|Sharon's on the right, and that's me on the left ... 2009.|
(We simply must take a more recent shot.)
Thanks, Cathy, for sending me this picture!
My very dear friend Sharon Dixon has agreed to appear as my Guest Quilter today. She is a wonderful machine quilter, with a business in longarm quilting for quilt-top makers, as well as creating one-of-a-kind t-shirt quilts for her customers, called Katy T-Shirt Quilts . She uses a special soft interfacing so that her t-shirt quilts come out nice and soft ... "real" quilts, not stiff and icky like some I've seen. She has also now opened a new Etsy store to sell her own pieced quilts. She has many customers from across the world.
|Sharon's funky new layout design for t-shirt quilts|
I can thank my mother for my quilting career. She taught me a love of fabric and quilting at a young age. After making my first quilt at age nine, I pieced and hand-quilted several quilts through the years. Then when I discovered rotary cutters and rulers around 1989, I became a prolific piecer. Since there was no time to get the quilts hand-quilted, I had to explore other options. My husband Tommy sold a tractor he refurbished and gave me the money to buy my first quilting machine. By 1996, I was quilting for others. I hadn't really planned to start a business. It just evolved from a part-time hobby to a full-time business.
|The simplest t-shirt layout.|
|A very cool pieced layout for t-shirts.|
|A t-shirt quilt made for the AWTY International School auction.|
|Texas Aggie t-shirt quilt|
|One of Sharon's own pieced quilts ... gorgeous!|
|Detail of the quilt shown above.|