1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Quilt for My Brother

    My mother, who taught me to quilt, is still piecing a few quilts at age 88. My brother wanted a new quilt for his bed, so she pieced it and I quilted and bound it for her. We presented it to him on Thanksgiving Day at his home where we always celebrate Thanksgiving. I'm very busy with T-shirt quilts for Christmas, but I wanted to take the time to share this photo.…Read More

  8. Specialty Crown Royal Bags in Quilts

    I make a lot of quilts out of Crown Royal bags for people who have collected them. They make really nice Christmas gifts or Father's Day gifts. Most people are familiar with the purple bags, but Crown Royal makes some specialty whisky and they use different colored bags for those. If someone includes specialty bags with their purple ones, I try to incorporate them into the quilt in a symmetrical m…Read More

  9. Quilt Festival 2018

    The much anticipated Houston International Quilt Festival has come and gone.  It is always amazing and overwhelming at the same time. My friend Jody and I had to take a picture by the huge sewing machine. We thought about sending it to our husbands and telling them it was the new sewing machine we just bought. There are so many quilts and so many vendors that there's no way to see everything with…Read More

  10. Embroidery for Your Memory Quilts

    As mentioned in a previous post, I bought an embroidery machine this summer. I can now embroider names and labels for your quilts. Here are a couple of options that will be put in memory quilts. There are other sayings similar to the ones pictured, and I can change the wording to whatever you want it to be. Or if you have an image like the heart on the left that you would like put in your quilt, I…Read More