on the hollow

July 3rd, 2013

Instagram got video just in time for me to take you on a little tour of our retreat location, or 15 seconds worth of a tour.  This is where we’re holding Day Retreat On The Hollow on July 20, and also where groups can schedule longer stays.

Check out this post for more on our day retreat or email to inquire about groups.

announcing…

June 24th, 2013

Day Retreat On The Hollow

hosted by Suppose in Preston, Idaho
Saturday, July 20, 9am-9pm

Join us for a day of relaxed sewing overlooking this pastoral view.
Includes: lunch, dinner, snacks & beverages, swag bag, trunk show, and all-day shop discount.
Provided: wifi, shared cutting & pressing stations
Price: $65
To register: Visit the shop, call 208.852.1449, or email customerservice@supposecreatedelight.com. Space is limited to 18 so register early!

Day Retreat On The Hollow by Suppose

Dusk on the deck while sewing On The Hollow

We’re so excited for the chance to share this amazing space with you! Kathy (aka Jo’s mom/Suppose co-owner) is opening up her lovely home to us for an idyllic day of quilting. Both indoor and outdoor workspace looks out on a 180° view of the mountains. You’ll have nothing to worry about, as we provide lunch, dinner, snacks and drinks to keep you going all day.

We’ll meet at Suppose at 9am for a chance at before-hours shopping with a special discount, then head straight to our workspace (a 3 minute drive away). There attendees will receive a swag bag full of goodies and have all day and evening to sew on whatever they desire. Need help choosing a new project? We’ve got ideas, or pick up a kit at a discount. Have a technical question or need help interpreting a pattern? We’ll be available to lend our expertise. Run out of thread or break a needle? We’ll have it on hand, or send a runner to the shop to bring it back for you! Dinner will be followed by a trunk show that is not to be missed.  Hope to see you there!

To schedule a private Day Retreat or multiple days On The Hollow for a group, contact Jo at jo@supposecreatedelight.com. We’ll soon be posting more info on pricing and photos of the space. Just wait till you see the gourmet kitchen!

wool tips & tricks

June 24th, 2013

In preparation for bringing in Pendleton wools, we got some great advise from the ladies at the Pendleton factory on how to use and care for their wools, and we’re passing their expertise on to you. Did you know wool deflects fleas? Amazing!

Pendleton Wool Care Tips & Tricks

  • Heavyweight wools can be washed in cold water and hung dry.
  • Lightweight jacquards should be dry cleaned.
  • Use Dawn for oil spots on wool; Dryel also works well. Blot, don’t rub, when spot treating.
  • Do not use Woolite on wool. The alkaline strips the fibers.
  • Do not use Tide or similar detergents (because of the lanolin).
  • To felt: use a natural oil wash, like Murphy’s oil soap. (For water felting, not for actual washing.)
  • Use steam heat, not dry heat, when pressing to prevent scorching.
  • Wool is a “spark arrestor.” A spark from a fireplace won’t burn if caught by the wool.
  • Wool doesn’t crease like other fabrics, so don’t worry about folding it for storage. Use moth balls to prevent moth damage in storage, but don’t let them touch the wool directly.

Do you have any of your own tips for wool? Let’s hear it in the comments.

pendleton is here!

June 23rd, 2013

This week we are excited to introduce Pendleton wools at Suppose! You can’t how imagine how excited I was at Spring quilt market choosing the first wools to carry and chatting with Stacy & Mimi from the Pendleton factory. I grew up always having a Pendleton blanket on the couch to snuggle up with and love their iconic Native American Designs. Their wool is just the softest; it’s raised & woven in the U.S. and the 150 year-old company is still family run!

pendleton boothWe have both lightweight and heavyweight reversible jacquards in 64″ width, just like you might see in the Pendleton blankets. And get this. We’ve got their wool binding too, so with just 2 yards of wool and 8 yards of binding, you can recreate a blanket like theirs at a fraction of the price. I see a lot of these in my future. The Pendleton designs have a rich heritage, dating to 19th century Native American trading. An excerpt from the Pendleton history:

A study of the color and design preferences of local and Southwest Native Americans resulted in vivid colors and intricate patterns. Trade expanded from the Nez Perce nation near Pendleton to the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni nations. These Pendleton blankets were used as basic wearing apparel and as a standard of value for trading and credit among Native Americans. The blankets also became prized for ceremonial use.

pendleton fabric arrives!These wools would also be incredible for custom outerwear, perhaps I need a cape like this in San Miguel (the grey crosses). In addition to the yardage in stock, we have swatches of the Pendleton 2013 collection, and can take special orders.

