1. Quilt Shops in Austin

    A few weeks ago when my sisters and I went on our annual Sister Trip, we visited Austin, Texas, and stopped in at several quilt shops. I think at least one of us bought something at every shop and they were all worth visiting.  Our first stop was the Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin. If I'm not mistaken, they were in a different location from when I visited there previously, but it's still a great…Read More

  2. My New Favorite Quilting Tool

    Quilter's can never seem to have enough gadgets and tools and we're always looking for new gizmos to make our projects go more smoothly. If you've ever done any sewing, you know that you need a good seam ripper. Yes, we do have to "unstitch" something every so often.  Last week, my bee had a retreat and one of my bee members brought the rest of us a very neat and pretty seam ripper. It is hand-tu…Read More

  3. Quilting Sisters

    I just got back from my annual Sister Trip with my two sisters. We stayed in a hotel suite so we would have room to set up our sewing machines and have a mini-retreat. We went to Austin and visited seven different quilt shops. We always saved doggie bags from our lunches to eat for supper in our hotel room. So after we got back from our shopping sprees, we would put on our pajamas and get busy sew…Read More

  4. Two More Ribbons from WHQG Quilt Show

    As mentioned in my last post, all three of the quilts that I entered into the West Houston Quilter's Guild quilt show won ribbons. Here are the other two quilts. The one on the left won a First Place ribbon. I made the quilt from fabric I bought at Missouri Star Quilt Company on my trip there last year, so I named it "Missouri Trip Memories". The one on the right won a Third Place ribbon. I chose …Read More

  5. WHQG Quilt Show Ribbon

    Another West Houston Quilter's Guild quilt show has come and gone. It's amazing how quickly two years flies by. I was fortunate to win ribbons on all three of my quilts. The one pictured is the quilt that I made as a wedding gift for my niece in New York. This quilt was awarded a Legacy ribbon in memory of someone from our guild who died. It is now in New York after my niece patiently waited till …Read More

  6. Why I Love Making Quilts

    If you've read many of my blogs, you know that I am passionate about quilting. I just love the process. But there is also a great deal of satisfaction from the pleasure that others derive from my quilts. I got a text from my sister yesterday that was probably the most rewarding I've ever gotten in relation to my quilts. My baby sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She was 50, but she's…Read More

  7. How Not to Make a T-shirt Quilt

    How many times have you been to a craft show and seen an item and said, "I could make that myself"? Of course, you probably never end up making it, and I know this because I have been guilty of the same thing. We don't seem to want to pay the price for home crafted items, but we don't consider the costs of the supplies and we really don't consider the time and effort spent making them. I had a ver…Read More

  8. Step Back in Time Quilt Book

    I just received my copy of the new book Step Back In Time by Paula Barnes and Mary Ellen Robison of Red Crinoline Quilts. Even if there weren't a couple of quilts that I quilted in the book, I would still highly recommend it. There are 13 patterns in the book that are inspired by Civil War quilts, but they would all look good in modern fabrics as well. There is also a story accompanying each quilt…Read More

  9. Look Before You Leap

    The old adage "look before you leap" applies to a lot of situations in life, but it can also apply to hiring someone to make a t-shirt quilt for you. I recently had someone bring me a 30 t-shirt quilt that she had paid $200 for someone to make for a Christmas gift for her husband. The quilt had not been quilted, but had been tied, and the customer wanted me to quilt it. Not being familiar with how…Read More

  10. More Wedding Quilts

    One of my relatives recently told me that she didn't expect me to make a quilt for a wedding gift for all of her grandchildren. (She has twelve.) I told her that I love making them and the first thing I do when I hear of an engagement is to start planning a quilt. I shared with you the one I started for my New York niece and I will share a picture of the completed quilt at a later date. It is goin…Read More