Raymond K. Houston
Raymond K. Houston

No, I am not Mexican.

No, I am not your grandma (nor your grandpa neither).

My name is Raymond K. Houston. I am a sixtyish Black male quilter (not to be confused with blackmail quilter), and the author of this site.

I am an artist; I create quilts.

I am a two-trick pony (with a nod to Paul Simon). My quilts are either patchwork or knotwork.

I use the operations of symmetry and a single patch to create my patchwork quilts. They are tessellations, patterns of one or more interlocking shapes (think M.C. Escher). I have generated more quilts than I could ever hope to execute in fabric.

My knotwork quilts are either large-scale Celtic knots or designs of my own. I have a unique method of weaving fabric to achieve my knots.

Please feel free to contact meĀ at rkh@nachograndmasquilts.com.

20 thoughts on “About

  1. Beautiful, Raymond! I can’t wait to come back to play! Thank you for sharing your talents with everyone.

    1. Thank you, Linda!!

      When you get a moment, “Like” the Facebook page, where you can post photos of your results!!

  2. wow, great video/ photo / flash thing sorry don’t know what to call it. But it’s a great way to showcase your design. I also enjoy your light way of writing and I’m off to read your contact page. YOU HAVE TO COME TO NZ :).

    1. Thank you, Margherita . . . I used a slideshow plugin to get this effect (I used the same thing at the top of The Design Game and the bottom of Genesis of a Cell).

      New Zealand?? All I need is an invite (and airfare, LOL)!!

  3. What a treasure and satin as well. Lots of work went into that and you are doing a great job quilting on a sewing machine.

  4. my throat collasped when I read tessalation nation is dead

    then I read more

    someway I hope I am signed up for all posts when you do post from this site, I really
    appreciate receiving your posts.

    1. I didn’t mean to shock you, Carol . . .

      What this site needs is an email opt-in form. I’ll get around to it (eventually) . . . please hang in there.

  5. I remember you from when you were on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson.
    My art group used with changing each name to a design.

    Also, do you have relatives from Florence, Ala I am on Ancestry

    1. I can’t say that I do have relatives in Alabama . . .

      The family name is spelled “Huston,” but when my dad went into the Air Force, they changed the spelling (and for one of my uncles, too). For years, I wondered why, but then my dad told me the story. He said when he tried to correct them, they said, “The Air Force doesn’t make mistakes!!”

      It’s been “Houston” ever since . . .

  6. I enjoyed seeing your progress on Norma’s quilt, I’m sure she would be pleased. And I’ll bet if Norma had the opportunity, she would have used a machine too. My husband’s Aunt Norma passed away recently, so I love the story, too. Thanks for sharing your talent.

  7. love your Celtic knots, you are an amazing quilter, to be a fifty something year old man, please continue to quilt and share, I’ve only been quilting for about three years now, and I too am fifty something years old. : )

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