I wanted to keep those recently completed machine applique blocks flat; it was time to make a portfolio! Using the pattern straight out of Kristin Steiner's Southern Album book along with some upholstery fabric, foam core (inside the cover, front and back) and batting scraps (for the "pages") I whipped up this appli-keeper on Thursday morning before breakfast (it's that easy; no more than an hour start-to-finish)! This portfolio measures 18" square, I added the ribbon ties as opposed to the button loop closure that the pattern calls for. If I were going to make another one I would add handles for easier transport and a hook and loop tab for securing it closed. But, for now, this is just about perfect!