Flurry Quilt

Sunday, October 14, 2018

I'm so excited to finally be able to share this version of my Flurry quilt with you that I made earlier this year! Have I mentioned how hard it is to keep quilty secrets?!?

Flurry quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts using Island Batik fabrics

By Hand Blog Hop

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Welcome to my stop on the By Hand Blog Hop! By Hand is a new fabric collection from Contempo designed by Amy Friend of During Quiet Time. The fabrics are in quilt shops now, so be sure to visit your favorite quilt shop and ask for them! The bright rainbow palette immediately drew me in!

Texture quilt with 3-D twisted strips

Amy designed the collection to have a light and dark of each color - and I wanted to make something that captured that!

Snowfall Barn Quilt

Last week, Kristi at Put a Quilt on It issued a fun design challenge: design a quilt block that you would want to see on a barn quilt. The winner would get their design as a painted barn quilt! I knew immediately I wanted to participate!

After a few days of being indecisive on what I would want to "permanently" display on our house, I thought of a brilliant (to me) idea: a Christmas barn quilt!

Snowfall quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

52 Charity Quilts in 52 Weeks - September

Sunday, September 30, 2018

This month, I added binding to five charity baby quilts. It feels so good to move some quilts from the WIP pile to the DONE pile!

Debbie Mumm charity quilts

I'm making 52 quilts for charity this year. You can read more about my plan on this post. I recap my sewing progress on the last day of each month, and host a linky party where you can link up any charity sewing you've done too!

Seeing Stars

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The theme of this month's Island Batik ambassador challenge was "Starstruck." I've been arguing with myself all month about what to make. The rational half of me kept reminding me that I just had a baby three weeks ago and my sewing time has been limited so I should make something small and easy. But the irrational half of me got an idea months ago and hasn't stopped thinking about it since.

True to my pi nature, the irrational self won.

Spirograph quilt using Island Batik fabrics and Aurifil thread

Spooked Geese in Quilty Magazine!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

I have several secret sewing projects from earlier this year that I can finally share with you! First up is "Spooked Geese" - a Halloween quilt in the September/October issue of Quilty Magazine!

Modern Halloween flying geese quilt in Quilty magazine

Won't you be my neighbor?

Monday, September 24, 2018

When we moved into our new house a couple months ago, I was surprised to see that the neighbors on both sides of us were also expecting! All three of us have had our babies now - and all three are boys!

A police themed baby quilt

If you remember, I made this quilt for one neighbor. The second neighbor had her baby a few weeks ago, and I was able to gift a quilt to her over the weekend.

It's a boy!

Friday, September 21, 2018

For those of you that have been waiting to hear the news - it's a boy!

My sewing time has been a bit scarce the past couple weeks as we welcomed baby boy #3 to our tribe!

Baby quilt using Blithe fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics

Great Outdoors Blog Hop with Island Batik

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Welcome to the Great Outdoors Blog Hop with Island Batik! The Island Batik Ambassadors are showing you all the newest fabric collections from Island Batik! (And there are TONS of giveaways too!!)

Open weaving circle quilt using Island Batik fabrics

Hobbs Batting Challenge

Saturday, September 1, 2018

As the time nears for baby #3 to be born, I'm working very hard to clear my plate of deadlines and things I want to finish before I'm at the beck and call of a newborn. I have mostly been good about saying no to things that land close to the due date (I'm almost 38 weeks, so any day now!). However, when a friend shared her entry in the Hobbs Batting challenge a week ago, I really wanted to join in on the fun!

Modern mini quilt using Kona solids, Aurifil thread, Hobbs Batting, and reverse applique

52 Charity Quilts in 52 Weeks - August

Friday, August 31, 2018

This month's charity quilts didn't go as planned! My goal was to put binding on several of the baby quilts I've longarmed recently. However, I ended up making three large throw quilts for foster teenagers instead!

Charity quilts for foster teens

New Address Mini Quilt

Saturday, August 25, 2018

This month's theme for the Curated Quilts mini quilt challenge is "house." Originally, I was un-inspired by the prompt. However, once I started thinking of "home" instead of "house," I realized our recent move could be the inspiration!

Mini topographical map quilt for Curated Quilts challenge

Free Motion Fantasy Blog Hop

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Welcome to my stop on the Free Motion Fantasy Blog Hop! I'm sharing lots of pictures in this post, but be sure to stick around to the end - there's a giveaway!

Baby items made with Free Motion Fantasy fabrics

When I saw the Free Motion Fantasy fabrics by Amanda Murphy, I was immediately in love! Amanda created the line specifically for using it for free motion quilting. Every print correlates to a free motion quilting design!

