1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Baby Quilts Make Thoughtful Gifts

    I love to make baby quilts and am always glad for an occasion to do so. As soon as I find out someone is pregnant, I await the news of whether it's a girl or a boy so I can start shopping for fabric. Besides just giving a baby quilt to the expectant mother, I also like to give a quilt to my friends who are first-time grandmas to keep at their houses for when the baby comes over. I recently had the…Read More

  6. An Unusual Place for a Quilt Shop

    Every year, we visit my sister and brother-in-law in Pensacola, Florida. People are always surprised that we don't go to the beach while we are there. We spent a lot of hours on the beach when our kids were growing up, but now there's somewhere else that I can't miss every time I make the trip, and that's A and E Pharmacy. That sounds really weird until I tell you that they have a quilt/fabric sho…Read More

  7. Quilts for a Special Purpose

    I might have mentioned in a previous blog that I had been working on some of my own quilts after the graduation t-shirt quilt rush had passed. Actually, that wasn't quite true. I have a niece who is living in a long-term rehab facility with about a dozen other women. My mother pieced a quilt and I quilted it on my longarm quilting machine and we sent it to her. The other women "oohed and aahed" ov…Read More

  8. 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 dre…Read More

  9. 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

  10. 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" f…Read More

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