9.10.2014

keeping it simple


Though I finished this quilt last year (and am only getting around to blogging about it now!), I actually started it back in 2010, not long after we moved to Maryland. I made the blocks as part of the Stitch DC Mystery Quilt Along, and stashed them away until last year.


I stuck with a lime green and periwinkle color palette, using prints from Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, and Cloud9 Fabrics. Though I played around with numerous layouts and considered incorporating borders and sashing, I wound up laying out the blocks in a simple grid pattern, which I think suits it perfectly!


I selected a fun, bright Amy Butler print from my stash for the back and love how it coordinates with the front. For the binding, I used a light blue and white seersucker stripe for a pop of texture. After quilting and washing, the quilt came out so soft and squishy---perfect for snuggling.


It's so nice to finally have this quilt done! It's now for sale in the Salty Oat Etsy shop.


All photos by Caroline Okun

9.05.2014

roadside quilt inspiration


When I first started working at Spoonflower over three years ago, my husband still lived in our Maryland apartment, so I spent many weekends driving up and down I-95 to visit him. Along the way, I kept an eye out for quilt inspiration, snapping pictures of rest stop bathroom floor tiles and highway signs.



The black-and-white chevron signs posted below the highway exit signs stuck with me, and I decided to translate them into a baby quilt.


Using half-square triangles, I constructed the chevrons from Kona solids. I loved the simplicity of the quilt top and the graphic pop the black and white lines created.


I backed the quilt with a blue Lizzy House Pearl Bracelet print, straight line quilted it with black and white thread, and bound it with a bit of the backing and a coordinating blue solid. The quilt is now for sale in my Etsy shop.


I've started a Pinterest board where I'm gathering other images of inspiring patterns for future quilts, if you'd like to see. Where do you find quilt inspiration? Please share your favorite images!


All quilt photos by Caroline Okun

8.24.2014

hello, hello


This weekend, a friend helped me take tons of new product photos for the blog and shop, and I'm so excited to share new fabrics and quilts with you in the coming weeks! In the meantime, I'm going to go ahead and pull a new winner for the Lunden Designs pattern giveaway, since I never heard from the first winner.

Drumroll please....

Congratulations, Rachel! I've sent you an email. Thanks again to all who entered!

7.23.2014

giveaway winner!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered last week's giveaway for two quilt patterns from Lunden Designs! The lucky winner is...



Congratulations, Tana! Please send me your contact info, and I'll get the patterns in the mail to you!

P.S. I just restocked the shop with some favorite fabrics, so be sure to stop by if you haven't already!

7.16.2014

star system quilt + a giveaway


When I attended my first Quilt Market back in 2012, I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa Lunden, of Lunden Designs. Melissa designs gorgeous quilts, and I've had the chance to test a few of her patterns. The first pattern of hers that I tested was the Star System.


When Melissa sent me this pattern, I knew I had a stack of fabrics that I'd pulled months earlier that would be perfect. Fabrics included Lizzy House pearl bracelets, polka dots, Japanese florals, and Alexander Henry's Heath cross-hatch.


This pattern definitely used techniques previously outside of my skill-set---like machine sewing hexagons and sewing Y-seams that lay flat. I feel like I learned so much through Melissa's instructions and was really proud to have a finished quilt top in the end.

I stuck with simple straight line quilting and backed the quilt with the ubiquitous Ikea numbers print, which I thought tied in quite beautifully with the front. Since the quilting isn't terribly dense, the quilt is quite squishy and soft, perfect for snuggling.


It's listed for sale in my Etsy shop here, along with a few more photos.


Melissa kindly sent me some extra patterns, and I'd love to share them with one of you! For a chance to win both patterns, simply leave a comment below. I'll select a winner at random next Wednesday, July 23. This giveaway is open to everyone!

7.14.2014

christmas in july

Before mailing off Christmas gifts last December, I snapped a few photos, which I'm finally getting around to posting, if you'd like to see...

For my twin nephews, I made two sets of bibs from this excellent pattern, using a crab print I picked up on a trip to Nashville last fall and prints from Denyse Schmidt's Chicopee line.



I also made some simple quilted placemats, using fabric from Cloud9 Fabrics' Monsterz collection and a kitchen print gifted from a friend.



I used my favorite tutorial and a Leah Duncan print from Grey's Fabric to make some pillowcases for my parents.


And finally, I made a pair of quilt-as-you-go potholders with rounded corners, using green scraps.


Have you started planning any handmade projects for next Christmas? Any favorite tutorials you'd recommend?

P.S. I'm posting more over on Instagram these days. Come follow along!

4.19.2014

surprise weekend sale!


Last night, while working on my Etsy shop, I noticed I'd reached 200 admirers---and decided we should celebrate with a sale! Use the code "YAY200" for 20% off your fabric order now through Sunday night at midnight EST.

And be sure to check the shop in the coming weeks. I'll be restocking some favorite prints and adding some new ones!