1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Mesquite Bean Fabrics

    Another quilt shop that my friend Linda and I visited in San Antonio was Mesquite Bean Fabrics. Funny name for a quilt shop, huh? As they explained to us, it is because of the many mesquite trees in the Texas Hill Country and surrounding areas. And the tree produces beans. I'm not sure what that has to do with quilts, but it is a different name and therefore it's memorable. The shop opened about a…Read More

  6. Time to Order Graduation Quilts

    Well, February is going to be over in a week or so and then March will roar in. Or whimper in. It's hard to say with the strange weather we've been having. At any rate, it's time to get those t-shirts together and have a quilt made for your graduate. My turnaround time is normally four to six weeks, but when Spring hits, it can be as long as eight weeks. So it's best to plan ahead and get your t-s…Read More

  7. When You Need Just One More T-Shirt

    To make a T-shirt quilt, one needs to have a number of squares that is divisible by three, four or five. The sizes I make are nine, twelve, sixteen, twenty, twenty-five or thirty T-shirt squares.  If you don't have those numbers of shirts, the quilt just will not work out right mathematically. Often one can use both sides of a T-shirt, but if you still come up short a square or squares, I can pri…Read More

  8. Give the Gift of Warmth this Christmas

    It's just a few days till Thanksgiving and then everyone who hasn't already thought about Christmas shopping is going to be rushing around to get it all done in time for the holidays. If you would like to give a one-of-a-kind gift, consider giving a quilt. I still have a couple of slots available to make T-shirt quilts in time for Christmas and I also have some quilts for sale. Or if you don't hav…Read More

  9. Offset T-Shirt Quilt

    A  few weeks ago, a customer came to me with a stack of different colored t-shirts, but they all had the same logo. She was concerned because all the t-shirts were the same,  so I suggested that we offset the t-shirts to add some interest to the quilt. The idea came from a quilt called Dancing 9-Patch by Bonnie Hunter who is a prolific quilter and has a site called Quiltville where she shares qu…Read More

  10. 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