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a hexagon baby quilt for natalie

a hexagon baby quilt for natalie

Hexagon Baby Quilt by Salty Oat
I have another baby quilt to share with you today! I started this quilt back in 2013, over the Thanksgiving break, while vacationing on the Outer Banks with my family. I love bringing English paper piecing projects with me when I travel, and that trip was no exception. I brought a stack of hexagons with me that I'd made by piecing together solid scraps from my stash.
After I sewed them all together by hand, the hexagon cluster went up on my design wall, where it hung for quite a while. During that time, my dear quilty friend Natalie noticed it and commented on how much she liked it, many times. ;)
So when I found out she was expecting her first baby this March, and knowing I wanted to make her a quilt, I immediately thought this work in progress would be the perfect gift for her. 
Hexagon Quilt Detail
For the quilt's top, I hand appliquéd the hexagon shape to a solid navy background. For the back, I raided my stash for lots of colorful prints, which both coordinated with the top and spoke to me as being fabrics Natalie would like: vibrant blues, teals, and pinks. 
Hexagon Quilt Back by Salty Oat
I even included a bit of leftover piecing from my Fernweh Quilt in the bottom left corner. 
Quilt Label by Salty Oat
I loved putting together this quilt knowing that it would go to a fellow quilter, and I am quite happy to say it was ecstatically received. Now I'm excited for March to come, so that I can snuggle that new baby!
Pieced Quilt Back by Salty Oat
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gray + cream flying geese baby quilt

gray + cream flying geese baby quilt

Flying Geese Baby Quilt by Salty Oat
The flying geese quilt block is one I find myself returning to again and again, because I love how it can be completely transformed through placement, scale, and fabric choices. For example, this baby quilt, which also features flying geese blocks, feels completely different than the one pictured here, because of the block layout. For this latest quilt, I tried out a new flying geese block arrangement---with all of the blocks pointed toward the center---which I discovered I really love. I'm especially drawn to the secondary pattern of a large X (or ><) that emerged when all of the geese blocks were pieced together. 
Detail of Flying Geese Quilt by Salty Oat
What also makes this quilt exciting to me is that it includes scraps from other fellow makers. As my business has grown, so has my network, and I've been lucky enough to connect with many other creative women who run product-based businesses. In this instance, it was conversations with Erin of Cotton & Flax and Catherine of Bayith that led to them giving me the linen scraps left from their production of home goods that I used in this quilt.
Binding Detail of Flying Geese Baby Quilt by Salty Oat
I paired their gray scraps with other gray linen and cotton fabrics from my own stash, as well as an American-made cotton muslin. The resulting quilt top is neutral, but impactful, thanks to the bold block arrangement. 
Quilt binding in action by Salty Oat
For the back, I used a colorful polka dot with a cream background, which adds a fun bit of color to the otherwise monochromatic piece. This quilt is now at its new home in California, and I'm back to brainstorming new arrangements for the versatile flying geese block.
Salty Oat quilt label detail
Photo of binding in progress by Lindsay Hite
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windowpane whole-cloth baby quilt

windowpane whole-cloth baby quilt

Windowpane Whole-Cloth Baby Quilt by Salty Oat
What are your go-to-gifts for new babies? I'm partial to quilts (not surprisingly!), and thanks to the sudden influx of friends having babies, I've made quite a few baby quilts recently. 
Quilting Detail on Windowpane Whole-Cloth Quilt
This whole-cloth quilt was made for Felix, who was born in October to my friend Katie, the gal behind Fancy Free Finery. Knowing that Katie is a fan of minimal and graphic design, I used a yard of digitally-printed windowpane fabric for the top of her son's quilt, which meant zero piecing was required on my part. 
Back of Windowpane Baby Quilt by Salty Oat
For the back, I paired a long out-of-print Lizzy House ribbon print with a coordinating strip of solid blue fabric. I loved adding a bit of color and pattern to the back to contrast with the simple black-and-white quilt top. I stuck with my signature cross-hatch quilting, and bound this baby quilt with minty scraps. 
Salty Oat Quilt Label
As a finishing touch, I added a custom cross-stitch label to the back, with Felix's name and birthday. 
Cross-Stitch Quilt Label Detail
If you have a new baby in your life in need of a gift, and like this particular design, then be sure to check out this similar unisex baby quilt I have in the shop. It's back features an awesome retro paint-by-number print, which is a customer favorite. 
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gift guide: hand embroidery favorites

gift guide: hand embroidery favorites

The holidays are upon us! In case you're looking for gift ideas for your crafty, embroidery-loving friends and loved ones, I've pulled together a round-up of a few of my favorite embroidery supplies to inspire you:

Salty Oat Embroidery Supply Gift Guide

 

  1. Not only are Tulip embroidery needles lovely to sew with, they come beautifully packaged in a glass vial that can be used for storage later on. 
  2. Wooden bobbins are a pretty way to organize a growing stash of embroidery floss. 
  3. I design a handful of embroidery patterns, which have the designs printed directly onto the fabric. They're perfect for creating a custom kit to gift to a friend, or you can stitch one up yourself and gift the finished piece. 
  4. A needle minder keeps needles right where you can see them.
  5. Purl Soho always does such a nice job of stocking beautiful, high-quality, curated craft supplies, and their bundles of embroidery floss are no exception.
  6. A monthly subscription to Sarah K. Benning's Pattern Program would make such a thoughtful, ongoing gift. Her unique and original PDF patterns include crystals, plants, and landscapes. 
  7. These black silhouette scissors are perfect for snipping threads. 
  8. sew-your-own needle book kit by Sotak Handmade is both a fun sewing project and a great way to store needles and pins.
  9. I love using a zipper pouch to store all of my embroidery supplies and pack them for flights. I think this beautiful leather pouch made in Oregon would be especially nice for that purpose. 

