Purse Clasp Book Sew Along

I am a sucker for a good sew along.  Even though I know I shouldn't start any new projects I could not resist the Purse Clasp Book Sew Along Hosted by Elise and Emelie

The Sew Along runs for four weeks starting February 19th and you can find all the details [HERE]

I purchased the book a while ago and this was just the push I needed to make some clasp purses.
I have made 'sew in' clasp purses but never the glue in type.  It was a lot easier than I thought. 

This Strawberry purse in tiny at just 2 1/4" tall.  
I used the strawberry pattern from my book Super Cute Paper Piecing.

The back of the purse uses a print from the 30's collection by Atsuko Matsuyama.
The red gingham is Carolina gingham from Robert Kaufmann Fabrics.

I made two nine patch blocks that will also become a clasp purse.
The instruction to make at the block can be found [HERE]

I also make this tiny dress with the pattern from my book "Super Cute Paper Piecing" for another clasp purse.
The original pattern was reduced to 45%.
The back of the purse will have that adorable Suzuko Koseki Fashion Print.

If you are on Instagram, be sure to tag your pics of any clasp purses you make with the hashtag #purseclaspbooksal

Happy Sewing


Scrappy Patchwork Coaster Tutorial

Happy Friday!
I created a tutorial for Scrappy Patchwork Coasters.

There is a 9 patch version that uses 2" squares.

There is also a 16 patch version which uses 1 1/2" squares.

This project is perfect if you want to use up some of your scraps.

I like to make my own bias tape which I think adds a nice touch.  It is really quite easy to make.
If you'd like to try making bias tape, you can find a tutorial [HERE]

You can find the Scrappy Patchwork Coaster Tutorial [HERE]

Happy Sewing



Fussy Cut Heart Pouch

I think I have a problem -  I can't stop making pouches!
My fussy cut heart is the perfect size for my Splendid Notions Pouch so of course I had to make a pouch.

You can find my Fussy Cut Heart Pattern [HERE]

I used a 6" finished Farmer's Wife block for the flip side.

This one is very special and you can read more about it [HERE]

The Splendid Notions Pouch pattern can be found [HERE] and you can use any 6" or smaller block.




Fussy Cut Heart Mug Rug / Pot Holder Tutorial

I love to make useful items with my paper pieced blocks as you can see in my new book
I thought my new fussy cut heart pattern would make a cute mug rug.  
I don't know about you, but I always have a drink beside me during these cold winter months!

The Fussy Cut Heart Much rug is 8" square with rounded corners and a fabric look for hanging.

You can also use any orphan 6" blocks you have.  Just add borders to make the block 8" square.

You can find the pattern for the Fussy Cut Heart on Etsy [HERE]
and Craftsy [HERE]

You can find the tutorial for the Mug Rug [HERE]

Happy Sewing!


New Patterns in the Shop!

I hope everyone is having a good week!
I have been busy, designing and listing a few new patterns in my Etsy shop.

The first is just in time for Valentine's Day ~ the "Fussy Cut Heart" pattern.
It comes in two sizes - 5 1/2" x 6" and 7 1/4" x 8".
You can find it in my Etsy shop [HERE]

This is such a fun pattern to make.  
I have been gathering all my favorite prints and making heart blocks.
They are addictive to make!
These Heart blocks are perfect for a quilt, pouch (you can use the small heart on this pouch!) or a mug rug/coaster.  
I am working on a mug/rug coaster which I will share a tutorial for soon!

The second pattern I have been working on is my "Citrus Pouch".
I designed this for the Liberty Craft Blog which no longer exists.
You can now find it in my Etsy shop [HERE]

This is an intermediate pattern with both foundation paper piecing and curved piecing.
I include instructions on how to do both techniques with full color photos explaining each step.

If you are new to foundation paper piecing, I have resources on my blog {here}

Happy Sewing


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


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!