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use it up series: bubble patch

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

After making the Use It Up mini quilt, Kathy and I got really into the idea of patterns that use all 42 pieces of a mini charm pack. So of course being the genius that she is, my mom immediately sketched out this baby quilt that also “uses it up” as you might say. Such is how this has become a series, which gives us a reason to keep doing more! We’ll continue posting free patterns using 42, 2 1/2″ squares and call it the Use It Up Series.

Bubble Patch is a little quickie with a 16-patch, two 9-patches, and two 4-patches. If you prefer less negative space you could use two mini charm packs and fill it up a bit more. This quilt was quite the team effort: pieced and longarm quilted by moi, appliquéd and bound by Kathy. That’s the only way we can get anything done! The fabric is Ducks In A Row by American Jane.

You can use any applique method you like, Kathy prepped her circles using freezer paper templates as in her tutorial here, and then machine finished it with a tiny buttonhole stitch. That way you get finished edges with seams turned under, but the speed of machine applique. To make your own Bubble Patch, just download the template and instructions below. (I was too tired to figure out how to merge PDFs so, sorry there are 2 files!)

Download Bubble Patch Templates HERE

Download Bubble Patch Instructions HERE

As usual, we’d love to see your quilt if you make one. Email us photos or tag us on Instagram!

fall leaf garland

Monday, September 24th, 2012

autumn leaves garland 10

We’re pretty happy it’s getting closer to sweater weather here, so we went Fall festive with our windows recently.
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We used the Leaves Galore templates to cut leaf shapes from wool felt in autumnal colors, and chain-stitched them to create a curtain of falling fall leaves. These would be lovely as a garland on a fireplace, window, or wall, but I also think it would be fun to put up a leaf curtain, like a bead-curtain, in the doorway of a kid’s room or for a party.

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Visit the tutorial to see full instructions on how to make your own leaf garland. If you think of  fun variation, let us know in the comments, and if you make one of your own, show it to us on Facebook or Flickr!

color-it-in pockets tutorial

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

There are several fabrics that have arrived lately that are begging to be colored on, graphic two-tone prints like this one from Alexander Henry that call to my inner crayon artist. When Kathy showed me this blog post where they colored on Summersville, I knew I wasn’t the only one who thought so. Just check out the adorable video their family made on making a tote bag and pencil case with fabric you’ve colored yourself.

We were inspired, and got to work on another colored-in bag project. We picked up these Stained Sharpie fabric markers recently at Wal-Mart and used them to color on It’s a Hoot in Black/White, which we then added as a row of pockets on the Reusable Grocery Bag by Aunt Martha.

grocery tote with pockets

The Reusable Grocery Bag is the perfect blank slate to play with, and we really like the Sharpie fabric markers. No bleeding, the brush tip didn’t fray–definitely recommended.

This is a fun way to add some cute fabric and utilitarian storage to all sorts of totes. Here’s how we did it.



Prepare materials.
Square your fabric to 6″ x WOF, which will give you 5″ deep pockets. Use a wider piece if you’d like deeper pockets. Then, this is the fun part: color your fabric! coloring
Go as crazy as you want.
color it in

Press edges.
Press both long edges of your fabric under 1/4″, and 1/4″ again.
pressI debated turning them under just once, but decided to sacrifice laziness for not having to deal with fraying seam allowances.

Stitch down the hem along the top edge.

hem top

Then pin the bottom edge to the bag, about 2 1/2″ from the bottom of the bag.

pin bottom

Where the ends meet, trim selvedges off so the ends overlap about 1″, and line the overlap up on one of the bag’s side seams.

pin sideFold under the top edge, press, and pin down.

Edgestitch the bottom edge to the bag (about an 1/8″ from the fold).

sew bottom

Sew up the side seam. Create the pockets by sewing vertical seams up the fabric, about 4″ apart.

stitch pockets

Adjust the distance between pocket seams to accomodate for items you know you might want to put in the pockets: a thinner pocket for a phone, or a really skinny pocket for a pen. Press your seams to set, and voila!
Handy pockets all the way around your bag.
voila!Now fill your bag with all those things you don’t want to forget, and go shopping.

mandala embroidery

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

mandala dishtowel

It’s the 10th of April, and we are still celebrating being named a Top 10 shop in North America. We’ve been counting down with a free pattern or tutorial each month on the 10th until the official release of our feature in Quilt Sampler magazine on May 8. Just wait till you see the quilt we designed for them. I can’t wait to show you!

