art quilt, Event

Spring Craft Show!!!

Wow!  Can’t believe this weekend is the Sweet Home High School Craft Show!!  I’m so excited to see everyone!

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The photos above are showing some of the new items that will be on display at the show.

 I’ll have some small pin cushions that I hand painted and stuffed with crushed walnut shells and wool.  I started with extremely thinned paint for the background colors.  I love the way the colors bled into each other.  Then painted the tree on top.  Today is the day to complete the tree cards.  I still have to add batting, quilt them, and sew them onto a card!  OMG!  I can’t wait to see how they look!!

The show is this Saturday, March 17 from 9-4 at Sweet Home High School in Amherst, New York.

Mention this blog and I will give you a small thank you gift for reading my blogs and supporting me!

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Have a great day!




Skills and Techniques

How Long Does It Take?

Just a fun little story to start today:  My cousin (who did not know how to sew at the time) came to me in November to make quilts for her immediate family for Christmas.  I asked her how many quilts are you thinking of doing?  She said, “About 10 twin size quilts.”  This with us spending only about 2 hours per week on them.

When I’m talking about my quilts, one of the first questions that is asked is:  “How long does it take for you to make a quilt?”

To help you all be a part of my world for a bit, I would like to share with you the time it takes to make a quilt and my thought process for how I come to the price I charge.

There are certain factors I consider when pricing a quilt:  cost of materials and labor.   I don’t want to dwell on labor charge with this line of work, however, keep in mind this does fall under the skilled labor work category for me.  I do this for my job and not a hobby.

The size will vary the time I take on each piece, so that is why I am giving you the specifics of what I am working on to give you a good idea.

This quilt that I am showing you is all t-shirts (Top and Back) and it is 88″ x 88″.  The only added materials I added in this quilt was batting and thread.  I am still working on it so there is no finished product photo today.  I’ll add one when it is done.


The first step is preparing the t-shirts which takes about 4 hours.  In that time, I have to rough cut the shirt, iron stabilizer on the back, then cut to size, and plan the layout of the t-shirts and the design of the quilt.

Next is sewing everything together and pressing.  Not hard…..all straight lines.  It’s amazing how long it really takes….another 5 hours.  Now I have a front and a back of a quilt totally sewn.  I don’t do this all in one day.  It is vary tough on my 52yr old body.  I do it in steps over about a 1-2 week period at the shortest amount of time.



Now, is putting it all together.  The technical term is “sandwiching”.  This is when the top quilt and the back quilt are sandwiching the batting and pin basted together (the little colored dashes in the photo above).  This took me about 1 hour.

The final step is quilting.  This is the stitching that goes through the quilt sandwich to hold it together.  On this size quilt, it takes me approximately 5 hours.

So on an 88″ x 88″ quilt (about a twin size quilt):

Total hours worked:    15 hours.

Adding the skilled labor/hour rate (not as much as a mechanic or general contractor), and material cost.  That is how I come up with my final price.

I hope this helps enlighten you to the time that is involved in this type of work.

Thank you for reading my blog today and visiting my corner of the internet!

Have an amazing day!

Peace – Pam

Skills and Techniques

All About That Thread!

bottom-line-quilted-feathers  Sharing my knowledge of threads with you. Click on this link to read: All about that Thread 

I found Superior Threads to have a vast amount of articles to educate the public on threads, needles, tension, etc.  Here’s their link: Superior Threads Website

They also had on their site a chart of what threads to use for what project and here’s that link: thread-selection-guide

Hope you learned a lot!  I learned that I have more to learn about threads!!!

Thank you for reading my blog and for visiting my corner of the internet!



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Best Fabric Painting Yet!!

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Finished painting this portrait quilt!  I wanted to share it with all of you, because it is the best I have done to this date!!  I’ve added photos to show the process of the painting.

All of the fabric pieces were cut, glued, and sewn down before I started painting.  Details were painted on each piece.  Every time I do a piece, I learn more and more.  This time around, I learned more about values.

