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framed houses baby quilt

framed houses baby quilt

Stack of Folded Quilts by Salty Oat
I truly love incorporating screen-printed fabric into my quilts, so last summer I challenged myself to design a quilt that featured a fat quarter of fabric by Spin Spin, specifically Susan's "Houses" print in olive green.
Framed Baby Quilt by Salty Oat
Using three other fabrics---olive green, cream, and coral solids---I created a simple design which resembled a framed and matted piece of minimal artwork. I chose to work only with solids so that the Houses print could really shine on its own. I had enough fabric to make two almost-identical quilts: this one and a second one which I sent to the Society of Arts + Crafts' new store in Boston's Seaport District. 
Back of Framed Baby Quilt by Salty Oat
I backed this quilt top with a rather fantastical olive green-and-cream print from my stash, long ago gifted to me by a friend. After quilting it with a large grid, I bound it with flax-colored Essex linen-cotton blend fabric, which adds some fun texture to the quilt. 
Salty Oat Quilt Label Detail
While this quilt is the perfect size for a new baby, especially as a play mat or for tummy time, it would also be a beautiful statement piece over a mantle as an alternative to traditional framed art.
Detail of Quilts and Pillows by Salty Oat
This quilt is now available in the shop
All photos by Lindsay Hite
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neutral log cabin baby quilt

neutral log cabin baby quilt

Neutral Log Cabin Baby Quilt by Salty Oat

This quilt is the result of my two sewing worlds colliding. In addition to making the quilts here at Salty Oat, I’m also in charge of sewing production at The Everyday Co., where I sew napkins, tea towels, and more. Kathryn, the owner of The Everyday Co., and her husband are currently expecting their first child, so when her parents commissioned me to create a quilt for the new baby boy’s nursery, I was honored and excited to get started.

 Neutral Log Cabin Baby Quilt by Salty Oat

Knowing Kathryn’s love of neutrals, and getting a peek of the nursery in progress, I quickly settled on a gray and cream color palette for the quilt, with pops of blue.

Detail of Neutral Log Cabin Baby Quilt by Salty Oat

I pulled lots of gray cotton and linen scraps to construct the four oversized log cabin blocks that make up the top. Amongst those scraps are pieces of gray linen, leftover from making napkins like these. The block centers are made from an upcycled men’s blue dress shirt (which has made appearances in other quilts, including this baby quilt and this throw quilt).

Back of Neutral Log Cabin Baby Quilt by Salty Oat

A quick glance at my stash reminded me that I had the perfect backing for the quilt——a linen-cotton blend I bought during a trip to Japan a few years ago.

Back Detail of Neutral Log Cabin Baby Quilt by Salty Oat

Kathryn and her husband have spent time in Japan, so I thought it would be a fun tie-in to their travels, and the colors of the fruits/vegetables coordinated beautifully with the front. And just for fun, I added a pop of orange to the binding.

Binding Detail of Neutral Log Cabin Baby Quilt by Salty Oat

This quilt now resides in its new nursery, in anticipation of the baby boy that will be here in just a few weeks---and I can't wait to meet him!

UPDATE:

Kathryn sent me these gorgeous photos of the quilt in its new home. Isn't that wave wallpaper stunning? 

Log Cabin Baby Quilt by Salty Oat, Photograph by April K Photography

Photo by April K Photography

Nursery with Salty Oat Baby Quilt, Photo by Elizabeth LaDuca

Nursery with Salty Oat Baby Quilt, Photo by Elizabeth LaDuca

Photos by Elizabeth LaDuca

You can see even more photos of the room in this recent feature on Style Me Pretty Living

P.S. I'm currently accepting commissions for custom quilts. If you're interested in working together, just fill out this form to get started and I'll be in touch!

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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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