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maker maker wall quilt

maker maker wall quilt

Maker Maker Wall Hanging by Salty Oat
Sarah Golden is an amazing painter (I especially love her Plant Series!) and surface pattern designer based in California. Earlier this year, she released her very first fabric collection with Andover Fabrics titled Maker Maker
Maker Maker Wall Quilt by Salty Oat
The collection includes a number of block-print-inspired designs, printed onto a linen-cotton blend. I love the look of hand-printed fabrics (as evidenced here and here), so I was more than happy to accept Andover Fabric's offer of a fat quarter bundle of the collection in exchange for making a wall quilt for their booth at this past February's QuiltCon.
When designing the quilt, I wanted to keep the piecing minimal so that the focus would stay on the prints (I love those golden yellow cats in the center block!). I took inspiration from Heather Jones's Homage quilt block (which itself was inspired by the work of Josef Albers) and my Framed Houses baby quilt for the design of this piece, since both designs are perfect for spotlighting special cuts of fabric. 
Maker Maker Wall Quilt by Salty Oat
It was fun to spot the quilt hanging in Andover Fabric's QuiltCon booth back in February, among the other projects made from Sarah's fabrics. The quilt has since returned to me, and is now available in the shop. A wooden dowel is smartly tucked into its top edge, so it ships ready to hang. 
Maker Maker Wall Quilt by Salty Oat
All photos by Jane Cuthbertson
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free double dash quilt pattern now available!

free double dash quilt pattern now available!

This past spring, I had the opportunity to design a quilt for Robert Kaufman Fabrics using the awesome new fabric line, Arroyo, by Erin Dollar of Cotton & Flax. The quilt is named Double Dash, and the design is based on one of the prints in the collection of the same name---one that Erin said was inspired by envelope liners and features scattered dashes. 

One of the fun parts of designing and making this quilt is seeing it pop up in different places, including in promotional images for Robert Kaufman...

Stack of Robert Kaufman Quilts

...and on the cover of Erin's thread box for Aurifil!

And the best part for you is that the pattern for the quilt is now available on Robert Kaufman's website and it's free! The finished quilt measures 60" x 60," and is an excellent project for anyone new to quilting. If you make a quilt using the pattern, please be sure to share it with me; I'd love to see!

Double Dash Pattern Page

Double Dash Pattern PDF

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a running t-shirt quilt

a running t-shirt quilt

From time to time, I take on commissions for custom memory quilts. Most recently, I created this t-shirt quilt for my cousin who is an avid runner. This large throw (65" x 65") features many of the t-shirts she collected over the years from running clubs and track and field events. 

T-shirt Quilt by Salty Oat

Since the t-shirts are quite busy on their own, I opted not to add any additional fabrics to the quilt's top. Instead, I stabilized the t-shirts, cut them into squares, arranged them in a simple 5 x 5 grid.

T-shirt Quilt by Salty Oat

I did, however, opt for a stripy binding with a pop of coral, to add my voice to the quilt. I pieced together a back from a navy blue solid and a Japanese elephant print. 

T-shirt Quilt by Salty Oat 

If you're interested in commissioning your own custom quilt, for yourself or a friend, simply fill out this request form to get started! 

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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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