1. My New Favorite Quilting Tool

    Quilter's can never seem to have enough gadgets and tools and we're always looking for new gizmos to make our projects go more smoothly. If you've ever done any sewing, you know that you need a good seam ripper. Yes, we do have to "unstitch" something every so often.  Last week, my bee had a retreat and one of my bee members brought the rest of us a very neat and pretty seam ripper. It is hand-tu…Read More

  2. 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

  3. Two More Ribbons from WHQG Quilt Show

    As mentioned in my last post, all three of the quilts that I entered into the West Houston Quilter's Guild quilt show won ribbons. Here are the other two quilts. The one on the left won a First Place ribbon. I made the quilt from fabric I bought at Missouri Star Quilt Company on my trip there last year, so I named it "Missouri Trip Memories". The one on the right won a Third Place ribbon. I chose …Read More

  4. WHQG Quilt Show Ribbon

    Another West Houston Quilter's Guild quilt show has come and gone. It's amazing how quickly two years flies by. I was fortunate to win ribbons on all three of my quilts. The one pictured is the quilt that I made as a wedding gift for my niece in New York. This quilt was awarded a Legacy ribbon in memory of someone from our guild who died. It is now in New York after my niece patiently waited till …Read More

  5. How Not to Make a T-shirt Quilt

    How many times have you been to a craft show and seen an item and said, "I could make that myself"? Of course, you probably never end up making it, and I know this because I have been guilty of the same thing. We don't seem to want to pay the price for home crafted items, but we don't consider the costs of the supplies and we really don't consider the time and effort spent making them. I had a ver…Read More

  6. Look Before You Leap

    The old adage "look before you leap" applies to a lot of situations in life, but it can also apply to hiring someone to make a t-shirt quilt for you. I recently had someone bring me a 30 t-shirt quilt that she had paid $200 for someone to make for a Christmas gift for her husband. The quilt had not been quilted, but had been tied, and the customer wanted me to quilt it. Not being familiar with how…Read More

  7. More Wedding Quilts

    One of my relatives recently told me that she didn't expect me to make a quilt for a wedding gift for all of her grandchildren. (She has twelve.) I told her that I love making them and the first thing I do when I hear of an engagement is to start planning a quilt. I shared with you the one I started for my New York niece and I will share a picture of the completed quilt at a later date. It is goin…Read More

  8. 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

  9. Memory Pillows

    I make a lot of memory quilts and memory pillows out of deceased family members' clothing. I thought I'd share a photo of the latest pillow I did. I now offer embroidery services for your quilts and the heart design wording can be changed to suit the customer. This particular one says "Mom and Dad" and "Always with You". The clothing was from both parents of the recipient of the pillow.…Read More

  10. A Different Crown Royal Quilt

    I just finished all of the Christmas t-shirt quilts for customers! I usually try to get done before the 20th and I cut it close this year. I also did several Crown Royal quilts that people ordered for Christmas gifts this year. One customer brought me a new kind of Crown Royal bag that I had not seen before and I didn't think my usual purple and gold would work real well, so I tried something diff…Read More