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

4.03.2017

A new Sewing Studio


Just two weeks ago we moved back into our house after a lengthy remodel.  
It has been a long journey ~ three separate moves to various rentals and 13 months of construction.  
It is so nice to be home.
We have such incredible memories that were made here.  Getting married in the back yard and bringing home our first son, to name a few.



One of the coolest things about the remodel was carving out an office on the second floor.  It is a small room (about 10 x 11 feet) but it is all mine!
No more sewing on the dining room table. 

We requested a vaulted ceiling for the room, which makes it seem incredibly spacious. I plan to outfit the wall with tall bookshelves to house my vast collection of books.


Two bookshelves store my fabric.

There is also plenty of room for Madge who is wearing a peasant blouse I made.  
You can find the pattern [HERE]



I love having all the white walls which are perfect for hanging my Works in Progress
as well as taking photos.



I still have lots of organizing to do, but is coming together!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise



3.31.2017

Bella Skill Builder ~ Pineapple



Today I am happy to share the third block in the Bella Solid Skill Builder Sew Along sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop - Pineapple.



I haven't made a pineapple block before but always admired the ones I've seen.  They look quite complicated. 
Well..... there is a pineapple block ruler that makes the process super easy.  
You can find the ruler [HERE]

 It was really fast to sew but I would suggest reading the directions a few times before cutting.


It is such a fun block and look forward to making more!  The pineapple sure is playing nicely with my other blocks : )

Head on over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog to find the links to the other bloggers making this block as well as a video tutorial!

Paula from The Sassy Quilter 
Leanne from She Can Quilt
Erin from Sew at Home Mummy
Erin from Why Not Sew
Lisa from In the Boon Docks
Marni from Haberdashery Fun
Natalia from Piece and Quilt
Julie from 627 Handworks
Kim from Persimon Dreams
Patty from Elm Street Quilts
Denise from Pieced Brain Quilts
Kaye from Miss Print
Melissa from Happy Quilting Melissa
Charise from Charise Creates
Dana from Old Red Barn Co.
Kristen from Three in the Nest
Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts

Be sure to share your blocks with the hashtag #BellaSkillBuilder.

I love to see your versions of the block!

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

2.28.2017

Bella Skill Builder ~ Orange Peel


Hi!  Can you believe it is already March?  The year is flying by and I am ready for Spring : )


Today I am sharing the latest block in the Bella Skill Builder hosted by Fat Quarter Shop ~ Orange Peel. 



Fat Quarter Shop has a nifty Orange Peel template which you can find [HERE]  
I chose to do a turned edge appliqué.  No raw edges for me.
  
I started making my petals by using hand appliqué but then saw these gorgeous petals made by Amy Sinabaldi.
She cuts the petals 3/8" larger than the templates and then carefully irons the seam allowance around the template. You can see her petals and the explanation [HERE]


I am continuing with my pink lemonade palette which has been so fun and refreshing to work with!
So far, my blocks are playing nicely together : )

Be sure to share your block with the hashtag #BellaSkillBuilder !

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise




2.17.2017

Pussy Cat Pattern ~ Available on Craftsy


It has been some time since I released a new pattern.
Life was busy in 2016 with a house remodel (almost done!!!), and a secret project (can't wait to share this November).

I decided to spend my time designing a pattern and donate the proceeds to an organization that does amazing work - Planned Parenthood.
The pattern is available on Craftsy


I don't use this platform to share my political views and like to think of this as a "happy place" to share my pretty projects and inspire your amazing creativity.


But, In my feelings of despair with the state of leadership in the United States, I decided to use this platform and my love to design as a way to "pay it forward" by donating the proceeds from this pattern to organizations I support.  
I understand that not everyone is in a position to share their political views for fear of losing customers and support.  
Fortunately,  I am in a position to share my political views and use my voice for what I see as good.

So....for the month of February I will be donating all the proceed from the sale of this pattern to Planned Parenthood.

Thanks for your support!

xo
Charise

  



   


2.14.2017

***The Splendid Sampler Anniversary Celebration - and lots of Give Aways***



Hello and Happy Valentine's Day.
Today I am hosting a give away in celebration of the 1 year anniversary of the Splendid Sampler.

Pat and Jane are hosting a giveaway and you can find it [HERE]
They will have
* a US winner
* an Australian winner
* a Rest of the world winner
Just go to the link above where they will ask for a photo of ALL your blocks and what the project has meant to you. 



