ellengracequilts

vintage/modern baby quilts handcrafted in brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York | 38 Sales

ellengracequilts

vintage/modern baby quilts handcrafted in brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York 38 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(7)

Announcement   welcome to ellen grace quilts!

my handcrafted quilts are machine pieced & quilted in my brooklyn apartment. i love to combine modern design & quilting with vintage & upcycled fabrics. a lot of love goes into my quilts- from choosing the fabrics to the final stitch of the binding- & it is so fun watching them come together! my heirloom quality quilts make great gifts for a new baby & work perfectly in the crib or stroller or on the floor for tummy time.

all of my quilts are made in a smoke-free, pet-free environment with 100% cotton Gutermann thread & 100% cotton Warm & Natural/White batting.
my favorite fabrics are upcycled bed sheets (which are all very soft & in excellent vintage condition), cotton thrifted shirts, Kona solids & modern quilting cottons.
i machine wash & dry all of my finished quilts to give them that sweet crinkly look & feel.

i hope you enjoy looking & come back again! you can see more of my work on my Instagram feed @ellengracequilts

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 3, 2018

welcome to ellen grace quilts!

my handcrafted quilts are machine pieced & quilted in my brooklyn apartment. i love to combine modern design & quilting with vintage & upcycled fabrics. a lot of love goes into my quilts- from choosing the fabrics to the final stitch of the binding- & it is so fun watching them come together! my heirloom quality quilts make great gifts for a new baby & work perfectly in the crib or stroller or on the floor for tummy time.

all of my quilts are made in a smoke-free, pet-free environment with 100% cotton Gutermann thread & 100% cotton Warm & Natural/White batting.
my favorite fabrics are upcycled bed sheets (which are all very soft & in excellent vintage condition), cotton thrifted shirts, Kona solids & modern quilting cottons.
i machine wash & dry all of my finished quilts to give them that sweet crinkly look & feel.

i hope you enjoy looking & come back again! you can see more of my work on my Instagram feed @ellengracequilts

ellen grace ruden

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ellen grace ruden

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About

"hey, can i borrow your sewing machine...?"

so, my friend was due with her 1st baby & i was talking to her about what i was going to make for him... i usually crocheted baby blankets for all of my friends' kids, but i had been tossing around the idea of trying my hand at a quilt & she was all for it... after borrowing my friend's sewing machine (thanks marilyn!) & after LOTS of questions (thanks google, youtube & aunt jane!) i was ready to dive in... i have always been artistic & crafty, good at math, a perfectionist & a lover of good design, so quilting fell into place pretty naturally.

there is something very enjoyable about each part of the process for me (well, ok, maybe not the ironing...) i love buying fabric & searching for patterns & schemes that will work together... i enjoy cutting out the blocks- something about that precision & quiet concentration feels very purposeful... i think it's fun to lay out the pattern & decide where each block looks best- it's kind of like putting a puzzle together & it's the first "real" look at the vision that has been in my head... piecing the front is exciting as i watch it all start to come together & i often keep working long after i planned to take a break because i just can't wait to see what its going to look like... pinning the quilt sandwich with the back & batting is another part where the perfectionist in me gets a lot of satisfaction & then it's FINALLY time to start the actual quilting! i put on some great music or podcasts & settle in for several hours of sewing straight lines back & forth- i try to get very Zen with the quilting & it usually doesn't take long to get into a good groove... then all that's left is the binding & when it's all done i literally RACE to get it into the washer & out of the dryer so it can achieve its "official quilt" status- all crinkly & sweet... 😊

all of my quilts are made by me in my cute little brooklyn apartment... my bedroom is finally fulfilling its destiny as a fabric & supply stash & my cutting mat fits PERFECTLY on my desk from iowa that i have dragged around with me since 1994... it's about time that desk started living up to its potential... i do all of the actual sewing at my kitchen table. i waitress 4 nights a week & have always been a night owl, so i typically don't go to bed until 6am & i'm often happily sewing into the wee hours of the morning...

i'm a big fan of re-using & upcycling things that still have plenty of life in them- that's probably the iowa girl in me... I'm always up for thrift shopping to find fun & colorful men's button down shirts to incorporate. i also love to use vintage bed sheets in my quilts- they are just so sweet & soft & well loved... i am always coming across floral patterns that remind me of sheets i had or that my parents had & there are several striped ones that i remember on my brothers' beds... i really like mixing that sense of the past with contemporary design & modern quilting... i think it makes for a lovely combination of "now & then" with a classic & timeless appeal.

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  • ellen ruden

    Owner, Designer

    i'm happiest when I'm creating something- from sewing sweet little quilts or taking beautiful photos to decorating my apartment or baking delicious desserts... I believe in trying to leave the world a little bit cuter than how i found it... 😊

Production partners

  • M-Lisada Orphanage

    Kampala, Uganda

    The kids and staff at M-Lisada sew dinner napkins and returning volunteers bring them to me in NYC where I sell them to raise money for the orphanage.

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  • FAD Market Holiday Pop-up: Makers Market
    Brooklyn Historical Society
    128 Pierrepont St
    BROOKLYN, NY

    Dec 1–2

    This holiday season find the perfect gift for everyone at FAD Market. Stroll through the gorgeous Romanesque Revival building of Brooklyn Historical Society and meet over 40 thoughtfully selected independent designer makers showcasing handcrafted jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings. Discover unique holiday gifts and snag one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers at FAD Market this winter! There's something for everyone! This event is part of FAD Market’s Holiday Pop-up series, a four-part market extravaganza at two of their favorite 2018 locations, Brooklyn Historical Society and City Point. Look forward to a rotating roster of over 200 designer makers across three carefully curated makers’ markets and FAD Market’s annual holiday artisanal food market. It’s a fun-filled holiday experience not to be missed!

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