P.S. I put together a gift guide for quilters last year, in case you're looking for even more ideas!

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modern sampler quilt along: the final link-up!

modern sampler quilt along: the final link-up!

Modern Sampler Quilt Along with Salty Oat
After more than a year of cutting, piecing, and sewing, we're finally at the end of the quilt along! (You can see all of the individual blocks and read more about the original idea here.) This pattern was by no means simple---12 block templates, 12 appliqué templates and little written instruction---but we made it! Thank you to everyone who stuck with it and completed the pattern.
Modern Sampler Quilt by Salty Oat
I'm excited to finally reveal my completed quilt with you! I opted to arrange my blocks in a different layout than the one suggested in the pattern, mainly because I wanted to make sure fabrics were dispersed across the quilt, and not clumped in one area. 
Modern Sampler Quilt by Salty Oat
After I hand-appliquéd the solid black strips of fabric, I quilted the entire top with a large grid.
Modern Sampler Quilt by Salty Oat
I then went back in and added some hand-quilting in the upper left hand corner using black sashiko thread.
Modern Sampler Quilt by Salty Oat
The quilt is backed with Carolyn Friedlander's Doe Wide, and machine bound with a graph-paper print I've had for many years. 
I'm really happy with how this quilt turned out---it was hard to envision what it would look like while only doing one block each month---and am so glad to have taken this challenge on. Thank you for all following along!
Modern Sampler Quilt by Salty Oat
Now is the chance to celebrate you and all of your hard work! I've teamed up with Zakka Workshop and Pintuck & Purl (two awesome New England businesses!) to create a prize pack, which will be awarded to someone who has completed this quilt. Here's what's up for grabs:

To be in the running for this excellent prize pack, please link up to your completed quilt, following the instructions below. The link-up will remain open until next Tuesday, November 1 at 11:59 pm EST. I'll then pull a winner, at random, from all of the entries, and will announce the winner on Wednesday, November 2. I can't wait to see your quilts, and good luck! 

UPDATE 11/3/16: A huge congratulations to everyone that finished their Modern Sampler Quilts. The results are amazing! And a special congratulations to Debbie, from A Quilter's Table, whose name was selected at random to receive the prize pack. Thanks again to all that participated!

HOW TO LINK UP

1. Click the "Add your link" button below, and link to a blog post or Instagram photo of your completed Modern Sampler Quilt. In the "Link Title" field, enter your blog name or Instagram handle.

2. If you're linking to a blog post, please link back to this post somewhere in your post. If you're linking to an Instagram photo, be sure to tag your photo with the hashtag #modernsamplerquiltalong.

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    retro flowers baby quilt

    retro flowers baby quilt

    Retro Flowers Quilt by Salty Oat

    While getting ready to write this post, I looked back at my email to try and figure out when I first started making this quilt. It turns out I won a copy of this pattern---Retro Flowers by Sometimes Crafter---back in 2012 (!), and I believe I started working on it not long after that. 

    Retro Flowers Quilt by Salty Oat

    I worked on it here and there over the years, practicing my curves, assembling the blocks, and then piecing the quilt top, which is how it sat until a dear college friend gave birth to a baby girl this summer. I thought it would be the perfect gift for her new daughter, so I finally set to work finishing it.

    I opted not to add the additional borders that the pattern called for, since it was already plenty large for a baby quilt. 

    Retro Flowers Quilt by Salty Oat

    I put together a backing using coordinating teal and pink fabrics from my stash, including a super soft Nani Iro double gauze---one of my fabric types of fabrics for quilt backings!---and finally quilted and bound this long-outstanding work-in-progress.

    Retro Flowers Quilt by Salty Oat

    For the finishing touch, I added a cross-stitch label with the baby's name and birth date on it. Baby quilts are my favorite things to gift, and receiving a photo of Ms. Emilia on her quilt not long after I sent it her way, completely made my day. 

