1. Why I Love Quilting for Others

    As someone who works in a home studio with just my husband (which is not a bad thing), I enjoy meeting and talking to customers. Some of them have interesting stories and because I do memory quilts, some of them have sad stories. I had an experience this week that made me think that sometimes things are just meant to be. I got a call from a lady yesterday who asked about making a t-shirt quilt. My…Read More

  2. Christmas T-Shirt Quilts

    Well, another year of Quilt Market and Festival have passed in somewhat of a blur this year. With the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the Houston Astros winning the World Series, I was somewhat distracted. And takes an awful lot to get me distracted from anything quilt related. The good news (besides the Astros winning) is that I ordered a lot of new fabric for T-shirt quilts, and that my house …Read More

  3. Studio Update after Hurricane Harvey

    I really wish I could quit talking about Hurricane Harvey and the resulting flood, but it's still very much a part of my daily life. The house repairs still aren't completed, but my studio looks really nice, so I thought I would share some pictures. We're working steadily to get all the Christmas T-shirt quilt orders done. Tommy is working on quilt binding. He is very proud of his new ruler holder…Read More

  4. Having Quilting Withdrawals

    As mentioned in previous posts, Hurricane Harvey did a number on us with his torrential rains that flooded our house. We had so much to do and so many decisions to make that I didn't get to sew a whole lot, but I was finally getting back in the groove when the date arrived for the contractors to start work. I had asked them to do my studio before the house because we needed to be able to work whil…Read More

  5. Quilt Made from Neckties

    Many of you have probably seen pictures of quilts made from men's neckties. A lot of them are made into a variation of a Giant Dahlia quilt with the ties forming the Dahlia in the center of the quilt. These are very pretty, but are also very labor intense and therefore are generally made as a labor of love rather than by a quilt-making business. Most people would not be able to pay for the number …Read More

  6. Still in Business After Hurricane Harvey

    Harvey Update: We are still in business even though our house got water in it. We were able to protect everything in the studio except the walls and part of those will have to be removed. But we will be working in the studio every day that we can because this is, after all, our main source of income. I know a lot of people in Houston, Katy, and the surrounding areas do not have t-shirt quilts on t…Read More

  7. Quilt Shop in Maine

    My niece was getting married in Maine last week, so my siblings and I rented a large house and spent the whole week in Castine, Maine. It was such a beautiful area and there was a lot to see and do. However, as a quilter, I guess I have to admit that it is impossible for me to spend a whole week without a fix. I need to be working on t-shirt quilts, memory quilts or other customer quilts and somet…Read More

  8. Men Like Quilts Too

    With Father's Day fast approaching, I've been thinking about "man quilts".  A lot of people assume that men don't really care to have a t-shirt quilt made, but you would be surprised how many men get excited about quilts. They are always fascinated when they come in my studio and see how the quilting machine works. Of course, many of them tell me how their grandmother used to quilt with a frame t…Read More

  9. More Quilt Show Quilts

    As promised, here are the other two quilts that I entered in the West Houston Quilter's Guild quilt show in March. One received a third place ribbon and the other received an honorable mention. These are two quilts that I just made because I liked the fabrics and the patterns and then decided to enter them in our semi-annual quilt show. The one on the left is made using a very easy "Stack and Whac…Read More

  10. My Favorite T-Shirt Quilt So Far

    I don't take very many pictures of my customer's t-shirt quilts, but I think I have made my prettiest one so far. The t-shirts in this quilt belonged to a man who is now deceased and his sister-in-law generously had the quilt made for his wife. Both ladies came to order the quilt and we spent quite some time picking out the perfect fabric. I think the fabric complements the colors in the t-shirts …Read More