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Jan 2, 2015

by Briana Taylor

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Hello! My name is Briana Taylor. I live in a beautiful forest in the hills of Western Massachusetts with my partner, Jeff, and our three cats. I make quilts and sewn goods for Btaylor Quilts. I also have a degree in studio art from Mount Holyoke College, and I list my artwork in my other Etsy shop, Briana Taylor.

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My mom started teaching me to sew when I was about six years old. She had taken tailoring classes, and she made beautiful clothes for herself, my sister and me. She loved fashion and textiles, and she taught me how to read patterns, choose fabrics, and use a sewing machine. I made my first quilt in 1999 – it was a king size, which I quilted by hand. It took me over a year to complete; it was arduous, but fun, and a beautiful result. I finally learned free-motion quilting in a class at a local quilt shop. That changed everything!

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When I joined Etsy in 2007, I was mostly selling small things, like pot holders and coasters. At the time, I was balancing the demands of my creative life with those of a full-time “real job.”  It was rare that I had time to make a large quilt, but I managed to make several each year. I invested in a long arm quilting machine in 2011, and with it, I was able to create larger, bed-sized quilts more efficiently and comfortably. Shortly after that, I resigned from my day job and began to seriously organize my quilting business.

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A great deal of my inspiration comes from nature and art. During my studies, I learned about atmospheric perspective and representing depth through color, and I reveled in color theory. Living in an area where I am surrounded by trees, it’s not often that I get an expansive view of the landscape. When I visit places in coastal New England and the deserts of Colorado and Arizona, I’m always astonished by the boundless landscape, distant horizons, and the path that color takes to illustrate that depth. There’s no doubt that these influences play a part in my work, as do modern art and the clean lines of modern architecture.

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I’ve always been interested in working monochromatically, where you take apart one color and expand it through tones and hues. I set a limited pallet from which to work and try to illustrate color and depth within those limits. The gradation quilts might look simple, given the singularity of color, but a great deal of work goes into getting the sequence of light to dark just right. I have an ever-changing stash of fabric to work from, so the variations on this single theme are pretty extensive over time. Each quilt presents a new challenge.

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I work in a fairly linear way, and for a long time I worked on only one project at a time. Over the years I’ve figured out how to be more efficient, and I’ve recently set up larger design boards and more table space so that I can work on simultaneous projects. Each step, from shopping for fabrics, washing, drying, ironing, cutting, to laying out the quilts, appeals to my excessive love of organization.

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With Etsy, a worldwide marketplace is open and accessible; anyone in the world can see my work. I’ve shipped my quilts to Turkey, Japan, Australia, the UK, and many other locations. People trust Etsy and its artisans, and as a selling platform, that trust is important. Etsy plays an integral part in my ability to do what I love. I have plans to build a studio on our property in the near future. I’d love to expand my business, and one of the ways to do this is to have enough space to hire an assistant and work on many projects at once.

Follow Btaylor Quilts on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebookand on Briana’s blog.

All photographs by One Match Films.

