8.17.2017

Super Cute Paper Piecing !!!



I hope you have been enjoying the summer.  We have been busy at the Randell household
enjoying the few last gasps of summer!

I have exciting news.  My book - "Super Cute Paper Piecing", is available as a pre-order on Amazon.
It releases on November 21st!

You can also purchase it at Martingale with a Nov. 7th availability.

Over the next few months, I will be sharing the projects and the inspiration behind them!

Be sure to sign up for my newsletter - you can find the sign up form on the right side of my blog.
Over the next few months, I will be sharing tips for perfecting your paper piecing as well as
new projects you can make from the blocks in "Super Cute Paper Piecing".

Happy Sewing and Happy Summer!

xo
Charise

7.31.2017

Bella Skill Builder ~ Month 7




It is time to share the newest block for the Bella Skill Builder Sew Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop and designed by Sherri McConnell of a Quilting Life.

I just happened to be hanging clothes on the line today and thought it would be a perfect way to share the block I made for this month.


There are two block patterns this month and they both use half and quarter square triangles.  Fat Quarter Shop send me [this] handy dandy little ruler that makes the task of creating half square triangles easy peasy : )


I love how this blocks works with the others in the series.
Please be sure to share you versions on Instagram using the hashtag #BellaSkillBuiler
I love to see what you are making!

The patterns are free and are available [HERE] on The Fat Quarter Shop Blog.

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise


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7.24.2017

The Splendid Sampler ~ Sew Along #2


In case you missed it the first time around, there is another Splendid Sampler Sew Along.
You can find the new sew along blocks [HERE]


The Splendid Sampler is the brain child of Pat and Jane who came up with the idea to ask 100 designers to come up with a 6" block to contribute to a sew along!  
Get all the info on The Splendid Sampler Website [HERE]

The cool thing is that all the blocks have been published in a book.   You can find the book [HERE] 

This is the second sew along in conjunction with the release of the book.
I am so happy they created another sew along.
I didn't quite get to all the blocks the first time around.



So far I have made block #73 entitled "Love" by Jennifer Albaugh.
I am looking forward to making more and watching this quilt grow.


Today, I printed out this handy dandy Block List which includes pics of all the blocks.  
It is a great way to keep track of the blocks you have made.
You can find it [HERE]

Be sure to tag your photos of the blocks you make on Instagram with the hashtag #TheSplendidSampler.

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise


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7.15.2017

Fat Quarter Shop is giving away a Bernina “Hello Lovely” Cotton + Steel B350SE sewing machine



Fat Quarter Shop is having an amazing give-away.  Bernina has given them a “Hello Lovely”Cotton + Steel B350SE sewing machine to give away, MSRP $1,899!

Enter on their blog [HERE] through Rafflecopter, and there are many ways to enter.  Each task will give you one entry, for a total maximum of 7 entries.  This giveaway will end on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at midnight CST, and the winner will be drawn at random and announced on July 26, 2017.

For more info on this beautiful machine, go to the You Tube video [HERE]

*No purchase necessary to enter.  Commenting on this blog post does not count as an entry.  Fat Quarter Shop employees, Bernina employees and bloggers paid or compensated by Fat Quarter Shop are not eligible to enter this giveaway.*


Good Luck!

xo
Charise


7.13.2017

Improv Fabric by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time


I am thrilled to be today's stop on the Blog hop for Amy Friend's new fabric - Improv by Benartex.

I love this new line of fabric!
The colors are beautiful and the prints are fresh and modern.
It is such a versatile fabric line perfect for quilts and sewn projects.
You can find more details and a free quilt pattern designed by Amy on her site [HERE]


Amy and I met when we both joined the Cocorico Quilting Bee on Flickr and I have known her for years.   
  It has been fun watching her design career grow.  
She designs paper piecing and quilt patterns and has authored two lovely books for Lucky Spool.




 Since we met in a Paper Piecing Quilting Bee, it seemed a perfect match to pair Amy's gorgeous new fabric line with a paper pieced pattern.



I made my Pussy Cat Pattern into a zipper pouch.  

Amy's fabric translated so perfectly into the kitty fur!








I also made this Macaroon Pouch a few weeks back and I love how it looks in Improv fabric!




If you would like to make my Pussy Cat Pouch, you can find the pattern in my Craftsy shop [HERE]
and Etsy shop [HERE]

Benartex is giving away a bundle of Improv fabrics each day.  Be sure to head over [HERE] for a chance to win!

