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About susannah kate

I quilt.

knitting socks

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I’ve started knitting.  Socks to be exact!  I’ve always been curious about sock knitting and was then inspired by Amanda of Hey Porkchop and her awesome collection of hand knit socks.  Amanda recommended the book Socks from the Toe Up by Wendy D. Johnson.  The book is beautifully photographed, full of lovely lace patterns and great tips for beginners.  I did end up using the internet to look up most of the techniques suggested in the book.  YouTube proved to be an invaluable resource.

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I love the Addi Turbo lace circulars.  I started out using wooden double pointed needles intending to make one sock at a time but since then have learned two at a time socks on one circular needle and I’m really enjoying it.  Sure, it takes a bit longer to see the progress but now I will have two socks when I reach the end.

Another adventure I didn’t anticipate when I started knitting was yarn dyeing.  I wanted all the crazy variegated yarns that I kept seeing on Pinterest so I did what any sane full time working mother of three would do.  I learned to dye my own yarn.  Let me tell you, it is FUN!  Pictured below are sock yarns that I’ve dyed.

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There are only two tools you really need to knit socks and that are your needles and yarn.  However, it doesn’t hurt to have a tape measure, some scissors and stitch markers all kept in a hedgehog zip pouch.  Am I right?  Also, I can’t get enough of these donut stitch markers that I made to accompany my knitting.  They make me happy!

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One last thought on knitting.  It’s a portable craft.  It’s so nice to have something to work on when you find yourself sitting in the car-rider line at school, in a forever-long waiting room and even enjoying a latte at your local coffee shop.

Susannah Kate

tumbler potholder tutorial

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This project is a great way to use up some scraps and perfect for those cute 2.5” mini-charms that are becoming so popular!  You are essentially making a small quilt and this tutorial assumes that you have some basic sewing/quilting experience. Be sure to use Insul-Bright or a comparable batting designed for hot/cold items.  This will help prevent injury from a burn!  Follow the manufacturer’s directions!

You will need:

20 fabric squares measuring 2.5”

Insul-Bright batting measuring 8.5” x 8.5”

Pocket fabric measuring 8.5”x8.5”

Backing fabric measuring 8.5” x 8.5”

Binding fabric measuring 2.5” x 36”

Clear ruler is helpful

Fabric marker

Basic Sewing supplies (scissors, cutting mat/rotary cutter, pins or clips, etc.)

Walking foot for your machine – The walking foot yields the best results and is what I recommend.  I have ‘cheated’ and just used my regular sewing foot in the past.  I lengthen my stitches and just go for it.  There is more stretching on the fabric which will require more trimming in the end.

All seam allowances are ¼” unless otherwise noted.  I press my seams to the side but you could press them open.

Step 1.

Begin by trimming your squares.  Measure and mark ½” from both left and right top corners  and down to each bottom corner.  Cut along your lines.

Start in the upper left hand corner and arrange 5 tumblers across and four down. Your top left corner tumbler should have the longest side on top.

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Step 2.

Align tumbler pieces right sides together from corner to corner (see picture for reference). Sew each row of tumblers together from left to right.   Press seams and trim threads.  Edges will not line up exactly but that’s ok – don’t worry!

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Step 3.

Sew each strip together (top to bottom).  Press seams and trim threads. 

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Step 4.

Next, trim the edges to square up your pot holder top.  Mine ends up measuring 7.5”x7.25”.

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Step 5.

Sandwich your pot holder as follows:

Backing fabric right side down – Insul-Bright batting with shiny side facing up – your top facing right side up.

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Step 6.

Use your walking foot and quilt as desired.  I like mimicking the tumbler design!  Trim once more to “square up”.  After quilting and trimming mine now measures 7.25” x 7.75”  Yours may vary slightly depending on your quilting method and trimming.

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Take your 8.5” x 8.5” pocket fabric and trim down to match the size of your pot holder.  Cut off 1” from the top of the pocket fabric.  Fold ½” once towards wrong side and press.  Then fold ½” again, press and top stitch.

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Step 8.

Sew your pocket to the pot holder as close as you can to the edges.

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Step 9. The Binding

Fold your binding strips in half and press.  Fold one end in about ½”.  Now fold raw edges towards the middle press line.  Fold in half length-wise and press once more to complete your binding.

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Step 10.

Use Wonder Clips or pins to attach the binding to the potholder.  Sandwich the pot holder inside of the binding all the way around starting with the upper right hand corner and the raw edge of the binding.  Let the ‘tail’ hang away from the starting point.  Sew along the edge of the binding as close as you can and be sure that you are catching the binding on the back at the same time.  At the corners it helps to leave your needle down to turn your work. When you’ve attached the binding all the way around, continue to sew down the entire tail and over the folded end. 

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Step 11.

Fold your tail back to the pot holder to create a loop.  Tack it down by running a stitch back and forth.  Trim all threads.

holidayhostesstailloop Your tumbler potholder is now ready for gifting!

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holiday hostess series :: tumbler potholder tutorial

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When my friend, Jennifer from Ellison Lane, asked me if I’d like to guest post on her blog as part of the Holiday Hostess Series, I knew right away that I did! For my Holiday Hostess tutorial I chose my tumbler potholder. I have wanted to make this tutorial forever so the Holiday Hostess Series was the motivation I needed! The potholders are basically mini-quilts (which of course I love)! Use holiday inspired prints/colors for a festive feel. These potholders make beautiful handmade gifts and, if you are anything like me, you can always use more potholders in the kitchen! The tutorial is on Ellison Lane today!

