1. Quilts from Military Uniforms

    I was recently asked to make a quilt from military uniforms. This particular quilt happens to be a memory quilt for a deceased Air Force sergeant, but it occurred to me that any retired military man or woman ends up with fatigues and dress uniforms that they don't know what to do with. Well, how about having a quilt made? In the pictured quilt, the light blue rectangles are from the sergeant's dr…Read More

  2. Men Like Quilts Too

    With Father's Day fast approaching, I've been thinking about "man quilts".  A lot of people assume that men don't really care to have a t-shirt quilt made, but you would be surprised how many men get excited about quilts. They are always fascinated when they come in my studio and see how the quilting machine works. Of course, many of them tell me how their grandmother used to quilt with a frame t…Read More

  3. More Massachusetts Quilt Shops

    Another quilt shop that is definitely worth seeing is The Meeting House in Wales, Massachusetts. It is also in an old church and the fabric selection is huge. The shop had the largest selection of traditional quilting fabric that I have ever seen in a quilt shop and they were having an anniversary sale of 30% off.  So it gave me the opportunity to collect all of the fabrics I had been "needing" …Read More

  4. Quilt Shop Hopping in Massachusetts

    As mentioned in my previous blog, my quilt bee made a trip to Massachusetts to spend a few days with our bee member who had moved there about ten years ago. Our hostess Terri and her wonderfully welcoming husband live on a private lake and we enjoyed the beautiful view all week and got to take a boat ride on the lake one evening. But we spent our days shop hopping. Massachusetts is a beautiful st…Read More

  5. My Quilt People

    Over fifteen years ago, I heard a motivational speaker say, "You've got to find your people." Her philosophy was that in order to be happy, one needed to surround oneself with people who have the same interests. I knew right away what kind of people I needed to find.....quilters. So I joined a quilt guild and volunteered to become a "beekeeper" and start a quilt bee. I asked one person that I had…Read More

  6. Our Last Retreat at Cabin Too

    The owner of Quilter's Cabin is moving back into her log home in which I and my friends have had the pleasure of retreating the past few years. The good news is that Diane still has the original Quilter's Cabin available for retreats. At our last retreat, some of us were working on some very special quilts that will go to women who are in a recovery program in Florida that is close to my heart fo…Read More

  7. Stitchin’ Heaven Quilt Shop

    When we went to visit my niece in Longview, Texas, on Easter weekend, I finally had an opportunity to visit Stitchin' Heaven, which is a well-known quilt shop in Mineola, Texas. They had a very fun booth at the Houston International Quilt Festival this past year and I've been wanting to visit the shop long before that. Unfortunately, my time was limited since I was supposed to be celebrating East…Read More

  8. More Quilt Show Quilts

    As promised, here are the other two quilts that I entered in the West Houston Quilter's Guild quilt show in March. One received a third place ribbon and the other received an honorable mention. These are two quilts that I just made because I liked the fabrics and the patterns and then decided to enter them in our semi-annual quilt show. The one on the left is made using a very easy "Stack and Wha…Read More

  9. My WHQG Quilt Show Quilts

    The West Houston Quilter's Guild quilt show was held in early March and as mentioned in a previous post, I entered four quilts. My purple and black challenge quilt that I pictured in a previous post did not win a ribbon, but it came in third when the guild members voted on their favorites. It's always good when your quilting peers like your work. Another quilt that I entered, the Prismatic Star, …Read More

  10. My Favorite T-Shirt Quilt So Far

    I don't take very many pictures of my customer's t-shirt quilts, but I think I have made my prettiest one so far. The t-shirts in this quilt belonged to a man who is now deceased and his sister-in-law generously had the quilt made for his wife. Both ladies came to order the quilt and we spent quite some time picking out the perfect fabric. I think the fabric complements the colors in the t-shirts…Read More