Salty Oat began as a craft blog in 2009 and was named after the delicious Salty Oat cookie found at Quack's Bakery in Austin, Texas. First featuring cross-stitch projects, wedding DIYs, and simple patchwork quilts, the blog's focus shifted over time to quilt making and expanded into an Etsy shop, which sold screen-printed fabrics by indie female designers and an assortment of modern patchwork goods. In 2016, the stand-alone web shop opened.
Each Salty Oat quilt is made from start to finish in Framingham, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. High-quality, new and vintage fabrics are thoughtfully chosen and carefully cut and sewn to create each one-of-a-kind quilt. Quilt bindings are machine stitched for durability and each quilt is numbered and labeled.
Caitlin Topham is the owner and quilter behind Salty Oat. Her professional career has included stints as a book editor, quilt shop manager, and head of procurement at Spoonflower. After learning to sew from her mother and grandmother as a child, she first began making quilts in 2009.
Her childhood art practice and graduate degree in art history inform and influence her quilt designs and fabric and color selections, which showcase a modern and minimal aesthetic. She enjoys working with both solid fabrics and vintage prints, and reimagining traditional block designs by playing with scale and composition.