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. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Different Styles of T-Shirt Quilts

    Occasionally, a customer will want a t-shirt quilt that's a little different from the sashed and the framed that I normally offer. So I've come up with a couple of other options. One is the Attic Windows t-shirt quilt pictured on the left which is made using a traditional Attic Windows quilt pattern. It gives somewhat of a three dimensional effect as if you are looking out of a window. Another qui…Read More

  7. How to Choose T-Shirts for your Quilt

    Many of my customers have so many t-shirts that they have a hard time narrowing them down to a reasonable number to put in a quilt. Some of them show up for appointments with bags and bags and want me to help choose. Although I can help you choose, I really don't know what is most important to you or the person for whom you are having the quilt made.  Here are a few ideas to help you narrow your …Read More

  8. Let a Professional Make Your T-Shirt Quilt

    I can certainly understand someone wanting to make their own t-shirt quilt, but there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.  If you are not experienced with a sewing machine or piecing quilts, I wouldn't suggest you try it at home.  There are classes you can take and books you can buy that tell you how to make a t-shirt quilt, but it can become overwhelming if you don't have all the right tool…Read More

  9. Why You Should Choose Katy T-Shirt Quilts

    At Katy T-Shirt Quilts, the bulk of our business is local because we are located in a very large metropolitan area.  However, we do receive t-shirts from all over the United States.  People are often fearful of sending out their precious t-shirts and prefer to find someone local.  But because making t-shirt quilts is such a specialized business, it's not always possible to find a local quilter …Read More

  10. Why You Should Choose Katy T-Shirt Quilts

    There are many people making T-shirt quilts now, but there is an advantage to choosing a reputable, experienced quilter who stands behind her work and is truly in business. I have heard stories of people who have sent T-shirts to someone who never got around to making the T-shirt quilt. Others start a quilting business, but lose interest. I made my first quilt when I was nine years old, so I have …Read More