1. Why Does It Take So Long to Make a Quilt?

    Other than pricing, the question I get most often is "What is your turnaround time?"  Invariably, the second question is "How long does it take to make a quilt?" That's a loaded question that is almost impossible to quantify due to the different steps being done at different times and the variables as to type and size of quilt.  I'm not a mind reader, but I can sometimes see the wheels turning i…Read More

  2. A Different Crown Royal Quilt

    I just finished all of the Christmas t-shirt quilts for customers! I usually try to get done before the 20th and I cut it close this year. I also did several Crown Royal quilts that people ordered for Christmas gifts this year. One customer brought me a new kind of Crown Royal bag that I had not seen before and I didn't think my usual purple and gold would work real well, so I tried something diff…Read More

  3. Specialty Crown Royal Bags in Quilts

    I make a lot of quilts out of Crown Royal bags for people who have collected them. They make really nice Christmas gifts or Father's Day gifts. Most people are familiar with the purple bags, but Crown Royal makes some specialty whisky and they use different colored bags for those. If someone includes specialty bags with their purple ones, I try to incorporate them into the quilt in a symmetrical m…Read More

  4. Quilt Festival 2018

    The much anticipated Houston International Quilt Festival has come and gone.  It is always amazing and overwhelming at the same time. My friend Jody and I had to take a picture by the huge sewing machine. We thought about sending it to our husbands and telling them it was the new sewing machine we just bought. There are so many quilts and so many vendors that there's no way to see everything with…Read More

  5. 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

  6. A Quilt for Myself…..Finally

    After Hurricane Harvey, we were forced to remodel our house whether it needed it before Harvey or not. Actually, it did need some updating. We had our house repaired and redecorated in record time, but it took a while to get a new quilt made for our master bedroom. I finally got it finished and on the bed. Now it's back to quilting customer quilts and making t-shirt quilts. If you would like one f…Read More

  7. 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

  8. The Christmas Elves Are Done for the Year

    Wow....I haven't written a blog in nearly a month. But I do have a good excuse. My fellow elf (my husband) and I have been working overtime trying to get all the Christmas t-shirt quilts done in time for gift giving. A couple more people have to come by to pick up quilts, but other than that, this elf is taking a break. I'll be making some chocolate pies and preparing for my kids and grandkids to …Read More

  9. Why I Love Quilting for Others

    As someone who works in a home studio with just my husband (which is not a bad thing), I enjoy meeting and talking to customers. Some of them have interesting stories and because I do memory quilts, some of them have sad stories. I had an experience this week that made me think that sometimes things are just meant to be. I got a call from a lady yesterday who asked about making a t-shirt quilt. My…Read More

  10. Christmas T-Shirt Quilts

    Well, another year of Quilt Market and Festival have passed in somewhat of a blur this year. With the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the Houston Astros winning the World Series, I was somewhat distracted. And takes an awful lot to get me distracted from anything quilt related. The good news (besides the Astros winning) is that I ordered a lot of new fabric for T-shirt quilts, and that my house …Read More