You win some, you lose some

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Sometimes I get hare-brained ideas. The type that you have no idea if they will work out or not, but you can't stop thinking about it, so you have to just get started. This is one of those ideas.

Open hexweave greenery quilt

I've been wanting to try some open fabric weaving for quite awhile (and still have one large project using the method in my head!). I finally decided that the combination of the Pantone Quilt Challenge and "May I" off-season Project Quilting challenge was the right time to just jump right in and try something off-the-wall and new!

The Pantone color of the year is "Greenery," so I chose green fabric. (Yes, it's just a cheap, cheap fabric from Wal-Mart. It's an experiment. Why ruin the good stuff??)

Open hexweave greenery quilt with Wefty needle

When thinking about the "May I" challenge, I kept having the thought of telling the quilt police a crazy idea for a quilt and then asking for their permission to do it. Then laughing in their face as I did it anyways!

Open hexweave greenery quilt

Which led to me pursuing the idea of a woven quilt with literal negative space. Pushing the boundaries of "is that really a quilt?"

Open hexweave greenery quilt

Each strip is sewn as a tube, then batting is pulled through.

Open hexweave greenery quilt
I use a foam board to weave on, pinning each strip in place. But I also don't usually think too far ahead. So I hadn't really thought about how I was going to transfer the weaving from the board to the sewing machine.

Open hexweave greenery quilt

Once woven, I wanted to stitch 1/8" from each long edge of the strips to quilt it and keep it's shape.

Which led to lesson number one: pin or clip EVERY intersection. I only used clips on the ends to hold them in place when moving the weaving from the foam board to my sewing machine. I didn't really think through the fact that the center of the strips would shift. Drats.

Open hexweave greenery quilt

But I kept going.

After quilting, I trimmed the edges to eliminate the wonkiest parts and stitched double fold binding onto the edge just as I would a normal quilt.

Open hexweave greenery quilt 
Open hexweave greenery quilt

Which led to lesson number two: to secure binding to thin air, you have to stitch through both the top and bottom of the binding (not just stitch in the ditch like you can on a normal quilt).

Open hexweave greenery quilt

This lesson taught me that the back of the binding actually looks more consistent for this project. So next time, I'll stitch my binding onto the back and flip to the front.

Open hexweave greenery quilt

All in all, I'm calling this project a win. Although it's not square and it doesn't lay flat, I still love the idea. And this mini quilt proved that the concept is possible! Now I can't wait to try again!

Open hexweave greenery quilt

"Can You See the Forest?"
16" x 18"

TGIFF - A Linky Party!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Welcome to TGIFF (Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday)!!

Today is my very first time hosting TGIFF and my very first linky party! (I'm crossing my fingers it works!)

I have two finishes that I'm sharing this week - both for my local quilt shop's Row by Row! I shared the finishes on Monday in separate posts, but finishes are always worth celebrating!

First is a mini quilt I made using the shop's fabric license plate.

It was a quick make, and a perfect fit for this year's Row by Row theme, "On the Go!" Read more about the quilt on this post.

My second finish is a baby quilt using the shop's Row pattern. This is my second year writing the pattern for their Row, and I wanted to show the Row used in a different way.

This one truly got the "Thank Goodness It's Finished" stamp when it was done!!

The cross-hatch quilting in the Row section took much longer than I anticipated!

I don't normally add embellishments to my quilts either, so adding the wheels, eyes, and chain took time I wasn't expecting.

It needs a "This took forever!" tag! You can read more about the quilt on this post.

So what have you finished lately? Link up a blog post (or even an Instagram post!) so we can celebrate with you! Remember, it's not a party if you don't mingle with your friends! Be sure to visit and comment on a few of the other posts too!

Chuggin' Along!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Are you planning on participating in the Row by Row Experience this year? This is my second year writing the pattern for my local quilt shop - The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, Missouri. (See last year's Row here.)

Row by Row On the Go zoo animals and train baby quilt

License to Shop

Do you participate in the Row by Row Experience? It's a quilt shop hop with participating shops all over the world! Each shop has a free pattern based on the theme (this year is "On the Go!") that you can pick up in their store. This is the second year that my local quilt shop has asked me to write the pattern for their Row. (See last year's Row here and this year's here.) In addition to a themed Row pattern, shops also offer fabric license plates as a souvenir for your travels.

License to Shop pattern for fabric license plates

Quilt Market Prep

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This week is International Quilt Market! Quilt Market is an industry trade show where quilt shop owners, designers, and quilt-related businesses all gather to learn about all the latest and greatest gadgets and designs. The show happens twice a year, and this spring it is in St. Louis - and I get to go!

Quilt Market name badge holder
Quilted tote bag with Slice of Pi Quilts logo
Clear zipper pouch for business cards

I've been brainstorming ways that I can make the most of my time at Market, and so that has led to some fun sewing projects!

Party Pop!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Eleven months ago, I got an email from Amanda, the owner of Stash Builder Box, asking if I would like to design an exclusive quilt pattern for their monthly subscription boxes. Of course I wanted to be a part of the fun!

Fast forward almost a year, and it's finally time to share my quilt! Meet Party Pop!

Party Pop quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

An Apple for a Teacher

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It's that time of year again - school's almost out! As a prior teacher, I can attest that the teacher's are just as excited as more excited than the kids! Let's be honest. Being a teacher is hard. They've spent seven plus hours a day for the past one-hundred eighty school days with a room full of...let's just say Your kid is likely the best of the bunch, but then there's that one kid... The least we should do is get that teacher a cup of coffee! Better yet, a bottle of wine! 

Simple pillows for a teacher from old jumper dress

And what better pairing is there than wine and a handmade gift? Ha!