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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!

“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!


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!


Out to Sea

cuzco jelly roll

scrap applique playground

half moon modern quickie

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

When each new fabric line comes in, I’m antsy to sew something with it. But it’s not actually that often that I get to finish a project out of anything in a timely manner. (Thank goodness for all our wonderful shop display sewists!) But when I found myself fondling Half Moon Modern every single day, I felt justified in starting a new project. So I set out to for something quick using pre-cuts, and found just the thing: a tutorial for a quilt called Home Sweet Home. Here’s my version, made with just 2 charm packs and some Bella White Jelly Roll strips.
half moon modern charm pack quilt

And speaking of being antsy, I’ve been pretty impatient with binding lately, so I bound it completely by machine. I love beautiful hand-binding on quilts that deserve it. But sometimes I just want it done, and if it will be well-used I figure a machine binding will be especially sturdy anyway. I have a quilt at home that’s been waiting for it’s hand finishing for a year, while I’ve finished several machine bindings recently. After trying a few different techniques, I’ve been most often using the method I found in this tutorial from A Quilt Is Nice. It basically involves sewing the binding first onto the back of the quilt, then folding it to the front and edge-stitching it down just inside of the first stitching line. Here you can see what my binding looks like from the front on the left, and from the back on the right.

machine binding attemptI like doing it this way for a few reasons: 1-Even though you can see the stitching on the front, since you’re sewing it from that side you can make sure it’s nice and neat. The imperfections are on the back, where I won’t see them. 2-I don’t have to worry about not catching the binding, like I do with the stitch-in-the-ditch method (which is still great, I’m just not very good at it.) 3-I don’t have to pin. Sometimes I use my Wonder Clips, but mostly I just fold and hold with my fingers as I go.

I know not everyone is with me on the machine binding, but I’m curious to know if any of you have machine binding tips or methods you like.

adventures with interlock

Monday, June 13th, 2011

One of the most exciting things happening with fabric right now are all the different substrates included in fabric collections. In just the last year or two, we have seen an explosion of collections that include voile, velveteen, corduroy, linen, or knits along with the the regular quilting weight cottons.  While some might be hesitant with these new-to-quilting fabrics at first, I hope you’ll be a bit daring instead. Seeing quilters mix the different textures right into their quilts has reminded me that there really are no rules and that the possibilites are endless for making your quilts more interesting.  Right now I’m working on a pieced quilt that has: voile, velveteen, heavy sateen, and quilting weight cottons, all in each block. More on that later. For now, I want to share a few projects we’ve used the interlock knits with.

This quilt, paper-pieced for us by the wonderful Sharon Moran, used the City Weekend collection (by Liesl Gibson for Oliver + S for Moda) of woven cottons on the front. But for the back, we chose a coordinating interlock knit from the collection. We were a bit apologetic to our quilter, Sue Baddley, about sending a knit back for her to quilt on, but she just brushed it off and had no trouble whatsoever. Fabulous! And now the back is so soft, with the kind of comfort you get from flannel, but more sophisticated.

city weekendThe great thing about these Moda knits is the quality. They are 100% cotton interlock, which is a double-knit, and strong. Interlock is not jersey, which is single-knit and therefore usually thinner.

I was obsessing over the orange-red knit dot from City Weekend, so although I had no pattern and had never really sewn with knits before, I went for it.  I only dared do this with the encouragement of my friend Anita who is always able to construct amazing concoctions without a pattern. I had a knit shirt on, so I used it as a guide as I added Dolman sleeves and a couple extra inches since I wanted it to fit kinda loose and I hadn’t pre-shrunk (this is a no-no with knits, yikes!).

knit experiment

I didn’t use a Serger, just my regular machine with a ballpoint needle and a zig-zag stitch. I had to adjust what started out as pretty wild alien shoulders, but that was the only glitch. Phew! In fact, it turned out to fit perfectly after I washed it.  Here I am showing off those Dolman sleeves. And I can’t tell you how comfy it is.


After that I felt like I should use an actual pattern for my next project, so I rounded up one I had, written specifically for knits. It’s actually out of print, but I think it’d be pretty easy to draft. It just has a boatneck and Dolman sleeves (which apparently I’m loving lately) and the front piece is exactly the same as the back. (We also have this great knit top/dress pattern for adults, this one for kids, plus this and this from O+S)

city weekend knit top

It was pretty fast to sew, and I love it more than I thought I would.  I ended up using a contrasting woven fabric for the sleeve tabs, because I accidentally stretched my knit tabs too much, but I think it turned out better this way.


