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holiday hostess series :: tumbler potholder tutorial


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!

Holiday Hostess graphic

There are very generous sponsors for the Holiday Hostess Series! Check them out AND click the raffle link at the bottom of the post to enter for your chance to win one of these amazing prizes!

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Sponsor Prize List:
Fabricworm: Mod Basics Bundle
Intrepid Thread: Hip Holiday Bundle and 2 Patterns
Cucire: Shot Cottons & Aurifil
Sticherie: Lush Uptown Jelly Roll
Sew Adorable Fabrics: Christmas Riley Blake Fat Quarter Bundle
Timeless Treasures: Holiday Fat Quarter Bundle
Fat Quarter Shop: $50 Gift Certificate
Zipit: $25 Gift Certificate
Southern Fabric: $25 Gift Certificate
Dritz: Elastics Bundle (14 packs)
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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

cascades quilt top blog hop halloween quilt

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.

cascades quilt top duel photo for blog hop

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:

cascade quilt blog hop alex cascade quilt blog hop amber cascade quilt blog hop courtney cascade quilt blog hop di cascade quilt blog hop heather cascade quilt blog hop jenny cascade quilt blog hop mary Trina's quilt cascade

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

Cascade Quilt Blog Hop Schedule

Oct 26 – Trina @

Oct 27 – Alex @

Oct 28 – Diane @

Oct 29 – Jenny Mae @

Oct 30 – Courtney @

Oct 31 – Heather @

Nov 1 – Mary @

Nov 3 – Susannah Kate @

Also, please visit Amber @ . 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

Handmade Birthday Club 2014

birthday club copy

I have several swaps and quilting bees wrapping up at the end of the year and I wanted to do something FUN and NEW next year.  I thought a Handmade Birthday Club would be perfect!

How it works:

You will be organized into a group of 12 fellow Handmade Birthday Club members.  Every month, as long as someone in the group has a birthday, group members will make and send a small to medium handmade item to the birhtday girl.  In total, you will be gifting 11 handmade items and during YOUR birthday month, you will be receiving 11 handmade items!  How FUN!

  • Mail out by the 15th of each month
  • Use modern, fresh colors and designs
  • Primary gift must be a finished handmade item. If you wish, you can include extras (stickers, magazine, birthday girl’s favorite candy) but extras are NOT required.
  • gift “size/value” is small to medium.  A mini-quilt, coaster set, soap, notecards,pouch etc. are all acceptable. It doesn’t have to be sewn.  Make what you like and use what you have!
  • Don’t forget to send a small note telling the birthday girl who you are
  • Share your items on Flickr and Instagram

Flickr Group :

Instagram hashtag : #handmadebirthdayclub2014

Signups end December 1st, 2013.  Handmade Birthday Club will start in January, 2014.  Event communication will be via e-mail.