1. 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

  2. Another Wedding, Another Quilt

    One of our great-nieces got married Friday night and of course it was an occasion for me to make another quilt. This particular great-niece has three younger sisters and six younger female cousins, so there will be plenty more to make in the future. And I have another niece getting married in October, so I've started working on a quilt for her. I love making special quilts along with all the t-shi…Read More

  3. 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

  4. Quilt Made from Neckties

    Many of you have probably seen pictures of quilts made from men's neckties. A lot of them are made into a variation of a Giant Dahlia quilt with the ties forming the Dahlia in the center of the quilt. These are very pretty, but are also very labor intense and therefore are generally made as a labor of love rather than by a quilt-making business. Most people would not be able to pay for the number …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. 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

  7. Memory Pillows from Clothing

    I recently had the opportunity to make memory pillows from a gentleman's shirts. The customer provided me with a digital photo of the deceased and I added the words to the picture and printed it on fabric. It's a great way to memorialize someone if you don't have enough shirts to make a quilt or if you have a lot of family members who would like a pillow. The price for the pillow is $40 and that i…Read More

  8. Photos for Quilts

    As mentioned in my last blog post, I ordered a new printer and software at Quilt Market.  It's called FabricMaker and it uses professional pigment textile ink  which allows the user to print photos on fabric.  This is not a new concept, but it is a much improved system. I have been able to print photos and labels on fabric with my HP printer, but the FabricMaker inks will withstand washing much…Read More

  9. 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

  10. Christmas in August

    Last time I saw my hairdresser, she told me that it was less than 180 days till Christmas. Well, it's been about six weeks and I have another hair appointment tomorrow, so I figured I would see how many days are left now and it's 138. That may seem like a lot and really strange since it is so hot outside, but it's definitely time to start thinking about Christmas if you want a t-shirt quilt or mem…Read More