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welcome to the laboratory

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Quilt Lab Fall 2013Quilt Lab is one of my favorite labs (it’s a tie with Il Laboratorio del Gelato, the most amazing gelato shop in the world). This is a new thing we did at Suppose on Saturday. Our classroom became a lab where customers could experiment and play with some of the new quilting products on the market. It turned out awesome, although it could have used more gelato. So I thought we’d share a few of the items we tried out.

Sew and Fold On A Roll

Sew & Fold On A RollThis is a new product from Triangles On A Roll, which is foundation paper with guidelines so you get perfect piecing. The Sew & Fold paper can do either flying geese or braids/herringbone. I wanted to try the braids, so I used a bunch of light scraps and got really into it. I’ve got lots of quilt ideas brewing for this and it would also be great for medallion quilts. The best part is that you don’t get stretching or distortion, which would otherwise be bound to happen with all those small pieces sewn on the diagonal.

 Kraft-Tex

Kraft-TexKraft-tex isn’t totally new, but it’s now available by the yard off the bolt. One cool thing about it is how the developers, C&T Publishing, isn’t marketing it for any specific purpose and is really letting the creative community show what it’s endless uses are. It’s pretty crazy stuff, it looks and feels like paper but acts a lot like leather. Kathy pointed out that it’s very similar to the label on the back waistband on Levi’s. It’s really strong and you can’t rip it, and you can do almost anything with it that you can do with either paper or fabric. Cut, sew, paint, fold, stamp, draw, print… That underneath piece in the photo has actually been washed and dried! I’m really curious to see what everyone comes up with. We heard some good ideas for it at Quilt Lab like a child’s tool belt and for a base on purses. There are more ideas on Flickr too.

Hexagon Trim Tool

Hexagon Trim ToolHexagons are everywhere now which also means hexagon tools everywhere. This one is pretty cool because it can serve a few functions, from just cutting various sizes of hexes to making more fancy blocks. And like all Creative Grids rulers it has that awesome non-slip surface in strategic places on the back. The ruler comes with lots of instructions for blocks like this one, or simpler blocks like the one below. It makes fussy cutting easy too with holes placed at the corners of the hex for marking. There are lines printed on the ruler so you can add borders to a hex and trim it up after each round, which means perfect blocks. Kathy has been making more of these blocks with Sarah Jane’s Out To Sea and if she’s not careful they might disappear…
Hexagon Trim Tool

Then there’s Flatter by Soak which I am obsessed with. Smells aaaamazing and doesn’t make me cough like some stuff. I’m a major presser and like things to stay flat and smooth so they line up more easily. And this stuff does what it says!

Like a dummy I missed out on a lot of photo ops, like playing with the Iron Safe, so you’ll just have to actually read what I have to say about it. This non-stick cover attaches with a spring to your iron to keep stuff like fusibles from getting on your iron and keeps delicate fabrics from being damaged. It lets you easily apply iron-on vinyls, and makes it so you don’t have to always press your fusible applique from the back side. Sweet!

We’ll surely be doing Quilt Lab again, which is good because our staff all have lab coats now!

giving in

Sunday, February 10th, 2013

This week I gave in to a couple things I thought I could hold out on. When the iPhone 5 was announced I thought I’d be a responsible consumer and wait for the next one even though I’d be two versions behind (Siri who?). But when the opportunity presented itself, I couldn’t say no to a pretty, white, fast new iPhone!  That day, I decided to give in to the scrappy trip along also. I’ve been seeing everyone’s #scrappytripalong tagged Instagram photos for over a month, and loved them, but felt too guilty having so many unfinished projects to start a new one.

But I’m always gonna have those UFO’s in one form or another, so Kathy & I decided to do it! We pulled up Bonnie Hunter’s Scrappy Trip Around The World tutorial and got going.  Kathy’s using some floral lawn from her stash, and sewing all her strips sets together first. I decided to use leftover strips from our Colored Pencils quilt, and add in some neutrals. Since I had so many strips already cut, mine were a bit smaller than the 2.5″ in the tutorial.  Here’s my test block:
#scrappytripalong test block. I tried to resist but it's been nagging me, I have to make one!

While mom is more efficient with her chain piecing, I have to finish some blocks so I can see my progress. My first 9 blocks:

9 blocks #scrappytripalongIt makes me so excited, I may actually be able to finish it soon. I now have 4 more blocks than this. I can’t wait to see Kathy’s, hers is going to look pretty much the opposite of this.