You may have noticed the quilt on the right in the top photo of the Pendleton booth, which was actually made with wool fat quarters. These fat quarter bundles end up being an incredible deal at $55 since you get 2 yards worth of fabric at less than the price of 1 yard. The quilt pattern is included with each bundle. Don’t you want to just squeeze those?pendleton fq bundlesOur Pendleton fabrics will not be sold online, but we can answer questions and take orders by phone or email. You’ll find our contact info in the column to the right.

portland quilt market recap

May 21st, 2013

Quilt market is always a whirlwind of fun & work: seeing old friends, meeting new people, finding the coolest stuff and making sure we order the right right ones and enough of them, getting to appointments, finding our way around a new city, eating delicious food, and if we’re lucky we sneak a little sightseeing in. It’s always a little sad to be back, but we’re also really excited for all the new things we’ll be bringing into the shop!

Here are a highlights, in photo form. Click on the image to see details on what exactly is going on there, and see our entire Portland Quilt Market photostream HERE.
voodoo donut
Tula's Schoolhouse
Make You Happy
hedgie
new fave medallion
pendleton booth
twilight zone rose

scrap-along club

March 10th, 2013

Yesterday was the first Scrap-Along Club at Suppose, and we are so ready for more. We love seeing quilters around the world working on the same projects at the same time and posting their photos, like with the x plus along and the scrappy trip-along, and we wanted bring our local quilting friends together for in-person sew-alongs of a similar spirit. Combine that with a love for scrappy quilts and an ever growing pile of scraps, and there you have the Scrap-Along Club. The idea is that each month we’ll get together and sew on a new quilt using scraps, with a pattern and demos provided by the shop.  Demos like my point-matching techniques… go ahead and zoom in on that photo–I’m pretty proud of those points!

scrap-along marchThis month we’re working with simple equilateral triangles sorted into lights and darks. For mine, I pulled fabrics with colors that reminded me of Runts candy. Fabric always makes me think of candy but I had yet to make a candy inspired quilt. I decided to use yardage for my background, but you could easily use scraps if the lights contrast enough with the darks.

We cut our triangles with the AccuQuilt, which I love because it takes about 5 minutes and then I can get to the sewing already! What I love about this project is that you can make any size, just add more triangles and rows until you’re out of scraps. Our triangles happen to be 4-5/8″, but any size would work, and a 60 degree ruler could accommodate a lot of sizes.

We had too much fun cutting up our scrap stashes into triangles that I forgot to take photos. Eventually I did capture our dear Adrienne as she started on her triangles.

adrienne at scrap-along marchI can’t wait to see everyone’s triangle quilts! Bring your quilts into the shop, post links to your photos in the comments,  post on our Facebook or in our flickr group, or tag us on Instagram!

Evelyn will be leading our Scrap-along in April with this block using Quiltville’s method for Mountain Majesties. It looks tricky, but it’s just made from half-square triangles, and those are points you don’t have to worry about matching!scrap-along club 2If you’re local, mark your calendar for April 13 for the next Scrap-along meeting. Oh, and it’s not a club you have to “join,” anyone can come any month. And if not, join us in making these scrappy projects anyway and post links to your photos!

quiltcon recap

March 3rd, 2013

Whew. I had no idea QuiltCon (or Austin) would be so fabulous. I thought it would be fun, of course. But I wasn’t expecting the way my comfort level was pushed in class (in a good way!) or how inspired I’d be by the exhibits at the show. On the plane home mom & I frantically recorded the things we learned–we’d been so invigorated about the current state of the quilting world. That became a presentation we gave in the shop the next day, we felt like we needed to share that experience. I sound so cheesy, and I am–I actually got a little verklempt talking about the quilts in the Roderick Kiracofe exhibit.
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So what’d we actually do at QuiltCon?…

Started architecture inspired quilts in class with Jacquie Gering. (Mine on L, Kathy’s on R.) Maybe we’ll share photos of our architectural inspiration once we make more progress on them.
blocks inspired by architecture
Learned new techniques & designs on the longarm with the amazing Angela Walters.
kathy quilts
While Kathy got to take a class with Yoshiko Jinzenji, I was in Denyse Schmidt‘s class learning that her improv method is not nearly what we all want to make improv quilting into. She is a true artist, and I’ve been thinking about what I learned in her keynote and in her class. At all times of the day, not just when quilting, I’ll find myself doing something a different way as I remember…  stop trying to control perfect outcomes, and be true to yourself.
Improv patchwork
QuiltCon was especially exciting because it was a totally new experience to see a quilt show full of quilts that I would have liked to make, instead of searching through a show for the very few quilts that truly call to my aesthetic.