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Quilted Table Runner Fiber Art Wall Hanging Modern Table Runner Kitchen Decor Green Table Runner Center Piece Quilted Table Setting Quilt
Quilted Table Runner Fiber Art Wall Hanging Modern Table Runner Kitchen Decor Green Table Runner Center Piece Quilted Table Setting Quilt
btaylorquilts
$47.00 USD
Handprinted Quilted Modern Pillow Neutral Decor 17x17 Decorative Pillow Leaf Print Toss Pillow Gift for Her or Him Graphic Leaf Print
Handprinted Quilted Modern Pillow Neutral Decor 17x17 Decorative Pillow Leaf Print Toss Pillow Gift for Her or Him Graphic Leaf Print
btaylorquilts
$110.00 USD
Vintage 1890s White House Steps Quilt Antique Vintage Rescue Queen Double Size Bed Historical Quilted Log Cabin Quilt Handmade Vintage Quilt
Vintage 1890s White House Steps Quilt Antique Vintage Rescue Queen Double Size Bed Historical Quilted Log Cabin Quilt Handmade Vintage Quilt
btaylorquilts
$527.00 USD
Vintage Four X Star Red and White Quilt Antique Vintage Rescue Quilt Twin or Full Size Hand Sewn Five Patch Star Handmade Vintage Quilt Red
Vintage Four X Star Red and White Quilt Antique Vintage Rescue Quilt Twin or Full Size Hand Sewn Five Patch Star Handmade Vintage Quilt Red
btaylorquilts
$517.00 USD
Balsam Fir Sachet With Linocut Print Fabric Handmade Patchwork Quilted Sachet Gift for Her Under 20 Balsam Fir Scented Aromatherapy
Balsam Fir Sachet With Linocut Print Fabric Handmade Patchwork Quilted Sachet Gift for Her Under 20 Balsam Fir Scented Aromatherapy
btaylorquilts
$20.00 USD
Balsam Fir Sachet With Linocut Print Fabric Handmade Patchwork Quilted Sachet Gift for Her Under 20 Balsam Fir Scented Aromatherapy
Balsam Fir Sachet With Linocut Print Fabric Handmade Patchwork Quilted Sachet Gift for Her Under 20 Balsam Fir Scented Aromatherapy
btaylorquilts
$20.00 USD
Lavender Sachet With Linocut Print Fabric Handmade Patchwork Quilted Sachet Gift for Her Under 20 Herbal Lavender Scented Aromatherapy
Lavender Sachet With Linocut Print Fabric Handmade Patchwork Quilted Sachet Gift for Her Under 20 Herbal Lavender Scented Aromatherapy
btaylorquilts
$20.00 USD
Quilted Fabric Bowl Jewelry Dish Jewelry Catcher Bowl Trinket Dish Desk Accessory Green Home Decor Under 20 Gift Catch All Ring Dish
Quilted Fabric Bowl Jewelry Dish Jewelry Catcher Bowl Trinket Dish Desk Accessory Green Home Decor Under 20 Gift Catch All Ring Dish
btaylorquilts
$17.00 USD
Baby Quilt White Crib Quilt Modern Baby Quilt Crib Bedding Wall Art White Spirals Baby Shower Gift White Baby Quilt Christening Gift
Baby Quilt White Crib Quilt Modern Baby Quilt Crib Bedding Wall Art White Spirals Baby Shower Gift White Baby Quilt Christening Gift
btaylorquilts
$82.00 USD
Balsam Fir Sachet With Linocut Print Fabric Handmade Patchwork Quilted Sachet Gift for Her Under 20 Balsam Fir Scented Aromatherapy
Balsam Fir Sachet With Linocut Print Fabric Handmade Patchwork Quilted Sachet Gift for Her Under 20 Balsam Fir Scented Aromatherapy
btaylorquilts
$20.00 USD
Lavender Sachet With Linocut Print Fabric Handmade Patchwork Quilted Sachet Gift for Her Under 20 Herbal Lavender Scented Aromatherapy
Lavender Sachet With Linocut Print Fabric Handmade Patchwork Quilted Sachet Gift for Her Under 20 Herbal Lavender Scented Aromatherapy
btaylorquilts
$20.00 USD