There are nearly 1,000 people in the scrappy trip along Flickr pool, so I know some of you have made/are making one too… link us to pics of yours in the comments!

This also has us planning a Scrap Club at Suppose where we make scraps quilts and raid the shop’s scrap stash… anyone interested?

bits of market

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

It always seems like we need at least a week to recover from Quilt Market. The days with hardly any sleep, meeting SO many new people and catching up with old friends… not to mention the quilts! In the next few days we’ll fill in more details of all the exciting things happening in the world of fabric, but I wanted to at least share a few photos of the good stuff we saw that we’ll be bringing into the shop!

Jaybird

Out to Sea

cuzco jelly roll

scrap applique playground

shop hop winners

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

All we can say after Shop Hop is WOW! We had an incredible turnout and everyone sure seemed to enjoy running the loop of shops. Best of all, several of the winners were Suppose customers! Jessi took the 1st prize basket of fat quarters and gift certificates to each shop. (Jealous? Yes, we are.) And Mary Jo and LuDean won two of the beautiful gift baskets. Plus, Nicole was the winner of the drawing at Heritage Quilts!

shop hop 1st prize

shop hop prize basket

book prize

See the full list of winners HERE. We sure loved meeting new quilters from near and far, and are already making grand plans for On The Trail Shop Hop 2013. Mark your calendars now for April 26-May 11. Can’t wait!

quilt sampler is out!

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Now that it’s officially out, the Spring Quilt Sampler issue is in many of your hands and we are thrilled at the chance we’ve already had to meet so many great new people because of it. By the way, we do still have copies of the magazine available, in which you will find we are featured as the very first article! And of course you can pick up the Colored Pencil quilt kits, featuring 162 different fabrics for the pencil bodies, in our webstore.with linzeeWe’re currently in Kansas City at International Quilt Market and where we ran into Linzee McCray, the author who interviewed us and wrote our feature article. Finally we were able to meet her in person!
quilt samplerAnd today the American Patchwork & Quilting editor, Jennifer Keltner, made a lovely presentation of this year’s top quilt shops featured in the issue. Our pencil quilt is hanging in the booth for all to see so if you’re in KC stop by on the 2600 aisle to check it out up close!

We’ve got lots more news from Market, as well as more info about some of the projects featured in our article.  Stay tuned!

just a little teaser

Friday, April 6th, 2012


I’m in the middle of so many projects but one that I’m quite excited about is a quilt inspired by Mondo from Project Runway. I was so glad he won, and during the finale one of his outfits gave me an idea for a quilt. Wait, does anyone say outfit anymore? Not gonna say anything else yet but it’s getting closer to being ready to be seen.

show off

Monday, September 26th, 2011

It’s about time for a little show & tell.  For your visual pleasure, here are some recent projects our customers have created.

Brandi’s strip quilt with Amy Butler fabrics:b's strips

My sister Rosie’s first Jelly Roll Quilt featuring Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush collection:
r's loulouthi jelly roll

Teresa’s improvised Dr. Seuss quilt:
t's dr. seuss

and E’s thread doodling from our class:
e's thread doodling

Love it all. Bring your finished project in to show us and you can be featured too!

slc spring quilt market: day 4

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Here is how the last few hours of quilt market are spent: rush to the Westminster booth to make sure we have ordered the new Joel Dewberry, Kaffe Fassett, Anna Maria Horner, & Tula Pink; rush to Michael Miller to make sure we get Sarah Jane’s first collection in it’s entirety, rush to Joel Dewberry’s booth to say hi, rush to Andover to make sure we get to see the future future Lizzy House collection and order it even though it’s only printed on paper and it won’t be out until Fall but we just looove it, rush to C&T to order the newest Stash books because oh em gee the Block Party book is out, forget to rush to the Threaded Pear booth to say hi to Gina (why is everyone always out of their booth when we remember to visit!) and then hurry over to reverently walk through the quilt exhibits and appreciate them while your heart is still pounding, until you can exit the market doors for the very last time this season, an actual half-an-hour before the show closes because you are just too hungry to stay till the very end. Phew!  The rest of the day is spent anxious to get back to the shop to show you everything we found. For now you’ll have to live with the 2-D version of our findings…

In the middle of the trade show floor is a small exhibit of quilts. I’d passed this a few times before I finally noticed it today. This quilt is called Circular Momentum and is made by Becky Goldsmith, half of Piece O’ Cake Designs, whose quilts always give me such an urge to applique.

circular momentum

Circular Momentum by Becky Goldsmith

Dummy me, I just now realized that the circular theme in this quilt is not only found in the pieced design and appliqued shapes, but also repeated in the various polka dots print fabrics used.