Be sure to check out the other bloggers to see what they made with Improv!
The projects are gorgeous!

July 11th: Stephanie @Spontaneous Threads
July 12th : Sharon @Color Girl Quilts
July 13th: Charise @Charise Creates
July 14th: Nicole @Wild Boho
July 15th: AnneMarie @Gen X Quilters

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise




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7.01.2017

Bella Skill Builder ~ Courthouse Steps




Happy July to you!
Summer is in full swing here in the Pacific Northwest and I am loving it.

It is the 1st of July and time to share my latest block in the Bella Skill Builder Sew Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.  Click on the link for the free pattern and all the Sew Along details.



This month I am sharing my Courthouse Steps blocks which is a variation of the Log Cabin Block.
I love this block!  It is fairly quick to sew together and this handy little ruler makes the process even easier!

Be sure to tag your pics on Instagram with the hashtag #BellaSkillBuilder



My quilt is coming together and I am loving it!

Be sure to check out all the sewists in this fun Sew Along


Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

6.29.2017

* Super Cute Paper Piecing * ~ My New Book!



I can finally reveal the secret project I have been working on for months - my new book - "Super Cute Paper Piecing"

I wrote the book while managing a house remodel and a couple of moves.  
Writing the book helped keep me sane and happy during the chaos. 

The book will be available November 2017 and I will be making my first trip to quilt market at the end of October to share it and sign books!

This is the only photo from the book I can share now,  but the following pics are a few I took during the process.  If you look carefully, you can see some blocks that are in the book. 





"Super Cute Paper Piecing" has 13 paper pieced blocks and 10 fun and useful projects!
Look for updates here on all news for "Super Cute Paper Piecing" and on Instagram with the hashtag "SuperCutePaperPiecing"

And a big thanks to the Martingale team for all their hard work and talent, and Brent for the amazing pics. 

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

6.14.2017

The Fussy Cut Sampler Quilt Along




I cannot resist a fun new project - especially a sew or quilt along!
When I saw the blocks appearing on Instagram for The Fussy Cut Samper Quilt Along I knew I had to join in!



I ordered the book, it never arrived, and then ordered it again!
So I am a bit behind.......
My blocks start with week 3 and I will catch up making the blocks for week 1 and 2 when I get a chance : )

If you are reading this then you are probably familiar with my work : )  
I love to fussy cut motifs and think it adds such a special element to my projects.


The book is broken down by techniques and is an excellent way to learn
some new techniques for fussy cutting.


You can find more info at TheFussyCutSampler.com
If you are on Instagram, also look for the hashtag #TheFussyCutSamplerQAL

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

6.09.2017

Macaroon Pouch in Improv Fabric by Amy!



Amy of During Quiet Time and I have been friends for years.
We first met when we joined the online paper piecing quilting bee - Cocorico.

It has been so much fun watching her career grow.  She designs patterns and has authored two lovely books for Lucky Spool.  She is so incredibly talented!  

Fabric Designer is her latest accomplishment and I had the pleasure of working with her beautiful new fabric line - "Improv" by Benartex Fabrics.

The colors are gorgeous and the prints are fresh and modern.


I just had to make a Macaroon Pouch - in the Cinnamon color way which I think is my favorite.  

Improv is available in July and you can see the entire, gorgeous, fabric line [HERE]
You can also find a beautiful free quilt pattern Amy designed on the Benartex site!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise
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6.01.2017

Bella Skill Builder ~ Half Square Triangles


Happy June to you!
I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Today is the reveal for the fifth block in the Bella Skill Builder Sew Along hosted by The Fat Quarter Shop.  The lovely quilt is designed by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.


This month the block consists of half square triangles.
Fat Quarter Shop has some nifty paper to help make these.
I opted for this tutorial to make mine

I decided to do an ombre effect for my half square triangle block and I love it!


Be sure to click on over to the Fat Quarter Shop Blog to get the pattern and a link to a video to help you make the block.
And, don't forget to tag your pics with #BellaSkillBuilder !

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

5.21.2017

Macaroon Pouch Pattern in my Etsy Shop!


Hello and Happy Sunday.
We are having a lovely warm and sunny day here in the Pacific Northwest in Seattle, WA!

I'm heading outside to play in the garden,
 but wanted to share the release of my new pattern - Macaroon pouch!
You can find it in my Etsy Shop.

