Tuesday, July 28, 2015

From @CheeseandOlive on Instagram
Making lists has not always been a thing for me. Although, when I make them, they tend to expand into ten different lists (i.e., the market list, the pet food store, the farmer’s supply, and stuff I have to do, etc.). The cascade of list making creates lots of post-it’s all over the place, and the inevitably lost grocery list by the time I make it to the market.  Awesome.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

More About Vintage Rescue Quilts – cuz you need to know all the things

Vintage Quilts have always been a favorite thing. Especially the really old ones, all worn, soft, and full of imagined stories about the women (or men) who made them.
Pile of vintage quilts

You may have noticed that I’ve recently started listing Vintage Quilt Rescue Quilts in the shop. This all came about because I was contacted by someone who wanted me to finish some quilt tops that her great-grandmother had made. Normally I never take in quilt tops to finish, either new or vintage, but I was curious and asked her to send me some images of what she had. I was blown away! Here were quilt tops, made as early as the 30’s, some of them were hand cut and hand sewn (this was the days before rotary cutters, people!), and they were perfectly preserved with brilliant colors and fine stitching.
After some discussion, we decided to go ahead with the project and she sent me the quilts, from California, and I finished three very beautiful quilt tops for her. Imagine, all those years she held onto these precious family heirlooms and only thought about having them finished.  I sent them back and she was thrilled.  The circle was complete and the quilts were whole and completely transformed!
Wheel of Fortune Quilt, After Completion

Hourglass Quilt, after completed

After this experience, I was completely hooked! Scouring nearby vintage shops, and searching on-line, I came across several unassuming (and unfinished) quilt tops and purchased them. It’s great to feel complete and utter inspiration with a new discovery, and I quickly worked on the new tops, repairing small holes and seams that had let loose, choosing fabric for the backs, and getting them on the frame to quilt.
Grandmother's Garden Quilt, after finishing

This pink grandmother’s garden quilt was the first. Now, I’m not a pink girl… AT ALL… but I saw this top and saw its potential and took it home. Thus started my fascination, obsession, and love for all things antique quilts! The older and more neglected, the better.  Such lovely things happen when a long forgotten and abused vintage quilt top comes to life. I feel like they are all just waiting for their chance to become “real” in the world. They are waiting for their chance to be loved and held, and cuddled. After all, isn’t that what the first intentions were when they were created?  In the end, it’s all about being loved and feeling complete that makes us all so happy.
Isabella claimed this quilt first! We are keeping it!

I fell totally in love with this quilt top. It is now in my personal collection.

To see all the Vintage Rescue Quilts that I have available for sale, check out the shop under Vintage Rescue Quilts!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Follow Me on Instagram. If You Don't, You'll Be Sorry!

Because THIS is on there!

Are you on Instagram?  No? GO THERE and see the wonders. I’ll be posting news on sales, new quilts added to the shop, and all kinds of photographic wonderment. Like this, Ginger, my niece-puppy.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Support an Independent Artist's Independent Website

The official Btaylor Quilts website is alive, fully stocked, and fully full of my quilting inventories!  Yay!  It took a while and there were many tears and stress along the way, but in the end, it will be nice to have my own site outside of Etsy. Best not to have all of your eggs in one basket.  

I'd love to hear from you with suggestions or comments, and of course, if you are tempted to own some quilt goodies, remember to visit me at the new website!!  I will be mostly communicating sales and new items through Instagram, so if you are interested in being in the know about future sales, find me there @BtayorQuilts