Naturally inspired

Bozeman, Montana · 75 Sales


Naturally inspired

Bozeman, Montana 75 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars

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Colleen Story

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Colleen Story


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The Art of Quilt

I was an art student in 1976 when my mother opened the first quilt store in Montana. There was a quilting revival going on. Quilts were emerging as a legitimate art form and I wanted to get in on it. I found quilts to be the perfect medium to apply art principles of color and design.I studied with innovators of the art quilt movement including: Michael James, Yvonne Porcella and Jan Meyers-Newbury.

The first authentic reproduction quilt I made appeared in the movie Return to Lonesome Dove, then I started making traditional quilt designs. I made Log Cabin Cabin quilts more than any other, it is my favorite and the variations are endless. You will see the roots of quilting traditions in my work. I use vintage calicoes along with newer fabrics in the piece work to create truly one of kind quilts.

I have worked as a free lance artist most of my life. I am excited about online marketing as it broadens the reach of traditional marketing. I teach classes, give talks, organize events and exhibit my work whenever possible.

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  • Colleen Story

    Owner, Quilt Maker, Designer

    I live in Montana with my husband and two kids. The abundant light and natural beauty inspire the colors and shapes of my quilts. My work is exhibited in galleries throughout Montana and as far as the Czech Republic.

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Last updated on October 12, 2013
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Quilts will be sent Priority Mail or UPS with tracking and insurance. I ship within 48 hours, but usually sooner than that. International orders will be responsible for tariffs, taxes and customs.

US Shipping Fabric:

Fabric orders are sent parcel post in the United States. If you want to purchase more than one yard of fabric I would recommend the flat rate Priority Mail envelope. For orders in the US it is $5.95 and will fit up to 6.5 yards, but it is not insurable and the customer assumes all risks for loss in transit. The Flat Rate Priority Mail boxes can be insured and the large and medium boxes will fit between 18-20 yards of fabric. Please contact me for shipping costs for more than one listing.

International Shipping Fabric:

International postal regulations and costs are complex and I have tried to get you reasonable costs for shipping. The only way I can do this, however, is with the following conditions;

Flat Rate Priority Mail International-cannot be insured therefore the customer assumes all risk for loss in transit. The flat rate envelope can hold a maximum of 6.5 yards of fabric. For example, Flat Rate Priority Mail to Canada $19.95 and Australia $23.95. International shipping rates are difficult to figure out, but the Flat Rate Priority Mail Envelope seems to be the best deal and can fit up to 6.5 yards. The Flat Rate Priority Mail boxes can be insured and the large and medium boxes will fit between 18-20 yards of fabric. Please contact me for shipping costs for more than one listing.
Refunds and Exchanges
I produce a high quality product and am not worried about dissatisfaction due to craftsmanship. I want you to be happy with your quilt and enjoy it for many years. If you are unhappy I'm sure we can work something out, contact me.

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Additional policies and FAQs
The cotton quilt you're purchasing has been pre-washed which creates a soft texture and a puckered look that resembles an heirloom quilt. Your quilt is intended to be used as a bed covering and will withstand gentle wear and tear but please handle with care as you would any fine textile. Avoid direct sunlight to maintain color intensity and do not store in plastic bags.

Quilts may be vacuumed or simply shaken-out between washings to remove surface dirt. Wash quilts in cold water on gentle cycle with a gentle soap. Carefully handle wet quilts, as the fibers are most vulnerable when wet. Dry on low heat or dry flat.Dry cleaning is not recommended.