My name is J. Irelle Beatie.
I come from a family of sewists.
My grandmother, my mother and my father all made clothes. I remember wearing a dress made by my father to my mom’s college graduation. My sister and I grew up wearing the same style of dresses, in different colors, made by my mom.
I wanted to learn to sew when I was in 5th grade because my sister was learning. I was hopeless! My mom politely suggested that I wait until Home Economics class offered in the 7th grade to try again.
Since then I have made everything from my own prom dresses, to my bridesmaid dresses, children’s clothes, princess dresses, decorator pillows, dolls, stuffed animals, banners, shower curtains, and of course, quilts.
My Quilting Odyssey
I first started quilting in the early 80’s when my children were young. I belonged to a “quilt club” of 12 women. Each month the meeting hostess brought materials for one quilt square, and passed them out to each member. This same concept exists today in the form of online (virtual) Quilting Bees and Swaps.
I can’t remember why I stopped making quilts during the 80’s. (Maybe I got burnt out on the fabric of that day.) But even when I wasn’t quilting, I was always sewing…
Jump to 2010…
In January of 2010, I stumbled upon a series of fiction books written by Jennifer Chiaverini called Elm Creek Quilts. These books were so inspirational that they got me back into quilting. I found a new local quilt shop, and signed up for a beginning quilt class to sharpen my skills and learn a few new tricks. It was magical and amazing how quickly it all came back to me. I made quilts for nieces and nephews for Christmas and then started making sample quilts for that local shop. I discovered the delight of building a fabric stash, and now find myself a serious fabric “collector”.
I am passionate about the beautiful contemporary fabrics that are available today, and my quilt style tends to be one that allows the fabrics to be the focal point of my quilts. I love the modern styles that are now so prevalent in blogland.
Now I am creating my own quilt designs, and my patterns will be available at this website.
I have completed several custom, commissioned quilts, and am happy to connect with you if you have a special project for a loved one.