But back to the free pattern. One of my favorite classes to teach here at Suppose is hand embroidery.  In planning the first class, I wanted the students to be able to practice a bunch of stitches but also end up with something they didn’t just want to throw away, so I designed this simple sampler of concentric circles.
mandala embroider
It reminded me of the mandalas I learned about in high school, so that’s what I named it.  It’s very simple, but we’ve had so many requests for the pattern so I wanted to share it. Just go here to view the full Mandala Embroidery Pattern or to download your own copy.

mandala close-up

On Parade Mini Quilt

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

As we await the release of our feature in Quilt Sample Magazine (since you asked–it’s out May 8), we are marking our countdown on the 10th of each month and celebrating being named a top 10 quilt shop by sharing a tutorial or pattern. Last month it was our heart bunting, and this month it’s my beloved On Parade Mini Quilt, featuring Sarah Jane’s On Parade embroidery.

We’ve even got kits with everything you’ll need, right down to the floss and the batting. This quilt has made me smile more than most quilts I’ve ever made, and I hope you enjoy it too! View the instructions here.
on parade mini quilt

valentine’s bunting

Friday, February 10th, 2012

heart bunting
Today is an exciting day. We have a tutorial featured for the first time on Moda Bake Shop! We made this heart bunting for them with a Domestic Bliss charm pack, and guess what–it takes no sewing whatsoever. Low effort/high payoff Valentine’s Day decorations! Check out the simple step-by-step instructions here.
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By the way you may have noticed that today’s date is the 10th. Since Quilt Sampler Magazine named us a Top 10 quilt shop, each month on the 10th we’ll have something fun here for you, as we count down to the magazine release date in May. Only time will tell what next month holds!


fall fabric pumpkins

Monday, October 24th, 2011

mod podge pumpkins 8We’re more into sewing than crafting, but when I saw paper-covered pumpkins in one of my mom’s magazines I thought, why not with fabric!  I actually think applying fabric to a curved surface was easier than paper would be. We used real pumpkins because we knew we’d want different fabrics next year, and I loved the idea of seeing a real stem and ridges but a fabric body. Though you could definitely use fake ones if you want them to be reusable. You can see what you’ll need and our tips to decoupage your own fabric pumpkins right HERE.mod podge pumpkins 13Our pumpkins feature fabric from the City Weekend and Bon Vivant collections.

exposed waistband skirt

Monday, October 17th, 2011


I’ll admit it. I’m lazy. Maybe that’s why I like the exposed waistband skirt project and have made so many. Though it was inspired by a skirt from Anthropologie, it’s fast and simple.  My friend Elin and I both own the original and wear it all the time, so we got together to recreate it. It’s got pleats for kicky fullness and an exposed elastic waistband that looks great worn a bit high-waisted. Wear it with a tee for comfy running around, or dress it up with a blouse and cardi.  We’ve included instructions along with some ideas for variations right here.



half-square triangle quilt

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

We get a lot of questions about what to do with pre-cut fabric, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite and most easy projects to do with pre-cut squares like Layer Cakes and Charm Packs: half-square triangles! These are so fun to make and it’s a simple way to enjoy the fabrics without too much fuss about a quilt pattern. And yet, there are some fun variations with these triangles.


The above quilt takes one printed Layer Cake and one solid Layer Cake, and makes close to a queen sized quilt.  (It features last year’s Kate Spain Christmas collection. Her 2011 Christmas collection, Flurry, will be arriving in a matter of weeks!)

Below is a baby quilt made with 2 Charm Packs. Your solid squares don’t have to be white though, these days Moda makes solid charm packs in all sorts of neutrals and color combinations so you can find the perfect one to match your prints.


To read more about half-square triangles with pre-cuts, including full instructions for these quilts, visit the Half-Square Triangle Quilt Tutorial Page.

party bunting

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

What do you do when you don’t want the parties of the holidays to end but you do want the coldness of the Winter to end?  Make some party bunting with bright Springy fabrics and stay inside!

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Mom and I made two of these late the other night, one with the Sugar Pop collection and one with the Hideaway collection, both recently arrived from Moda. They sure do brighten things up.
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There are a lot of variations on this classic banner, we like our version for a few reasons: very few scraps, very little sewing, and you get to use a scalloped rotary cutter! bunting tutorial 5

We’ll show you how we made ours on the Party Bunting Tutorial page.