Teaching at MO Star Academy

Friday, June 15, 2018

Last week, I traveled to Hamilton, MO to the Missouri Star Quilt Co. to teach at their 2nd annual Missouri Star Academy!

Laura of Slice of Pi Quilts meets Jenny of Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Island Batik invited me as one of three teachers they sponsored (the other two were Tammy of Tamarinis and Jessica of Desert Bloom Quilting).

Riding the trolley around Hamilton, MO

This was my first time visiting Missouri Star Quilt Co. They really knew how to roll out the red carpet for us!

Missouri Star Quilt Co., Hamilton, MOMissouri Star Academy at Missouri Star Quilt Co., Hamilton, MOMissouri Star Quilt Co., Hamilton, MO

It's a Fireworks Show!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

This month's Island Batik ambassador challenge was to make a modern quilt, crib size or larger. Well, that's what I try to do around here every day!


Firework modern quilt using Island Batik fabrics

The most challenging part of the quilt was limiting myself to the fabrics Island Batik has sent me as an ambassador. Every idea I came up with was color specific, and I never had just the "right" colors.

Weave Your Jacket! + TGIFF

Thursday, June 7, 2018

I've created a few woven quilts (like this one and this one), even a couple open woven quilts (like this one and this one). I absolutely love the texture and uniqueness produced with each weaving. So when I saw Tara of WEFTY Needle putting her weaving into a jean jacket, I knew I had to copy the idea!

Upcycled jean jacket using fabric weaving

52 Charity Quilts in 52 Weeks - May

Thursday, May 31, 2018

I was able to squeeze just a bit of time this month to work on my 52 charity quilts. I added three more tops to the pile!

Charity baby quilts using Debbie Mumm fabric

A Memorial Day Quilt

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Last year, I made two red, white, and blue heart quilts (see them here and here). When making them, the pattern made lots of bonus half-square triangles (some call this "goose poop!").

I have plenty of things on my need-to-do list (many with impending deadlines!), but Memorial weekend seemed like the right time to get out the HSTs and sew them up.


Red, white, and blue half square triangle (HST) quilt

Leather Handle Tote Bag

Saturday, May 26, 2018

This may shock you, but I did in fact do 3-D sewing!! (Spoiler alert: I survived! And the bag turned out great too!)


Leather handles, rivets, and a canvas Les Fleurs fabric by Rifle Paper Co. and Cotton + Steel make this a great tote bag for summer!

Cactus Pillows

Thursday, May 24, 2018

I have a friend expecting her third child in July. When I asked her if she planned to have a nursery theme, she said "colorful Southwest." That's been in the back of my mind as I try to think of a baby quilt idea. Then this month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge was "pillows." When searching Pinterest for "Southwest inspired nursery," I kept coming across cactus pillows. I knew it would be a fun extra to send with the quilt!

Colorful Southwest cactus pillows made with Island Batik fabrics

Detour Quilt - Stash Statement Book Hop!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Welcome to my stop on the Stash Statement book hop!

When Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation emailed a few months ago to ask if I'd like to join the blog hop for her Stash Statement book release, I was quick to say yes! I've followed Kelly's blog for awhile now, and I always love to see what she's up to!

Detour quilt in aqua and navy from Stash Statement quilting book by Kelly Young

A Surprise for Mister Domestic

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

If you follow me on Instagram, you know how quickly I had to make the Moonrise quilt for Mathew of Mister Domestic to get it to Market on time. I received the fabrics in the mail on Friday, and I had to ship the finished quilt out on Monday!

If you follow Mister Domestic on YouTube, then you may know a bit about the story behind his Loved to Pieces fabric collection. One print in the collection has great personal meaning to him. It is a print inspired by mandalas painted on rocks. As soon as I learned that, I immediately wanted to make my Flurry quilt - which is also inspired by painted rock mandalas!

However, Mathew had already picked my Moonrise quilt for his Market booth. But I couldn't shake the desire. I decided before I even got the fabric that I would try to make both!


Flurry quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts using Loved to Pieces fabric by Mathew Boudreaux (aka Mister Domestic) for Art Gallery Fabrics

Moonrise Quilt with Island Batik Fabrics

The story of the Moonrise quilt really begins exactly a year ago when I attended Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis. At Sample Spree (a buying frenzy of all new things related to fabric and quilting) I bought a fat quarter bundle of Menagerie fabric by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel. I loved the popularity of the fabric, but I personally didn't love the fabric. I really wanted to design a quilt that would bring cohesiveness to all the prints, but also highlight the vintage vibe of the fabrics. This is when the Moonrise design began.

After working out all the logistics for how to make the quilt (and getting about halfway through making it), I decided to submit the quilt idea to Island Batik for their spring 2018 fabrics. They accepted the design and a funny thing happened. I liked the computer mock up with the Island Batik fabrics much more than I liked the original quilt I was working on!


Moonrise quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts using Lavendula fabrics by Island Batik

Moonrise Quilt with Art Gallery Fabrics

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A couple weeks ago, Mathew Boudreaux (aka Mister Domestic) posted a shout out on Instagram looking for volunteers to make something for his Quilt Market booth. Mathew's first fabric line, Loved to Pieces for Art Gallery Fabrics, is debuting at Market this week. Based on when he expected to get yardage of his fabric, the makers would have just one week to make their projects. As you know, I can make anything in a week! So I volunteered to make my Moonrise quilt, a new pattern that's debuting in the Island Batik booth.


