Handmade Birthday Club 2014

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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 : http://www.flickr.com/groups/2312336@N24/

Instagram hashtag : #handmadebirthdayclub2014

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



Cascades Quilt Top

cascades quilt top

Here is my Cascades quilt top.  This is the second quilt I’ve made using this pattern and I love how it turned out.  The fabric is Flea Market Fancy  by Denyse Schmidt and the background is Kona in ‘Natural’.  It takes 10 fat quarters and 2 yards of background fabric to make this gem.  There is very little waste which I adore.  Plans are in the works for a third Cascades quilt and maybe, just maybe, I will dip into my super special stash for this next one!


Susannah Kate

quilt as you go hexagon tutorial


Cereal box
Paper scissors
X-acto knife
Fabric scissors or rotary cutter & mat
Sewing machine
Clips or pins
Printed out hexagon shape or hexagon tracing tool
Clear ruler with 0.5” markings
Pencil or pen (marking tool)
Fabric (I use scraps)
Batting (I use leftover batting scraps from other projects)


Cut out your printed hexagon or trace hexagon to printer paper then cut out. I’m using a cardboard hexagon I had on hand instead of printer paper.
Cut out a large panel of your cereal box.
Trace the paper hexagon to center of cereal box.


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Use your marking tool to trace 0.5” around each side of hexagon.
Next, trace 0.5″ around your previous 0.5” markings.  Now that I think about it, you can just trace 1″ from center if you desire~
Cut out your hexagon along the lines you just traced.


Using the X-acto knife cut out the center hexagon.  This piece will be your template for cutting out your center fabrics and batting pieces.   The larger hexagon piece will a template for your border/back piece of fabric.
Using center template, cut your center fabric and batting.
Using larger hexagon template, cut  your back/border fabric.




Lay the larger hexagon wrong side up and put your large template over it.  Then lay your cut out batting and fabric pieces right side up in center (this helps me find the center of the hexagon.  Now, simply remove the larger template.
Get your clips/pins ready.






Fold one side of your large hexagon 0.5” (or to raw edge) towards the smaller one.
Then fold again so that your second fold covers the smaller hexagon, creating a 0.5” border.  Clip or pin in place.
Continue this around your hexagon until all sides are folded and clipped.


Take the hexagon piece to your machine and stitch through the border as close to the center hexagon as you can.  Back stitch at the end.
Trim threads and you are done!



I used a zig-zag stitch  to join together, however, on my  next project I am going to hand stitch them together.  I think it will create a cleaner look!  Hope you enjoy!

-Susannah Kate

Drunkard’s Medallion-along, a beginning

I’m really very excited to be included in the Drunkard’s Medallion-along, a modern quilting bee with 6 great gals I met at Sew South.   This past month we made our quilt centers and I’ve already mailed mine off to the next girl in line!


My original ‘theme’ was AmelieThe movie is just so beautiful and I hoped to capture some of that in my quilt.  I couldn’t figure out how to interpret the movie into a quilt block so I just went with scrappy and colorful.  I do hope some of the girls still try to include elements of Amelie for me!


My quilt block is adapted from a pattern in Patchwork, Please! by Ayumi Takahashi

This is just the beginning and I can’t wait to share more!

– Susannah Kate

scrappy trip around the world quilt


I totally drank the kool-aid and joined the InstaGram scrappy trip around the world quilt-a-long.   I usually like doing my own thing but admit I found community and a sense of belonging with other like-minded quilters during this project.


These blocks were highly addictive.   I’d make one block and think “ok, I’ll take a break after this one” only to find myself having to make at least 2 more.


I used some of my favorite fabrics and scraps in this quilt.  When I look at it I find a new color combo or sweet detail that lifts my spirits!  The back is a  perfect yellow polka dot, pieced together to make it fit. The hand sewn binding is finished using the ladder stitch.

Scrappy Trip Around the World is the first quilt my new Juki 2010 had the pleasure of stippling.  The Juki has amazing speed and power.  I like it.  A lot.


Finished quilt size is 44″ x 57″

~ Susannah Kate

divided fabric basket

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fabric basket whole

pattern: Divided Basket Pattern by Anna Graham (Noodlehead)

Easy to follow instructions made this project enjoyable and ultimately satisfying!  Initially I wanted to do the whole basket with the hot air balloons but accidentally cut the pocket size instead of the exterior size.  Guess what?!  It turned out even better than planned.  I like happy accidents! The canvas interior added stability and I made fabric handles instead of the cotton webbing option (the pattern has both options).   Next time I think it would be cute to quilt the pocket and there will definitely be a next time.  This is a great ‘go-to’ project for gifts!

– Susannah Kate