Citrus Pouch on the Liberty of London Craft Blog!

I absolutely love Liberty fabrics!  The colors, quality, drape - they are divine.  My inspiration for the latest project I designed for the Liberty Craft Blog came from a paper piecing pattern. I thought the Citrus wedges would make an adorable pouch! 

You can find the pattern and instruction on the Liberty Craft Blog.
At 10" x 5 1/4" it is the perfect size to use as a pencil pouch, make-up bag or to carry a small, portable sewing project.

Happy Sewing.


Patchwork Patterns 318

Blocks from Patchwork Patterns 318

I love Japanese sewing books and Patchwork Patterns 318 is one of my favorites. 
The book is by Kumiko Fujita who also designs wonderful  fabrics.
A few years ago I belonged to a quilting bee where we made blocks for the other members from the book.  You can see all the blocks I made in the photo above. 

Sewing Books by Kumiko Fujita
The book is filled with adorable themed blocks and pretty floral appliqué patterns.
The only problem is that it has been out of print for some time.  Ebay and Etsy prices were out of control!  Thankfully, Zakka Workshop (World Book Media) reprinted the book in English and it is available now!
You can find it at Sew Me a Song, Pink Castle Fabrics and from Zakka workshop!

Zakka Workshop kicked off a blog hop on Monday!
It is filled with wonderful projects - the first being a cute house wall hanging by Kerry Green.
Kerry shares some great tips for enlarging the blocks and piecing using a freezer paper method.
The perfect method for a block with "Y" seams. 

I will be sharing my projects on November 3rd - a cosmetic bag and a shoe bag from the "Girl's night out" collection of patterns.

Check out the schedule below and be sure to stop by each blog for wonderful projects and inspiration.

If you are on Instagram - you can find the blog hop with #318PatchworkPatterns and #pp318qal for the Quilt Along.   

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

Have a lovely day!


Friday Fun : )

The vacation was fabulous but now I'm back to work - I hate to call it that since I love it so : ) - and working away on some fun projects!  This is a glimpse of a project I am finishing up today for Stitch Spring '15.  The fabric is "Up Parasol" by Heather Bailey for Free Spirit fabrics.  It is such a beautiful collections and the colors are perfect for Spring.

I am also patiently waiting to receive a book I'm published in!  Mollie Makes Patchwork and Quilting.  This project was so much fun to make.  It is a Vintage inspired paper pieced laundry bag with a little embroidery detail. I cannot wait to get my hands on it and see the other projects in the book!

I hope you enjoy your Friday!


The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews

Stitch magazine published a special issue a few months ago -"The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews".  
I usually share the projects on my blog as soon as I get the samples back but the samples are on the road : ) 
Amber Eden, editor of Stitch, sent me photos of the magazine shoot so I could share them with you!

The issue is quite lovely and has a nice selection of sewing projects including period clothing updated to wear today - from street chic items to dressier evening wear, quilts and accessories.  
 I am fortunate to have four projects in the magazine!

Sketches for Maid's Nightdress for Downton Abbey Sews

Maid's Nightdress

The first project is the nightgown pictured above.  Inspired from vintage 1920's and 30's night gowns,  the night dress is made out of a beautiful voile from Cloud 9 fabric Palos Verdes line.  The gown has a lovely lace and ribbon detail.

The ladies downstairs must have their trusty apron so I created this update to the maid's apron.   

Designed with gathered pockets, gingham trim and a fun scallop hem.

What is England without afternoon tea?  I designed this tea cozy with Liberty of London fabrics and a fun paper pieced teapot design. 

Last, but definitely not least, is the evening gown.  Made with Robert Kaufmann Radiance Satin and a separate beaded lace capelet.
The front straps extend to the back creating a lovely detail!

Happy Sewing!


