Going for the Gold

Friday, September 13, 2019

This year, Island Batik became a sponsor of Triathlon Gold, an organization that coaches triathletes on their journey to become national and world champions. As an Island Batik ambassador, I had the unique opportunity to make a quilt for one of the triathletes - Annie Kelly.

Red, white, and blue batik string quilt for triathlete Annie Kelly
Photo courtesy of TriathlonGold

Over the Rainbow

Friday, September 6, 2019

Earlier this summer, Paintbrush Studio Fabrics sent me a bundle of "Over the Rainbow" fabrics by Ampersand Studio. Both PBS Fabrics and Ampersand Studio are based in Kansas City, so I was excited to be a part of a local collaboration!

Bundle of Joy rainbow baby quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

A Speedy Gonzalez Quilt - Take Two!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Do you remember when I made this Speedy Gonzalez quilt? I gifted it to a friend when she had her first child - a girl - a couple years ago. Now she's expecting a boy, and I thought it would be fun to make a second one for her!

Quick and easy raw edge applique baby quilt

I've made this pattern several times now (here, here, and here). The last time I made it, it took just three hours from beginning to final stitch! This helped me to know how to plan how much time I'd need to make it. I ordered fabric online early in the week, and planned to make the quilt Friday night. I had to leave early Saturday morning for the baby shower!

Giveaway Party - September

It's a new month, so it's time for a new Giveaway Party!

Last month was the very first month for the Giveaway Party, and SIXTY-SEVEN giveaways were linked up throughout the month!!

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic support of this new resource!

Star Light, Star Bright

Friday, August 30, 2019

Which came first? The pattern or the fabric?

This month, the fabric!

Improv star quilt using Island Batik fabrics and Aurifil thread

High Tide Quilt

Friday, August 23, 2019

I designed the High Tide quilt almost a year ago. I had planned to use completely different fabrics, but for a long list of reasons, the quilt never happened. Fast forward to this summer, and I knew the design would be perfect for Mister Domestic's Catch & Release fabric!

High Tide quilt - a bias tape applique quilt for advanced beginners

Catch & Release Party with Mister Domestic

Monday, August 19, 2019

Mathew Boudreaux aka Mister Domestic is celebrating the release of his newest fabric collection, Catch & Release, with a six-week long party! Every day for six weeks, a different maker will be featured, and there will be giveaways too!

The party officially starts today, and I'm so excited to share my High Tide quilt with you!

High Tide quilt - a bias tape applique quilt for advanced beginners

Happy Fall Y'all!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

This month's Aurifil Artisan challenge was to make a whole cloth mini quilt using a Painter's Palette solid fabric. The catch? I had to use whatever color was sent to me. And you know what color I got??

Autumn whole cloth mini quilt using Painter's Palette Mink solid fabric and Aurifil threads



To Infinity and Beyond!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Both of my older boys (ages 4 and 6) have been asking to make quilts for quite awhile. I decided I would start with the oldest, and see how it went. Back in March, I submitted Jeremiah's name to Quilt Expo as a potential entry for their kids' quilt challenge division. They only accept the first 50 entries, and Jeremiah was chosen! The quilts had to be sent to them by August 16th. Now we had a deadline, so it had to happen!

Outer space quilt by six year old boy


Thursday, August 1, 2019

I'm am SO excited to announce the launch of the Giveaway Party today!!

The Giveaway Party at Slice of Pi Quilts

The Giveaway Party is a monthly linky party for all giveaways related to sewing and quilting.

How does it work? ANYBODY can add any giveaway from around the web, and it will immediately appear in the party! Everyone who adds a link to the party really helps make this a successful community effort!

Keep Your Face to the Sunshine

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Do you ever try something way outside of what your usual just for fun? I love doing just that! It gives my brain a bit of a break, but also stretches my creative muscles!

Sunflower and butterfly art mini quilt

This month's Island Batik ambassador challenge was to use three (or more) different weights of Aurifil thread to make an art quilt. And last month's Aurifil Artisan challenge was to use a new-to-me thread weight. This sunflower mini quilt is the result of combining both of these challenges!

Needle punch butterfly made with Aurifil 12wt thread as art quilt accent

An Island Batik Christmas in July

Saturday, July 27, 2019

As you know, I'm an Island Batik Ambassador this year. As part of the program, I get two shipments of Island Batik fabrics to use in monthly quilt challenges. Today I get to share with you what came in the second box!

