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squash blossom baby quilt

squash blossom baby quilt

Squash Blossom Quilt by Salty Oat
For many years, I was a member of do. Good Stitches, an online charity quilting bee. I made a number of quilts with the help of my bee mates, all of which were donated to my locals chapters of Project Linus in both North Carolina and New Hampshire. Earlier this year, I realized my schedule no longer had room for the monthly commitment, so I made the tough decision to step down from the group. Before I did, however, I had one last quilt to finish. 
This Squash Blossom baby quilt was created with blocks from members of the Bliss Circle, using this tutorial by Tales of Cloth. I asked for blocks which featured olive green with peach centers, inspired by the colors in this photo
I really love both the color combo and the block pattern, and would love to use both again in future quilts. 
A long-stashed Aneela Hoey print from the Little Apples collection was the perfect backing for the quilt, as it had pops of both light pink and olive green.
Squash Blossom Quilt by Salty Oat
Though I'm no longer a member of do. Good Stitches, my charity sewing will definitely continue. Do you have any favorite organizations you like to donate quilts to? 
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do. good stitches: birds in the air quilt

Right around the time of our move to NH, it was my turn to act as the quilter for the Wish Circle of do. Good Stitches.

I requested all of my circle members to create two Birds in the Air quilt blocks, albeit with a slightly different color placement than the tutorial. I asked for a mix of solid whites and grays, with an orange print in only one of the two blocks.

Once I received all of the blocks, I played around with the layout, winding up with something quite different than I had originally envisioned---which I love! I also love the variations in the shades of solid gray, and the random pops of orange scattered throughout the quilt top.

I used an orange Marimekko circle print for the background, quilted it with intersecting lines in orange thread, and bound it with a scrappy orange binding.

This quilt will be donated to my local chapter of Project Linus.

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do. good stitches: fieldcrossing quilt

Way, way back in November, I tasked my fellow members of the Wish Circle of do. Good Stitches with making blocks for a Fieldcrossing Quilt. I asked everyone to use the colors of the Purl Bee's Felt Alphabet as their inspiration when selecting fabrics (they always use the best color palettes for their projects!): various shades of pink, yellow, rust and mustard.

Everyone did an excellent job of making blocks within the color palette, using prints and solids from their stashes. Once I received all of the blocks, I assembled the quilt top.

For the backing, I paired a coordinating Heather Ross mermaid print with a super-soft beige Japanese bunny print.

I did lots and lots of straight-line quilting, mostly with white thread, but I stitched a few lines in light pink as well. Two brown/pink/orange floral prints were perfect for the binding.

The resulting quilt turned out to be a nice size, perfect for a twin bed, and I really love how all of the disparate fabrics came together so beautifully! Like all of the quilts our group makes, this quilt will be donated to Project Linus.

Quilt Stats
Finished dimensions: 58" x 70" 
Fabrics used include: Mermaids by Heather Ross for Spoonflower (no longer available, but can be purchased in another colorway here); Brown Calico from Heather Ross's Briar Rose collection
Quilt pattern: Fieldcrossing by Elizabeth Olwen and Cloud9 Fabrics  

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solid scrappy trip around the world quilt


Since my weekdays are currently spent sewing commissioned quilts, along with goods for the shop, I like to set aside time on the weekends to sew for myself and catch up on charitable sewing projects. This past long weekend I did just that when I basted, quilted, and bound a quilt destined for donation.

It's no secret that I'm a fan of the Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt pattern (this is my...
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de-cluttering + quilt tops

If you read a significant number of blogs or magazines, you've probably heard about the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The book is by the Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo, and has a magical effect of inspiring you to clean out your closets and drawers. I started reading the book in December, and ever since, I've been employing its tips for simplification and de-cluttering, which includes taking the time to clean and organize my sewing room.

While sorting through drawers, I came across a number of cut fabric squares from past projects. Rather than letting them languish any longer, I decided to turn them into quilt tops for my local chapter of Project Linus, and get them out the door.

Each top is crib size, and features polka dots, solids, calico prints, and white borders. Each was a quick and satisfying finish, and it's so nice to know that these fabrics will now be put to better use!

Have you read Ms. Kondo's book? Has it left you feeling similarly inspired to organize and de-clutter your space?
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