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. 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

  3. 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

  4. A Quilt for Myself…..Finally

    After Hurricane Harvey, we were forced to remodel our house whether it needed it before Harvey or not. Actually, it did need some updating. We had our house repaired and redecorated in record time, but it took a while to get a new quilt made for our master bedroom. I finally got it finished and on the bed. Now it's back to quilting customer quilts and making t-shirt quilts. If you would like one f…Read More

  5. More Charis House Quilts

    While at retreat a couple of weeks ago, I pieced a couple more quilts for Charis House so I could get them quilted on my longarm to take to Pensacola last week. My friend Betty also pieced a quilt for them. I was able to get all three quilted to take to my sister for her to bind before presenting them to the ladies at Charis House. They are so appreciative of the quilts and it is a joy to make the…Read More

  6. New Longarm Quilting Patterns

    Years ago before my husband started helping me in the quilting studio, he asked, "How many different fabrics can there be?" He knows better than to ask that now, but the same question could be asked about quilting patterns. I have hundreds of them, but I always seem to find more that are a little bit different and that I can't live without. So I recently purchased several new digital patterns to a…Read More

  7. There’s Nothing Like a Completed Quilt

    A few weeks ago, I told you about teaching my three little great nieces to sew and helping them piece quilt tops. I then brought them home with me so I could quilt them on my longarm quilting machine and bind them. I was able to take the quilts to the little girls this weekend and they were thrilled. The first thing each one asked when they saw me was "Did you bring my quilt?" They were so pleased…Read More

  8. Still Recuperating from Harvey

    I guess this is the beginning of week three since Hurricane Harvey flooded our home. It has all gone by in a fog. Thankfully, our adjuster came and we can now begin closing up the walls and getting things back in order. I'm having two new cabinets built for my studio because my other ones were made of "manufactured wood" and didn't withstand the water. It's really hard to get back in the groove, b…Read More

  9. What is the Difference Between a Blanket and a Quilt?

    Quilters tend to cringe when people use the word "blanket" to describe a quilt. It's not that blanket is a bad word; it's just that quilters put a lot of work into making their quilts and therefore they want to people to call it a quilt. So what is the difference between a blanket and a quilt? A blanket is generally one layer of fabric (often of the fuzzy kind) with a binding around the edge to fi…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