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Ooodalolly

This clamshell quilt, “Neutral & Neon” by Latifah Saafir, was one of my, & Kathy’s, favorite quilts of the show. Apparently we have similar taste! (I guess that’s how we so easily agree on what fabric to stock.)
Neutral and Neon

And of course we ooh’d over the Denyse Schmidt exhibit, including some quilts we’d never seen before.
Glass House Shelves

While the Modern Quilt Guild has been a huge force in making a new age of quilting more visible, we’re reluctant to always label everything as either “modern” or “traditional”.  The modern quilters seem to be becoming more traditional, and the traditional quilters are getting more modern, and we have a lot to learn from each other. As Jacquie Gering says, we should all just make what we love.

Of course, we can’t talk about QuiltCon without mentioning all the amazing food in Austin. Hello, food trucks galore! We love to shop & eat when we travel and Austin certainly didn’t disappoint. I overheard some ladies at the convention center talking about having spent an expensive cab ride finding some donuts they’d seen on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. So I had to butt in and ask them what it was. (Gourdough’s on 1st Street.) Thank goodness I did because these were the best donuts of all eternity. We just had to go back again before heading to the airport, and I’d go back to Texas just for that Airstream full of yummy. Ok, I’ll stop about the donuts. I guess the actual people in Austin were pretty great too ;)

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There are tons more photos of quilts from the show in our QuiltCon Flickr set. And to have us visit your guild for a presentation on what this whole “modern” thing is all about and what we can learn from it, email me.  Here’s to seeing you all at QuiltCon 2015!

 

quiltcon link party… 5 things

February 15th, 2013

jo & kathy
Hopefully you haven’t had your fill of “5 things” since it made its way around Instagram, because here are ours! We’re joining in the Modern Quilt Guild’s link party leading up to QuiltCon. 4 days until we leave and we couldn’t be more excited! I’m Jo–on the left, and that’s my mom Kathy on the right. We own Suppose and are the lone members of the Cache Valley Modern Quilt Guild attending QuiltCon. Here we go.

Kathy

1. I don’t know any 80’s music. When the nineties came around and everyone
was reminiscing about the 80’s, I realized I hadn’t been paying attention.
2. I have a bionic device implanted in my hip. It delivers a medication, made
from the venom of the poisonous Magician Cone Snail, to a spinal chord
injury.
3. Martha Stewart would be envious of my green 1930’s kitchenware collection.
4. My first quilting friend was Barb, who I met online by signing up for a block
swap that she was organizing in 1996, a year before the internet became
the World Wide Web. She tutored me along for many months after that until
finally we had to meet up in person.
5. I sing tenor.

Jo

1. I’d rather dress like a kid.
2. I love Jack White. When I lived in NYC I found an old school chair on the
street, gave it a good Cloroxing, and covered it in images of Jack White. I left it in NYC when I moved but years later, my old roommate delivered it to me after keeping it through several cross-country moves. It now sits in my closet, which as it happens is the same size as my NYC bedroom.
3. I never get bored. If without internet, a sewing machine, books, or tv, I can people-watch forever. If there are no people, my brain never stops.
4. I’ve spent hours naked in public, in Korea at Jimjilbangs (traditional bath houses) with my sis-in-law. And loved it.
5. I am horrible at lying. Which I think also means I am horrible at acting.

See you in Austin!

giving in

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?

kaffe club

February 9th, 2013

The Suppose Creative Guild recently was lucky enough to have a visit from Kaye Evans, an accomplished Kaffe Fassett aficionado and teacher. Her quilts are seriously amazing!

Here are just a few of the quilts Kaye shared with us, you can see more of her trunk show here. And listen ye good Kaffe fans! We are planning a Kaffe Club with Kaye, where she’ll walk us through making a stunning quilt with Kaffe Fassett fabrics over the course of several months. If this sounds enticing to you, please let us know by filling out this short form and we’ll keep you updated on when and how it will all be happening. So exciting!

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Kaye said something that stayed with me, about any of us who think we’re not creative: “We were not born without creative bones in our body. We’re all creative if we just let ourselves be.” It’s true! Sometimes we just have to loosen up and allow ourselves to get a little weird.Untitled

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If you’ve been to our shop and seen our wall of Kaffe fabrics, you know we love him. Can’t wait for Kaffe Club to start! If you’re interested and haven’t already, fill out this form to let us know your preferences for Kaffe Club: