TreadletheBoards

Theatre Inspired Quilts & Home Goods

Maplewood, Minnesota · 4 Sales

Announcement   Handmade quilts that take their inspiration from theatre shows! And since I'm from Minnesota, I'm proud to feature a special "Purple Rain" quilt in honor of Minnesota's own, Prince. Visit the images to see the unique textural details of this gorgeous quilt!

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Last updated on Jun 7, 2018

Handmade quilts that take their inspiration from theatre shows! And since I'm from Minnesota, I'm proud to feature a special "Purple Rain" quilt in honor of Minnesota's own, Prince. Visit the images to see the unique textural details of this gorgeous quilt!

Joy Donley

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The joy of theatre meets the joy of home…

Welcome to Treadle the Boards.

I’m Joy, and my passion is to create and interpret. So I create theatre and quilts. By night I’m a freelance theatre director. By day, I’m a quilter. You’ll see by my work that each profession feeds the other. Here’s how:

First, each quilt is a connection to a theatre show I’ve directed. I spend many weeks in rehearsals pondering the nuances of character and the meaning of each play or musical. Those thoughts stay with me a long time, and when a show is finished, I process those thoughts into a quilt. It’s sort of a way of taking the theatre experience home, where it can live on.

Secondly, with each sale on Treadle the Boards I’m able to feed and finance my passion for theatre. I’m currently paying off graduate school bills for my M.A. in Theatre Education, which I obtained so that I could teach young people to love the art. I also have my own theatre company called Front Porch Theatre. We are an itinerant company for now, but hope to have a physical venue someday. (Our last show was actually performed in my backyard, and over 600 people attended!) You’ll notice in each product posting I’ve listed a link to photos of the show I directed, so you can connect the art with the artwork!

Lastly, I love to interpret. In theatre that means I interpret the playwright’s words and put them on stage visually, adding my unique take on the story. In quilting, I interpret the work of a quilt designer, adding my own color schemes and often placing something new on the back of the quilt to enhance its “story.” If you have suggestions for a show you’d like me to interpret through a quilt, let me know. I also take commissions if you’d like to see a different show celebrated in a quilt.

So that’s me. Joy. Treading the boards and working the treadle in pursuit of my passions. Take time each day to enjoy art and beautiful things!

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Last updated on April 9, 2015
My handcrafted items are made with care and quality that will last for years to come. Handmade in the USA, to me, means "built to last." Your quilts should be able to passed down from generation to generation. Isn't that what it's all about?

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If you receive an item that is damaged in shipping, please save and photo-document all shipping containers and anything associated with your item. You will need to contact me upon receipt of your damaged item, and send me your documented photos. If your item is damaged beyond repair, I will refund your money.
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Shipping
I ship quilts wrapped in bubble wrap inside a heavy-duty U-Line non-tear plastic bag. This makes the package as light as it can be, while keeping the quilt safe for you. *See additional information on the special way I encase your quilt!
Additional policies and FAQs
When you purchase a quilt from Treadle the Boards, I make a handmade cloth case --something similar to a pillowcase--to enclose it. That way, you can keep your quilt safe and dust-free if you ever have to transport it. Plus, it has my signature heart!

If you'd like a custom order, please send me a private message and I'll give you a quote.