5.22.2016

Springtime Patchwork Purse Pattern



One of my favorite things to make is bags, pouches and purses - big and small - I have lots!  When I got this adorable fabric from RJR I knew it would make a perfect patchwork purse.

I paired the aqua prints with Essex yarn dyed linen in Black and added a fun contrast Aqua top stitch on the border.  


The purse is a free pattern I designed for  the Sew Mama Sew website and uses the adorable new fabric line from RJR fabrics, "One Room Schoolhouse" by Brenda Ratliff. 

It is a roomy bag with an inside magnetic snap and large pockets to store your goodies : ) 

Enjoy!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise


5.20.2016

Splendid Notions Pouch on Craftsy



Hi and Happy Friday!  
A quick note to let you know I created a pouch pattern you can find on Craftsy!  It uses 6 1/2" blocks as the focal point and I used my "Stitching Fashion" block.  
You can find the pouch on Craftsy [HERE] and 
the "Stitching Fashion" block on the splendid sampler.com [HERE]



It is a roomy 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" and is large enough for a 4" embroidery hoop plus scissors and thread.
There is a handy pocket inside for stowing more goodies, too.

Enjoy!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

5.18.2016

Stitching Fashion ~ My block for the Splendid Sampler




Today I am so excited to share my block for the Splendid Sampler Sew Along


The Splendid Sampler was the brain child of Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson.  
For one year, they are sharing two - 6" blocks per week from over 80 different designers.  
The patterns are free for the year and after that they will be published in a book! 
You can find the patterns [HERE]


"Stitching Fashion" is entirely paper pieced.  I would consider this an intermediate pattern so if you are new to paper piecing, I highly recommend making my Free Crayon pattern first.  It has detailed instructions to make a paper pieced crayon block as well as a comprehensive list of my favorite tools and notions I use for paper piecing. 
You can find the pattern [HERE] 


I also have a tutorial for a fun pencil pouch you can make with your crayon block!
You can find the tutorial [HERE]


  ~Here are a few tips to help you make your "Stitching Fashion" block~



CUT THE PATTERN APART BY LETTER UNIT

You will want to cut the pattern apart by letter unit as shown above.

***My patterns do not include seam allowances.  
I find I get better results without bulky paper seam allowances.***



PAPER PIECE EACH INDIVIDUAL UNIT

Paper Piece each individual letter unit being sure to add 1/4" around each pattern section.


For letter units with only one piece, use a bit of fabric glue or a pin to attach the pattern piece to the wrong side of the fabric.
Cut around the pattern piece leaving 1/4" seam allowance.


MATCHING SEAMS



The reason I prefer to not have bulky paper seam allowances is that it helps make it easier to sew the individual lettered sections together.


I want to make sure that the seams match perfectly.
I will be sewing the top of the spool to the middle spool section.  
(shown with the arrow in the picture above)


First, find the seam intersection and put a pin through that point on the wrong side.
Find the corresponding point on the other piece.  Pin together with right sides together.


Baste over the seam.  

Open the seam and check if the points match.
If they do not, remove the basting stitch and try again.

If they match, stitch the seam with 10 - 12 stitches per inch back tacking at the beginning and end of the seam.


FUSSY CUTTING

I absolutely adore fussy cut blocks.  It is such a fun way to add an extra special touch to your block.


Figure out what motif on your fabric you want to fussy cut.
I decided I wanted a cherry on the center of my thread spool.


Place the pattern over the motif on the wrong side of the fabric.  Use fabric glue or a pin to secure in place.


Fold the pattern back on the seam lines and trim around the section leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.


I love the yellow and red fabrics used for the block!
Left to Right
Hope Chest by Connecting Threads, Calico Days by Lori Holt for Riley Blake, Micro Dot by Lecien, Red Scallop by Bonnie and Camille, Yellow Ground Fruit - Lori Holt for Riley Blake.
The brown fabric I used for the spools is an older Japanese print I've had in my stash for ages.  Sadly, there is no information on the selvage.




I hope you enjoy making the block.  It was lots of fun to design!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise








5.08.2016

The Farmer's Wife 1930's Quilt Along - Mrs. Brown

Hi and welcome to my stop on the Farmer's Wife 1930's Quilt Along hosted by Kerry of Very Kerry Berry.  
It has been fun to be a part of this blog hop, especially since 
it has also kept me on track to have enough blocks to make a quilt at the end of the Quilt Along.


