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



I was super excited to be one of several makers chosen! Mathew sent me the fabric for the quilt in exchange for being able to use the quilt to promote his new fabrics. I was honored to be able to have a second version of my Moonrise quilt at Market too! (Pattern available on Etsy and Craftsy.)

However, shipping isn't always the fastest. Based on when Mathew was able to ship the fabric and when I would have to ship the finished quilt, I would only have three days to make it! I checked the tracking on the fabric multiple times a day and knew exactly when it would be arriving at my local post office. I decided to attempt to pick it up directly at the post office Friday morning when it arrived instead of waiting for my mailman to deliver it. Thankfully, I know my mailman well, and he wasn't too surprised to see me waiting for him at the post office before 8am! He was able to locate the package and let me have it - an hour before the post office opened and three hours before he normally delivers to our house!

A rare selfie of Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts

I allowed myself just a bit of time to take pictures of the fabric before I started cutting. Every second would count in this race to the finish!

Loved to Pieces fabric by Mathew Boudreax (aka Mister Domestic) for Art Gallery Fabrics

In the few days leading up to the fabric delivery, I prepped as much as I could ahead of time. This included finishing up a couple WIPs, organizing my sewing area, refreshing myself on every step of the pattern, and sourcing Aurifil thread to match. I had picked Art Gallery solids in Nocturnal and Denim Blue to coordinate with the Loved to Pieces fabrics, but I only had computer images and the limited selection of Aurifil at my local-ish quilt shop. In fact, it was my husband who picked up the thread for me! The 50wt Light Wedgewood #2725 ended up being a great match for the Denim Blue solid! However, the 50wt Dark Navy #2784 was just a tad more blue than the Nocturnal solid. But with no time for substitutions, it was going to work great!

Art Gallery Fabrics solids paired with Aurifil thread

The diamonds in the pattern are made using raw edge applique. In preparation of that step, I pressed all the print fabrics Mathew sent me onto Lite Steam-A-Seam 2. I've started to use this fusible exclusively. When doing lots of stitching on the fabric that's been fused, it does gum up on my needle just a bit. I'm able to pick off the gummy part with my fingers and keep going without any issues. But this negative isn't enough for me to be deterred from using it. There are several things I really like about it - it's sticky and repositionable until pressed, it creates a permanent bond once pressed, and multiple layers aren't as stiff as alternate brands.

Prepping fabrics with Lite Steam-A-Seam 2

On the first day, I got all the fabrics cut and prepped and even got all of the diamonds appliqued.

Loved to Pieces fabric by Mathew Boudreax (aka Mister Domestic) for Art Gallery Fabrics

I decided the most efficient method for quilting would be to quilt through the quilt sandwich at the same time I added the bias tape circles. So on the second day, I assembled the quilt top and pin basted it with Warm & Natural batting.

Moonrise quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

I finished prepping the bias tape circles this day too.

Prepping bias tape circles for the Moonrise quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

My walking foot worked perfectly for adding the circles! The process is more time consuming than I typically have patience for, but the end result is definitely worth it! (You can get a peek at the backing fabric in this photo - AGF solid Appletini.)

Adding bias tape circles to the Moonrise quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

I machine stitched the binding on and finished clipping all the loose threads at 10:30pm Sunday night. Plenty of time to spare! (Including losing at bobbin chicken just 4" from the end!)

Binding a quilt by machine

I woke up Monday morning to get a few pictures before packing it up in a box to ship it back to Mathew! (And then I decided to make a second quilt before the 3pm mailing deadline!)

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

Moonrise is my 11th quilt pattern that will be available both digitally and in print (printed patterns should arrive next week!) You can get the pattern digitally on Etsy and Craftsy. (The cover quilt is made with Island Batik fabrics. You can read about that quilt here!)

Moonrise quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

The description on the pattern is: "Moonrise is a dramatic quilt perfect for highlighting focal prints and fussy cutting fabrics. Raw edge applique and bias tape circles give this quilt a unique look that is sure to impress! This intermediate level pattern includes directions for five sizes from crib to king."

Moonrise quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

I can't wait to watch all the Market pictures on Instagram to see if I can spy my Moonrise quilt! The quilt on the pattern cover will be in the Island Batik booth, and this one will be in Mathew's AGF booth!

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


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22 comments:

  1. It looks so beautiful Laura! How luck you are to get to play with Loved to Pieces early!

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  2. Your quilt is wonderful! That race sounds super stressful, but how exciting to have two quilts hanging at market!

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  3. It's awesome you were able to get the quilt done and shipped in such a short time, Laura! I hope you get to see plenty of photos of both versions of the quilt at Market. :)

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  4. A beautiful finish. You are a pretty amazing creator working under the gun like that. Congrats on having two versions at Quilt Market.

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  5. Both quilts are very pretty, you've done a great job. Have a wonderful time at Quilt Market.

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  6. Hate it when I loose at bobbin chicken. You amaze me! I know I couldnt get that done in that amount of time. Are you giong to market this year?

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  7. This one is beautiful as well. I love the dark blue background.

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  8. I viewed your "surprise for domenic" first and absolutely loved it. Then I examined "Moonrise". It is so lovely as well. I'm not sure which one I would choose to make

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  9. What an amazing quilt--lucky Mister Domestic! Bobbin chicken--perfect name ;)

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  10. Love all of it!! Great story telling!!

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  11. If anyone can make a quilt in 3 days, it is you! Hooray! And, of course, it is beautiful!

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  12. Wow! Push the pause button on life, cut, sew, quilt and bind! Superwoman you are! :)Beautiful quilt!

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  13. What a stunning quilt. I am blown away that you got 'er done so quickly. How do you warp time? When I am in my happy place, sewing, time always flies! I think I will go re-read your post and see if I can spy any secrets. And Quilt Market! You are a rock star.

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  14. Wow! I can't believe you made this stunning quilt in such a short time, all that bias binding would have taken me weeks! Well done and congratulations!

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  15. Yikes Laura! Start to finish in a week's time. That is just crazy. You did a fantastic job with this and it shows off the fabric beautifully.

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  16. Lovely quilt! You sure are the queen of last minute! Thanks for linking to Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  17. Absolutely stunning! You absolutely zoomed through it, well done! 😊 Also, I love the location you took pictures at, such a pretty backdrop. 😊

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  18. Beautiful. And a fun technique.

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  19. I love this quilt! Seeing it in Mathew's booth was awesome! It looked so great in person! I can't believe how fast you finished it too!

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  20. This is beautiful. You did amazing in such a short timeframe. And then to make a second quilt. Wow. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.

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  21. Wow! That's alot of work, I think it's gorgeous too, but I wasn't sewing it yet! I'm happy to hear you think it's worth it!

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