1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Order Christmas Quilts Now…..Summer is Over!

    After a very long summer which kind of left me with the doldrums, we finally have some fall weather. It is only in the sixties here after being ninety yesterday. I'm always in a quilting mood, but the cooler weather just makes me even more into it. And with cooler weather, or even sometimes not cooler weather if you live in Texas, Christmas is not far behind.  I'm already booking for mid-November…Read More

  4. Happy T-Shirt Quilt Customers

    Happy customers make me happy. It's always nice to receive a thank you note from customers to whom I ship quilts since I don't get to show them their quilts in person. I got the following today: "Dear Sharon,  I just wanted to let you know that I am well pleased with the quilt.  My granddaughter  was too.  She really liked the colors between the rows.  She just turned 13.  We both wanted to …Read More

  5. Embroidery for Your Quilt

    I recently bought an embroidery machine so I no longer have to send out embroidery to be done. Sometimes customers want names and dates or other lettering embroidered in a square or in the top or bottom border and I can offer that service in-house now. My set-up price is $15 and that includes up to 15 letters or numerals. Then it is 50¢ per letter after that.I have a very large collection of font…Read More

  6. Happy Graduate with Her New T-Shirt Quilt

    It's always fun when my customers post pictures on Facebook or send me photos of their graduate receiving his or her quilt. Here's a happy graduate from Ohio. My husband and I once owned a hardware store and this particular graduate's great-grandfather worked for us. He has since passed, but I was thrilled when her mom contacted me to make this quilt. I'm so glad she loves it. If you missed out on…Read More

  7. T-Shirt Quilt Designs

    A customer asked me the other day why I don't do quilts with the t-shirts cut all different sizes and laid  out in a random fashion. I have seen some random t-shirt quilts that I liked and some that were way too busy for my taste. However, it is just a matter of personal preference. Having a more traditional background in quilting, I prefer the more organized grid method of t-shirt quilt layouts…Read More

  8. Musicians and Quilters

    I'm not sure why it is, but it seems to me that a lot of quilters and musicians hang together. My husband, son, son-in-law, and now grandsons play musical instruments. At one time, my quilting studio was half  music studio. Several years ago, a new quilt customer brought a quilt top to me and she noticed the musical instruments. She told me that she and her husband host "house concerts" three or …Read More

  9. Remembering Mardi Gras with a T-Shirt Quilt

    You would think that having grown up in Louisiana, though at the opposite end of the state from New Orleans, I would know a little about Mardi Gras. Basically, all I ever knew was that it was a very big celebration held every year in New Orleans and also celebrated in some other cities. And there is always a Mardi Gras celebration in Galveston, which is an hour or so south of me. So I looked up Ma…Read More

  10. Start Thinking About Graduation Quilts Now

    This year has started off with a bang for which I am very grateful. We are currently scheduling for the end of February. So, if you would like to have a t-shirt quilt made for your senior for graduation, now is the time to start making plans. My turnaround time is four to six weeks, but it's closer to seven weeks the nearer it gets to May. The turnaround time starts the moment I receive your t-shi…Read More