Icircular momentum close-up

hand-appliqued

Not only is Anna Maria Horner debuting her new fabric collection this market, but she’s launching a range of hand-stitching supplies. Her Aida cloth, embroidery floss packs, and perle cotton boxes are arriving this September, which is not soon enough for me! I’m so happy to see such a resurgence in hand-stitching. I love it!

amh cross-stitch

Anna Maria Horner Cross-Stitch

Tula Pink is no slacker. She has four quilt patterns coming out with her new collection, Prince Charming. This one is Crown Jewels and features the star of the collection, the frog prince. The best part of the frog is the fly hidden in his tummy! (Take a peek at the coral colorway. )

crown jewels

Crown Jewels by Tula Pink

I’m loving this new bag design from Joel Dewberry, especially with that piping detail and made up in the laminates.

joel dewberry bag

In the final moments of quilt market I was drawn into this thread-painted quilt, and just wanted to stare at these clouds created in the negative space of the stitched sky.

quilted clouds

And with that, market is over!

slc spring quilt market: day 3

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

We are exhausted and yet we can’t really contain ourselves what with all the inspiration (and fabric!) we’re getting here at quilt market.  Just you wait, you have no idea what is in store for you. For now, we’ve just got a quick update because, well,  I’d like to get some sleep this week.

Today we got to preview upcoming Alexander Henry lines.  These guys consistently set trends. Whether it’s being the first to do owl prints, or the first to use grey as a central colors in collections, we can count on AH to do it early and do it right. They’ve got an Asian-influenced indigo color story happening now that has got the wheels turning in our heads.

alexander henry indigo

Alexander Henry Booth

Jillily Studios pattern & notion company had probably the cutest booth at market, set up to look like a gelato shop, but with fabric on display in the gelato tins!  The sweet surprise was that they actually served us up mini sorbet cones. You’ll be seeing their new sticky finger-tip thimbles, Poke-a-Dots, in the shop soon.

jillily studios booth

Jillily Studios Booth

Sarah Jane‘s booth was calling to us again today. We cannot get her new line, Children at Play, out of our heads! Classic, retro, and simply adorable prints to watch for coming soon.

sarah jane

Kathy and Sarah Jane

Sweet fabric dreams…

slc spring quilt market: day 2

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

Friday is the first day that the show floor is open and we get to see the amazingly constructed booths of our favorite fabric & pattern designers, plus every new notion inventor and whatsit promoter. A few highlights…

Seeing Annela Hoey‘s embroidery in person! Her  newest line for Moda, Little Apples, will be in the store this September.

little apples

Quilt from new Michael Miller designer Sara Jane, who also does the most adorable embroidery and has some sweet children’s prints coming soon.

sarah jane

Ok, so not fabric related, but I caught Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head in a tiff at the deli where we had lunch.

mr & mrs head

In a small exhibit we found this small quilt with the smallest of paper pieced compass points. I am in complete awe!

speechless

New patterns, fabrics, and stichery patterns from Anna Maria Horner.  Yummm.

stitchy

Got to chat with the lady herself for a bit.

with anna

And of course I geeked out at Tula Pink‘s booth.

with tula

Solids are really getting their due and are featured in this cute display from Kona Cottons.

kona cones

More with solids. Always love a good rainbow quilt! If you want to be more sophis you can call it a color wheel quilt. Yet more quilting by the genius Angela Walters, who also has done market quilts for Tula Pink & Lizzy House (among many more).

kona solids

What? This is pieced and appliqued entirely with minky/cuddle fabric!

minky farm

Local pattern designer Jen Giddens had a booth at market for the first time and it looks so good!  Not only does she have new bag patterns out soon, but she designed all the fabrics in these bags as well.

jen giddens booth

Kaffe Fassett has a new book coming out of his quilts in Sweden! (If you know me, you might be able to imagine the squeal elicited by the Sweden part.) And I’m dying to make this new design using his shot cottons and stripes.

classic kaffe

Phew!  2 more days… more to come!