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modern sampler quilt along: block L link-up

modern sampler quilt along: block L link-up

Modern Sampler Quilt Along with Salty OatThe Modern Sampler Quilt Along is an informal and virtual quilt along where we make a block from Yoshiko Jinzenji's Modern Sampler Quilt pattern each month. You can follow the hashtag #modernsamplerquiltalong on Instagram to get a peek at everyone's blocks, fabrics, and progress, as we work our way through the pattern together. All are welcome to join the quilt along at any point! On the last Tuesday of each month, we gather here to share the blocks we've made; this month we worked on Block L, the final block, from the pattern. 

Block L by Salty Oat

We made it to the final block---yay! Congrats to everyone who's made it to this point. My Block L is pictured here. I pieced the triangles using the traditional paper piecing method, which helped me keep the points crisp and even. How did you piece your block?

Block L by Salty Oat

There are SO many beautiful blocks on Instagram, and I can't wait to see them all put together! The goal for next month is to share our completed quilt tops here, which will include a few appliquéd strips. I've already started to trim my blocks down to 12.5", and am working on a layout now. The link-up for finished quilts will go live at the end of October, which means there's still plenty of time to get your blocks done and your quilts put together, even if you're just joining us now. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Please share your final blocks below!

HOW TO LINK UP

1. Click the "Add your link" button below, and link to a blog post or Instagram photo of your Block L. 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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modern sampler quilt along: block K link-up

modern sampler quilt along: block K link-up

Modern Sampler Quilt Along with Salty Oat
The Modern Sampler Quilt Along is an informal and virtual quilt along where we make a block from Yoshiko Jinzenji's Modern Sampler Quilt pattern each month. You can follow the hashtag #modernsamplerquiltalong on Instagram to get a peek at everyone's blocks, fabrics, and progress, as we work our way through the pattern together. All are welcome to join the quilt along at any point! On the last Tuesday of each month, we gather here to share the blocks we've made; this month we worked on Block K from the pattern. 
Block K for the Modern Sampler Quilt Along by Salty Oat

We've reached the 11th block of this pattern (!), and are only one block away from a complete quilt top. Congrats (and thank you!) to everyone who's made it this far with me!

Block K for the Modern Sampler Quilt Along by Salty Oat

I went pretty scrappy with block K, and added a few pops of vibrant, solid colors to change things up. Similar to block H, I used English paper piecing to assemble my block, since it's both an easy way to put together Y-seams, and a rather meditative practice.

How did you piece block K? Let's see your blocks!

HOW TO LINK UP
1. Click the "Add your link" button below, and link to a blog post or Instagram photo of your Block K. 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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modern sampler quilt along: block J link-up

modern sampler quilt along: block J link-up

Modern Sampler Quilt Along with Salty Oat

The Modern Sampler Quilt Along is an informal and virtual quilt along where we make a block from Yoshiko Jinzenji's Modern Sampler Quilt pattern each month. You can follow the hashtag #modernsamplerquiltalong on Instagram to get a peek at everyone's blocks, fabrics, and progress, as we work our way through the pattern together. All are welcome to join the quilt along at any point! On the last Tuesday of each month, we gather here to share the blocks we've made; this month we worked on Block J from the pattern. 

 Modern Sampler Quilt Along with Salty Oat

Good morning, all! I can't believe how close we're getting to the end of the quilt along! Just two more blocks after this month, and then we can start putting our tops together (which I can't wait to do!). 

Modern Sampler Quilt Along with Salty Oat 

I found this month's block to be pretty straightforward. I sewed two sets of strips together, cut them into four pieces each, and then sewed them back together in the arrangement suggested by the pattern. I think the resulting block is quite pretty!

Now let's see your blocks!

HOW TO LINK UP
1. Click the "Add your link" button below, and link to a blog post or Instagram photo of your Block J. 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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quilt-it modern blog tour

quilt-it modern blog tour

Hourglass Wall Quilt by Salty Oat

A few weeks ago, the kind folks over at Riley Blake Designs invited me to participate in their Quilt-It Modern blog tour, which starts today. The tour is all about showcasing the fabric company's impressive range of cotton solids, so I was excited to have the chance to try out their fabrics and work on a new wall quilt design for the shop.

Hourglass Wall Quilt by Salty Oat

I love looking to geometric patterns, especially tile patterns, for quilt design inspiration. During a night of Pinterest browsing I came across this tile pattern and immediately started envisioning it in fabric and began sketching. My sketch became this mini quilt. I used white and two shades of coral and peach to create hourglass triangle blocks, which replicated the tile design.

Hourglass Wall Quilt by Salty Oat

I love olive + peach paired together (as evidenced in this recent quilt), so I bound the quilt with a solid olive, and backed it with an olive polka-dot print by Spin Spin

Hourglass Wall Quilt by Salty OatI made lots of extra hourglass blocks, so two of these quilts are now available in the shop. Each one has corner triangles and loops for hanging, and will ship with a wooden dowel. 

Hourglass Wall Quilt by Salty Oat

I really enjoyed working with these solids---they were super soft!---and I can't wait to see what other colors everyone else is working with. You can follow the blog tour, and see all of the quilt projects made for it, by checking out the hashtag #ModernQuiltTour now through July 8. 

Hourglass Wall Quilt by Salty Oat

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Home Sweet Home Block for the 2016 Row by Row Experience

Home Sweet Home Block for the 2016 Row by Row Experience

Row by Row Experience Home Sweet Home Block by Salty Oat

For this year's Row by Row Experience (an annual quilt shop hop where store visitors can pick up a free pattern to create a quilt row based on that summer's theme), I was tasked with creating the row for Pintuck & Purl, the fabric and yarn shop based in Exeter, NH, where I occasionally teach. 

Row by Row Experience Home Sweet Home Block by Salty Oat

This year's theme is "Home Sweet Home." I spent quite a bit of time with my sketchbook while designing this row, trying out different ideas which involved flying geese, front doors, and inspiration from local architecture. I eventually began playing around with the basic shapes that form a house---triangle roof and square body---sketching out ways to nest the shapes together in a simple, repeating pattern. The idea I eventually settled on was to alternate hourglass blocks with squares, and use mostly low-volume fabrics for the pieces. The houses would emerge by switching to bold colors in only a few select places. 

Row by Row Experience Home Sweet Home Block by Salty Oat

The final pattern is minimal, yet striking, and was a very fun experiment for me. I love that the resulting row is reminiscent of an aerial view of a neighborhood, with the dense straight-line quilting referencing roads or even plowed fields.

The free, printed pattern for this row will be available only at Pintuck & Purl, today through September 6, 2016, so be sure to stop in and grab one when you're in the area this summer!

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