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. 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

  3. 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

  4. Happy New Year from Katy T-Shirt Quilts

    It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone. 2017 won't be my favorite year ever due to the flooding from Hurricane Harvey, but it certainly could have been a lot worse. We were blessed to get our house back in order in time for the holidays while many of our fellow Texans are living in apartments or with friends and relatives while waiting for their homes to be redone. As we enter 20…Read More

  5. What to Do with All Those College T-Shirts

    This is the time of year when college students are pledging fraternities and sororities. If you're a new pledge, you probably don't realize how many t-shirts you will end up with by the time you are out of college. You'll have a t-shirt for every special event that your sorority or fraternity plans. And they will certainly bring back memories in years to come. I corresponded recently with Daniel o…Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. Men Like Quilts Too

    With Father's Day fast approaching, I've been thinking about "man quilts".  A lot of people assume that men don't really care to have a t-shirt quilt made, but you would be surprised how many men get excited about quilts. They are always fascinated when they come in my studio and see how the quilting machine works. Of course, many of them tell me how their grandmother used to quilt with a frame t…Read More

  9. Offset T-Shirt Quilt

    A  few weeks ago, a customer came to me with a stack of different colored t-shirts, but they all had the same logo. She was concerned because all the t-shirts were the same,  so I suggested that we offset the t-shirts to add some interest to the quilt. The idea came from a quilt called Dancing 9-Patch by Bonnie Hunter who is a prolific quilter and has a site called Quiltville where she shares qu…Read More

  10. Quilt Options When You Don’t Have Enough T-Shirts

    What do you do if you don't have enough t-shirts to make a quilt as big as you would like? I can help you with that. I've made several quilts using alternate blocks in order to get the quilt to the customer's preferred size. Here a just a few of the different T-Shirt Quilts that I have done thinking outside the box.…Read More