1. 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

  2. Thankful for Customer Feedback

    When customers pick up their quilts, they are often overwhelmed and some of them even cry. But they are usually having the quilts made for someone other than themselves. So it's always nice to get feedback from the actual quilt recipients. I recently had the privilege of making a couple of t-shirt quilts out of a deceased gentleman's shirts. His wife was having them made to give to her son and dau…Read More

  3. Give the Gift of Warmth this Christmas

    It's just a few days till Thanksgiving and then everyone who hasn't already thought about Christmas shopping is going to be rushing around to get it all done in time for the holidays. If you would like to give a one-of-a-kind gift, consider giving a quilt. I still have a couple of slots available to make T-shirt quilts in time for Christmas and I also have some quilts for sale. Or if you don't hav…Read More

  4. Stretching as a Quilter

    As a long time quilter, I have certain types of quilts that I like to make. Piecing is my favorite thing to do, but paper piecing is a whole new ball of wax for me. I fell so in love with a pattern by Judy Niemeyer called Prismatic Star that I had to make it. The only problem was that it is made using paper piecing and that just seems a little backward to me. But since I loved the quilt so much, I…Read More

  5. Gift Quilts

    As promised a few weeks ago, I am sharing a photo of a quilt I started at retreat in August. I got it quilted and bound and it is now in a gift bag to take to a great niece's wedding on Saturday.  I hope she and her new husband like the quilt as much as I do. I really enjoyed making it. The quilt pictured on the right is a baby quilt and it has been shipped off for a baby shower that I won't be a…Read More

  6. Silent Auction Quilt for WHQG Show

    The fall is my favorite time of year even though it has still felt like summer until the last day or so. It's still in the eighties, but that's cooler for us, so I'm happy about the improvement. October always gets me excited about the Houston International Quilt Market and Festival, but it's also the time of year that I start thinking about quilts for my guild's quilt show. The West Houston Quilt…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. Another Quilt for Camp Hope

    I've really enjoyed buying fabric and making quilts for Camp Hope. Carol Thelen, the founder of Quilts for Camp Hope, spoke at the West Houston Quilter's Guild last week, so I got to grab a picture of her with a Camp Hope Quilt on the lectern. I also took her another quilt that I finished recently. As mentioned in a prior blog post, Camp Hope is a residential facility run by the PTSD Foundation of…Read More

  9. Quilts for Wedding Gifts

    In a post from earlier this year, I mentioned a special quilt that I had worked on at retreat.  It was a wedding gift for my oldest granddaughter and her fiance.  The wedding is in June and we're all very happy about it.  But I was able to give the quilt to her at a bridal shower yesterday, so I can finally post a picture of it.  I really enjoy making quilts for wedding gifts and have made one…Read More

  10. Feeding My Quilting Addiction Feeds My Soul

    As I've mentioned before, I'm very fortunate to be able to do what I love as a business.  And one of the best things about this t-shirt quilt business is being able to go to quilting conferences and be with "my people".  Three longarm quilting friends and I are heading to New Hampshire on Tuesday to attend Machine Quilters Exposition.  MQX, as it is more commonly called, is a quilt show and con…Read More