Inspiration from the Big Apple

Orla Kiely Soho NY

It has been quite some time since I've written a blog post.  I've been away on vacation!  Last week was a whirlwind trip to attend two different weddings - the first in Brooklyn, NY and the second in Palm Springs, California.  My hubby and I traveled to NY - just the two of us - and met the kiddos and grandparents in Palm Springs.
My career as an apparel designer took me to Manhattan NY often, but that was over 10 years ago so  it was such a treat to visit again. 

Orla Kiely Soho

Much to my delight, I found the Orla Kiely store in Soho!  I absolutely love all things Orla Kiely - her prints, wallpaper, clothes and bags! Check out that adorable trailer covered in Orla loveliness and that dress.....I will take one of everything, please : )

Purl Soho

Purl Soho
I couldn't resist a trip to Purl Soho.   They have an incredible yarn selection and the store was lovely!

Rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum NYC
We packed in quite a bit of sight seeing in two days!
The rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum has an amazing 360 degree view of the NY city skyline.

Grand Central Station NYC

And we made a stop at Grand Central where it happened to be the 100 year anniversary.

We also visited the Guggenheim museum (amazing!) did a bit of window shopping on Madison Avenue.
Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Heights

And lastly, I had to share a pic of my hubs and I with the Manhattan skyline in the background.
We are not the best at taking selfies  : )



National Sewing Month


September is National Sewing and Quilting month! 

Fat Quarter shop is hosting the “I Love Quilting and Sewing” Blog Tour all month long to celebrate the art of sewing and quilting.  They are dedicating the month of September to spread the awareness and love for this craft.

They asked a group of bloggers to share why we love sewing!  
I honestly feel like sewing makes my heart sing and fills my soul!  It is my creative outlet and I am grumpy if more than a few days go by without time to spend with my sewing machine or designing a new project!

The Fat Quarter Shop also asked the participating bloggers to make something we have not made before!  My project is a purse and I chose to add an appliqué detail. 

It was a fun project and stretched my skills as my attempts at appliqué have been very small details but not the focal point of the project. 
 I used a freezer paper technique that I found in Playful Patchwork by Suzuko Koseki.

 Fat Quarter Shop also asked up to answer the following questions:

1.       How did you start quilting/sewing?

I started sewing when I was six years old.  My mom taught me to hand sew clothes for my Barbie dolls.  I was hooked and knew I wanted to be a fashion designer when I grew up.

My uncle gave me my first sewing machine when I was twelve.  It opened up the world of sewing clothes and I never looked back. 
My best sewing memory is when I made a tailored button down shirt for my grandfather for Christmas when I was thirteen years old.  He opened the box said "Thank you Charise" and put the box down.  
My mom proceeded to say " Dad, Charise made that shirt!"
He wore it for decades until it was thread bare  : )

2.       When was the first time you knew that you were a quilter/sewer?

 I'd have to say I considered myself a sewer when I made my first doll clothes at age six.  

3.       Do you have any sewing/quilting horror stories or faux pas?

Not making a muslin when garment sewing!  I've been sewing for over 40 years and I think I have finally learned to always make a test garment before cutting into your precious fabric!!!

4.       What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out in sewing/quilting?

Take classes.  Try new techniques and take your time : )   Don't be afraid to try something new and fail on your first try .... you will master a technique if you practice!
I love this sewing because there is always something new to learn no matter how old your are or how much experience you have!

Happy Sewing!


Cozy Cottages

Over two years ago my first paper piecing pattern was published in Fat Quarterly - Cozy Cottage.
I have made it available for purchase in my Etsy and Craftsy shops.

I really do love the pattern.  It was fun to find cute images for the windows.
This is the "Sewing House" with the sewing themed items in the window.
The sewing themed brown roof and yellow details are from Suzuko Koseki - one of my favorite fabric designers.

This is one of my favorite pillows made with the "Sewing House".
I've dreamed of making a quilt with different themed houses as boutiques - Boulangerie, Sweets shop, Clothing Boutique .....shops that you would find in a quaint little town : )

Happy Creating!