Moonrise quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts using Loved to Pieces fabric by Mathew Boudreax (aka Mister Domestic) for Art Gallery Fabrics


52 Charity Quilts in 52 Weeks - April

Monday, April 30, 2018

This month, my charity sewing time was spent making one special quilt. In February, Christy's eight-year-old daughter passed away from the flu. Christy is a member of the quilting community on Instagram, and decided she would collect kitty quilt blocks to make quilts for all of the students in her daughter's class by the end of the school year. I knew I needed to help by making a quilt!

Kitty cat quilt for charity

Quilting with Palm Canyon

Sunday, April 29, 2018

This month, Cotton Cuts, a monthly fabric subscription box, sent me a free Modern Maker box as part of their ambassador program! In exchange, I just had to make ANYTHING I wanted! Um....deal!

Baby quilt using Palm Canyon fabric by Violet Craft and Kona solids by Robert Kaufman

Vintage Made Modern

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

This month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to be inspired by a vintage quilt. I admit, I struggled to find inspiration! A few weeks ago when I was hunting for just the right inspiration, my mom purchased a box of quilt paraphernalia at a flea market in Kansas. It turned out, this box was a quilter's personal collection of patterns and homemade templates from the 1930s! She sent me a stack of the patterns in hopes it would be just the ticket - and it was!


Modern Jacob's Ladder quilt using Island Batik fabrics

How to alter an oversized youth shirt

Friday, April 6, 2018

Our local YMCA offers several sports for young kids, and I try my best to sign my boys up for every opportunity. So far, my five year old has played basketball and two seasons of soccer. T-Ball starts later this month for both my five year old and three year old. There's just one problem - the smallest t-shirt size they provide team members is a youth small.


How to alter an oversized youth shirt

A youth small is much too large for kids that typically wear shirts any smaller than about a youth 7 or 8. My five year old currently wears 5T shirts, and he was drowning in his newest soccer shirt!

I alter his shirts each time, and decided to share a tutorial this time so you can do it too!

52 Charity Quilts in 52 Weeks - March

Saturday, March 31, 2018

How are your charity sewing plans going for the year? If you remember, last month was difficult for me to fit any extra sewing in. This month, I was able to make four more quilt tops! (One of these is the one I made last month.)

Charity baby quilts using Debbie Mumm fabric

I know they're not finished quilts, but I still feel great about the progress!

Happy Easter!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

This month's Island Batik ambassador challenge was to try a new-to-you technique. Well, you know I LOVE trying new things!


Easter egg mini quilts with Island Batik fabrics

Modern Plus Sign Quilts Book Blog Hop - Intertwined

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Modern Plus Signs book hop! I’m so excited for Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and Paige of Quilted Blooms as they launch their new book, "Modern Plus Sign Quilts!"

Modern Plus Sign Quilt - Intertwined

Happy Pi Day!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Shout it from the rooftops and get out your geeky math shirts - it's Pi Day!


Rainbow Circle Pi Quilt

52 Charity Quilts in 52 Weeks - February

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February was packed full of quilty goodness! I got my box of Island Batik Ambassador fabrics, I made four Galentine mug rugs for my gal pals, I made a Valentine mini quilt, I made three mini Zest quilts, I wrote the Zest pattern, I made three quilted luggage tags for a custom order, and I made a secret quilt that will be in an upcoming issue of Quilty magazine! But you know what I didn't make? A single charity quilt.


Charity quilt using The Road Trip pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew

Zest - a new quilt pattern!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

This week's Project Quilting theme was "Mellow Yellow." My schedule has been so hectic this year, I haven't been able to participate in any of the challenges yet, but this one came at the perfect time! This week's to-do list included "make Zest pattern cover quilts and write pattern." Just the motivation I needed to get that crossed off!

Zest lemon citrus quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It's a great day to share some mini quilt love!

3D heart mini quilt

The second Island Batik Ambassador project for the year was to make a mini quilt. When I started my Galentine mug rugs, I was already thinking ahead to what I wanted to make for my mini quilt too!

Happy Galentine's Day!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Galentine's Day? Yes! Haven't you heard? It's the day before Valentine's Day - when you celebrate the friendships of your gal pals!


3-D quilted heart mug rugs for Galentine's or Valentine's Day



"Galentine mug rugs" are the first assignment for the 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors.

52 Charity Quilts in 52 Weeks

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Have you ever thought about making the world a better place? Like, genuinely thought about how the world will get better than it is today? Then thought about how YOU can change the world?

Well, I decided I wanted to put some action behind my lofty goals of changing the world. So I decided to set a goal for 2018: 52 charity quilts in 52 weeks.

52 charity quilts in 52 weeks

Laura Ashley

Monday, January 29, 2018

My name is Laura Ashley. My mom named me after a sewing pattern that she saw around the time I was born - in the 1980s.


Laura Ashley Elm Park mini quilt with scalloped edges

So when I saw that Camelot Fabrics was hosting a challenge using their new Laura Ashley brand fabric, I had to participate!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

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

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!)


Flurry quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts; 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