1. My Retreat Quilts

    I shared a couple of my friends' retreat quilts last week, so I thought I would share a couple that I pieced at Quilter's Cabin. The one on the left will probably be donated to West Houston Quilter's Guild for a charity quilt. Our guild regularly donates quilts to Project Linus and to nursing homes. The one on the right does not have the borders attached, but it is going to be a wedding gift for m…Read More

  2. Remembering Mardi Gras with a T-Shirt Quilt

    You would think that having grown up in Louisiana, though at the opposite end of the state from New Orleans, I would know a little about Mardi Gras. Basically, all I ever knew was that it was a very big celebration held every year in New Orleans and also celebrated in some other cities. And there is always a Mardi Gras celebration in Galveston, which is an hour or so south of me. So I looked up Ma…Read More

  3. A New Generation of Quilters

    Quilters love to share their love of quilting with others and teach them how to piece quilts. I made my first quilt when I was nine years old, so it was appropriate that my granddaughter do the same.  I handed her two sets of five inch squares, otherwise known as charm packs, and let her go to town sewing them together. Of course, in typical quilter fashion, she and I didn't get it quilted until …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 is the Difference Between a Blanket and a Quilt?

    Quilters tend to cringe when people use the word "blanket" to describe a quilt. It's not that blanket is a bad word; it's just that quilters put a lot of work into making their quilts and therefore they want to people to call it a quilt. So what is the difference between a blanket and a quilt? A blanket is generally one layer of fabric (often of the fuzzy kind) with a binding around the edge to fi…Read More

  6. Another Style of Quilt from Baby Clothes

    My customers sometimes bring inspiration and new ideas. I had never thought to "frame" baby clothes squares like my Framed T-Shirt Quilts, but a customer came to me asking me to do just that. By "frames", I mean that I put a narrow one-inch border around each square before adding the sashing that separates the squares. And I would have never thought of putting black fabric with baby clothes, but m…Read More

  7. Wedding Gift Quilt

    It seems I'm in the stage of life where I have a lot of special occasions that call for me to make a gift quilt. This particular one is for one of my nieces who is very dear to my heart. She lives in Maine, so I don't get to see her often anymore, but she and her sister spent hours at our house when they were growing up. She is getting married in August, so of course I got started on a quilt for h…Read More

  8. Quilts from Military Uniforms

    I was recently asked to make a quilt from military uniforms. This particular quilt happens to be a memory quilt for a deceased Air Force sergeant, but it occurred to me that any retired military man or woman ends up with fatigues and dress uniforms that they don't know what to do with. Well, how about having a quilt made? In the pictured quilt, the light blue rectangles are from the sergeant's dre…Read More

  9. My WHQG Quilt Show Quilts

    The West Houston Quilter's Guild quilt show was held in early March and as mentioned in a previous post, I entered four quilts. My purple and black challenge quilt that I pictured in a previous post did not win a ribbon, but it came in third when the guild members voted on their favorites. It's always good when your quilting peers like your work. Another quilt that I entered, the Prismatic Star, w…Read More

  10. Quilting and Sightseeing in San Antonio

    I took a trip to San Antonio this past weekend with one of my quilting friends, Linda Minton. She actually lives in San Antonio, but we rented a hotel room on the famous Riverwalk so we could both have a little get-away. We visited five quilt shops, some of which I'll be writing about in another blog. We both bought fabric, which if you're a quilter, pretty much goes without saying. We also walked…Read More