6.27.2016

Speaking with Pat Sloan at American Patchwork and Quilting Podcast



About a month ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Pat and discuss all things sewing for an American Patchwork and Quilting podcast.

I met Pat last year when she invited me to join the Splendid Sampler Sew Along and design a block for this amazing adventure.
The Splendid Sampler is a sew along with 100 free blocks for one year.  Then all
the blocks will be published by Martingale.

We have conversed over email so it was an extra treat to get to speak for the podcast.
Today's podcast also features two amazing quilters - Sherri McConnell and Barbara Cline.
Enjoy!

xo
Charise

6.19.2016

Fussy Cutting for Foundation Paper Piecing

One of my favorite methods to use when I Paper Piece designs is Fussy Cutting.
Fussy Cutting is using a motif in a fabric and cutting it to focus on the motif.



You can see how I used it on the waistband of my Apron picture above.  
I also use fussy cutting to position a print in a desired direction which you can see with the apple print.  The apples are running vertical and are centered on the front panel.  
I was able to achieve this by fussy cutting.

This is also a great way to conserve fabric since you are cutting only the amount of fabric you need.

*Here are some tips to help you with your next Fussy Cut Paper Pieced project*


1)  
Print out an extra copy of the pattern.
Cut out the section of the pattern you want to fussy cut.
In this example, I want to fussy cut the waistband on the apron - section A3.

2)
Place the pattern piece, Right Side Up, on the Wrong side of the fabric directly covering the section you want to fussy cut. 
Use a bit of fabric glue to hold the pattern piece in place.

In this example, I want the words "tag cotton" to be centered on the waistband.



3)
Using a C-thru ruler, mark 1/4" from the edge of your pattern.
Cut on the line.

OR

Use a rotary cutter and your acrylic ruler to cut around the pattern piece.

Remove the pattern piece from the back of the fabric.
You are ready to use the pattern piece!


I like to save the pattern pieces to be used again.  I keep mine in a sheet protector and file it in a binder with the pattern. 

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise









6.18.2016

Row by Row Experience



Starting June 21st, quilt shops all across the Unites States and Canada will be participating in the "Row by Row Experience".  The idea is to visit your local quilt shops and pick up a FREE (yes Free) pattern for a quilt.  

Create a quilt using at least 8 different 2016 rows from 8 different 2016 participating RxR shops and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric). Use that shop’s row in your quilt and win a bonus prize. Click here for more details.

To find the participating quilt shops in your area click [HERE]

Months ago, Maria from Quilt Nuts in Oklahoma asked if I'd design an element for her Row by Row Pattern.


I designed this fun apron for Maria's row.  It is an easy beginner pattern with just two sections to sew together.  They are so fast to make I've already made two and am working on a third!
This pattern is only available until September in Maria's shop, but if you'd like to make an apron and can't make it to Oklahoma you can find my Vintage Apron Pattern [HERE]


One of my favorite ways to make my paper pieced blocks extra special, is to fussy cut motifs.
Check back tomorrow and I will be sharing a tutorial for an easy method for fussy cutting
motifs for this fun apron and any other paper pieced design you are sewing.

Happy Sewing : )
xo
Charise

6.09.2016

Summertime Minis


Last week I spied a fun sewing challenge on Instagram.  Make Modern Magazine is having a fun sewing challenge.  They have asked sewists to make and share a mini quilt - no larger than 6".

I have been spending lots of time working on the computer the past week, so a sewing challenge was just the distraction I needed : )

I made this sweet little mini and it is just shy of 6".  
The strawberries and cherry are from my Jam Jars and Fruit pattern.
I was thrilled that I had just enough bias tape already cut and ready for the binding!

Fabrics I used for this little mini:
Red text print * Moda Daysail Tiny Script 
Fun pink cherry print * Riley Blake Calico Days
Floral grid print * Windham Little Menagerie
Green micro dot * Lecien 
Green Leaf print * Riley Blake Flower Patch
Mini cherry on white *  Sevenberry



I also have a few more minis in the works.  These are also made using my Jam Jars and Fruit pattern.
I think these may become coasters : )

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise





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