Fabric, thread, batting, and Accuquilt die I received as part of the Island Batik ambassador program

Shark Attack!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Have you heard the baby shark song? It's been around for ages, but it's recently gotten quite popular in this age of viral videos.

The son of my friend, Kiffany, turned seven this month, and he chose Baby Shark to be his birthday theme. Well, I knew I had the perfect quilt in my stash just for the occasion! (And I've never shared it on the blog!)

Baby Shark quilt with Riley Blake fabrics for the Modern Quilt Guild fabric challenge

Sew, Let's Quilt Along - Block 10

Monday, July 15, 2019

It's time for the 10th block release for the Sew, Let's Quilt Along!

I designed this block - buttons!

Modern buttons quilt block pattern

Sew, Let's Quilt Along is the current quilt along for the Partners in Design group of quilt pattern designers. Be sure to read this post if you need more information, and join the Facebook group to meet lots of quilty friends!

Sew Let's Quilt Along

Ready to make the buttons block?

The directions make a 12 1/2" x 12 1/2" unfinished quilt block. The block is made with raw-edge applique for a quick and easy finish! The buttons are created by using both the right AND wrong sides of the fabric!

Modern buttons quilt block pattern

Be sure to visit all the hosts of the QAL to see their versions of the block! My favorite thing as a pattern designer is seeing the same pattern made in many different fabrics!

Abbie at Sparkle On!
April at JANDA Bend Quilts
Becca at Pretty Piney Quilts
Bobbi at Snowy Days Quilting
Karen at Tu-Na Quilts
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing
Sandy at SandyStar Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting

Modern buttons quilt block pattern

To quilt along, be sure to join the QAL Facebook group. Here, you can see other participants' blocks, post photos of your block, and ask questions. On Instagram, use the hashtag #sewletsqal.

Modern buttons quilt block pattern

If you complete Blocks 10-13 (Segment 3), you'll be entered to win some great prizes!

Sew Let's Quilt Along Segment 3 Prizes

The prizes includes:
4" Needlecraft Scissors from Omnigrid (a Prym Company)
5-piece Fat Quarter Bundle from the "ring Ring" collection by Hoodie Crescent for Paintbrush Studio Fabrics
Craft Storage Tool Box from Everything Mary
13-piece Fat Quarter Bundle of the Colette Collection from Timeless Treasures

Sew Let's Quilt Along Segment 3 Prizes

The Segment 3 prize winner will also receive a free digital pattern from each of the Segment 3 Pattern Designers!

Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts <--- That's me!!
Becca at Pretty Piney Quilts
Sandy at SandyStar Designs
April at JANDA Bend Quilts (*Christmas Tree Farm Table Runner pattern)

Modern buttons quilt block pattern

To enter the Segment 3 giveaway, complete all four blocks in Segment 3 (Blocks 10 through 13) and post one photo showing all four blocks in the Facebook group, on Instagram using #sewletsqal, or the ending linky party (posted on August 27th).

Modern buttons quilt block pattern

Here is the schedule for the remaining blocks in the QAL:
July 16th - Block 10 - Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts <--- That's me!!
July 30th - Block 11 - Becca at Pretty Piney Quilts
August 13th - Block 12 - Sandy at SandyStar Designs
August 27th - Block 13 - April at JANDA Bend Quilts

There's also an amazing Grand Prize giveaway for those that complete all 13 blocks!

The prizes are open to international participants and all participants must be at least 18 years old. Please make your blocks your own in fabrics and embellishments, but only those that make the designers' patterns are eligible to prize entry.

Modern buttons quilt block pattern

Let's quilt along!

Everyday Tank

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

I have wanted to sew my own clothes for several years now. I always have some sort of excuse, but it really boils down to the fact that 3-D sewing (especially sewing clothes!) scares me!

Everyday Tank by Indygo Junction sewn with Art Gallery fabric

My BQF (best quilty friend) Heather, is always sewing the cutest clothes, and she makes it look so easy! This month's Aurifil Artisan challenge is to sew something seasonal. That combined with our upcoming summer vacation was just the motivation I needed to dive in and attempt getting over my fear of clothes-making!

