1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Quilting and Sightseeing in San Antonio

    I took a trip to San Antonio this past weekend with one of my quilting friends, Linda Minton. She actually lives in San Antonio, but we rented a hotel room on the famous Riverwalk so we could both have a little get-away. We visited five quilt shops, some of which I'll be writing about in another blog. We both bought fabric, which if you're a quilter, pretty much goes without saying. We also walked…Read More

  8. Winner of the Quilt Drawing

    It has been a very busy week and I'm a little late with this post, but I wanted to share a photo of the quilt drawing winner and tell you a little bit about her. Jaimee is a fellow Texan and seemed very proud of the care label that I put on my quilts because it says "Made in Texas". But she is also a wonderful daughter. She told me that her mom is getting ready to undergo chemotherapy and she was …Read More

  9. February Quilt Drawing

    Because I make more quilts than I can ever use, I often give them as gifts. But this month, I'm doing a quilt give-away of the quilt pictured on the right on Facebook. All you have to do is go to my Katy T-Shirt Quilts Facebook Page and like my page, make a comment, and share the post. I'm at 998 likes on Facebook and I would really like to pass the 1000 mark. If you have already liked my Facebook…Read More

  10. Memory Necktie Quilt

    I'm often asked if I make quilts from neckties. I'll have to admit it is not my favorite thing to do and I absolutely don't have the time to make one of those fancy Dresden Plate necktie quilts. For non-quilters, that is a quilt that has the ties making a big circle. It's a really neat quilt, but the time and effort involved would make it out of most people's price range. But I do offer another op…Read More