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quilting with stripes (and working from a kit)

After spotting a Kaffe Fassett quilt and its accompanying kit during a visit to the Waterwheel House Quilt Shop this past fall, my mom and I struck up a deal that she would buy the kit and I would make the quilt for her for Christmas.

I finished the quilt just in time to gift it to her for the holidays (I shared a process shoton Instagram back in November), and it's been a staple in the living...
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sashiko mini quilt

I gifted my mom this sashiko pillow a few years ago, so for her birthday last month, I made her this mini quilt featuring blocks of hand-stitched sashiko embroidery.

The fabric squares were actually from a coaster kit, but since coasters tend to be in abundance in our family, I decided to use the small squares to make a wall hanging instead.

I alternated the squares with a chambray, and backed the quilt with a navy and white Japanese print. Since the squares already featured so much stitching, I kept the quilting simple and stitched in the ditch. I bound the quilt with a topographical print from Carolyn Friedlander's Architextures line.

I really love how this mini quilt turned out, and thankfully, so did my mom!

P.S. There are still a few spots left in the embroidery class that I'm teaching at Gather in Cary, NC, tomorrow night, and I'd love to have you join if you're local and interested!

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the mermaid quilt

Is three years too long to wait to blog about a quilt? I hope not.

I came across these photos of one of my first and favorite quilts this weekend, and thought now would be as good a time as any to share them. The top is made up of 10" squares of fabrics from Heather Ross's Mendocinoline (lots of mermaids and octopi), which I picked up from a quilt shop in NH years ago, and the back is an Anna Maria...
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sewing kit

With a new job (at a fabric store!), a quilting class, and crafty preparations for the upcoming holiday season underway, things are busy, busy, busy in the studio. I promise to share lots of projects with you in the coming weeks, including some exciting Salty Oat news. In the meantime, if you're in need of some sewing encouragement, check out this adorable sewing kit which supports a great cause.
P.S. If you're in Austin this weekend, be sure to stop by the opening of the brand-new Visual Arts Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. The weekend events promise to be spectacular!
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anna maria horner scarf

During a day trip to Burlington, Vermont, back in July, my mom and I stopped by Nido, a lovely fabric shop with a carefully curated selection of beautiful fabrics. I picked up two pieces of fabric from Cloud9's My Happy Garden line (which I used for this project), as well as a scarf kit which included two strips of voile from Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks line.
I completely fell in love with the voiles, which are soft and silky and so easy to work with.  The scarf came together very quickly and is the perfect weight for cool fall days.
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