Modern Handprinted Pillow Quilted One-Of-A-Kind Pillow 17x17 Decorative Neutral Decor Vine and Leaf Print Gift for Her Linocut Block
Modern Handprinted Pillow Quilted One-Of-A-Kind Pillow 17x17 Decorative Neutral Decor Vine and Leaf Print Gift for Her Linocut Block
btaylorquilts
$110.00 USD
Printed Quilted Pillow Cover 12x12 Decorative Pillow Handprinted Botanic Handmade Toss Pillow Hostess Gift for Him or Her Gift Idea Under 50
Printed Quilted Pillow Cover 12x12 Decorative Pillow Handprinted Botanic Handmade Toss Pillow Hostess Gift for Him or Her Gift Idea Under 50
btaylorquilts
$47.00 USD
Custom order Second Payment for CindyJ -Extra King Size Quilt in Amethyst Crown Including King Size Shams and One Set of Standard Size Shams
Custom order Second Payment for CindyJ -Extra King Size Quilt in Amethyst Crown Including King Size Shams and One Set of Standard Size Shams
btaylorquilts
$500.00 USD
Heirloom Quilt made in your size - Amethyst Crown - made to order
Heirloom Quilt made in your size - Amethyst Crown - made to order
btaylorquilts
$172.00 USD
Jewelry Catcher Bowl Home Organization Yellow Ring Dish Quilted Trinket Bowl Navy Blue Desk Accessory Under 20 Gift Fiber Art Gifts for Her
Jewelry Catcher Bowl Home Organization Yellow Ring Dish Quilted Trinket Bowl Navy Blue Desk Accessory Under 20 Gift Fiber Art Gifts for Her
btaylorquilts
$17.00 USD
Modern Quilts Turquoise Ocean Quilt Custom Sizes King Queen Double Twin Throw or Crib Size Quilt Fiber Art Ombre Quilt Handmade Blue Ocean
Modern Quilts Turquoise Ocean Quilt Custom Sizes King Queen Double Twin Throw or Crib Size Quilt Fiber Art Ombre Quilt Handmade Blue Ocean
btaylorquilts
$152.00 USD
Contrast Ocean Modern Quilt Custom Made Fiber Art Quilt Handmade King Queen Double Twin Size Turquoise Ocean Quilt Contemporary Bed Quilts
Contrast Ocean Modern Quilt Custom Made Fiber Art Quilt Handmade King Queen Double Twin Size Turquoise Ocean Quilt Contemporary Bed Quilts
btaylorquilts
$172.00 USD
Kimono Quilt Oversize Meditation Quilt Reading Blanket Modern Quilt Japanese Inspired Quilt Wrap Quilted Kimono Wrap in Ocean Rains Quilt
Kimono Quilt Oversize Meditation Quilt Reading Blanket Modern Quilt Japanese Inspired Quilt Wrap Quilted Kimono Wrap in Ocean Rains Quilt
btaylorquilts
$345.00 USD
Balsam Fir Sachet, Lavender Sachet, Modern Prints, Patchwork Quilting, Fabric Ornament, Gift for Her, Under 20, Herbal Scented Sachet
Balsam Fir Sachet, Lavender Sachet, Modern Prints, Patchwork Quilting, Fabric Ornament, Gift for Her, Under 20, Herbal Scented Sachet
btaylorquilts
$20.00 USD
Lavender or Balsam Sachet, Hand Printed Modern Linocut, Patchwork Sachet, Quilted Ornament, Gift for Her, Under 20,  Herbal Scented
Lavender or Balsam Sachet, Hand Printed Modern Linocut, Patchwork Sachet, Quilted Ornament, Gift for Her, Under 20, Herbal Scented
btaylorquilts
$20.00 USD
Quilted and Handprinted Modern Pillow 17x17 Toss Pillow Neutral Decor Scallop Print Hostess Gift for Him Her Gift White Linen Zip
Quilted and Handprinted Modern Pillow 17x17 Toss Pillow Neutral Decor Scallop Print Hostess Gift for Him Her Gift White Linen Zip
btaylorquilts
$110.00 USD
Modern Throw Quilt Custom Made Throw Size Goth Bedroom Goth Gift Modern Minimal Quilt Black Quilt Goth Decor Modern Art Quilts Lap Quilts
Modern Throw Quilt Custom Made Throw Size Goth Bedroom Goth Gift Modern Minimal Quilt Black Quilt Goth Decor Modern Art Quilts Lap Quilts
