Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ready Made Items for Christmas


While most of our business is custom-made celebration quilts and items, we do occasionally make other quilts and items to sell.  If you are interested in our current stock, please follow the link below and select "Ready Made Items" to see what we currently have.  Please message us for pricing.



Sunday, November 6, 2016

Christmas Ornament Class

As Christmas and the holiday season approaches, I begin to think about making handmade gifts and decorations.   QJ Designs will be running a Fabric Christmas Ornament class on Monday, November 28, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 pm.   During the class, we will learn how to make simple and attractive ornaments and enjoy light snacks.    For more class information or to register, please follow this Registration Link


Thursday, September 1, 2016

Obsessed with Bow Ties

While the blog has been a bit quiet, I have been pretty busy.

I had a request to make a quilt from a collection of 170+ bow ties.  They were full of inspiration..



This grouping was deconstructed and then pieced together in to a fabulous queen-sized quilt:



We are all very happy with how it turned out!  Looking forward to more interesting projects.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Selecting a Quilter

So- you are thinking about having a quilt made from your t-shirts or other special textiles (dresses, shirts, ties, etc.). What do you need to know?  

You might not realize it, but there are many t-shirt quilt companies available to you.  I suggest you look around and select the one with which you are most comfortable.  Select your quilter as you would any other professional - mechanic, home repairman, orthodontist, etc.. ASK QUESTIONS!
  
Do they have experience?
Can you see samples - in person, in photograph, etc.?
How do they treat you?  
Do you like their personality?
What is the price? Does it fit into your budget?

Some quilters may tell you that a textile, material, procedure etc. will not produce a good quilt.  I disagree with some statements made by other t-shirt quilters. I will not tell you the layout you like is ugly.  I will not tell you we must use a particular type of backing.   

If you are my customer:
I will do the best I can to incorporate what you want, in the way you want in order to produce the best quilt that we can.  
I will value YOU as my customer.  
I try to incorporate YOUR wishes into YOUR QUILT - using the textiles that are important to you.  
I give YOU choices.  
I prefer to meet in-person to place the order if possible. If we can't, we will have extensive email and telephone conversations.
I will ask a lot of questions to try to make sure that we both understand what the end result will be - and that you'll like it.  
I will advise you of any issues I see during the process, but I will honor your wishes without making you feel like you are making a bad or inferior choice.  
I recognize it is YOUR quilt.

If you want a t-shirt or celebration quilt made, DO IT.  Look around and find the company or person that you are comfortable using to make it for you.  I hope, no matter who you select, that you get an AWESOME quilt that will be meaningful for you.  If you select me as your quilter, I'd be honored to make YOUR quilt for YOU.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Houston International Quilt Festival

We are proud to announce that one of Julie's quilts was shown at the International Quilt Festival in Houston last week.  It was part of the "Odds, Ends and Leftovers" exhibit curated by Gyleen Fitzgerald.  More information about Gyleen and her work can be found on her website Colourful Stitches.

Here is a picture of Julie and Gyleen in front of Julie's quilt entitled "At Odds and Ends".


Monday, August 24, 2015

QJ Designs in the News

The Lancaster Newspapers did a very nice article on the recent neck tie quilt.  I hope you find reading more for the story interesting!

Did you know that QJ Designs purposefully delays posting new projects to this site?  Often times the projects we work on are gifts.  We try very hard to not publically post a project before the recipient receives it.  Stay tuned for more interesting projects to come.

Have a day filled with fabulous memories.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Beyond the T-shirts

Celebration quilts cover so many areas.  Many of the quilts I make are using t-shirts, but some people don't wear or collect t-shirts.  I also work with other textiles - dress shirts and ties, denim and plain, blouses, etc.

Here is a quilted wall hanging made from 24 neck ties and almost as many dress shirts.  My customer and I looked at some sample photos and decided that this quilt design was what they really liked.  In this case we found a Pinterest Photo as our inspiration.  Each block uses fabric from shirting and a tie.  The tie labels are incorporated in the border, and the ties are again used for the binding on this quilt.



I'm pleased to hear that the recipient of this quilt is enjoying it, and it helps them recall many fond memories.  That's what I love about what I do -- reviving the memories and not donating them or storing them in a drawer where they are easily forgotten.
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