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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Have you received the second issue of Curated Quilts yet?? The quarterly journal is such a high quality publication. Each issue has a theme, and the curated contents are filled with high profile names in the quilting industry. Each issue has a mini quilt gallery, and I was ecstatic that my linear mini quilt was in the first issue! When the theme of "Log Cabins" was announced for the second issue, I decided to throw my hat in the ring for a chance to have a pattern published. Fast forward a few months, and my "Newsprint" pattern is on page 92!

Black and white modern log cabin quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts in Curated Quilts

I am so honored to be a part of this publication. The table of contents includes names like Debbie Jeske of A Quilter's Table, Mary Fons of Yo Mary Fons, and Heather Black of Quilt-achusetts. Seriously. I am always picking up magazines and reading their names in them - but to have my name on the same page is mind-boggling!

Four Seasons Blog Hop with Island Batik + GIVEAWAY

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Welcome to the Four Seasons Blog Hop with Island Batik! The Island Batik Ambassadors are showing you all the newest collections from Island Batik all month long! (And there are lots of giveaways too!)

Modern snowflake quilt using Island Batik Alpine Ice fabrics

2017 in Quilts

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

As 2018 begins, I want to take a quick look back at 2017 by the numbers. My official finished quilt count for the year was...

(insert drumroll)

52 quilts!

Quilts by Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts in 2017

Quilts from the Ashes

Monday, January 1, 2018

The Thomas Fire in Ventura County, California started December 4th. Within 24 hours, my husband's cousin and her boyfriend lost their home to the fire. The fire quickly spread to become the largest fire in the state's history (and is still burning 28 days later!). A week after the fire started, the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild put out a call for quilts and quilt blocks for victims of the fire. I knew immediately what I needed to do.

Quilts from the Ashes - quilts for Thomas fire victims

Best of 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, I'd like to take a look back at my five best blog posts of the year! Thank you to Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs for hosting the annual linky party! (See my best five from last year here.)

My Best Five Blog Posts from 2017

2017 has been a fantastic year of growth for my blog. I've really enjoyed learning about SEO and the algorithms of social media. I started my blog as a quilt journal to record my quilty finishes, but it has become so much more than that! I love the online quilting community and have made many real-life friends through blogging and social media. I hope to meet many more quilters in 2018!

Based primarily on page views, my top five posts for 2017 are:

Hoop + Loop + Line

Thursday, December 28, 2017

I really look forward to the Curated Quilts mini quilt challenge every few months. The challenge provides a broad theme, limited color palette, size restrictions (10-16" square), and a short turnaround time.

Minimal mini quilt for Curated Quilts

This quarter's challenge theme was "minimal" and had a color palette of light gray, leaf green, gray, orchid pink, blue gray, and black. (Mini quilts must be linked up by January 10th - so there's still time to enter your own!) I actually had every color in my stash! The fabrics are a mix of brands. The only ones I know for sure are Kona Cactus and Kona Black.

2018 Planning Party

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Are you a dreamer? My husband and I have always been dreamers. Unfortunately (or fortunately), I'm also a realist. I keep my head up in the clouds long enough to catch a dream, then I come right back down to earth and start moving my feet to make it happen.

Yvonne at Quilting JetGirl is hosting the 2018 Planning Party. I am constantly evaluating things and crunching numbers, so I enjoy looking back on the past year to see what adjustments can be made so I can reach new goals next year. I also love putting my dreams and goals down on paper so I can start taking baby steps toward each one! Thanks for the prompt to get it done, Yvonne!

Planning my 2018 quilty goals