1. Having Quilting Withdrawals

    As mentioned in previous posts, Hurricane Harvey did a number on us with his torrential rains that flooded our house. We had so much to do and so many decisions to make that I didn't get to sew a whole lot, but I was finally getting back in the groove when the date arrived for the contractors to start work. I had asked them to do my studio before the house because we needed to be able to work whil…Read More

  2. Quilt Made from Neckties

    Many of you have probably seen pictures of quilts made from men's neckties. A lot of them are made into a variation of a Giant Dahlia quilt with the ties forming the Dahlia in the center of the quilt. These are very pretty, but are also very labor intense and therefore are generally made as a labor of love rather than by a quilt-making business. Most people would not be able to pay for the number …Read More

  3. What to Do with All Those College T-Shirts

    This is the time of year when college students are pledging fraternities and sororities. If you're a new pledge, you probably don't realize how many t-shirts you will end up with by the time you are out of college. You'll have a t-shirt for every special event that your sorority or fraternity plans. And they will certainly bring back memories in years to come. I corresponded recently with Daniel o…Read More

  4. Still Recuperating from Harvey

    I guess this is the beginning of week three since Hurricane Harvey flooded our home. It has all gone by in a fog. Thankfully, our adjuster came and we can now begin closing up the walls and getting things back in order. I'm having two new cabinets built for my studio because my other ones were made of "manufactured wood" and didn't withstand the water. It's really hard to get back in the groove, b…Read More

  5. Still in Business After Hurricane Harvey

    Harvey Update: We are still in business even though our house got water in it. We were able to protect everything in the studio except the walls and part of those will have to be removed. But we will be working in the studio every day that we can because this is, after all, our main source of income. I know a lot of people in Houston, Katy, and the surrounding areas do not have t-shirt quilts on t…Read More

  6. Another Quilt Shop in Maine

    As mentioned in my last post, I can not go a week without my quilting fix, even if it is just to fondle fabric. If you're a quilter, you can relate. So on one of our day trips, I found another quilt shop. This one is called Fabricate and it is located in Bar Harbor, Maine. It was a few blocks off the main street that has all the shops and restaurants, but it was worth the walk. The shop owner was …Read More

  7. Quilt Shop in Maine

    My niece was getting married in Maine last week, so my siblings and I rented a large house and spent the whole week in Castine, Maine. It was such a beautiful area and there was a lot to see and do. However, as a quilter, I guess I have to admit that it is impossible for me to spend a whole week without a fix. I need to be working on t-shirt quilts, memory quilts or other customer quilts and somet…Read More

  8. What is the Difference Between a Blanket and a Quilt?

    Quilters tend to cringe when people use the word "blanket" to describe a quilt. It's not that blanket is a bad word; it's just that quilters put a lot of work into making their quilts and therefore they want to people to call it a quilt. So what is the difference between a blanket and a quilt? A blanket is generally one layer of fabric (often of the fuzzy kind) with a binding around the edge to fi…Read More

  9. Another Style of Quilt from Baby Clothes

    My customers sometimes bring inspiration and new ideas. I had never thought to "frame" baby clothes squares like my Framed T-Shirt Quilts, but a customer came to me asking me to do just that. By "frames", I mean that I put a narrow one-inch border around each square before adding the sashing that separates the squares. And I would have never thought of putting black fabric with baby clothes, but m…Read More

  10. Wedding Gift Quilt

    It seems I'm in the stage of life where I have a lot of special occasions that call for me to make a gift quilt. This particular one is for one of my nieces who is very dear to my heart. She lives in Maine, so I don't get to see her often anymore, but she and her sister spent hours at our house when they were growing up. She is getting married in August, so of course I got started on a quilt for h…Read More