    Cross-Stitch Quilt Label by Salty Oat

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    modern sampler quilt along: finishing the top

    modern sampler quilt along: finishing the top

    Modern Sampler Quilt Along with Salty Oat
    The Modern Sampler Quilt Along is an informal and virtual quilt along where we make a block from Yoshiko Jinzenji's Modern Sampler Quilt pattern each month. You can follow the hashtag #modernsamplerquiltalong on Instagram to get a peek at everyone's blocks, fabrics, and progress, as we work our way through the pattern together. All are welcome to join the quilt along at any point! Each month, we gather here to share the blocks we've made; in September we began putting together our quilt tops and appliquéing strips to them.  
    Modern Sampler Quilt by Salty Oat
    It's our second-to-last link-up! How are your quilt tops coming together? Are you enjoying the process of appliquéing the final strips to your tops? 
    Modern Sampler Quilt by Salty Oat
    My quilt has been basted, quilted and bound---but!---I'm not ready to reveal the finished piece with you quite yet. I'd like to go back in and add in some lines of hand quilting, so you'll have to come back at the end of the month to see the entire quilt in all its finished glory.
    Modern Sampler Quilt by Salty Oat
    Our final link-up will open on Tuesday, October 25, and will remain open for one week, closing on Tuesday, November 1. During that week, I hope that all of you that have stuck with me this past year, making blocks and encouraging each other on, will stop by and post photos of your finished quilts. I can't wait to see all of them! Once the link-up closes, I'll select a winner at random who will receive an excellent prize pack, which I'm pulling together now. Any questions? Please let me know!
    In the meantime, let's see your in-progress quilts! Feel free to share a photo of your completed top, a detail of your appliqué, or your backing and binding fabric choices. 

    HOW TO LINK UP

    1. Click the "Add your link" button below, and link to a blog post or Instagram photo of your in-progress quilt. In the "Link Title" field, enter your blog name or Instagram handle.

    2. If you're linking to a blog post, please link back to this post somewhere in your post. If you're linking to an Instagram photo, be sure to tag your photo with the hashtag #modernsamplerquiltalong.

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    Modern Sampler Quilt Along Update

    Modern Sampler Quilt Along with Salty Oat
    Happy fall, everyone! Today is the official link-up day for our finished quilt tops for the Modern Sampler Quilt Along. However, since I'm traveling, and my finished quilt is sitting at home, unphotographed, I'm going to move the link-up to next Friday, October 7. At that time, I'll have more info about the final link-up and the prize pack that anyone who finishes their quilts will be in the running for. Until then, happy sewing!
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    modern sampler quilt along: block L link-up

    modern sampler quilt along: block L link-up

    Modern Sampler Quilt Along with Salty OatThe Modern Sampler Quilt Along is an informal and virtual quilt along where we make a block from Yoshiko Jinzenji's Modern Sampler Quilt pattern each month. You can follow the hashtag #modernsamplerquiltalong on Instagram to get a peek at everyone's blocks, fabrics, and progress, as we work our way through the pattern together. All are welcome to join the quilt along at any point! On the last Tuesday of each month, we gather here to share the blocks we've made; this month we worked on Block L, the final block, from the pattern. 

    Block L by Salty Oat

    We made it to the final block---yay! Congrats to everyone who's made it to this point. My Block L is pictured here. I pieced the triangles using the traditional paper piecing method, which helped me keep the points crisp and even. How did you piece your block?

    Block L by Salty Oat

    There are SO many beautiful blocks on Instagram, and I can't wait to see them all put together! The goal for next month is to share our completed quilt tops here, which will include a few appliquéd strips. I've already started to trim my blocks down to 12.5", and am working on a layout now. The link-up for finished quilts will go live at the end of October, which means there's still plenty of time to get your blocks done and your quilts put together, even if you're just joining us now. If you have any questions, please let me know!

    Please share your final blocks below!

    HOW TO LINK UP

    1. Click the "Add your link" button below, and link to a blog post or Instagram photo of your Block L. In the "Link Title" field, enter your blog name or Instagram handle.

    2. If you're linking to a blog post, please link back to this post somewhere in your post. If you're linking to an Instagram photo, be sure to tag your photo with the hashtag #modernsamplerquiltalong.

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    modern sampler quilt along: block K link-up

    modern sampler quilt along: block K link-up

    Modern Sampler Quilt Along with Salty Oat
    The Modern Sampler Quilt Along is an informal and virtual quilt along where we make a block from Yoshiko Jinzenji's Modern Sampler Quilt pattern each month. You can follow the hashtag #modernsamplerquiltalong on Instagram to get a peek at everyone's blocks, fabrics, and progress, as we work our way through the pattern together. All are welcome to join the quilt along at any point! On the last Tuesday of each month, we gather here to share the blocks we've made; this month we worked on Block K from the pattern. 
    Block K for the Modern Sampler Quilt Along by Salty Oat

    We've reached the 11th block of this pattern (!), and are only one block away from a complete quilt top. Congrats (and thank you!) to everyone who's made it this far with me!

    Block K for the Modern Sampler Quilt Along by Salty Oat

    I went pretty scrappy with block K, and added a few pops of vibrant, solid colors to change things up. Similar to block H, I used English paper piecing to assemble my block, since it's both an easy way to put together Y-seams, and a rather meditative practice.

    How did you piece block K? Let's see your blocks!

    HOW TO LINK UP
    1. Click the "Add your link" button below, and link to a blog post or Instagram photo of your Block K. In the "Link Title" field, enter your blog name or Instagram handle.

    2. If you're linking to a blog post, please link back to this post somewhere in your post. If you're linking to an Instagram photo, be sure to tag your photo with the hashtag #modernsamplerquiltalong.

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