It is a fun zipper pouch that measures 11" x 8 1/4" which is the perfect size for carrying makeup, sewing supplies or art supplies!


The pouch has a nice curved shape that I was able to achieve with curved seams,
 and creative shaping.  
Being comfortable sewing curved seams is helpful, but I did include very clear instructions and tips to help make it easy.



You can personalize yours by adding a custom made  ribbon trim loop.
Instructions are include in the pattern.


Adding a fun zipper pull is another way to add a personal touch.
I find my zipper pulls online at ETSY, Superbuzzy, and Sunny Day Supply as well as Joann Fabric Stores and Michaels stores.


This yellow leather trimmed version is one of my favorites!
If you want to try sewing with leather, you can find a few tips [HERE]

If you do make the Macaroon Pouch, be sure to share it with the hashtag #MacaroonPouch.
I love to see what you make!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

5.12.2017

100 Days of Stitching Arts



Happy Friday Lovelies.

I have been busy working on a few different sewing projects.

I joined The 100 Day Project as an impetus to get some of those projects moving forward and it has been working well!

The best part of moving back into our house is going through my work in progress projects that I haven't seen in over a year.  Most I have been excited to continue working on and moving towards FINISHING!   I'm trying really hard to finish things....... which isn't a strong suit for me!!!

Anyhow, I though I would share a few more things I have been working on!



This patchwork project was a sew along hosted and created by Chase of Quarter Inch Mark, which I started years ago.
I added a few more 12 patch blocks and sashed the blocks in Essex Natural Yarn Dye linen.
The hand quilting will be done in Finca size 8 embroidery floss.  I love to have a hand project to work on at night while watching the telly!



Ok...I did join a new sew along.  I couldn't resist.
The Minimal Day Sampler is hosted by Bespoke Outlaw for the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild but anyone can sew along!
You should head over to this post and read about the inspiration behind the blocks.  It is a very cool story!



More progress has been made on my new pattern ~ Macaroon Pouch.  I am fine tuning the pattern and instructions, and hope to release it in a week or two!
The center print is an older Melody Miller Print and the border is a yarn dyed indigo linen I had in my stash.



I unearthed my Liberty Kaleidoscope quilt project and have added a few more blocks.
You can find the pattern on the Sew Mama Sew website [HERE]



Yesterday,  I finished a few new pillows for our living room.



I love the way they turned out!  I used [this tutorial] from Seamstress Erin to add piping with an invisible zipper closure.  Since the zipper is hidden, they are reversible!

Have a lovely weekend!
xo
Charise

5.01.2017

Bella Skill Builder ~ Flying Geese




Happy May Day to you!
I can't believe it is already May ~ the days seem to fly by!


Today is the reveal for the fourth block in the Bella Skill Builder Sew Along hosted by The Fat Quarter Shop.  The lovely quilt is designed by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.


Though I have always admired Flying Geese blocks, I have never sewn one!
Well, after using the "Quilt in a Day" flying geese ruler, I am hooked.
There is definitely a flying geese quilt in my future.

The ruler is brilliant and makes the blocks so easy to stitch up.  
I think it took me a little over an hour to make the three units you see above.

I chose the sunny yellow with ivory background for these blocks.  The simplicity is so refreshing.
And yellow just happens to be my favorite color.


Be sure to click on over to the Fat Quarter Shop Blog to get you copy of the pattern and a link to a video to help you make the block.

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

      

4.09.2017

The 100 Day Project


                                          I get so much more done when I have a deadline.
That is exactly why I joined the 100 day project.

The idea is to do one thing for 100 days straight.   You can read more about it [HERE]
Basically you choose an action - something you want to do for 100 days.
I chose #100 Days of Stitching Arts.

For me, this will include the entire process - from choosing fabrics, to designing a project and including process shots as well as my finished projects.

This is turning out to be the "Finish my Works in Progress" as well as "Making things that have been in my head forever" Project!


Day 1 I worked on my Flowering Snowball quilt.



Day 2 was dedicated to finishing a block for the Splendid Sampler Sew Along.
This block is Wishful Garden by Krystine of Pretty By Hand.



Day 3 & 4 was all about finishing my petals pillow.


I used Fat Quarter Shop's Impressions Orange Peel Template.
The edge is finished with a package of purchased bias piping and an envelope back.


And the past few days I created the pattern and sewed up my design ~ "Macaroon Pouch".


I love the shape and have another version on the cutting table!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise