1.14.2018

Parfait Quilt from The Cake Mix Quilt Along


I had the great pleasure of making a quilt for The Cake Mix Quilt Along hosted by the Fat Quarter Shop.


This Quilt Along features all 16 quilts in The Cake Mix Quilt Book! 
Over 16 weeks,  Fat Quarter Shop will be featuring one quilt from the book each week.


My stop is week 8 and I made the Parfait Quilt.
I decided on a pretty Spring Palette of pinks and corals.


It was a fun make and includes a whopping 160 hourglass blocks and 25 pinwheel blocks.


The quilt was a fun and easy make!


Most of the print fabrics were from my stash but I did decide on that yummy Bubblegum Kona Solid and I couldn't resist the cute fashion print from Bee in my Bonnet by Lori Holt  for the backing.


Be sure to check out the lovely makes from the other quilters on the hop!
And tag your Instagram photos with #fqsquiltalong and #CakeMixMonday so I can see all your fun makes!

Happy Sewing
xo
Charise

12.30.2017

Happy New Year!

Charise Creates 2017BestNine on Instagram
It is hard to believe that 2017 is almost over.
A good but also tough year that included moving back into our house after a 13 month remodel,  the release of my first book "Super Cute Paper Piecing" and the crazy politics and terrible natural disasters that occurred in the United States.  

Here is to a less turbulent 2018.  Cheers!
Last year I chose the word "Listen" as my mantra for the year. 
I'm not sure if I did very well but I am trying to be a better listener : )
I'm not sure what this year's word will be.....
I can think of a million things to work on - patience, peace - the list is long!

I thought it would be fun to share some of the projects I completed over the year.
The photo above is my Best Nine (most liked) photos on Instagram.

They are mostly images from my book : )



I also made a collage of all the projects in my book as well as some
new projects I made from my book.

The top row pictures are all new items I made in the past month.

From Left to Right:

1)   Umbrella pouch using the Vintage Apron Zip Pouch Pattern and the Umbrella paper piecing         pattern from Super Cute Paper Piecing.

2)   Daisy Pincushion using the Daisy Bowl pattern from Super Cute Paper Piecing.
      Tutorial for the pincushion can be found [HERE]

3)   Vintage Dresses Pattern from Super Cute Paper Piecing.

4)   Macaroon Pouch using the Strawberries pattern from Super Cute Paper Piecing.



I have spent most of my day cleaning my sewing room - it feels good - like a fresh start!
This little corner makes me very happy : )

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise







12.16.2017

Spelling Bee Saturday



Today is Spelling Bee Saturday!
Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet wrote the cutest quilting book - "Spelling Bee".


It includes a complete alphabet, picture blocks, quilts and mini quilts.


For my stop, I am sharing the letter "i"
I decided I would make my son's name Liam to add to Lori's adorable Name Quilt.


He is 14 years old, so as you can see, the color palette is not my usual cheerful cherry red, sunny yellow and aqua, but a very masculine black and grey : )

My goal is to finish before Chrismas!!!!
Wish me luck!

Be sure to check out all the fun blocks.  
There is a complete list on the Fat Quarter Shop Blog.

Happy Sewing!
Charise

12.07.2017

Umbrella Pouch ~ from "Super Cute Paper Piecing"




This fun umbrella pouch pattern is from my new book "Super Cute Paper Piecing!"  I used the Vintage apron pouch pattern and the paper pieced Umbrella from my "Rain, Rain, go away purse" as the focal block.
The blocks in "Super Cute Paper Piecing" are interchangeable and can be used on different projects.
I love how it turned out.

It will be a great Christmas gift filled with some goodies!


The background fabric is Robert Kaufmann Essex Linen in color Steel.
The yellow/pink floral print on the umbrella is also Robert Kaufmann -  "Pretty Posies" by Darlene Zimmerman.
The tiny pink grid print is "Retro 30's Child Smile" by Lecien, 
and the text print is "Flower Patch" by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Fabrics.
You can find most of these fabrics at Fat Quarter Shop.
Another great place to find older or out of print fabrics is on Etsy.



I found this cute zipper pull on Etsy.  Such a fun way to add a special touch to your pouch.

Happy Sewing! 
xo
Charise

12.04.2017

Daisy Pincushion Tutorial


Hello and Happy Monday!

My book "Super Cute Paper Piecing" is now in stores and available online !
I also have a limited number of signed copies in my Etsy shop.

I created a tutorial/pattern from one of the patterns in my book.  This cute pincushion is made from the Daisy Bowl pattern in my book.
It would make a fun gift!
You can find the tutorial and pattern [HERE] 



The Daisy is paper pieced and I had fun fussy cutting the petals.
The background fabric is yarn dyed Essex Linen in color Flax.
My favorite places to find fun fabrics are Sew Me a Song on Etsy, Sunny Day Supply, Pink Castle Fabrics and Fat Quarter Shop.

And of course, I always try to support my local fabric stores : )


I filled the pincushion with a bit of fiber fill to give the corners a nice shape and then added ground walnut shells for weight and some lavender buds to add a light scent.

Have a lovely day!
Happy Sewing

xo
Charise





11.27.2017

Cyber Monday sale in my Etsy Shop



Hope you are having a good Monday!
The Holiday Season has begun at the Randell house.  We had a busy weekend filled with Christmas tree cutting and a Santa Photo!  I told my 14 year old son that he has to have photos taken with Santa until he moves out!!!! : )

I have a long list of Holiday Sewing and will get to that soon after writing this blog post and cleaning up my sewing room : )

I am having a sale in my Etsy shop today and tomorrow November 27th and 28th.  15% off of everything in the shop.  I have listed a limited number of signed "Super Cute Paper Piecing" books which have lots of cute projects for Holiday gift sewing.  They also make great gifts!

Happy Sewing!
xo
Charise

11.22.2017

Rain, Rain Go Away Purse in "Super Cute Paper Piecing"


Happy Thursday to you and also to those in the United States - Happy Thanksgiving!

My book has been released on Amazon and a few friends and family let me know they received it yesterday!  They are very sweet -  buying a book to support a friend : )
I am a very lucky gal to have such sweet friends and family!

Today I am going to share a fun project from the book - the "Rain, Rain, Go Away" purse.
I love this project and I think it is because of the colors.  
I am partial to the combination of blue and yellow!

It is a nice and roomy purse - 15" x 15 1/2" and has an inside pocket.
The straps are long enough that you can carry it cross body.
It would be great for a project bag  - totally big enough for a knitting project.


I have been working on another version.  The umbrella block fits perfectly on  the zipper pouch from the Vintage Apron Zipper pouch. 


I have finished the umbrella block and hopefully will find a bit of time to make the zipper pouch.


I found the cute little umbrella charm on Etsy.  It is a great place to find fun charms to add to your zippers.

Wishing you a lovely time with family and friends.
Happy Sewing!

xo
Charise