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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