Actually, this trick was mentioned in Quilting Arts TV just this week (I don’t know the episode number).  They said to use the camera on your phone, bring it to black and white to find the values.

So, I printed the actual photo I was painting from in black and white, and used the camera on my phone to take photos (in black and white) of each step to get the values correct!  It helped so much!!!

There was another very important lesson that I learned.  After painting with acrylic paints, make sure you want to quilt in that spot.  When a quilt stitch is ripped out, the hole from the needle and thread will remain in the painted fabric.  I’m still working on closing up the holes by painstakingly using a pin to move the threads around the hole to close up each one.  Then steam from my iron to help keep it there and take out any wrinkles I have caused.

Instead, I have learned that a little quilting on these types of quilts goes a long way.  The “free motion” quilting enhances visual movement while prevents physical movement of the fabric.  What I really want to stand out is my painting on the fabric.  The free motion is there to enhance the painting.

It’s a long hard lesson!!!  You can bet I won’t do that again!!!

Please leave a comment.  I would love to hear your opinion (or suggestions to correct this issue)!

Have a wonderful Day!!



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I am absolutely in love with doing portrait quilts!  Tracing from a photo to find all of the hues, shades, and shapes.  Then choosing the fabric that will block the colors for the piece.  Finally painting as a fine art painter would do to show shadows, dimension and details.

At this point, I have just finished painting the shirt and wanted to share with you my process of this piece so far.  I will share the rest of it soon.

The final piece will be on display at the Sweet Home Craft Show in March and in the Amherst Quilt Guild Quilt Show in April.  You can see it in person there!!

Thank you for reading this blog in my corner of the internet!!

Peace – Pam


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As Seen On TV!!!

I had my 90 seconds of fame on Monday, February 19, 2018.  My interview with Hannah Buehler from THE NOW BUFFALO show on our local WKBW station.

I had a lot of fun creating it and sharing my story.  Hope you enjoy watching it!

Click here to see video!!

Please tell me how you like it!

Thank you for reading my blog and visiting my corner of the web!!


Skills and Techniques, Uncategorized

Not Just for T-Shirt Quilts – Part 1

I am huge on family memories stories and tangible items.  It’s even better if the item can be sewn!  You can wrap yourself up in those memories or hang them on the wall to gaze upon those memories every day!

You may have heard about T-shirt Quilts.  If not, these are quilts that are made from t-shirts that were saved typically from a young adult’s childhood (ie: sport participation, musicals, school functions, vacations, etc.)

There are quilts that are termed as memory quilts (t-shirt quilts are just a part of that category) are designed from any memory that can be sewn.  For example:  Ties, Hankies, Dance Costumes, Button Down Shirts, even photos (I make a copy of them for the quilt) to name a few.

Currently, I am designing and making a hanky quilt from my customer’s mother’s hankies.  I had a few challenges (which I love to figure out).

  1.  The hankies are a thin fabric  and a bit fragile.  So I decided to back them with Heat and Bond Lite to support the fabric and adhere it to a piece of white fabric (another piece of the puzzle that I will explain).
  2. When I ironed the hankies, they were almost impossible to make perfectly square, so I decided adhering to the white fabric would give me that perfect square to attach to other pieces for a good result.
  3. A couple of hankies had hand crocheted borders that needed to be starched.  I never did that before, but I knew how to do it.  Not hard, but time consuming!!!
  4. The photos below are showing the hanky in the original state.  I started pinning the point of each set of stitches.
  5. After it was all pinned and straight, I sprayed it with Terial Magic and let it dry over night




I was impressed that it came out stiff as a piece of paper!  I was able to adhere it to the white fabric, stitch down and secure the crochet stitches and then eventually into the quilt.


This is the point I am at so far.  It will be a very big quilt when completed.  I’ll keep you updated as to the progression!!

Please leave a comment to tell me (or ask me) about this article!

Thank you for supporting handmade and reading my corner of the blog world!!

Peace – Pam