btaylorquilts
$412.00 USD
Modern Patchwork Quilted Pillow 12x12 Green Decorative Pillow Case Quilt Cushion Sham Small Quilt Green Modern Decor Handmade Pillow
Modern Patchwork Quilted Pillow 12x12 Green Decorative Pillow Case Quilt Cushion Sham Small Quilt Green Modern Decor Handmade Pillow
btaylorquilts
$47.00 USD
jewelry catcher bowl - jewelry dish - small - silvered oyster  - ready to ship
jewelry catcher bowl - jewelry dish - small - silvered oyster - ready to ship
btaylorquilts
$17.00 USD
jewelry catcher bowl - jewelry dish - small - coffee batik spiral
jewelry catcher bowl - jewelry dish - small - coffee batik spiral
btaylorquilts
$17.00 USD
Quilted Pillow Shams King Size Pillow Shams Turquoise Pillows Ocean Pillow Shams Modern Pillow shams Quilted Bed Pillows Aqua Pillow Covers
Quilted Pillow Shams King Size Pillow Shams Turquoise Pillows Ocean Pillow Shams Modern Pillow shams Quilted Bed Pillows Aqua Pillow Covers
btaylorquilts
$245.00 USD
Baby Quilt Crib Size Quilt Handmade Nursery Decor Baby Bedding Modern Quilt Green Baby Shower Gift for Child Nursery Bedding Baby Gift
Baby Quilt Crib Size Quilt Handmade Nursery Decor Baby Bedding Modern Quilt Green Baby Shower Gift for Child Nursery Bedding Baby Gift
btaylorquilts
$172.00 USD
Kimono Quilt - white cherry blossoms - made to order
Kimono Quilt - white cherry blossoms - made to order
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$157.00 USD
Fall Colors Table Runner or Wall Hanging Modern Table Runner Neutral Kitchen Decor Table Center Piece Quilted Table Setting Quilt Runner
Fall Colors Table Runner or Wall Hanging Modern Table Runner Neutral Kitchen Decor Table Center Piece Quilted Table Setting Quilt Runner
btaylorquilts
$49.00 USD
Queen Size Quilts Modern Quilt Turquoise Blue Quilt Custom Made Modern Quilt Minimalist Queen Quilt Ocean Quilt Fiber Art Quilt Sea Quilt
Queen Size Quilts Modern Quilt Turquoise Blue Quilt Custom Made Modern Quilt Minimalist Queen Quilt Ocean Quilt Fiber Art Quilt Sea Quilt
btaylorquilts
$1,235.00 USD
Quilted Pillow Shams King Size Pillow Shams Turquoise Pillows Ocean Pillow Shams Modern Pillow shams Quilted Bed Pillows Aqua Pillow Covers
Quilted Pillow Shams King Size Pillow Shams Turquoise Pillows Ocean Pillow Shams Modern Pillow shams Quilted Bed Pillows Aqua Pillow Covers
btaylorquilts
$245.00 USD
Quilted Ring Dish Jewelry Holder Decorative Bowl White and Blue Bowl Jewelry Storage Trinket Bowl White Quilted Bowl Under 20 Gifts For Her
Quilted Ring Dish Jewelry Holder Decorative Bowl White and Blue Bowl Jewelry Storage Trinket Bowl White Quilted Bowl Under 20 Gifts For Her
btaylorquilts
$17.00 USD
Quilted Bowl Jewelry Holder Trinket Dish Desk Accessory Red Home Decor Under 20 Gift Catch All Red Ring Dish Jewelry Storage Jewelry Dish
Quilted Bowl Jewelry Holder Trinket Dish Desk Accessory Red Home Decor Under 20 Gift Catch All Red Ring Dish Jewelry Storage Jewelry Dish
btaylorquilts
$17.00 USD
Jewelry Catcher Bowl Home Organization Blue Red Ring Dish Quilted Trinket Bowl Indigo Desk Accessory Under 20 Gift Fiber Art Gift for Her
Jewelry Catcher Bowl Home Organization Blue Red Ring Dish Quilted Trinket Bowl Indigo Desk Accessory Under 20 Gift Fiber Art Gift for Her
btaylorquilts
$17.00 USD
Jewelry Catcher Bowl Home Organization Gray Ring Dish Quilted Trinket Bowl Mint Green Desk Accessory Under 20 Gift Fiber Art Gifts for Her
