It’s Labor Day and I worked all day and didn’t mind a bit. It’s so nice to be able to do something I enjoy and help support my husband and me. I got the quilting bug at a very young age and never got over it. I like making traditional pieced quilts, but I also enjoy making T-Shirt quilts. I have three of my own T-shirt quilts hanging on the wall in my studio. When I look up, I see the T-shirts that I bought when we went to Disneyworld this summer with our kids and grandkids. I see T-shirts that I purchased on a trip my husband and I took to Charleston and Savannah. And I see T-shirts collected when I was at various quilt shows with my quilting friends as well as ones bought on trips with other couples to Sedona and Taos. All of these bring back fond memories of  good times with family and friends.
But I don’t just enjoy making T-shirt quilts for myself. I get great pleasure from making T-shirt quilts for my customers. I see the care with which a mother goes through her child’s T-shirts to choose just the right ones. Often the mothers will get teary-eyed reminiscing about various events in their children’s lives. A lot of times they’re having the quilt made to send away to college with their recent high school graduate. They feel like they can send a little piece of home to college with their teenager who is leaving the nest. One of the best parts about making T-shirt quilts is seeing the looks on the customers’ faces when they pick up their quilt. Many times I’ve heard them say, “It looks even better than I expected!” But even better than that is when a customer gives me a big hug and leaves with so much excitement in anticipation to giving the T-shirt quilt to the recipient. That’s why I love my work. Even on holidays.