Glowing Lone Star #2 + TGIFF

Friday, July 5, 2019

I'm so excited to be able to share my second Glowing Lone Star quilt with you!

Glowing Lone Star quilt for Bluprint

The first one was made with blues and greens and is available on Bluprint as a kit here.

Glowing Lone Star quilt for Bluprint

This quilt is exactly the same design, except it has completely different fabric colors! (The kit is available on Bluprint here.) I absolutely love seeing the same quilt made out of different fabrics!! This one is so striking in both the warm and cool colorways!

Adding a laser to ANY sewing machine!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Do you remember when I discovered a laser that would work on a sewing machine? (You can read that post here.) Well, I'm happy to be able to share with you that there's a new kid in town!

Meet the ViviLux Laser light!

Many new sewing machines come equipped with a built-in laser. The laser line can be used to sew straight lines to make half-square triangles (HSTs) or stitch-and-flip corners without drawing the lines corner to corner. It can also be used for dot-to-dot straight line quilting. BUT buying a new sewing machine equipped with one of these fancy lasers is expensive!

But now, you can add a fancy schmancy laser to ANY sewing machine!!

Louvered Mini Quilt

Sunday, June 30, 2019

As a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, I'm able to participate in a couple quilt challenges they do each year. This spring, Riley Blake sponsored the challenge. I received five fat eighths of fabric and decided to revisit a couple techniques from previous quilts for this one.

Louvered mini quilt with twisted strips for texture

Embracing Imperfection - A Rayon Quilt

Friday, June 21, 2019

You all know I love quilty experiments and trying new things, so you know how excited I was when I found out this month's Island Batik ambassador challenge was to try something new!

It was time to cross "rayon quilt" off my quilty bucket list!

Modern quilt made with rayon fabrics

USA Map Quilt Surprise

Monday, June 17, 2019

A few months ago, a local friend gave me a box of fabrics that she no longer wanted. When putting the box in my car, she pulled one fabric out (a USA map panel) and said, "I planned to make this for my son, but I'll never get around to it." I knew right at that moment that she would be getting that back!

Quilted USA map panel

Fast forward to last weekend, and I gifted her the finished map quilt for her son!

Boho Chic Baby Quilt

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

As part of the Aurifil Artisan program, I received three fat quarters from Anna Maria Horner's Passion Flower collection and a spool of coordinating Aurifil thread. I could make anything I wanted - so of course I made a quilt!

Boho Chic baby quilt with Anna Maria Horner fabrics and vintage lace

Make It Modern

Friday, May 31, 2019

It's the last day of May, so that must mean it's time to share another Island Batik ambassador quilt! This month is all about modern quilts!

Modern black and white quilt with giant prairie points

When I was pondering this month's challenge, I decided on two things: I wanted to use the black and white solid fabrics by Island Batik, and I wanted to incorporate texture.

80 quilts in 30 days

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

I'm still recovering from the Quilt Market hangover. All the prep work leading up to the show, the hustle of setting up and tearing down, plus the actual show - it was all very exhausting! I plan to do a couple additional blog posts to share how my husband made my booth and how I made a miniature of my booth, so watch for those in the coming days!

But this post is to celebrate that I made 80 quilts in the 30 days before Market!!

80 quilt samples in 30 days

When I decided that I would have a booth at Market (way back in November!), I immediately knew I wanted to also participate in Sample Spree. Sample Spree is a buying frenzy of just a couple hours where buyers can be the first to purchase new products and fabrics. I wanted to make shop samples (completed quilts in the small or mini sizes) of several of my patterns so shops could take them back to their shops immediately without having to do any work themselves.

Hydra quilt pattern release!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Out of all my new pattern releases happening in conjunction with Quilt Market (just 14 more days!), Hydra is my favorite!!

Hydra mermaid scales quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

I'm in a book!!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Yesterday afternoon, I heard the UPS truck pull up in front of our house. Although I've ordered quite an extensive amount of things for my Quilt Market booth (just two more weeks!), I wasn't expecting anything yesterday. He handed me a package from F+W Media and inside was a book - Beyond the Block.

Chambray quilt in Beyond the Block book

I had absolutely no idea why this book came to me. I first checked the address on the package to see if it was delivered to the wrong address. Nope. Then I checked the author's name to see if it was a friend. Nope. I checked the receipt to see if it was a gift. Nope. So I shrugged my shoulders and fanned the pages.

