made for Ayumi in the Ringo Pie bee.  Ever since making the block I've wanted to make one for myself : )  Fast forward almost two years and they are complete!!!



The pattern includes 7 1/2" x 10" blocks for the strawberries....

Cherries....

and Lemon.

It also includes a pattern sheet for smaller 3" x 3 3/4" jars

As well as artwork for the labels!

You can find the pattern in my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

Hope you are enjoying the summer!!!
xo
Charise


7.15.2014

Enjoying July.....



It has been a wonderful summer so far.  The weather has been beautiful and the temperature has been in the 80's and low 90's the past few weeks.  The boys and I have been to the beach, the pool and have been hanging out enjoying the beautiful summer! 
 I have found some time to work on a few projects here and there : )

I have wanted to make a quilt with the pattern from my Summer Blossoms blocks from my Vintage Block quilt along.
After reading this blog post, I purchased some drunkard's path acrylic templates and purchased new blades for my 18mm rotary cutter.  I'm pleased with where this quilt is going.  I'm using 5" blocks so each flower is just under 20".  It has been sewing together extremely fast ~   I've spent most of the time on this picking out fabrics.  

My Jam Jars and Fruit pattern is close to being finished! 
I've included a cherry block as well as a lemon block.   



This pattern has been on the "to do" list since I made the original block for Ayumi in the Ringo Pie Quilting bee on Flickr almost two years ago!



Spending time with the boys has been tops on my priority list.  At just 7 and almost 11, I don't have too many years left......trying to enjoy every one I have with them  : )

Wishing you lovely summer days with your family and friends!
xo
Charise


7.07.2014

A winner - Summer Give-away



Thanks everyone for entering the summer give away!  The winner is Anita who said - "I would love to make a summery table runner with the berry basket pattern."
Congrats Anita.  I will email you now!  : )

7.02.2014

Work in Progress Wednesday ~ Inspiration Strikes



I love a challenge ~ especially one that involves fabric.  The Modern Quilt Guild's latest challenge is to use Michael Miller's Petal Pinwheels fabric to make a quilted project.  I got the bundle and knew exactly what I wanted to make!  The motifs have an Orla Kiely vibe and I had a paper piecing pattern I designed 1 1/2 years ago that would be perfect for the fabric!
Only problem, I needed all the prints to finish the project!  Well..... today I got the package with the remaining fabrics.  


I love how the Michael Miller's Dim Dots fabric works with the Petal pinwheels line.


It is a lengthy process paper piecing all those chairs....... I started last weekend and have been sneaking in a bit of sewing when I can  : )  It is a bit tricky to fit in sewing during summer time as my boys are with me all day!  And the weather here has been so nice so it has been extra difficult to be inside sewing : )

Pop on over to Freshly Pieced and share your Work in Progress.  I'd love to see what you are making  :)

OK ~ off to sneak in a bit more sewing this evening!
xo
Charise

6.29.2014

Summer Giveaway ~ 30's playtime fabric + Berry Basket Pattern



Hello!  The Fat Quarter shop is celebrating its 11th anniversary.  In celebration they are generously donating a F8 set of Moda's 30's playtime fabric from Chloe's Closet. It is the entire set of the prints!  You can find the fabric [here] and see all the beautiful prints.

Since it works so well with my new Berry Basket pattern I will add my new pattern as well!
You can find my new pattern in my Etsy and Craftsy shops!



The give away is open until Thursday July 3rd at 9:00 p.m. pacific standard time.   Please let let me know what you would you would make with the Fat Quarter Shop's anniversary bundle.
Give - away is open to domestic and international commenters!

Good Luck!
xo
Charise

6.27.2014

a few finishes during a crazy, beautiful summer ; )



It has been a wonderful summer so far!  The weather has been beautiful and I've been spending lots of time in the yard gardening.  We even made it to the beach on Wednesday - I love Seattle in the summer!  With the boys out of school, and the distractions of summer, I have not been sewing as much lately.

But there is a bit of Progress ~ I have mailed some bee blocks!  It is so nice to be caught up!  We just started round 2 of the Cocorico - the sewing machine is for Erin and the berry basket is for Melinda.
The dress is for Penny in the Ringo Pie bee.
You can find patterns for the sewing machine and the strawberry basket in my Etsy and Craftsy shops!


I have found some time to create a larger version of my twelve patch pouch - it is made with 3 1/2" squares so it measures a nice and large 8" x 12".    You can find the tutorial for the smaller version [Here]

 I added the small tabs to attach a shoulder strap or wrist strap.
This project is a request from my mom for a smaller bag that she can use to carry her wallet for walks to nearby shopping destinations.

I put together this stack of fabrics while organizing my stash - they just look so yummy and summery! 
I'm thinking a parasol quilt - umbrella blocks similar to one adorning the bag I made for Stitch Magazine last Spring.  Or a simpler half square triangle quilt to show off the beautiful fabrics.


Have a lovely day!
xo
Charise