All in all, sewing with knits is not the intimidating thing you might think it is if you’ve never done it before. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Pre-wash knits first. They’ll shrink more than wovens.
  • Use a ballpoint needle, which will keep the fibers from snagging.
  • Don’t fret if you don’t have a Serger. Just use a zig-zag stitch, which allows the fabric to stretch without breaking the stitch.
  • In general, don’t pull or stretch the fabric as you sew it, or you’ll get a wavy seam. I also found that raising the position of my presser foot slightly can help it feed through more freely. (Hopefully your machine has this feature.)

Be sure to check out the Oliver + S tips for sewing with knits.  Patty Young also has some helpful videos showing hemming techniques for knits. Next on my to do list: piece a quilt top with knits. I’ve seen it done and I want one for myself!

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!

bunting tutorial 11
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.
bunting tutorial 9
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.

magic pillowcases

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

magic pillowcase

One of Kathy’s favorite things to do while in the shop is choose 3 coordinating fabrics for pillowcases. Here she shows her choices for the body, trim flange, and hem of a pillowcase out of the Wee Woodland collection by Keiki for Moda. She can literally plan pillowcases all day long, and then we have to think of excuses to make them. Actually, the Million Pillowcase Challenge is a great excuse. If you haven’t heard of it yet, take a look and consider participating!

Our favorite pillowcase pattern is a double trimmed pillowcase with a clever trick that makes it super quick and easy to sew, and gives you a lovely hem with an enclosed seam. In fact, we’ll be teaching this method in a class this Saturday!  It’s the perfect project for a novice sewist, or anyone who just wants to feel the satisfaction of completing something in less a couple hours. (I’d love the satisfaction of completing a project in less than a month!) Once you make one, you just want to keep going. In fact, our teacher Evelyn Greene made boatloads of pillowcases with this pattern for Christmas last year. What a great gift!

I think the holiday pillowcases might be our favorite.  I have great memories of finally being allowed to pull the Christmas pillowcases out of the closet after waiting all year, and seeing what little treasures were to be found in the print of the pillowcase as I laid in bed.  But before Christmas is Halloween, and Alexander Henry’s spooky prints have just been begging to be made into pillowcases.

halloween pillowcase

Our glow-in-the-dark fabric makes the perfect touch as a little trim piece. And I adore all the little different haunted houses in the Boo! Street print.  Just so perfect!

haunted house

Join us this Saturday 9/11 for the Magic Pillowcase class, the first in our Beginner’s Series. It’ll be a blast!

summer fruitcake

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Picture 3

Can you believe that Christmas fabric is arriving already? Here’s a little peek at BasicGrey’s brand new Christmas collection for Moda, Fruitcake.  Even though it’s only June, it’s beautiful enough to motivate a person to start early on holiday projects, like this quilt.Picture 2

These reverse appliqued circles remind me of vinyl records. Ooh how I loved breaking out the Christmas vinyl as a kid.  But no, it’s still too early for that… right?

Go ahead and check out the entire Fruitcake collection or download the free Fruitcake quilt pattern.

fall quilt market: the quilts part I

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Ah the quilts!  I could stare at fabric all day. I mean, I do stare at fabric all day.  And I love it, but when they are put into a quilt they take on a whole new life.  The quilt I kept coming back to every day of market is this Denyse Schmidt quilt featuring her new fabric line, Hope Valley.  These colors are more muted than her previous collections, which is part of why I’m so drawn to this quilt.

ds quilt

I also love that askew cream diamond between the print and the off-white background.

ds closeup

This will probably end up being a free pattern from Free Spirit and there’s a good chance I’ll be making it as soon as the entire Hope Valley collection arrives here in a month or so.

Speaking of muted colors, one of the directions that fabric is going that I’m liking is the trend towards less saturated colors.  We love the brights at Suppose, but I also like the sophisticated look you can get with grayed down colors, like in the Japanese Taupe movement.  And in this Jean Wells quilt seen in her schoolhouse series presentation.  I wouldn’t call them pastels, but low-intensity hues.  Gorgey.


More quilts of new fabric lines… Here we have Amy Butler’s “Sexy Hexy” quilt showing off her new Love collection.  A free download of the pattern can be found here.  There are some gorgeous prints in this collection including laminates (like oilcloth) that we’re looking forward to.


This photo is unfortunate because it doesn’t give the true effect of the colors in this quilt.  The salmon and greens are so bright.  This quilt features the Botany fabric collection by Lauren and Jessi Jung, new fabric designers for Moda. They have a great website where you can get project ideas and preview the fabric, which will release this March. (And yes, we will carry every single print in the collection too!)


Getting excited about all these quilts is exhausting.  I’ll save the last few for next time…