ellengracequilts

vintage/modern baby quilts handcrafted in brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York · 35 Sales

ellengracequilts

vintage/modern baby quilts handcrafted in brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York 35 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(6)

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 cotton or blended 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!
ellen

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 14, 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 cotton or blended 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!
ellen

ellen grace ruden

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ellen grace ruden

Red Vintage Kantha Baby Quilt

Red Vintage Kantha Baby Quilt

$175.00

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Sharks & Waves Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

Sharks & Waves Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

$150.00

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Pansy Garden Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

Pansy Garden Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

$170.00

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Vintage 1930's Feedsack Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

Vintage 1930's Feedsack Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

$175.00

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Modern Improv Striped Baby Quilt

Modern Improv Striped Baby Quilt

$200.00

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Vintage Marimekko Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

Vintage Marimekko Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

$185.00

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Pink Lifesavers Wholecloth Baby Quilt

Pink Lifesavers Wholecloth Baby Quilt

$150.00

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Navy Flower Garden Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

Navy Flower Garden Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

$150.00

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Vintage Farm Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

Vintage Farm Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

$150.00

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Blue Double Kantha Baby Quilt

Blue Double Kantha Baby Quilt

$185.00

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Japanese Camellia Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

Japanese Camellia Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

$160.00

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Vintage Botanical Baby Quilt

Vintage Botanical Baby Quilt

$150.00

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Floral Binding Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

Floral Binding Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

$150.00

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Rainbow Dot Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

Rainbow Dot Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

$150.00

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African Wax Print Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

African Wax Print Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

$150.00

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Green Plaid Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

Green Plaid Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

$150.00

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Sweet Vintage Floral Whole Cloth Quilt

Sweet Vintage Floral Whole Cloth Quilt

$150.00

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Vintage Hand Embroidered Crib Quilt

Vintage Hand Embroidered Crib Quilt

$200.00

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AFRICAN NAPKINS: set of 4 green trellis

AFRICAN NAPKINS: set of 4 green trellis

$20.00

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AFRICAN NAPKINS: set of 4 square red rose

AFRICAN NAPKINS: set of 4 square red rose

$20.00

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(6)
Jennifer Standley

Jennifer Standley on Sep 5, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

These napkins are simply beautiful and working with Ellen couldn't have been more enjoyable! I highly recommend this shop to anyone looking for wonderful, high-quality quilted items from an awesome person with a dose of charitable good karma on the side! You can't go wrong!

Jennifer Standley

Jennifer Standley on Sep 5, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Simply gorgeous at a great price. Who could complain?!

Anonymous on Feb 21, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Ellen's baby bibs are the cutest things ever! Very well made and worth every penny. Just adorable. I can't wait to see Jack and Viv in them! Thank you Ellen!

Anonymous on Jan 27, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

a lovely, so American and so comfortable quilt.

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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, marilyn'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 straight line 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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Last updated on January 11, 2013

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