1. 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

  2. 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

  3. Our Last Retreat at Cabin Too

    The owner of Quilter's Cabin is moving back into her log home in which I and my friends have had the pleasure of retreating the past few years. The good news is that Diane still has the original Quilter's Cabin available for retreats. At our last retreat, some of us were working on some very special quilts that will go to women who are in a recovery program in Florida that is close to my heart for…Read More

  4. Quilt Show Time

    It's almost time for the West Houston Quilter's Guild Quilt Show, so come on out and see our quilts. I've entered four this year as well as donating a quilt for the silent auction. We will also have vendors, so plan to make a day of it. Paula Barnes of Red Crinoline Quilts is our featured quilter this year and some of her quilts will be on display, perhaps even some that I have quilted for her. Th…Read More

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Quilts for Project Linus

    Many of you may have heard of Project Linus and I think I have mentioned it in a previous post. Project Linus is a non-profit organization that was created for the specific purpose of providing comfort to children in need by gifting them with a home made quilt or blanket.  Nearly six million blankets, quilts, and afghans  have been distributed since 1995. There are local chapters located all ove…Read More

  8. Fundraiser T-Shirt Quilt

    I'm always happy to hear about another successful fundraiser quilt. A retired chemistry teacher had me make a t-shirt quilt out of chemistry related t-shirts to help raise funds for teaching scholarships. I just received this message from her: "It brought in more than I paid for it by quite a bit. I was so excited! Scholarship money for teacher education is so important." She also sent me this pic…Read More

  9. Camp Blessing Quilt

    After I had just written last week's post about quilts for causes, I got an email from my quilting friend Amy who had pieced a T-shirt quilt and had me quilt it a few months ago.  It was a donation quilt to be used as a fundraiser for Camp Blessing which is a summer camp for children with disabilities and special needs.  Siblings can also attend the camp.  Here's what Amy wrote: "I don't know i…Read More

  10. Quilts for Causes

    As I mentioned in a previous post, quilters love to make donation quilts to give for worthy causes.  When I'm not working on t-shirt quilts for customers, I'm either making a quilt for myself or for a gift or to donate.  I just finished making a couple more donation quilts.  I made a patriotic one to give to Quilts for Camp Hope for a soldier who is being treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disor…Read More