Beginnings, part 3

Taking pictures of your work is very important. First, it provides you with a visual diary of your progress. Second, looking back at the things you have accomlished can be very motivating. Third, if you don’t, someday you will wish that you had. There are quilts and other fiber art gifts that I made and gave away without taking photos, and now I’m very sorry for it. However, I did take some photos which I would like to share with you.

Sunbonnet Sue

My handsome husband flirting with Sue (1993)

Delectible Mountains

Delectible Mountains (from Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress, one of my favorite books)

Nine for Nathan

Nine for Nathan

Applique Quit

Wee Sweet Applique

Baby Bright

Baby Bright Log Cabin


N. Rene West
Time Treasured

Beginnings, part 2

Rather than taking things one step at a time, my second quilt project involved flying geese, squares in a square, border math, and all sorts of challenging techniques. It didn’t take long before I realized I was in over my head. But I learned a lot from that experience, especially about the importance of precision.

Second Quilt

Second quilt project (1991)

Third Quilt

Third quilt project

When we moved to the mountains of North Carolina (1992), I immediately set up my studio. It was much smaller than my previous work area, but I loved it just the same. We’ve gone through several phases of room additions since then, and I’m now in a much larger space, but not large enough!

First Moutain Studio

My first mountain studio with the Bernina 1230

From the very beginning, I loved making baby quilts for family and friends. I seem to have a way of interjecting complexity into everything I design, so I have to work at making things simple. Baby quilts provide a medium where I can relax and adopt a minimalist approach. They’re also a great place to experiment with traditional patterns if you normally produce contemporary work.

First baby quilt

First baby quilt (gift for a friend – 1991)


N. Rene West
Time Treasured