This past weekend, I finally finished assembling a belated wedding gift for some friends who were married this summer: a cocktail shaker and hand-embroidered cocktail napkins.
The napkins were made with a solid turquoise on the front, with a coral red running stitch along the border, and a blue and white gingham on the back. My husband picked out the shaker, which has a number of drink recipes along the sides. Hopefully both items will be put to good use by the new couple!
In case you've been itching to get your hands on some handmade Salty Oat goodies, here's your chance! From now until December 22, you can find a few of my things for sale in the Gallery of Gifts at the Library Arts Center in Newport, New Hampshire (my home state!).
The annual holiday show features the work of a number of New England artists, and I'm excited to be included for the second time (I first participated two years ago). Among the items I sent, you'll find corduroy lunch totes, cross-stitch animal hoops, patchwork pillows, and cross-stitch pinback buttons.
If you're in the area, I hope you'll stop by the gallery and do a bit of holiday shopping and support a great organization!
When I heard about Make It Better: Craftalong for Hurricane Sandy, I knew I wanted to help. Knowing that temperatures have been dropping and people have been without heat, I packed up a box with some cold-weather accessories, and a heart baby quilt I made earlier this year.
The top is pieced from red and pink solid scraps, and the quilt is backed with a floral Japanese print and bound with a white and blue polka dot.
I hope it brings a bit of comfort to someone who could use it right now. For more information on ways to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, please visit here and here.
After sending off my set of coasters to my swap partner Erica, I received the most amazing gift from my swap partner Alyssa, who blogs over at Pile O' Fabric. Using fabrics from some of my favorite designers, Leah Duncan and Lotta Jansdotter, Alyssa created a wall quilt featuring a cross-stitch heart, based on the original Salty Oat logo.
Isn't it amazing!? She hand-quilted the entire thing and then hand-stitched the Salty Oat logo in the bottom right corner of the quilt.
Also in the package were two wide-mouth zipper pouches (made from Anna's tutorial, which I've been meaning to try out myself) featuring more of Leah's fabric and linen. They arrived just in time for my trip to Houston and were perfect for holding travel essentials and Quilt Market goodies.
Alyssa put together a great tutorial for the cross-stitch quilt block, if you're interested in making your own.
Thank you, Alyssa!