Theola Breaux from Houston, TX has only been quilting for a couple of years, but she has embraced it wholeheartedly.
A mother of 7, grandmother of 18 and great-grandmother of 5, Theola keeps busy with her family, and finds sewing to be a great way to relax. Theola learned about QBB because a friend of hers, Laura Casmore, had kits to make tops for QBB and needed some help. By the way, Laura has a twin who lives in Dallas, TX who has also made tops for QBB. So, Theola helped Laura sew up the tops, and then asked her to pick up a couple of kits at International Quilt Festival (IQF) this last year for Theola to sew up. And, Theola really took off from there.
Since IQF 2011, Theola has made 22 tops, and is working on even more. Below you can see the latest 10 tops that Theola just finished.
Theola and I have a good working relationship. I have a lot of scrap fabric from making backings, tops, kits and donations received. While I love working with scraps, there is no way that I can sew all of them that have piled up over the last couple of years. So, I make kits with the scraps and provide those kits to Theola who does a beautiful job of sewing them into tops. Theola comes to quilting from a background in drapery making. In fact, she has made drapes for several pro basketball players. Not content to skim the surface in learning Theola attended classes for 15 years to perfect her skills in drapery making. That is dedication! In addition to drapery making, Theola has a degree in interior design.
With all the tops that Theola is making, I am trying to find a local longarmer who can quilt them up so we don’t have to pay shipping costs to send them out for quilting. Theola did give me a name of a friend of hers that might be able to help out, but I don’t think one longarmer can keep up with Theola. We may have many different hands in the process (me kitting, Theola sewing, someone else quilting, maybe someone else binding), but our goal is to do a turnkey operation locally where we end up with finished quilts. They say it takes a village to raise a child, well we are going to have a village providing warmth and comfort to children around the world through these quilts.
Thank you, Theola, for being a part of Quilts Beyond Borders!