Adventurous Applique

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This month's challenge for the Island Batik ambassadors was "adventurous applique." I'll be honest with you - I don't like applique. I mean, I love the way it looks - when other people do it! I'm just not a fan of all the steps and time it takes to do. But I am a huge fan of trying new things! 

Floral frame applique quilt using Island Batik fabrics

Rough Around the Edges Quilt

Monday, April 24, 2017

When the Modern Quilt Guild announced their 2017 Riley Blake Fabric Challenge was going to be red and aqua fabric, I became a member that same day! Red and aqua is my absolute favorite color combo!

Rough Around the Edges equilateral triangle quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

882 Box Blocks

Monday, April 17, 2017

Do you know Leanne at Devoted Quilter? Earlier this month, the senior assisted living home in her community experienced a devastating fire. All 21 residents were safely evacuated, but their home was a total loss. The residents had to find temporary housing, and the employees are now out of work.

Box Block quilt using Rose Water fabric by Free Spirit

Leanne has been a good online friend of mine for awhile. After the fire, I asked her if the residents might need quilts. She quickly came up with a plan and set out on a mission to provide a quilt for all 21 residents!

Furry Friday

Friday, April 14, 2017

Furry Fridays are a two-fold initiative to provide kennel quilts for animal shelters and also help get shelter pets adopted! This week's Furry Friday is sponsored by Benartex Fabrics. Be sure to hop over to their blog and Facebook page to see all the fun they're up to this week!

Kennel quilts using Island Batik fabrics

The first goal of Furry Fridays is to provide kennel quilts for animals in shelters waiting for their forever home. The Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization sponsored by The Quilt Pattern Magazine. You can help The Small Kennel Quilt Team by making kennel quilts yourself! Information about the kennel quilt program is available here. Kennel quilts are quick and easy to make - and a great use of scraps!

A Slice of Moda

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One of my newest patterns is for Sliced - a watermelon quilt!

Sliced mini quilt for Moda by Slice of Pi Quilts

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Moda to make the mini version (30" square) of my pattern in Moda Bella solids for their Quilt Market booth! Wait, what??? Moda contacted me?? And asked me to make a quilt for them?? For Quilt Market?? Pinch me! I must be dreaming!!

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hello! Today is the start of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

The blog hop is set up so you can have a chance to meet and welcome new bloggers into the wonderful and encouraging online quilting community. Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, and Leanne at She Can Quilt are hosting the blog hop. Be sure to check out their pages for AMAZING giveaways!!

The 2017 New Quilt Bloggers have been connecting through Slack and learning new things for the past month. We have all been doing behind the scenes work on our blogs to make them even better! The bloggers were "sorted" into three "hives," and each week during the blog hop, each host will highlight 4-5 of the bloggers in their hive. I am part of the Blooming Quilters hive (hosted by Yvonne), and I got to design the button for our blog hop!

For the blog hop, we are to share a few things so you can get to know each of us better. I love connecting with new people in the quilting community, so I am excited for the next few weeks!

Machine Quilt Binding Tutorial

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I used to hate binding quilts! I had a stack of quilts bigger than I will admit just sitting in the corner awaiting that one final step. Then one day I decided I needed to bite the bullet and get them done. Since that day, I've made over 50 quilts! I have figured out a binding method that works for me and now I enjoy it just as much as the rest of the quilt-making process! I know there are already a lot of tutorials out there for how to bind a quilt by machine, but if you're like me, none of them seemed to work just quite right. Please use what works best for you! Most of the choices I make when binding a quilt are to make the process as quick, easy, and painless as possible. I hope this tutorial helps you find joy in the final step in the quilt-making process too!

How to bind a quilt by machine tutorial

Sew Many Colors

Friday, March 31, 2017

Aurifil thread is celebrating it's 10th year in the US! As part of the celebration, Sheri of Whole Circle Studio created a paper-pieced pattern of Aurifil thread spools. Then Aurifil and Robert Kaufman partnered to host a quilt challenge. And you know I can't resist a challenge!

Sew Many Colors mini quilt with Aurifil and Kona

Sewing Machine Laser

Monday, March 27, 2017

Have you seen the new and fancy sewing machines that come with a built-in laser beam? You can use the laser to line up what you're sewing before it gets to the needle. It's extremely helpful for quilting straight lines or sewing half-square triangles without drawing the lines. But what to do if you don't have a new and fancy sewing machine??

Adding a laser to a Juki sewing machine

Mini Madness!

