This quilt is the result of my two sewing worlds colliding. In addition to making the quilts here at Salty Oat, I’m also in charge of sewing production at The Everyday Co., where I sew napkins, tea towels, and more. Kathryn, the owner of The Everyday Co., and her husband are currently expecting their first child, so when her parents commissioned me to create a quilt for the new baby boy’s nursery, I was honored and excited to get started.
Knowing Kathryn’s love of neutrals, and getting a peek of the nursery in progress, I quickly settled on a gray and cream color palette for the quilt, with pops of blue.
I pulled lots of gray cotton and linen scraps to construct the four oversized log cabin blocks that make up the top. Amongst those scraps are pieces of gray linen, leftover from making napkins like these. The block centers are made from an upcycled men’s blue dress shirt (which has made appearances in other quilts, including this baby quilt and this throw quilt).
A quick glance at my stash reminded me that I had the perfect backing for the quilt——a linen-cotton blend I bought during a trip to Japan a few years ago.
Kathryn and her husband have spent time in Japan, so I thought it would be a fun tie-in to their travels, and the colors of the fruits/vegetables coordinated beautifully with the front. And just for fun, I added a pop of orange to the binding.
This quilt now resides in its new nursery, in anticipation of the baby boy that will be here in just a few weeks---and I can't wait to meet him!
Kathryn sent me these gorgeous photos of the quilt in its new home. Isn't that wave wallpaper stunning?
Photo by April K Photography
Photos by Elizabeth LaDuca
You can see even more photos of the room in this recent feature on Style Me Pretty Living.
P.S. I'm currently accepting commissions for custom quilts. If you're interested in working together, just fill out this form to get started and I'll be in touch!
The holidays are upon us! In case you're looking for gift ideas for your crafty, embroidery-loving friends and loved ones, I've pulled together a round-up of a few of my favorite embroidery supplies to inspire you:
- Not only are Tulip embroidery needles lovely to sew with, they come beautifully packaged in a glass vial that can be used for storage later on.
- Wooden bobbins are a pretty way to organize a growing stash of embroidery floss.
- I design a handful of embroidery patterns, which have the designs printed directly onto the fabric. They're perfect for creating a custom kit to gift to a friend, or you can stitch one up yourself and gift the finished piece.
- A needle minder keeps needles right where you can see them.
- Purl Soho always does such a nice job of stocking beautiful, high-quality, curated craft supplies, and their bundles of embroidery floss are no exception.
- A monthly subscription to Sarah K. Benning's Pattern Program would make such a thoughtful, ongoing gift. Her unique and original PDF patterns include crystals, plants, and landscapes.
- These black silhouette scissors are perfect for snipping threads.
- A sew-your-own needle book kit by Sotak Handmade is both a fun sewing project and a great way to store needles and pins.
- I love using a zipper pouch to store all of my embroidery supplies and pack them for flights. I think this beautiful leather pouch made in Oregon would be especially nice for that purpose.
P.S. I put together a gift guide for quilters last year, in case you're looking for even more ideas!