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!
Who I Am
I'm Laura, a homeschooling mom of two boys (ages 2 and 4) in southwest Missouri. I started quilting seven years ago, but didn't become serious about it until four years ago after my oldest was born. Quilting is my lifeline - it keeps me sane! I love that what you sew stays sewn at the end of the day - unlike dishes, and laundry, and schoolwork, and....
Before staying at home, I was a middle school math teacher. Honestly, I'm a math geek. Add that to the fact that my last name is Piland (pronounced Pi - land), and you have a love of all things pi. Therefore, Slice of Pi Quilts was the perfect name for my blog!
What I Do
I make quilts. I make big quilts, small quilts, and quilts in-between. I design quilt patterns and sell paper and digital versions. Maybe you've seen them in your local quilt shop! I also find it nearly impossible to resist a quilt challenge!
As a way to encourage myself to finish what I start, I set yearly goals like "17 quilts in 2017." Last year I far exceeded my goal and actually made 34 quilts! I just finished my 11th quilt for this year, so I am ahead of schedule! (You can see all of my quilt finishes here.)
Here are just a few of the quilts I've made recently.
You may have seen "A Lasting Impression" already. It's by far my most popular blog post, and garnered enough attention on social media that I say it went semi-viral! I quilted military combat boot prints to try and convey the impact that soldiers have on America, on us, even after they're gone.
Sliced is my newest quilt pattern. It is proving to be quite popular, and the smaller 30" square version will be in the Moda booth at Spring Quilt Market!
I finished my Sew Many Colors mini in time to enter it in the Aurifil contest. There's still time to vote, so of course I'd love for you to take 10 seconds to vote here!
I am an ambassador for the fabric company, Island Batik. The March challenge for the ambassadors was to make a paper pieced mini quilt. The April challenge is to make an applique quilt! I hope you'll come back in a couple weeks to see what I make for that!
Share a Blogging Tip
My tip is to add a custom favicon. This is a quick way to add a little branding and customization to your blog. What is a favicon? A favicon is that little image that appears next to your blog name on your internet browser's tab. Mine is a black pi symbol. If you have a Blogger blog, then it defaults to a white and orange "B." Wordpress blogs default to a white and blue "W."
I'm going to throw in a second tip, because it occurs often. Make sure you're not a no-reply blogger. If you leave a comment on my blog, I would like to be able to reply to you! (Especially if you win a giveaway!) Here is a great post showing how to check and what to do if you are a Blogger or Google+ user. Here is a post showing what you can do if you are a Wordpress user. Even if you think this doesn't apply to you, it might be time to check just in case. Once you comment, I would have no way to contact you to tell you!
Share a Quilting Tip
(Warning, math ahead!) If a faucet drips at a rate of one drop every second (assuming the size of the droplet is 1/4 mL), it will take approximately 15,140 drips, and just over 4 hours, to fill a one gallon bucket. The point? One drop on it's own seems small, but over time, it really adds up!
Moral of the story: Sew whenever you have a chance. Even if you only have 5 or 10 or 20 minutes a day, you will be amazed at how quickly you will see the fruits of your labor!
I'm just getting started on my appliqued quilt for the Island Batik ambassador April challenge. The last thing I appliqued, I used a stitch similar to a blanket stitch on my vintage Bernina 930 Record. However, when I washed it, the raw edges frayed and the appliqued pieces came off!! The blanket stitches didn't hold it on!
I'm sure you can understand that I'm a little fearful to tackle an appliqued quilt again! For this quilt, I plan to use Heat-N-Bond lite and iron on the pieces to the background fabric. I was thinking of using my free motion quilting foot on my Juki TL-2010Q and stitching 1/8" to 1/4" inside the raw edges of the pieces. Is this a quick and durable method? How do you applique? Do you have any tips?
Next Stop on the Blog Hop
Be sure to say hello to the other new bloggers that are participating in the blog hop this week! And visit the hosts' blogs for giveaways and a list of all of the participants! There will be giveaways for four weeks!!
Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl
Beth at Cooking Up Quilts
Leanne at She Can Quilt
This week's blog hop participants:
Jennifer from Inquiring Quilter
Fi from Living Cloth
Bobbi from Snowy Days Quilting
Amanda from Mommy's Projects
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Please leave a comment so I can meet you! And help relieve my applique fears!