SGQ PROJECT TOUR: Natalie Ebaugh's Oregon Crib Quilt
I asked a handful of my favorite quilters, makers and sewists to choose a project from Simple Geometric Quilting and make their own unique version. I love seeing the creative ways people interpret these patterns, choose colors and make bold design choices that reflect their style and aesthetic. I hope these reimaginations will inspire you to create outside of the box with your very own Simple Geometric Quilting projects!
Natalie is an Oakland-based fiber artist, clothing designer + maker, quilter, and long arm instructor with a day job at Stonemountain & Daughters Fabrics - she’s a sewist and textile aficionado through and through. She creates vibrant garments, including her signature quilted coats through her own self-titled brand, that don’t shy away from mixing colors and patterns to create an exciting aesthetic that is truly her own. She even landed a collaboration with Ace & Jig last year where she made quilted coats out of Ace & Jig’s coveted fabric scraps - what a dream!
After being so inspired by Natalie’s beautiful quilted coats on Instagram, I got to see them and met her in person at last year’s West Coast Craft. She’s about as sparkly and sweet as her work is! As someone who lives and breathes textiles and is embedded not only in the quilting world but in the sewing community, I really wanted to see how Natalie would interpret one of the patterns from the book.
She chose the Oregon Crib Quilt, which is perfect considering she just moved back from a brief stint in Portland, OR. She used an Essex Metallic Linen for the background (the way it sparkles as it catches the light!), Kona Grellow and Wasabi for the circle, a blue Kona cotton and a yarn dyed cotton for the stripes, Kona Flame, a yarn dyed lavender, and a green linen for the triangles, and yarn dyed gingham from Kaufman for the backing. Natalie said:
“I wanted to stay true to the feeling of your design, but add some of my own flavor with extra color and sparkle. I straightline quilted it with my walking foot on my home machine. I love how it turned out! It was such a satisfying and quick project with a beautiful result. It would be a great project for a gift since it was so fast to sew up. I actually ended up using a lot of small pieces from my stash for this, which I appreciated as well.”
I love her version of the Oregon Crib Quilt - that sparkly linen, the way the quilting accentuates the design, how the two-tone shapes to create some dimensionality, and the unexpected color combinations.
The original Oregon Crib Quilt uses all three shapes to represent the landscapes of Oregon - the coast, the desert and the forest. This minimalist crib quilt or wall hanging is a quick make and the perfect project to practice rectangles, triangles and curves.
Want to make your own Oregon Crib Quilt? Order a signed copy of Simple Geometric Quilting from the shop, get a copy from Amazon or wherever books are sold!