I took this block quite literally and found a "lady" fabric from Suzuko Koseki.
I think she makes a smashing Mrs Brown : )


I love to search my fabric stash for the perfect fabrics - my favorite part of the block making process.

The center Lady print fabric is Fashion Cheater Print, Col A, by Suzuko Koseki for Yuwa of Japan. You can find it at Sew Me a Song [HERE]

The red and pink scalp fabric is an older print - "Miss Kate" by Bonnie & Camille for MODA fabrics, 
# 55092-15 and you can find it [HERE]

The yellow dot is Lecien Basic Micro dots. I couldn't find that exact fabric, but Moda has a good yellow basic dot you can find on Etsy.

The aqua blue ground strawberry print is Minny Muu by Lecien. This print is used is an older version' but Pink Castle Fabrics carries some new Lecien strawberry prints [HERE] and [HERE]

The turquoise ground yellow circle flower is a Japanese fabric I've had in my stash for some time.  I was happy to find a use for it : )



Be sure to check out all the wonderful Farmer's Wife blocks on Instagram.  
Search for the hashtag #FW1930sQAL.
And don't forget to label your blocks with the hashtag, too!

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise


5.04.2016

Intentional Piecing



I am so happy to be sharing the new book by my friend, Amy, "Intentional Piecing".  She is a talented artist and designer and you can find her paper piecing blocks and quilts on her blog [HERE]

"Intentional Piecing" focuses on helping quilters in making fabric choices when they are creating a quilt or sewing project.

An excerpt from the publisher's website describes her book best:
"Amy teaches you to ask the questions she consistently asks herself: What fabric would make the design better? Which design and method would best showcase the fabric? What choices would make the project uniquely yours? And who doesn't love going through their fabric stash to find that perfect one!"


Amy asked her quilting and sewing friends to make a "Tell Me a Story Block".  It is a paper pieced block that is designed to frame a favorite fabric image that tells a story. 
I dug through my stash and corralled all my sewing theme fabric to the story of
"A girl who has loved to sew since she was little."



I couldn't make just one block - there will be more to go with these!

If you would like to quilt along, Amy is extending a discount of 30% on her book through the Lucky Spool Website.   Just use the code FRIEND30


Share a "Tell me a Story" quilt block on Instagram before June 1st, and you will be eligible to win the "fussy cutting" fabric stack from Sew Me a Song shown above!
  Be sure to tag your picture with the hashtags #TellMeaStoryQuilt and #IntentionalPiecingBook  for your chance to win.

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

5.02.2016

Me Made May & May is for Makers


This time of year always sparks my desire to make some new Spring clothes.  
There are two online "maker movements" going on in May.

The first is "Me Made May".  You can find the details [HERE]  
The idea is to wear at least one item you have made each day.  I am going to try and do that, and sew up a few new items for myself.

The second is May is for Makers.  You can find the details [HERE]
This challenge is all about supporting independent pattern designers, by purchasing one pattern per week, 5 in total, from indie pattern designers during the month of May.

I am going to make the Mississippi Ave Top from Sew House 7.  Supplies are gathered, fabric washed and pressed, and cutting will (hopefully) commence later today.


You can also support my independent pattern shop on ETSY [HERE]
This is a pic of my Anna Blouse I lengthened and made into a dress.

You can find pics on Instagram with the hashtags #MeMadeMay & #MayisforMakers.

Happy sewing!

xo
Charise

4.26.2016

~Color Inspiration~


Photo by Charise Creates

One of my favorite tasks when I was a fashion designer was creating color palettes for the upcoming clothing line I was designing.  When I worked for larger companies such as Norstrom and Eddie Bauer, we had the budget to buy trending forecast services.  These services would provide the actual color in swatch form from large color companies like Pantone.

Digital Ad from Boden.com

The last design company I worked for was a small company and we didn't have the budget for the expensive trending services.  
My go to inspiration came from Fashion websites like Style.com and fashion magazines, my favorites being Elle and Harper's Bazaar.
I looked to the color stories from high end couture brands from the most recent runway shows.


Photo by ChariseCreates

I recently saw a link to the coolest website that will create a color palette using Kona Fabrics solids.
Play-Crafts color matcher  allows you to upload a photo and then the program matches colors in the photo.
If you want to tweak the palette, there are small dots that you can drag and drop around the photo to customize the colors.
Then....Play-crafts color matcher matches the colors to Moda Bella Solids.




Photo by Charise Creates



Have Fun!
Warning:  It is addictive : )

xo
Charise