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