Tierney Barden

Each quilt has a story to tell, and it’s my pleasure to coax those stories to the surface with needle and thread.

A day in the life for me is spent stirring, steeping and stitching. I design and make quilts using my own naturally dyed organic cotton fabrics. I'm also a teacher and an art quilter.

I strive for zero waste, gorgeous colors in the dye pots and designs that make quilters and sewers feel happy. My quilt designs are largely inspired by folktales and paper cutting through patchwork, applique and whole cloth.

Wanting the best materials possible for ourselves and our loved ones led me to 100% certified organic cotton fabrics made from cotton grown in the US, and milled in the US when possible. Hand dying cotton with natural dyes is truly a labor of love. Watching exquisite colors come out of the dye pots compels me to make these extraordinary fabrics available to quilters, sewers and fiber artists alike.

I’m grateful to be able to share my passion for slow cloth and storytelling with you.


Artist’s Biography

Tierney is a textile artist, quilt designer and natural dyer in upstate NY. When she's not designing, she's happily making progress on personal pieces such as art quilts and hand stitched garments. Having earned her BFA from NYS College of Ceramics and Design at Alfred University with a concentration in drawing and painting, Tierney brings her painterly style, love of pattern and storytelling to her work today. 

Learning the ancient art of shibori dyeing at Arrowmont in 2006 was Tierney's first exposure to hand dying fabric. From there, she went on to make her first art quilt which was shown in the 2008 Quilts=Art=Quilts juried exhibit. She has been published in Quilting Arts Holiday Gifts Magazine 2013 and 2014. Teaching and speaking venues have included Squam Art Workshops, participating two consecutive years in a long distance teaching experience with The Palouse-Prairie School Midsummer Night's Dream project,  Quilters Consortium of NYS and area quilt guilds. Her naturally dyed fabrics were most recently featured throughout the projects in Karen Lewis's book Wabi-Sabi Sewing. Today, Tierney dyes, teaches and sells her wares. You can see her recent installation at Squam Art Workshops here.