Posts Tagged ‘free pattern’

“use it up” mini charm quilt

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

I’m a little obsessed with mini charms lately. They have the itty-bitty cute appeal, but it’s also a great, cheap way to get a variety of prints. Plus lots of cutting eliminated, so duh. We recently got a whole bunch of new minis in and I probably audibly squealed when we opened the box. And this isn’t even all of them.

The Suppose Creative Guild recently had a small quilt challenge and I knew I wanted to use my April Showers mini charm from quilt market. This Bonnie & Camille line doesn’t come out until March but we’ve got the mini charms in. The colors and prints are just a perfect mix of retro sweetness and modern graphicness. Plus, it reminds me of the days as a kid when I’d play in the warm SoCal rain with my huge, clear dome umbrella.

I wanted to make something simple and I wanted to be able to use every piece in my charm pack, so I doodled until I came up with this. The background is Kona Ocean, which isn’t in any of the prints so none of them blend in too much (which some would have if I had chosen navy as I almost did). I love how happy the bright blue ended up being.
It finishes at 22 1/2″ square, and I quilted it kind of densely with horizontal quilting so that it would lay good and flat in case I use it on a table. I also used thin polyester batting, since it’s nice and stable (not stretchy or wavy) for when I hang it on the wall. I’m calling it “Use It Up” since I didn’t have to have any leftover charms.  I wrote it up into a little pattern in case you want to make one too. And if you do, I’d love to see it! Post a photo to Instagram and hashtag it #supposequilts!


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

1 hour velveteen skirt

Monday, December 6th, 2010

I’m not joking. That’s how long it look me to make this skirt.  I just HAD to have something  ASAP out of the velveteens from Anna Maria Horner’s new collection, Innocent Crush.  They are just calling out to be made into Wintery party clothes, and at this rate there’s time to make several more.

1 hour skirt

And as it turns out, these 100% cotton velveteens are a dream to work with. They take a light steam iron very well–we had our doubts but the result was quite pleasing.   Since velveteen is a new texture for many quilters, and we’ve never had it in the shop before, you may have a few wonderments about it.  (Yes you can wash it… expect 5% shrinkage lengthwise…) Thankfully, Anna Maria spells out the basics of working with the velveteen on her blog–pretty  much everything I would have mentioned here so definitely check it out.

If you want to try your hand at this very simple project, visit the 1 hour velveteen skirt project page.