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custom quilts for the fall 2017 spoonflower magazine

custom quilts for the fall 2017 spoonflower magazine

Salty Oat in the Fall 2017 Spoonflower Magazine
Last fall, Spoonflower (my former employer) interviewed me for a small spotlight in their second-ever magazine/catalogue. In addition to answering a few questions, I also created two quilts for the publication using a selection of Spoonflower designs printed onto Kona cotton. For the first quilt, pictured above, I pieced together rectangular improv log cabin blocks using a selection of indigo, mustard, and peach prints. I also pulled together a pair of quilted pillow shams at the last minute to round out the bedding. You can see all of the prints I used in this helpful online collection
Interview with Caitlin Topham in the Spoonflower Fall 2017 Magazine
For the second quilt, pictured folded and under the lamb softie above, I created a flying geese baby quilt using a graphic black-and-white print background and a selection of sherbet-color-inspired prints for the geese. You can see the full collection of prints I used here. Both quilts were beautifully quilted by Sarah at Crinklelove.
This was such a fun and different project to work on, and it's been so humbling to hear from so many people who've spotted my work in the magazine. If you'd like to see more, the entire digital publication is available online.
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collaborating with cotton & flax

collaborating with cotton & flax

Sometime last year, I connected with Erin Dollar, the designer behind Cotton & Flax, an LA-based home goods company. Erin creates awesome surface patterns from simple repeating shapes, which she silk-screens onto linen-cotton fabrics.  

In addition to creating the free Double Dash quilt pattern for her first fabric collection for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, I've also been working with her leftover screen-printed scraps to create new quilts (like this flying geese wall quilt). The two log cabin baby quilts pictured here are my latest work made from Erin's scraps; in this case, I worked solely with her designs printed on a flax-colored/natural linen-cotton blend.

This first quilt features her designs printed in black, paired with strips of cream and white, and squares of solid peach, to form four Courthouse Step blocks. Each block was pieced improvisationally using strips of various widths, so each block is unique and varies in size and shape.

This second quilt features Erin's patterns printed in white, and the fabric strips are arranged in a much more orderly and uniform fashion to form four log cabin blocks. The layout is the same as the one I used to create this neutral log cabin baby quilt earlier this year. Each of the blocks' centers feature a unique, warm-colored solid. 

I really enjoy the act of working from scraps---making design decisions on the fly since I'm limited to the fabric that's in front of me---so I really loved the process of making both of these quilts and am so happy with how they turned out. 

Both of these quilts are now available in the shop, if you'd like to take a look. And you can read more about this collaboration in Erin's write-up from last spring.

All photos by Jane Cuthbertson of Gray Green Goods

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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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flying geese quilts

flying geese quilts

Ask any of my quilty friends, and they'll most likely tell you that flying geese are my go-to quilt block---and they would be right. In fact, I created a whole block-of-the-month pattern exclusively for Pintuck & Purl based on the block. 

Today, I thought it would be fun to show you two of the baby quilts I made last year which feature flying geese in an almost identical layout---geese pointing both north and south with areas of negative space around them---but have a completely different look and feel to them thanks to my fabric choices. 

For this first one, I used only two fabrics for the top: a pretty, textured blue Essex linen for the background and an off-white mini plus-sign print for the geese. Since the top was minimal and restrained in its color palette, I opted to add a vibrant and patterned back to the quilt, for a fun surprise. 


For this second flying geese quilt, I reversed the color placement (opting for a light background with darker geese) and added a third color (an assortment of acid yellow prints paired perfectly with solid coral pink and white). 

The back remained minimal with a gray windowpane print, and I couldn't resist adding in a bit of texture in the form of a recycled hemp and cotton binding. Though these quilts are similar in design, I'm curious to know, do you prefer one over the other?

You can find all of my flying geese quilts from throughout the years here, and you'll find both of the quilts featured here now for sale in my online shop

First three photos by Joyelle WestLast three photos by Lindsay Hite

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