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!