Friday, March 17, 2017

This year I have the incredible opportunity to work as an ambassador for Island Batik fabrics. Each month, all the ambassadors have a challenge to create something with a common theme. Last month, we made Galentine mug rugs and kennel quilts. This month, the challenge was to make a paper pieced mini quilt.

  Island Batik paper pieced mini quilt

It's Time for Pi

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Pi Day!

Pi Day pie plate hot pad mini tutorial by Slice of Pi Quilts

If you haven't figured it out by now, Pi Day is an official holiday in our house!

Before being a stay-at-home mom, I was a middle school math teacher. (Yes, "nailing Jell-O to a wall" is exactly what it's like. And I loved it!) Also, our last name is Piland. (Pronounced Pie-land.) So combine these, and the tradition of celebrating Pi Day was born! (In case you're lost, the mathematical term "pi" stands for the approximate number 3.14. So Pi Day - a made-up holiday celebrating all things related to pi - is March 14th.)

Spring Hexie Table Runner

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Is it just me, or does it seem like spring? Here in Missouri, we've had sunny skies, warm days, and my yard is full of blooming spring flowers. (I'm completely ignoring the forecast of snow coming this Saturday though!)

Modern Hexies Table Runner by Slice of Pi Quilts

I grab hold of the first sign of spring and run with it. I'm always eager for the bright colors and sunshine that spring brings, plus that means Easter is fast approaching. I like to pull out my spring and Easter d├ęcor early so I can enjoy it for as long as possible.

When I was packing projects for the quilting retreat a couple weeks ago, I grabbed an old bag of hexies I made last year. I thought it would make a bright table runner to set out for spring, and if I got time at the retreat, I'd start it.

A Lasting Impression

Friday, March 3, 2017

It's time for another Project Quilting challenge! The theme for this week's challenge is "well-dressed man." I had a unique way to interpret this one!

Project Quilting military boot print whole cloth quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

Project Quilting - well dressed man

Project Quilting has its roots from the television show Project Runway. There's a theme posted on Sunday, and you have one week to make something based on that prompt. Your project has to have at least one of three things: include patchwork, include applique, and/or have three layers stitched together by hand or machine. This is the fifth challenge - there's only one more left until the end of the season! See my previous makes for this year here: Challenge 1, challenge 2, challenge 3, and challenge 4. The challenge is really helping me get a good start to my "17 quilts in 2017" goal!

Sewing with friends

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Have you ever been on a sewing retreat? Maybe you get together with your friends to sew?

Sew Cozy Quilt Lodge - Wakefield, Kansas
Photo courtesy of Sew Cozy Quilt Lodge

This past weekend I got to do something new to me! I went to the Sew Cozy Quilt Lodge with eight other quilters to enjoy some uninterrupted sewing time!

This was my first time being away from my kids since my oldest was born - almost 4 years ago!

The Sew Cozy Quilt Lodge is a brand new retreat located in Wakefield, Kansas. The house was built specifically for quilters by a quilter! Every need, want, and desire you can think of has been taken care of in this retreat house! Each quilter gets two tables with extra plug-ins, an ergonomic adjustable chair, and a design wall. There are cutting and ironing stations to share - both at the perfect height to keep from straining your back. It's designed so you can start sewing as soon as you arrive!

Quilting is for the Dogs!

Monday, February 20, 2017

As an Island Batik ambassador, this month's project was to make kennel quilts. As you know, I love to support our local animal shelter (see my recent quilty donation to them here). The kennel quilt initiative allows for helping our four-legged friends in another way!

I started my first kennel quilt with a pack of Island Batik 5" squares. These are called "Island Stamps" and the collection is "Lake Life." I added a couple more fabrics from the packs of Island Batik stash builder rolls in order to get enough lights and darks. I made a few HSTs (half square triangles) and cut all the fabrics into 1 1/2" squares. Then I sewed the squares together to create a dog bone quilt!

Shine Bright

Friday, February 17, 2017

This week's Project Quilting challenge prompt was "Brighter the Better."

I immediately knew I wanted to use reflective fabric. After I couldn't find any locally, I decided to repurpose some clothing items we had around the house. My first choice was this construction vest from the kids' toy bin, but I couldn't take that away from them!

Reflective mini quilt for Project Quilting by Slice of Pi Quilts

Happy Galentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2017

I have lots of fun quilty things in the works this year, and one of those happens to be that I am an Island Batik ambassador!

What exactly does that mean? The fabric company, Island Batik, sends me a box of fabric and I get to make things!

