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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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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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    modern sampler quilt along: block F link-up

    modern sampler quilt along: block F link-up


    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  #modernsamplerquiltalongon Instagram to get a peek at everyone's blocks, fabrics, and progress, as we work our way through the pattern together. On the last Tuesday of each month, we gather here to share the blocks...
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    cultivate blog tour + a new wall quilt


    Good morning! Welcome to my stop on the Cultivate Blog Tour, a blog hop celebrating Bonnie Christine's latest fabric collection, Cultivate. I've sewn with Bonnie's fabric and ribbon before (using them in both a lined tote bag and a round zipper pouch), and I must say that the colors and patterns in this latest collection are among my favorites.


    In case it's your first time here, welcome! My name is...
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    honeycombs wall quilt


    For a dear friend's birthday this month, I stitched up a small wall quilt, using prints by Umbrella Prints from my fabric shop and some scraps of chambray.


    Inspired by Betsy's honeycombs, I stitched up my own by hand, using an English paper-piecing technique.


    I then machine-appliquéd the honeycombs to my quilt top and did echo quilting around the edges.


    I stuck with my now-favorite rounded corners, and used up the rest of the binding I had made for this quilt. I used a coordinating vintage blue print for the backing, and I added both a label and a hanging sleeve.


    I loved having the chance to work with these prints (they're among my favorites) and I'm happy to report that the birthday girl loved her gift.
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