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I hope you enjoy this series because I’m sure we all had fun contributing!

XOXO, Susannah Kate

cascade quilt blog hop

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Above is my finished Cascade quilt. Fabric is Lizzy House, Guising. This is the one that started it all! Below are my two ‘new’ Cascade quilt tops that I haven’t had time to quilt yet. Left : Flea Market Fancy / Right: Katie Jump Rope and an extra DS Quilts fabric/ Kona in Natural for both background fabrics.

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Today the Cascade Quilt blog hop comes to a close. My favorite part of this ‘hop’ has been seeing how different each participants quilt has looked even though we all used the same pattern. Each person made the quilt their own and I love that! I would love to see what your Cascade quilt looks like. You can get the pattern HERE!

Leave a comment below to win a copy of the pattern. I’ll randomly pick a winner in the next few days!

Here are some pictures from the other blog hops:

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Can you match each quilt to their owners? Use the helpful links below!

Cascade Quilt Blog Hop Schedule

Oct 26 – Trina @ www.trinapeterson.com

Oct 27 – Alex @ www.sewcutebyalex.blogspot.com

Oct 28 – Diane @ www.randomthoughtsdoordi.com

Oct 29 – Jenny Mae @ www.ohjennymae.com

Oct 30 – Courtney @ www.monpetitlyons.blogspot.com

Oct 31 – Heather @ www.quiltsinthequeue.com

Nov 1 – Mary @ www.fairlymerry.blogspot.com

Nov 3 – Susannah Kate @ www.susannahkate.com

Also, please visit Amber @ www.olivegypsy.wordpress.com . She has written a great post about the Cascade quilt pattern and has such cute pictures!

We are all “Instagrammers” and have a wonderful feed under the hashtag #cascadequilt . You will find more wonderful examples of the Cascade quilt including a beautiful one made with all solids! Include your own Cascade quilt – We’d all love to see it!

Creating a quilt top pattern has been an amazing experience. It’s such a tedious, challenging process. It’s also a little scary (What if no one understands my instructions? OR What if it’s ugly when it’s all said and done?) . More than those things, though, the end is a feeling of accomplishment and it has brought me closer with this special community of quilters which is really the point of all of this, right!?

xoxo, Susannah Kate

halloween sewing swap goodies

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I participated in the Halloween Sewing Swap this year and I’m cutting it close to the deadline (as usual) but I am finished and these will ship ASAP!

I made an apron which was really fun.  No pattern or instructions…just intuition and some luck!

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Of course I had to include a cute project pouch.  I use my pouches for sock knitting but you could use them for anything!

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I also included 2 hexagon trivets.  These were super quick and I loved fussy cutting the witch and ghosts!

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Lastly, I am including a pillow.  If you can call it that.  I had originally made it 16″ but cut it down to 12″ due to a horrible error.  I don’t even know if its really the right size and I didn’t have a pillow form to test it.  Right now it’s stuffed with plastic bags.  This could be embarrassing!  So, I’m considering it a bonus item and it will come with a note of apology.

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Here it is all together!  Sewing for this swap was fun!  I love Halloween and can’t wait for my goodies to arrive.

xoxo,

Susannah Kate

halloween donut quilt top

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This past summer I made a Halloween themed Donut quilt top. I made the throw size which will be perfect for snuggling on the couch this fall! My plan is to free-motion quilt this using a bat design. I realize Halloween is just around the corner but maybe I can get it done!

The quilt pattern is by Johanna Masko and is called Donuts. I just love it! It’s simple, straightforward and fun!

I’ve recently discovered the value of quilt patterns. With a pattern, compared to just pulling some fabric and chopping it up, you know exactly what you are getting into. Isn’t that nice? No more wailing at the end of a project when you realize you needed just a quarter more of a certain print or the dreaded “slump” that comes along with not knowing if a quilt top is done or not. Sometimes when I’m working on a project I want to know there is an end! I’m not saying I don’t love a good scraptastic “who knows where this is going” quilt project but those can make my brain hurt just a bit.

What you do like? Patterns or just winging it? Something in between?

I will be posting finished quilt pics of my Halloween Donut quilt SOON!

xoxo,

Susannah Kate

‘school spirit’ t-shirt quilt

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Here’s my new quilt finish!  This was a commission for a friends daughter.  I like how it turned out and the process was enjoyable.   I backed each t-shirt with a lightweight stabilizer as suggested in many online tutorials.  The stabilizer causes quite a bit of thickness to the quilt top but I do feel it was necessary to keep the knit fabric from stretching!tsqupcloseI free-motion quilted using a simple stippling technique.  I felt so out of practice but I think it turned out just fine.  I machine stitched the binding which isn’t my favorite way to bind but I do feel that it’s stronger than hand binding, especially for quilts that you know a child will be dragging around and pulling on.

All in all, my first experience making a t-shirt quilt went well even though commissioned projects can include quite a bit of pressure.  How do you feel about making commissioned quilts?  Love it / hate it?  I want to know!

xoxo,

Susannah Kate