Since I'm 36 weeks pregnant with kiddo #3, I have baby on the brain! Right away, I knew I wanted to try making a quilted baby changing mat. Benartex generously sent me the fabrics for the changing mat, and a few extra too!

A quilt for baby Wren

Friday, August 17, 2018

When we moved into our new house just a few weeks ago, I was surprised to see that the neighbors on both sides of our house were also expecting! Of course I thought a baby quilt would be a better "meet your neighbor" gift than my usual quick bread!

Woodland themed baby quilt

Chatting with Pat Sloan

Monday, August 13, 2018

You all know I love trying new things - and today is a day for something new! I'm a guest on Pat Sloan's American Patchwork & Quilting podcast!

52 Charity Quilts in 52 Weeks - July

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to make 52 charity quilts before the end of 2018.

This month, I got two more quilted and ready for binding! The quilting really goes so much faster on my longarm than it did on my domestic!

Charity quilts from Debbie Mumm fabric

Double Take

Sunday, July 29, 2018

This month's Island Batik ambassador challenge was to create a quilt with a secondary design. A secondary design is one in which some surprising design appears when you put the blocks together - making you do a double take!

Fizzy block modern quilt using purple and teal Island Batik fabrics

Quilting Dream Come True: I Bought a Longarm!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

It's been a dream of mine to have a longarm for a couple years now. I first put it on my goal list for 2017, then again on my goals for 2018. Honestly, it was much more dream than goal though. However, once this year started, it became clear that a longarm needed to become a priority.

1989 24" Gammill longarm

I made 52 quilts last year, and am on track to far surpass that this year. I am often making quilts for magazines, fabric companies, and other clients on very tight deadlines that don't allow time to send the quilt to a longarmer. A few months back, I learned I would have just that type of situation in June/July. I was going to need to make a queen sized quilt start to finish within about a two-week turnaround time. This would be the largest quilt I've made on such a short deadline. I knew my Juki *could* quilt it, but the time it would take and the frustration it would cause just didn't make sense. I began a serious search for a longarm solution.

Iridescence quilt featured on the Midnight Quilt Show!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Eight months ago, Craftsy asked if I would write a pattern for them. The quilt was named "Iridescence" and would be featured on The Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters.

Well, fast forward to this week, and it's finally time I can share with you!

Iridescence quilt on the Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters for Craftsy/Bluprint
Photo courtesy of Craftsy

An Island Batik Christmas in July!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I get two shipments of fabric from them during the year. Then I get to make awesome things to meet monthly challenges that all the ambassadors participate in! I have no idea what will be in the boxes ahead of time. It's just like Christmas! I just got my second shipment, so I thought I'd share with you what was in the box!

Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs batting I got as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program

2018 Mid Year Review

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

How are your New Year's Resolutions going? If you're like me, you just rolled your eyes! However, I do set some specific business goals each year, and Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is prompting us to do a mid-year evaluation. So how am I doing?

2018 Mid Year Review

My Chambray Quilt is in Quilty Magazine!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

I'm so excited to finally be able to share with you one of my secret sewing quilts from early this year! Meet "Somewhere in Indiana," published in the July/August 2018 issue of Quilty!

Somewhere in Indiana chambray quilt in Quilty magazine

52 Quilts in 52 Weeks - June

Saturday, June 30, 2018

I set a goal at the beginning of the year to make 52 charity quilts this year. (Read more about it here.) We are at the halfway mark, and I'm SO excited to share with you this month's update!

This month, I got five of my tops quilted - ON MY NEW (TO ME) LONGARM!!!

Quilting charity quilts on my new longarm

Play Ball!

Monday, June 25, 2018

This year was the first year both of my sons played t-ball. My youngest is three, and it became apparent within just a couple practices that his coach was more than the usual parent volunteer.

His coach is a parent volunteer, but she is coaching all three of her son's t-ball and baseball teams! She has a full-time job, then gave up all of her weeknights to coach teams of little people. Her enthusiasm and positive attitude was contagious. Her patience, kindness, and encouragement to the players (and the parents!) was remarkable. I haven't been a baseball mom for long, but it doesn't take an expert to know when you meet someone exceptional.

I wanted to say thank you in a way that would capture my gratitude and appreciation for all that she did for the team(s). And the only way I know how to thank someone to this level is to make a quilt.

Baseball throw quilt that was a gift for my son's t-ball coach

It's time to Row x Row!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Do you Row x Row? Today is the first day to start collecting free patterns from shops all around the world! My local quilt shop participates each year, and I have been honored to write their pattern for the third year.

Sweet Tweets Row by Row pattern from The Stitchin' Post in Willow Springs, Missouri

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