1. 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

  2. T-Shirt Quilt Designs

    A customer asked me the other day why I don't do quilts with the t-shirts cut all different sizes and laid  out in a random fashion. I have seen some random t-shirt quilts that I liked and some that were way too busy for my taste. However, it is just a matter of personal preference. Having a more traditional background in quilting, I prefer the more organized grid method of t-shirt quilt layouts…Read More

  3. A Quilter’s Christmas

    I just realized I haven't posted since Thanksgiving weekend. The month of December has gone by in a flash and I can't believe it's Christmas night. I have had a very hectic month. In addition to making quite a few t-shirt quilts, I've been spending several hours a week doing physical therapy for my back and neck. And there were Christmas parties with two different bees and then two family Christma…Read More

  4. Quilt Options When You Don’t Have Enough T-Shirts

    What do you do if you don't have enough t-shirts to make a quilt as big as you would like? I can help you with that. I've made several quilts using alternate blocks in order to get the quilt to the customer's preferred size. Here a just a few of the different T-Shirt Quilts that I have done thinking outside the box.…Read More

  5. Let a Professional Make Your T-Shirt Quilt

    I can certainly understand someone wanting to make their own t-shirt quilt, but there is a lot more to it than meets the eye.  If you are not experienced with a sewing machine or piecing quilts, I wouldn't suggest you try it at home.  There are classes you can take and books you can buy that tell you how to make a t-shirt quilt, but it can become overwhelming if you don't have all the right tool…Read More

  6. New Idea for T-Shirt Quilts

    I'm always looking for fresh new ideas for T-shirt quilts and sometimes the inspiration comes from a customer.  I recently made this T-shirt quilt for a customer who wanted something a little different.  She brought a picture of a friend's quilt to show me what she wanted.  I found border fabric online and then ordered a couple of "jelly rolls" to go with the border fabric.  Jelly rolls are pr…Read More

  7. Quilt Market

    Life gets real exciting for me at this time of year. It all starts with the annual family reunion that I attended last week. This weekend is International Quilt Market at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. I’m fortunate to be living close to Houston so I can attend every year. Actually, some of my fellow quilting business owners and I stay in the hotel that is attached to the conv…Read More

  8. T-Shirt Quilts for Fundraisers

    The air is finally getting cooler and many schools, churches and charities are having Fall Festivals and fundraisers. I’m attending a family reunion this weekend where we have an auction to raise money to pay for the facilities. The quilt pictured on the left is one that I made for a previous reunion.  It’s a great time of to get out and enjoy the weather and the fun and to help out by either…Read More

  9. Quality T-Shirt Quilts by a Team of Two

    I’m sometimes asked if I have other people helping me make T-shirt quilts. There are T-shirt quilt companies that hire as many as 20 helpers. At Katy T-Shirt Quilts, “we” means my husband and me. We want to be sure every quilt meets our quality specifications and we are much more comfortable with just the two of us. We figure that if we start farming out our work, we would not be able to pro…Read More

  10. Our Process for Making T-Shirt Quilts

    When a customer brings T-shirts to us, I meet with him or her and discuss all the details as to number of T-shirts, whether to use the front or back of the shirt or both, and any special requests such as combining motifs into a single block. Once the details are worked out, the customer chooses the fabrics for her quilt. If a customer mails T-shirts, I open the package right away and send the cust…Read More