1. Feeding My Quilting Addiction Feeds My Soul

    As I've mentioned before, I'm very fortunate to be able to do what I love as a business.  And one of the best things about this t-shirt quilt business is being able to go to quilting conferences and be with "my people".  Three longarm quilting friends and I are heading to New Hampshire on Tuesday to attend Machine Quilters Exposition.  MQX, as it is more commonly called, is a quilt show and con…Read More

  2. Why You Should Let Us Cut Your T-Shirts

    I had a delightful customer the other day who had decided to "help" me out by cutting her t-shirts herself.  Her husband had even warned her about cutting them and she replied as she continued to cut, "I know what I'm doing."  I laughingly placed a square ruler over one of the pieces she had cut and said, "Not really."  Most people use scissors that are often dull and hack away at the t-shirts …Read More

  3. Why You Should Choose Katy T-Shirt Quilts

    At Katy T-Shirt Quilts, the bulk of our business is local because we are located in a very large metropolitan area.  However, we do receive t-shirts from all over the United States.  People are often fearful of sending out their precious t-shirts and prefer to find someone local.  But because making t-shirt quilts is such a specialized business, it's not always possible to find a local quilter …Read More

  4. 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

  5. Family, Football and T-Shirt Quilts

    This is my favorite time of year. We just got back from a family reunion in Louisiana and the weather was perfect, the food was plentiful (too plentiful actually), and we got to enjoy time with aunts, uncles, cousins and grandkids. I didn’t take a quilt to auction off this year, but we’ve been asked to contribute something that we made ourselves for next year’s auction. Since the Louisiana S…Read More

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Does My T-Shirt Quilt Need to Have a Theme?

    Many of the T-shirt quilts that I make do have a theme such as a sorority or college T-shirt quilt, but just as many don’t have a theme.  A person may have T-shirts from elementary school mixed in with baseball, travel or concert T-shirts. That’s the beauty of each T-shirt quilt. It can reflect one, two or many interests of the individual receiving the quilt. Sometimes a mother may be orderin…Read More

  10. Why I Love Making T-Shirt Quilts

    It’s Labor Day and I worked all day and didn’t mind a bit. It’s so nice to be able to do something I enjoy and help support my husband and me. I got the quilting bug at a very young age and never got over it. I like making traditional pieced quilts, but I also enjoy making T-Shirt quilts. I have three of my own T-shirt quilts hanging on the wall in my studio. When I look up, I see the T-shir…Read More