1. Quilting Sisters

    I just got back from my annual Sister Trip with my two sisters. We stayed in a hotel suite so we would have room to set up our sewing machines and have a mini-retreat. We went to Austin and visited seven different quilt shops. We always saved doggie bags from our lunches to eat for supper in our hotel room. So after we got back from our shopping sprees, we would put on our pajamas and get busy sew…Read More

  2. Why I Love Making Quilts

    If you've read many of my blogs, you know that I am passionate about quilting. I just love the process. But there is also a great deal of satisfaction from the pleasure that others derive from my quilts. I got a text from my sister yesterday that was probably the most rewarding I've ever gotten in relation to my quilts. My baby sister was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She was 50, but she's…Read More

  3. Donation Quilts

    I spent a lot of time between Christmas and New Year's Day working on some of my own projects.....as opposed to customer t-shirt quilt projects. I completed three quilts that will be donated to the West Houston Quilter's Guild. Our guild has donated hundreds of quilts to Project Linus and to nursing homes. The quilt in the middle was pieced by a friend and the two on either side were made from blo…Read More

  4. 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

  5. Sharon’s Quilt Retreat

    Because I really felt the need for one more retreat per year (two just aren't enough), I scheduled a retreat for this week at Quilter's Cabin and invited ten of my favorite quilters.  There were only six of us including myself who were able to come, but we had a great time. Jody, my best friend of over 40 years, won the imaginary prize for most prolific quilt piecer. She got several put together…Read More

  6. Retreat Fun

    I just got back from a retreat at Quilter's Cabin in Tomball a couple of weeks ago and even though there were only four of us, we accomplished a lot. We worked on some charity quilts as well as quilts for ourselves. I made the quilt on the left for my bedroom. Here are a few pictures. We don't exactly fix our hair and dress up at retreat, but I think I managed to get pictures of everyone in regula…Read More

  7. Quilting Ministry

    As I've mentioned in previous posts, quilters are a generous lot and we enjoy making and giving away quilts. My sisters, my mother, and I have been making quilts for a special facility that we hold dear to our hearts. It is a rehab home for women who have lost their way and it has been our pleasure to take quilts to them. They get to keep them if they complete the program. I just finished quilting…Read More

  8. Round Robin and Other Retreat Quilts

    At our recent retreat, our bee members presented our "elder stateswoman" with a Round Robin quilt. Shirley had given us the center medallion a couple of months ago and asked us to complete it for her. Each of us took a turn at adding pieced borders to the quilt and she did not see it until it was completed. Shirley was absolutely thrilled with the result and we were pretty pleased with ourselves, …Read More

  9. 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

  10. 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