1. Why Does It Take So Long to Make a Quilt?

    Other than pricing, the question I get most often is "What is your turnaround time?"  Invariably, the second question is "How long does it take to make a quilt?" That's a loaded question that is almost impossible to quantify due to the different steps being done at different times and the variables as to type and size of quilt.  I'm not a mind reader, but I can sometimes see the wheels turning i…Read More

  2. Making Quilts in the Merry Month of May

    Wow, the time has gotten away from me. With all the graduation t-shirt quilts, I haven't found much time for anything else during the month of May. However, I did want to show you some quilts I pieced at my last retreat before my next one comes up. Both of these are donation quilts for Charis House. I will be quilting them and taking them to Pensacola with me to be delivered to Charis House in Jun…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. Quilting with My Sisters

    I seem to be on a family theme the last few blog posts, and yet, I have one more. My sisters and I take a "Sister Trip" every year and last weekend we went to Dallas for the Dallas Quilt Guild Quilt Show.  They apparently have a big active membership because their show is the biggest guild show that I have ever attended. And they have it every year in early March. My own guild as well as several …Read More

  5. Start Thinking About Graduation Quilts Now

    This year has started off with a bang for which I am very grateful. We are currently scheduling for the end of February. So, if you would like to have a t-shirt quilt made for your senior for graduation, now is the time to start making plans. My turnaround time is four to six weeks, but it's closer to seven weeks the nearer it gets to May. The turnaround time starts the moment I receive your t-shi…Read More

  6. 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

  7. Mesquite Bean Fabrics

    Another quilt shop that my friend Linda and I visited in San Antonio was Mesquite Bean Fabrics. Funny name for a quilt shop, huh? As they explained to us, it is because of the many mesquite trees in the Texas Hill Country and surrounding areas. And the tree produces beans. I'm not sure what that has to do with quilts, but it is a different name and therefore it's memorable. The shop opened about a…Read More

  8. 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

  9. Time to Order Graduation Quilts

    Well, February is going to be over in a week or so and then March will roar in. Or whimper in. It's hard to say with the strange weather we've been having. At any rate, it's time to get those t-shirts together and have a quilt made for your graduate. My turnaround time is normally four to six weeks, but when Spring hits, it can be as long as eight weeks. So it's best to plan ahead and get your t-s…Read More

  10. When You Need Just One More T-Shirt

    To make a T-shirt quilt, one needs to have a number of squares that is divisible by three, four or five. The sizes I make are nine, twelve, sixteen, twenty, twenty-five or thirty T-shirt squares.  If you don't have those numbers of shirts, the quilt just will not work out right mathematically. Often one can use both sides of a T-shirt, but if you still come up short a square or squares, I can pri…Read More