Jewelry Catcher Bowl Home Organization Gray Ring Dish Quilted Trinket Bowl Mint Green Desk Accessory Under 20 Gift Fiber Art Gifts for Her
btaylorquilts
$17.00 USD
Kimono Quilt Meditation Quilt Reading Blanket Modern Quilt Japanese Inspired Quilt Shoulder Wrap Quilted Kimono Wrap in Blue and White Quilt
Kimono Quilt Meditation Quilt Reading Blanket Modern Quilt Japanese Inspired Quilt Shoulder Wrap Quilted Kimono Wrap in Blue and White Quilt
btaylorquilts
$198.00 USD
Vintage LeMoyne Star Quilt Antique Vintage Rescue Quilt Twin to Queen Size Hand Sewn Star Patch Handmade Vintage Quilt Blue White Red Pink
Vintage LeMoyne Star Quilt Antique Vintage Rescue Quilt Twin to Queen Size Hand Sewn Star Patch Handmade Vintage Quilt Blue White Red Pink
btaylorquilts
$535.00 USD
Quilted Pillow Shams Euro Size Pillow Shams Modern Pillow Shams Quilted Bed Pillows Quilted Pillow Covers Green Pillow Shams Green Pillows
Quilted Pillow Shams Euro Size Pillow Shams Modern Pillow Shams Quilted Bed Pillows Quilted Pillow Covers Green Pillow Shams Green Pillows
btaylorquilts
$233.00 USD
Modern Quilt Custom Made Art Quilt Handmade King Queen Double Twin Size Turquoise Ocean Quilt Contemporary Quilt Fiber Art Sea Bed Quilts
Modern Quilt Custom Made Art Quilt Handmade King Queen Double Twin Size Turquoise Ocean Quilt Contemporary Quilt Fiber Art Sea Bed Quilts
btaylorquilts
$172.00 USD
Shawl Wrap Kimono Quilt Meditation Blanket Kimono Inspired Quilt Modern Quilted Shoulder Wrap Reading Blanket Red and White Quilt Red Kimono
Shawl Wrap Kimono Quilt Meditation Blanket Kimono Inspired Quilt Modern Quilted Shoulder Wrap Reading Blanket Red and White Quilt Red Kimono
btaylorquilts
$198.00 USD
King Size Quilts Modern Quilt King Quilt Ocean Quilt Turquoise Quilt King Bedding Modern King Size Quilt King Art Quilt Fiber Art Quilt
King Size Quilts Modern Quilt King Quilt Ocean Quilt Turquoise Quilt King Bedding Modern King Size Quilt King Art Quilt Fiber Art Quilt
btaylorquilts
$1,340.00 USD
Modern Quilts Throw Size Quilt Handmade Quilt Turquoise Quilt Ocean Quilt Lap Quilt Ombre Quilt Meditation Blanket Fiber Art Quilt Sea Theme
Modern Quilts Throw Size Quilt Handmade Quilt Turquoise Quilt Ocean Quilt Lap Quilt Ombre Quilt Meditation Blanket Fiber Art Quilt Sea Theme
btaylorquilts
$427.00 USD
King Size Quilts Large King Size Quilt Modern Quilt King Ocean Quilt Ombre Quilt Turquoise Quilt King Bedding Modern King Size Quilt Art
King Size Quilts Large King Size Quilt Modern Quilt King Ocean Quilt Ombre Quilt Turquoise Quilt King Bedding Modern King Size Quilt Art
btaylorquilts
$1,640.00 USD
Quilted Pillow Modern Patchwork Pillow Quilted 20 x 20 Decorative Pillow Green Quilted Pillow Toss Pillow Green Theme Decor
Quilted Pillow Modern Patchwork Pillow Quilted 20 x 20 Decorative Pillow Green Quilted Pillow Toss Pillow Green Theme Decor
btaylorquilts
$110.00 USD
Quilted Shoulder Wrap Kimono Inspired Quilt Meditation Blanket Modern Quilt Wrap Reading Blanket Black and Red Quilt Japanese Red Sun Quilt
Quilted Shoulder Wrap Kimono Inspired Quilt Meditation Blanket Modern Quilt Wrap Reading Blanket Black and Red Quilt Japanese Red Sun Quilt
btaylorquilts
$230.00 USD
Quilted Table Runner Fiber Art Wall Hanging Modern Table Runner Kitchen Decor Green Table Runner Center Piece Quilted Table Setting Quilt