Then this happened: WHAAATTTTT?!?!?!?!?!? Go back!!!! What was that?!?!? THAT'S MY QUILT!!!

Chambray quilt in Beyond the Block book

The 3-Hour Quilt

Monday, April 29, 2019

This month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to use the Accuquilt Go! cutting machine to make a 40" square baby quilt. As you know, I'm smack in the middle of Quilt Market prep, so I really don't have time to do anything not related to Market, but I'm not one to skip out on a commitment! So I made decisions on what to make and how to make it based on what would be the fastest.

This three hour baby quilt is so quick and easy!

The result is this 40" square baby quilt that took me exactly 3 hours to make!

Pineapple Twist pattern release!

Monday, April 22, 2019

The countdown is on for Market! Just three more weeks!

I have SIX new print patterns releasing to quilt shops at Market, and today I'm sharing the next one with you! (Finial, Hee-Haw, and Cotton Candy are the first three. I'll share the other two in the next two weeks!)

Pineapple Twist is finally available as a stand-alone pattern! 

Pineapple Twist quilt pattern using prairie points to create texture

A (Logo) Banner Day!

Friday, April 19, 2019

Ever since starting Slice of Pi Quilts in 2016, I have wanted to make a quilt using my business logo. But I never had a reason to do it - until now!

A quilt made from my logo

Quilt Market is just four weeks away. This week, I finished the last of my four new patterns (and the quilts!) that I will be releasing at Market, and my husband started building my booth. Then I started on my logo quilt.

Ahoy! It's a Boy!

Monday, April 15, 2019

When my brother was in college, he worked one summer at a restaurant in Gulf Shores, Alabama called The Hangout. He wasn't just any regular server or cook though, he was a pirate!

Pirate baby quilt

As soon as he and his wife announced they were pregnant with a boy, I knew a pirate quilt would be perfect!

Pirate from The Hangout in Gulf Shores, AL

I admit, I have been collecting pirate fabrics for several years just in case this day would come. I can't tell you how ecstatic I was when I knew I'd be able to use them!

I See You! + TGIFF

Thursday, April 11, 2019

The first 4-H club in our town started in the fall, and we were eager to get our oldest son involved. He's just five, and many others in the club are also quite young. Each month, our club does a different activity to give the kids an experience that might be new to them. We've decorated cupcakes, learned about goats, rabbits, and chickens, and done arts and crafts. Last month, I was signed up to teach about quilting!

At last month's meeting, each 4-Her made one monster block, then I finished the quilt before this month's meeting and documented the whole process in our club's Facebook group so the kids could see what goes on behind the scenes. I revealed the quilt to the kids this week at our monthly meeting, and it was quite a hit!

Monster quilt made by kids in our local 4-H club

Cotton Candy Quilt Pattern Release! + TGIFF

Thursday, April 4, 2019

When I taught middle school math in Las Vegas, I became good friends with the geography teacher two doors down from my classroom. Seven years later, we both live in Kansas City, we both have three boys, and we both own our own business! It was a no-brainer to collaborate on a Cotton Candy quilt!

Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

Kiffany owns Cottontale KC which sells organic cotton candy. She has spun sugar for the Chiefs, is regularly on our local news, is in food magazines, and even has her cotton candy served in local restaurants!

Cotton Candy quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

Purple Orange Peels

Sunday, March 31, 2019

I am knee deep in Quilt Market prep. Contracts, logistics, writing new quilt patterns, booth design, quilt making, marketing...the list is a mile long. So March's Island Batik ambassador quilt got squeezed in at the end of the month among a lot of other things!

Purple ombre orange peel quilt with Island Batik fabrics

Fussy Cutting Tutorial

Friday, March 15, 2019

A few months ago, I made the End Game mini quilt with some epic fussy cutting. Since then, I've had several requests for a fussy cutting tutorial. So with Jemima's permission, I'm going to share my process with you!

Fussy cutting tutorial for cutting AND sewing equilateral triangles by Slice of Pi Quilts

Hee-Haw Quilt Pattern Release!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, then maybe you got to see the behind the scenes shenanigans I shared in my stories as I took my family on a donkey hunt to get a fun photo for the cover of my newest pattern - Hee-Haw!

Hee-Haw donkey quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts