Oakshott Scandinavia Challenge with Caitlin Topham from Salty Oat

on September 26 | in Featured Creativity, Sponsors + Partners | by | with 102 Comments

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Our Oakshott Scandinavia Collection Challengers were outstanding! We hope you had a chance to check out Jennifer’s Quilt (inspired by her Finnish heritage), Deborah’s Scandinavian Friends, Jessica’s pretty Log Cabin Table Topper, Mary’s hand-quilted pillow and Casey’s Gustavian-inspired quilt.

Our final challenger is Caitlin Topham from Salty Oat. Caitlin used the free Bartow Quilt pattern by Carolyn Friedlander for her Oakshott Scandinavia baby quilt. The Melody Miller linen-cotton print she used on the back perfectly complements the featured Oakshott fabrics.

Caitlin writes, “When they asked that I create something Scandinavian-inspired, I immediately thought of the interiors of Scandinavian homes I’d seen on Pinterest and Design*Sponge, and wanted to create something that would fit into those clean, modern spaces. When I received the stack of shot cottons, I experimented with a few different quilt blocks based on Scandinavian surface patterns– including improv curves and plus signs– but none of them seemed quite right… The clean lines and simple layout of this free pattern for Robert Kaufman suggested to me that it would be right at home in a modern interior, so I set to work cutting strips from each of the pastel fabrics to create a baby quilt… I used cream thread for the cross-hatch quilting, and I machine bound the quilt with leftover Oakshott scraps, using my newest favorite method for binding.”

See more photos and find the links (for the pattern and her favorite binding method!) in Caitlin’s Oakshott Challenge post at Salty Oat. Caitlin runs an online fabric shop and custom quilt studio, and she documents all of her quilting adventures at Salty Oat. Pop over for details, and don’t forget to comment here for a chance to win one of TWO fat quarter packs. You can comment on every Oakshott Scandinavia post in the series for a total of six chances to win!

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102 Responses to Oakshott Scandinavia Challenge with Caitlin Topham from Salty Oat

  1. Mel J. says:

    So great! I love the subtle use of these great fabrics. Looks so good to cuddle up with 🙂

  2. YC says:

    Love the white cross weaves…works beautifully in this pattern .

  3. Brenda says:

    Ack. Just put in an order Saturday and forgot to order my Scandinavian swatches. Too much postage for them alone. Darn it — everything is so wonderful.

  4. Such a nice quiet quilt.

  5. Jessie Hansen says:

    This is amazing! I’m very impressed with the different ways these ladies all did AWESOME with just a few soft solids. I didn’t think it this possible but they have proved me wrong. A new way to bind? I am intrigued. I must investigate.

  6. Mandi says:

    simple & beautiful!

  7. Laura says:

    Love this quilt so much – so simple and calm.

  8. Jennyroo says:

    Simple, beautiful… The pattern doesn’t overwhelm but rather draws your attention to the beautiful use of shot cottons. Perfection!

  9. Denise W says:

    This Oakshott collection is stunning, and each project has been very insightful for ways to use it best. Thank you!

  10. Cathleen says:

    Love the clean, modern but soft look!

  11. Diane B says:

    Caitlin, truly reminiscent of my grandparent(s) homes and stairway rails. Very soothing Oakshott colors, so easy on the eyes and soft. The cross hatch quilting is beautiful. I love a scrappy binding too; thank you for sharing your tutorial.

  12. Donna Lee says:

    This is so subtle and calming! Very lovely.

  13. Silvia says:

    So beautiful! I love these colours 🙂

  14. Jane says:

    So sweet. I love the calm look of this.

  15. april says:

    So lovely! And neutral enough for either gender.

  16. Jeneta@PlumJam says:

    I love this pattern and the colours you have used!

  17. Lizzie says:

    I love the background blend of white and cream that Caitlin used for this baby while! It complements those soft tones beautifully.

  18. Kathy E. says:

    I really love the Scandinavian’s use of simple design and color. It is so calming and beautiful!

  19. Alana says:


  20. Sandy Ross says:

    That backing is quite a surprise, hope everyone checks it out!

  21. Karen A says:

    Such a clean, modern looking quilt. I love it.

  22. teri says:

    such a beautiful quilt! Would love to see the oakshot fabric in person.

  23. Lynne Tilley says:

    Gorgeous fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Sandra says:

    This pattern suits these gentle Oakshott colours so well!

  25. Kris says:

    I love the shimmery pastels. Would love to see them in person.

  26. stanleybeagle says:

    Such a lovely quilt. Low volume but striking!

  27. Carol Y says:

    The muted colors work so well for this!

  28. Renee says:

    I love the layout of these strips and the extra wide border. Would love to win some fabric to play with–I’d make a quilt.

  29. Rochelle says:

    This has been an interesting series of project with the Scandinavian Oakshotts. They are so soft and different from most of the more contemporary fabric out there. Thank you.

  30. Kelly Paulson says:

    This quilt is simply beautiful! The colors are perfect.

  31. Judy says:

    I love the soft colors in this quilt.

  32. Delaine says:

    I am really enjoying this blog hop and I love the muted colors of this fabric. Thanks!

  33. Cindy S. says:

    This is a lovely baby quilt. I love the soft hues and simple design.

  34. Ioleen says:

    Lovely. So calm and relaxing to look at.

  35. Alisa Vogt says:

    I love Caitlin’s quilt! I would love to do one in a larger size.

  36. Chiyo says:

    It looks like a piece of art! Beautiful snd serene!

  37. Ellen says:

    Such a beautiful quilt. Love that the borders are slightly different sizes.

  38. Claudia says:

    The wall hanging is stunning.

  39. Ella says:

    It’s such a soft looking quilt!

  40. Claire Ross says:

    This is stunning. The colour palette is gorgeous x

  41. Kathy E. says:

    Being of Nowegian descent, I can feel a connection with these designs and colors! Simple lines and architecture make a statement all their own and the colors are what shows them off.

  42. Katie says:

    This quilt is so gorgeous, I’d love to make one for the nursery.

  43. Lori Morton says:

    This quilt is Awesome!!! Looove it! Thanks for sharing..and for chance to win the Drawing! 🙂

  44. Annette Z says:

    I love the simplicity of this quilt. There’s such beauty in that.

  45. Judy says:

    I love the pleasing tones organized in an orderly fashion drawing the eye into viewing the complete design.

  46. Sandra W says:

    I love the use of the pastels in this quilt. It is sophisticated and understated. Bravo.

  47. Helen says:

    I really like this baby quilt with its soft colors and simple lines.

  48. Vicki in MN says:

    I just recently saw the Oakshot’s in person and wow would I ever love to win them, be so fun to play with something new!! That quilt is just perfect for using Oakshot.

  49. liz n. says:

    Just looking at this quilt is soothing. I really do need to pick up some of the Oakshott line; every single thing I’ve seen made with these fabrics is stunning, and I think some of them would pair very nicely with (what I have left of!) Anna G’s Rain Walk fabrics that came out a couple of months ago!

  50. This little quilt is so stunningly beautiful!! Oh, I just love it.

  51. Mindy says:

    Love the way the colors blend so beautifully from one to the next – wonderfully laid out. Such talent!

  52. Quilting Tangent says:

    Cute, soft colored quilt with movement.

  53. kathyh says:

    Very beautiful.

  54. LeAnne L says:

    Really calm quilt. I can see adding a touch of applique on this one.

  55. Jean says:

    Beautiful! The choice of design makes the fabric sing, and the sewing is impeccable. Thank you for sharing!

  56. Amy says:

    Beautiful design, I’d like to do that too!

  57. Liz f says:

    There’s something very calming about Caitlin’s colour choices.

  58. Jayne says:

    Gorgeous, soft quilt! I am in love with the colors and the pattern! Boy, would I love to get my hands on some Oakshott!!

