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Jan 2, 2015

by Briana Taylor

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

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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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
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
Hand Quilted Coasters Set in Turquoise With Pink Embroidery Fabric Coasters Fiber Art Mini Quilts Modern Quilt Drink Coasters Batik Fabrics
Hand Quilted Coasters Set in Turquoise With Pink Embroidery Fabric Coasters Fiber Art Mini Quilts Modern Quilt Drink Coasters Batik Fabrics
btaylorquilts
$27.00 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
Oceanic Dreams Modern Quilt - custom made, one of a kind, king, queen, double, twin quilt, made in your size
Oceanic Dreams Modern Quilt - custom made, one of a kind, king, queen, double, twin quilt, made in your size
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$537.00 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
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$17.00 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
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$168.00 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
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$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
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
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$85.00 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
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$215.00 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
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$70.00 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
$37.00 USD
Patchwork Quilted Pillow 15x15 Modern Decorative Purple Pillow Cover Quilt Cushion Sham Small Quilted Lavender Modern Decor Handmade Pillow
Patchwork Quilted Pillow 15x15 Modern Decorative Purple Pillow Cover Quilt Cushion Sham Small Quilted Lavender Modern Decor Handmade Pillow
btaylorquilts
$42.00 USD
Modern Patchwork Pillow Quilted 20 x 20 Decorative Purple Quilt Art Pillow Toss Pillow Amethyst Theme Decor Bedroom Accessory Modern Home
Modern Patchwork Pillow Quilted 20 x 20 Decorative Purple Quilt Art Pillow Toss Pillow Amethyst Theme Decor Bedroom Accessory Modern Home
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$75.00 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
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$49.00 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
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$152.00 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
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$527.00 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
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$1,640.00 USD
Quilted Pillow Shams Set of Two Purple Modern Patchwork Standard, King Size, or Euro Pillow Shams Quilt Modern Bed Pillow Covers Quilt Art
Quilted Pillow Shams Set of Two Purple Modern Patchwork Standard, King Size, or Euro Pillow Shams Quilt Modern Bed Pillow Covers Quilt Art
btaylorquilts
$182.00 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
$70.00 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
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$225.00 USD
Desert Bone Quilt made in your size - Queen, King, Double, Twin, and Throw sizes - made to order
Desert Bone Quilt made in your size - Queen, King, Double, Twin, and Throw sizes - made to order
btaylorquilts
$172.00 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
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$182.00 USD
Modern Quilt Custom Made Handmade King Size Queen Size Double Twin Size Gothic Black Quilt Contemporary Quilt Fiber Art Quilts Goth Decor
Modern Quilt Custom Made Handmade King Size Queen Size Double Twin Size Gothic Black Quilt Contemporary Quilt Fiber Art Quilts Goth Decor
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$172.00 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
quilted pillow shams in Meadow Green - King size - Made to order
quilted pillow shams in Meadow Green - King size - Made to order
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$245.00 USD
Queen Size Quilt Modern Quilts Custom Made Purple Quilt Handmade Queen Quilt Fiber Art Bed Quilt Minimalist Quilts Modern Queen Quilts
Queen Size Quilt Modern Quilts Custom Made Purple Quilt Handmade Queen Quilt Fiber Art Bed Quilt Minimalist Quilts Modern Queen Quilts
btaylorquilts
$1,235.00 USD
quilted pillow shams in Meadow Green - Standard size - made to order
quilted pillow shams in Meadow Green - Standard size - made to order
btaylorquilts
$182.00 USD
Quilted Pillow Shams Euro Size Pillow Shams Modern Pillow Shams Quilted Bed Pillows Quilted Pillow Covers Turquoise Pillow Shams Aqua Pillow
Quilted Pillow Shams Euro Size Pillow Shams Modern Pillow Shams Quilted Bed Pillows Quilted Pillow Covers Turquoise Pillow Shams Aqua Pillow
btaylorquilts
$233.00 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
Pillow Quilted Handprinted 17x17 Toss Pillow Neutral Decor Geometric Print Hostess Gift for Him Her Gift White Linen Zip
Pillow Quilted Handprinted 17x17 Toss Pillow Neutral Decor Geometric Print Hostess Gift for Him Her Gift White Linen Zip
btaylorquilts
$70.00 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 Quilt Green Ombre Art Quilt Handmade King Queen Double Twin Size Contemporary Quilts Green Quilt Fiber Art Quilt Custom Bedding Quilt
Modern Quilt Green Ombre Art Quilt Handmade King Queen Double Twin Size Contemporary Quilts Green Quilt Fiber Art Quilt Custom Bedding Quilt
btaylorquilts
$172.00 USD
Vintage Economy Patch Quilt Antique Vintage Rescue Quilt Twin or Full Size Hand Sewn Day or Night Patch Handmade Vintage Quilt Blue White
Vintage Economy Patch Quilt Antique Vintage Rescue Quilt Twin or Full Size Hand Sewn Day or Night Patch Handmade Vintage Quilt Blue White
btaylorquilts
$427.00 USD
Jewelry Catcher Bowl Home Organization Ring Dish Quilted Trinket Bowl Lime Green Desk Accessory Under 20 Gift Fiber Art Gifts for Her
Jewelry Catcher Bowl Home Organization Ring Dish Quilted Trinket Bowl Lime Green Desk Accessory Under 20 Gift Fiber Art Gifts for Her
btaylorquilts
$17.00 USD
Jewelry Catcher Bowl Home Organization Ring Dish Quilted Trinket Bowl Lime Green Desk Accessory Under 20 Gift Fiber Art Gifts for Her
Jewelry Catcher Bowl Home Organization Ring Dish Quilted Trinket Bowl Lime Green Desk Accessory Under 20 Gift Fiber Art Gifts for Her
btaylorquilts
$17.00 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
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
$70.00 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
$70.00 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
$37.00 USD
Purple Quilt Handmade Ombre Amethyst Quilted King Queen Double Twin or Throw Sizes Made to Order in Your Size Bedding Bedroom Decor Liliac
Purple Quilt Handmade Ombre Amethyst Quilted King Queen Double Twin or Throw Sizes Made to Order in Your Size Bedding Bedroom Decor Liliac
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
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
$70.00 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
$37.00 USD
Quilted Coasters Set Hand Embroidered Blue Raspberry Red Home Dec Batik Fabric Coasters Fiber Art Mini Quilts Modern Quilt Drink Coasters
Quilted Coasters Set Hand Embroidered Blue Raspberry Red Home Dec Batik Fabric Coasters Fiber Art Mini Quilts Modern Quilt Drink Coasters
btaylorquilts
$27.00 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
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

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