Island Batik Galentine Valentine Heart Envelope Mug RugI just received my first box of happy mail Wednesday night. And boy was I shocked at what was inside! Not only was there (by my rough calculations) over 30 yards of fabric, but also 9 spools of Aurifil thread and 4 spools of Superior threads!!!! And this is just supposed to last the first six months!

Here Comes the Fun!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

It's time for the third challenge for Project Quilting! This week's prompt was "Tuned in to Texture."

Fabric weaving mini quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

I love creating quilts with texture. Some recent examples include my Fruit of the Spirit quilt and my triaxial weaving pillow. In fact, the top quilt on my list of quilts I want to make in 2017 is a fabric weaving quilt!

Quilter's Planner - Slice of Pi Quilts

Of course, I haven't decided on fabrics for that quilt, nor have I purchased any. With the project quilting deadlines of just one week, I knew I wouldn't be able to order anything and get it delivered in time to finish. So I had to work with what I had in my stash.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Sliced is the third pattern (of 3) I'm releasing in January/February! (The first was Speak Love and the second was Rockslide.)

Sliced modern watermelon quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

Just like the previous two, the cover photo on the pattern isn't final. But limited time, wind, rain, and now forecasted snow...well, I'm not sure when good photos will happen! So I thought I'd just go ahead and put the patterns out there while I'm waiting for the perfect photos. (Update: The cover photo is FINALLY done! Look at that gorgeous blue wall! I want to take all my quilt photos there!)

Sliced modern watermelon quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

I originally finished the throw sized Sliced quilt way back in September! (Can you tell from the green grass photos??) So this has been one of many secret sewing projects that have been under wraps for a long time!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Rockslide is the second of three new patterns I'm releasing in January/February. (The first is Speak Love - and the third is Sliced.)

Rockslide quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts
I originally made Rockslide in a twin size using a layer cake of Fresh Bloom by Michele D'Amore for Contempo Fabrics. I quilted it on my mom's Gammill longarm. I really loved the design, but couldn't stop thinking about what it would look like in Alison Glass fabrics.

Speak Love

Monday, January 30, 2017

I am excited to share with you my newest quilt pattern - Speak Love!

Speak Love speech balloon speech bubble quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

Speak Love has been in the works for months! I've actually made *almost* five quilts in the making of the pattern.

Baby Blooms

Friday, January 20, 2017

It's time for the second challenge for Project Quilting! This week's quilt is the largest one I've done for a Project Quilting challenge!

Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

This week the challenge prompt was "Carolina Lily." The Carolina Lily is a beautiful flower similar to a tiger lily, and it is also a traditional quilt block with flowers and stems.

My First Quilt Journal

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Do you keep a record of the quilts you make? A quilt journal?

A good friend recommended one to me when I just started quilting. I loved the idea! But I am not a scrapbooker. At. All. So for years I've had a blank scrapbook, a notebook full of notes, and file folders with fabric scraps from each quilt I've made. I had big dreams of a scrapbook full of quilt photos, selvages, drawings, and other mementos, but I kept putting off making it.

Blog2Print Blog Book as Quilt Journal

Then one day I discovered that Kathy Schwartz of Tamarack Shack has her blog printed as a book at the end of each year. I had an aha moment!

A Game of Checkers

Friday, January 6, 2017

It's the first week of the new year, so that means it's time for a new season of Project Quilting! You haven't heard of Project Quilting? Well, it's kind of like Project Runway...but for quilting!

Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams is the mastermind behind the fun challenge. How it works: a theme is posted on Sunday (there will be six challenges), you have one week to make a quilt (or other sewing item), then there's a one-week voting period - and prizes! It's just like Project Runway! But you do have a week to make something. Well, and it's not on tv. And Tim Gunn doesn't critique your project half-way through. (But that would be awesome!)

Project Quilting season 8 challenge 1 "Eight is Great"

This is the eighth season of Project Quilting. To celebrate, the theme for the first challenge is "Eight is Great!" (You can join in at any time! You can pick and choose the challenges you want to do. Do one or do them all! It's a great way to try out new ideas and techniques!)

2016 in Quilts

Monday, January 2, 2017

At the start of a new year, I like to look back and see what I accomplished during the last year. Looking back always helps me look forward. So here is a look at 2016 by the numbers.

38 quilts! I more than doubled my "16 quilts in 2016" goal! (Quilts included 2 queen sized, 1 twin, 10 throw sized, 2 baby quilts, 20 mini quilts, and 3 mini mini quilts.) Links to them all from the Quilt Finishes page.

Mini quilts made by Slice of Pi Quilts

Quilts made by Slice of Pi Quilts