  59. Kelly Aubert says:

    That quilt is beautiful and so classic! I just love the look and it captures what I think of when I picture beautiful Scandinavian interiors!!

  60. Patty says:

    What a wonderful looking quilt. So soothing.

  61. Terry says:

    Love the colors and clean lines of this quilt!

  62. Donna M says:

    Love the baby quilt and the Oakshott pastels.

  63. bobbi dougherty says:

    I love this one., So pretty!

  64. Diane says:

    I love the simplicity of this quilt without shouting at you! So pieceful!

  65. Michele Timms says:

    I love this design but the soft warm colours are lovely!!

  66. Lee says:

    Her quilt is lovely!! thank you!

  67. Umaesew says:

    Beautiful colours – gentle on the eye! Thank you for the giveaway.

  68. Sue G says:

    Beautiful! I’m usually drawn to bright colours, but I find this stunning! Thank you, I love it!

  69. Anita says:

    Oakshott Scandinavia looks so cool and soft, it’s gorgeous!

  70. Z. Kazmi says:

    I love the simplicity of the pattern and the way it combines with the pastel colours.

  71. Chris says:

    Very sweet. The softness makes it perfect for a child’s room.

  72. Elena says:

    Such a gorgeous quilt. I love the colour graduation.

  73. A beautiful my soft and inviting quilt. I love the staggered color placement.

  74. Tracey says:

    This quilt is gorgeous. Love it.

  75. Beth T. says:

    Even with such a simple design, there is visual interest in the contrast between the vertical lines and the cross-hatch quilting. Plus, the fabric is so beautiful, and subtle layout of the colors is very soothing. A really gentle, lovely quilt.

  76. jen u says:

    Caitlin met her goal… that room looks like it fell off the page of a Danish version of House Beatiful and the quilt knocks it out of the park.

  77. Sarah says:

    Wonderful — I love it’s simplicity.

  78. Debbie D says:

    Now that is pretty! I love the soft colors and huge border!

  79. Jocelyn says:

    So pretty!

  80. Miranda E says:

    love it! It would be a great gift for any new parents who aren’t into the cutesy animal stuff!

  81. Sandy K says:

    These Oakshott cottons look amazing.

  82. Vicki H says:

    Beautiful wall hanging. Love the soft colors.

  83. Melissa meinhard says:

    I love these muted colors they would make a perfect baby quilt

  84. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    Oh, my, this is so soft and pretty! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  85. Tonia Jeffery says:


  86. Melissa meinhard says:

    I love how muted these colors are! These would make a pretty baby quilt

  87. Barbara says:

    Sometimes the simple designs are the best. The uncomplicated design allows the colors to take center stage.

  88. andrea says:

    That is a lovely, calming quilt-colors are so soft and just perfect.

  89. Janie says:

    The quilt is lovely and it looks so soft. Thank you for sharing.

  90. Sue says:

    The simplicity of this quilt is its beauty! Well done!

  91. Marian says:

    Love the quilt, so soft looking!

  92. Dawn Jones says:

    Beautiful quilt, I love the colors.

  93. Sarah J. says:

    So lovely- and it looks so cozy!

  94. Linda says:

    Such a neat project! Thanks for sharing!

  95. Miranda Rosa says:

    Love this use of the fabric

  96. Kellie Warren says:

    This is beautiful. I love the colors. Would be so perfect for my three month old grandbabys room or the grandbaby that will be arriving in a month 🙂

  97. Torina says:

    Really beautiful.

  98. christina says:

    I like the simplicity of this. Very effective use of the pastel colors.

  99. Hayley says:

    i love he soft colours of this quilt. It would s very calming. I also love the way it is slightly off centre

  100. Wendy says:

    I love the softness of these colors. Thank you for sharing the different patterns and ideas.

  101. Verena says:

    The quilt is beautiful!

  102. Lisa E says:

    Caitlin’s quilt is so soothing and beautiful. I’ll have to check out the free pattern.

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