I am hosting a give-away, too!  
Leave a comment on this post and share what you feel is the most Splendid part of this Sew Along.

The winner will get a $25.00 credit towards any patterns in my Etsy shop!

Comments are open until Feb 21st at 11:59 PST
and I will announce the winner on February 22nd.



Here are my blocks.  I didn't make 100, but I am well on my way.  
And remember, it isn't a race!  
I have been incredibly busy this year with a house remodel and secret project 😉 so I am very excited to have time to make the rest of the blocks in 2017.



Be sure to get your copy of the book.  You can find it [HERE]


I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day.
It is an extra special day for me since I met my husband 18 years ago today!
Oh my gosh, we look so young : )

Good Luck & Happy Sewing!

xo
Charise


2.06.2017

Splendid Notions Pouch featured in Homespun Magazine

Hello and Happy Monday.

I designed my Splendid Notions Pouch for the Splendid Sampler Sew Along
and you can find it featured in Homespun Magazines January issue.


The Splendid Sampler is a year long sew along with free blocks by 100 designers.

Homespun magazine asked if they could feature the project in their January 2017 issue.  
Of course I said yes!  


Homespun magazine has adorable projects to sew, quilt, embroider, knit, crochet, and appliqué.



The Splendid Sampler book will be released next month.  You can pre-order your copy [HERE].

The individual block patterns are free until the book is released and you can find them [HERE]



You can find my Splendid Notions Pouch [HERE]

We are currently experiencing a snow day here in Seattle!
We rarely get snow in the city so this has been a treat.  And of course my boys are thrilled to have a day off school!

Happy Sewing

xo
Charise

2.02.2017

Sewing on Repeat - Petal Pouches

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I spend lots of time on Instagram and there are lots of different ways to share what you are sewing.
Harts Fabrics is hosting a Self Care Sewing Month.  I think most of could use a little self care right about now.  There is a prompt for every day and yesterday was Groundhog's Day - What have you been sewing on repeat?

I have been sewing lots of Petal Pouches and started around the holidays in December.
A cute and easy pattern, I can't stop making them.



The patchwork version is my favorite and most of those fabrics are scraps from the scrap basket.
I used pink fabrics on one side, blue on the other and the alternating squares are Essex linen.



I made a few for gifts



and I have a few extras for future gifts.



What are you sewing on repeat these days?

Happy Sewing!

xo
Charise

  


1.31.2017

Bella Skill Builder - Kaleidoscope


Hello and thanks for stopping by.
I am excited to be sewing along with the Fat Quarter Shop for the Bella Skill Builder.


Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a sew along complete with free patterns and instructions to make a beautiful sampler quilt!


I love a good sampler quilt and am excited to be a part of this one.



The first month consists of two kaleidoscope blocks both measuring 12 1/2".


I chose a "Pink Lemonade" Palette consisting of summery yellows, coral pinks and red 




Fat Quarter shop is sharing the free blocks on their blog.
Patterns will be available from February 2017 to November 2017.

You can also buy a kit complete with fabrics and all the patterns in advance [HERE]

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

1.27.2017

Playing with Kaleidoscopes




Happy Friday.
Starting on the first of February, I will be joining a sew along.
I can't wait to share a new block with you each month until November.
It is a perfect skill builder and there will be a finished quilt at the end.




In preparation for the sew along, I have been playing with fabric combos for Kaleidoscope blocks.  I love making these!



I chose an aqua and blue palette with a little red thrown in, and some fun Cotton and Steel Prints that are perfect for fussy cutting.
Hope to see you on February 1st!

Happy Sewing

xo
Charise


1.25.2017

Purr-fect Patchwork Purse



Well Hello there!!!

Embarrassingly it has been over a month since I was last here!  Life has been crazy and I have missed sharing my projects with you.  I have been sewing some new projects and will have lots to share in February!

I designed the Diamond Patchwork Purse for Stitch Magazine which is sadly no longer in print.

Creative Machine embroidery magazine is sharing a version of the purse with adorable Kitty Embroideries in the patchwork squares.

If you don't do embroidery, it would be an adorable project with Fussy Cut squares.
You can find a tutorial for fussy cutting on the blog [HERE]

You can find the pattern for free [HERE] until February 28th!


I love this version too.  It is made with "Pie Making Day" fabric from RJR fabrics. 

See you Soon!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise
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