Say hello to Caitlin Topham, a new artist at The Handmade Market on May 3. Caitlin is the modern quilter behind Salty Oat, as well as a Spoonflower employee and owner of an online fabric shop specializing in independent, organic, and screen-printed fabrics. Caitlin’s quilts mix colors and shapes in a masterful way, and her design aesthetic is clean and simple.
How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? For me, success is seeing others using and enjoying the things I’ve made, whether that be wrapping themselves up in one of my quilts or using one of my zipper pouches when they travel.
When work gets really intense, do you lean in or step back? Tell us how and why that approach works for you and your biz. When work gets intense, I definitely do my best to lean in and take the time to get projects finished. Salty Oat is something I do when I’m not at my day job, so I try to maximize every minute I have available. There are times though, usually late at night, when I know it’s best to step back and unpick the wonky seam in the morning.
How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? I connect with a lot of other crafty people through Instagram, my blog, and the online charity quilting group, do. Good Stitches. I’m also lucky to have a quilting friend nearby, and we often get together for sewing sessions and coffee, to talk about fabric and patterns.
Is there a new item that you’d like to share? I’ll be bringing along some quilted coasters that I’ve been working on — they’re basically miniature quilts that give me the chance to try out new quilting designs and use up my batting and binding scraps!
What’s your favorite tv show to binge-watch? Parenthood and Nashville are two of my favorites!
Stop by Caitlin’s Salty Oat table at The Handmade Market on May 3 and check out her pretty selection of quilts — and new coaster designs!