Quilted Table Runner Fiber Art Wall Hanging Modern Table Runner Kitchen Decor Green Table Runner Center Piece Quilted Table Setting Quilt
btaylorquilts
$52.00 USD
Quilted and Handprinted Modern Pillow 17x17 Toss Pillow Neutral Decor Triangle and Lines Print Hostess Gift for Him Her Gift White Linen Zip
Quilted and Handprinted Modern Pillow 17x17 Toss Pillow Neutral Decor Triangle and Lines Print Hostess Gift for Him Her Gift White Linen Zip
btaylorquilts
$110.00 USD
Quilted and Handprinted Modern Pillow 12x12 Toss Pillow Neutral Decor Scallop Print Hostess Gift for Him or Her Gift Idea Under 50
Quilted and Handprinted Modern Pillow 12x12 Toss Pillow Neutral Decor Scallop Print Hostess Gift for Him or Her Gift Idea Under 50
btaylorquilts
$47.00 USD
Baby Quilt Crib Size Quilt Handmade Nursery Decor Baby Bedding Modern Quilt Green Baby Shower Gift for Child Nursery Bedding Baby Gift
Baby Quilt Crib Size Quilt Handmade Nursery Decor Baby Bedding Modern Quilt Green Baby Shower Gift for Child Nursery Bedding Baby Gift
btaylorquilts
$152.00 USD
Kimono Quilt - choose your fabric - made to order
Kimono Quilt - choose your fabric - made to order
btaylorquilts
$230.00 USD
Kimono Quilt - choose your fabric - secret moon in brown batiks - made to order
Kimono Quilt - choose your fabric - secret moon in brown batiks - made to order
btaylorquilts
$230.00 USD
Kimono Quilt - choose your fabric - secret moon in turquoise blues - made to order
Kimono Quilt - choose your fabric - secret moon in turquoise blues - made to order
btaylorquilts
$230.00 USD
Kimono Quilt - choose your fabric - secret moon in grays or pink - made to order
Kimono Quilt - choose your fabric - secret moon in grays or pink - made to order
btaylorquilts
$230.00 USD
Quilted Ring Dish Jewelry Holder Decorative Bowl White Wedding Bowl Jewelry Storage Trinket Bowl White Quilted Bowl Under 20 Gifts For Her
Quilted Ring Dish Jewelry Holder Decorative Bowl White Wedding Bowl Jewelry Storage Trinket Bowl White Quilted Bowl Under 20 Gifts For Her
btaylorquilts
$17.00 USD
Modern Handprinted Pillow Quilted One-Of-A-Kind Pillow 17x17 Decorative Neutral Decor Feather Print Gift for Him or Her Linocut Block
Modern Handprinted Pillow Quilted One-Of-A-Kind Pillow 17x17 Decorative Neutral Decor Feather Print Gift for Him or Her Linocut Block
btaylorquilts
$110.00 USD
Quilted Bowl Jewelry Holder Trinket Dish Desk Accessory Orange Home Decor Under 20 Gift Catch All Ring Dish Jewelry Storage Jewelry Dish
Quilted Bowl Jewelry Holder Trinket Dish Desk Accessory Orange Home Decor Under 20 Gift Catch All Ring Dish Jewelry Storage Jewelry Dish
btaylorquilts
$17.00 USD
Vintage Hexagon Quilt Has a New Life - one of a kind OOAK Vintage quilt
Vintage Hexagon Quilt Has a New Life - one of a kind OOAK Vintage quilt
btaylorquilts
$225.00 USD
Standard size quilted pillow shams in ocean sky hues - made to order
Standard size quilted pillow shams in ocean sky hues - made to order
btaylorquilts
$182.00 USD
Heirloom Modern Handmade Quilt Green Bedroom Decor King Queen Double Twin Throw Size Contemporary Fiber Art Quilts Custom Sizes Modern Bed
Heirloom Modern Handmade Quilt Green Bedroom Decor King Queen Double Twin Throw Size Contemporary Fiber Art Quilts Custom Sizes Modern Bed
btaylorquilts
$172.00 USD

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