Quilter's Project Planner - A Quilty Planner Review

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Quilter's Project Planner

I'm continuing my series on quilty planners this week with a review of the Quilter's Project Planner! (There's a giveaway at the end of this post too!)


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QAL By the Sea - Block 6

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Today's the day for Block 6 of the QAL By the Sea!

The sixth block is "Stars at Sea" by Snowy Days Quilting! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

QAL By the Sea quilt blocks

This is the sixth of twelve blocks in the QAL By the Sea. There is a new FREE block pattern released each week throughout the quilt along, and there are prizes you can win for joining the fun! Be sure to join the QAL's Facebook group so you can encourage other quilters and get the links to all the patterns!

QAL By the Sea

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If you're new here, hello! I'm Laura! I design quilt patterns, and I'm a self-proclaimed deal hunter! Be sure to join the popular Quilting & Sewing Deals Facebook group where I post sales, deals, and coupon codes from all around the web!

Plan to Quilt - A Quilty Planner Review

Thursday, September 10, 2020

I have had a thing for office supplies since a very young age. I remember the feeling I got when opening a new box of 64 crayons, and it's the same feeling I get when opening a new pack of pens as an adult. I love pretty notepads, washi tape, colorful pens, and all things paper. I've started a small collection of quilty planners, so I'd thought I'd share them each with you over the next few weeks. I'll do a round up post at the end to share what I love (and don't!) about each one too!

The Plan to Quilt project planner is an undated organizer great for tracking and recording quilty finishes!

First up is "Plan to Quilt" by Shannon Gillman Orr of Eva Blake's Makery.


This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking the inks, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

If you're new here, hello! I'm Laura! I design quilt patterns, and I'm a self-proclaimed deal hunter! Be sure to join the popular Quilting & Sewing Deals Facebook group where I post sales, deals, and coupon codes from all around the web!

QAL By the Sea - Block 5

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

It's time for Block 5 of the QAL By the Sea!

The fifth block is "Heads or Tails?" by Sandra at Sandra Healy Designs! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

Fish quilt block for the QAL By the Sea

This is the fifth of twelve blocks in the QAL By the Sea. There is a new FREE block pattern released each week throughout the quilt along, and there are prizes you can win for joining the fun! Be sure to join the QAL's Facebook group so you can encourage other quilters and get the links to all the patterns!

QAL By the Sea

This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase after clicking the inks, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

If you're new here, hello! I'm Laura! I design quilt patterns, and I'm a self-proclaimed deal hunter! Be sure to join the popular Quilting & Sewing Deals Facebook group where I post sales, deals, and coupon codes from all around the web!

Going Batty! - FREE Bat Quilt Block Pattern

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

This month's Quilt Block Mania theme is Halloween! Dozens of designers are sharing FREE quilt block patterns for you to sew!

I created a FREE pattern for a spooky bat!

FREE spooky bat quilt block


Double the fun!

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

One of my childhood friends is expecting twins! Of course I wanted to make quilts!

My favorite baby quilt to make is what I've dubbed the Three Hour Quilt. And honestly, I might rename it to the Two Hour Quilt. I can make the whole quilt from start to finish in only two hours!! Which means I could make two of them in just four hours!

Quick and easy quilt-as-you-go baby quilts

I've made this same quilt a few times before. I don't normally like to make the same thing more than once, but when it only takes a couple hours, it's a great go-to baby quilt! You can read about all the other ones I've made here, here, here, here, and here.

QAL By the Sea - Segment 1 Wrap Up

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Are you quilting along with the QAL By the Sea??

Four blocks (of twelve) have been released so far, which means it's time for a one-week break for everyone to catch up.

QAL By the Sea nautical themed quilt blocks

It also means that you can enter to win the first set of prizes!

QAL By the Sea

QAL By the Sea - Block 4

The weeks are flying by! It's already time for the 4th block of the QAL By the Sea! (It's also the end of segment 1. That means you have an extra week to catch up, and a chance to win some prizes! If you're sewing along, be sure to read the segment 1 post!)

QAL By the Sea - the first four blocks!

The first three blocks were all raw-edge applique, but this block from Sherry at Powered by Quilting is a mix of traditional and paper piecing! Find the pattern and tutorial HERE!

QAL By the Sea

QAL By the Sea - Block 3

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Another week has passed, and it's time for the next block in the QAL By the Sea!

The third block is Signal Flags by April at JANDA Bend Quilts! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

QAL By the Sea blocks 1-3

As if the amazing design of the block wasn't enough, it has a secret code! Can you hear my geek heart?! Pitter patter!

QAL By the Sea

QAL By the Sea - Block 2

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The QAL by the Sea is off to a great start! Block 1 was released last week, and there's still plenty of time to join the fun!

Block 2 is an amazing sea turtle by The Inquiring Quilter! The pattern and tutorial are on her blog HERE.

Sea Turtle quilt block made with Kona aqua and teal solids and Aurifil thread

I absolutely LOVE this block and was so excited to make it in my monochromatic aqua palette!

QAL By the Sea

A Glowing Finish - 1,050 Days in the Making

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Last weekend, I got to spend three days at the Sew Cozy Quilt Lodge in Wakefield, Kansas. It's a wonderful quilt retreat built and owned by a quilter. I've been to the retreat several times before (read about two of my previous visits here and here), and I was excited to go back!

When making a list of what I wanted to work on while there, I decided it was time to finish a quilt I started a few years ago but never finished. (I know I'm not the only one with projects like that!)


Moonrise quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts using Menagerie fabric by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel




QAL By the Sea - Block 1

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Ahoy!! The "QAL By the Sea" starts today!


Seashell quilt block

The pattern and tutorial for Block 1 is on Becca's blog HERE. It's seashells!


QAL By the Sea


Back to School

It's time for another month of Quilt Block Mania! This month, dozens of designers are sharing FREE quilt blocks with a Back to School theme!

I created a FREE pattern for a crayons quilt block!


Crayon quilt block free pattern


A Split Arrows Baby Quilt

Thursday, July 30, 2020

A few months ago, I connected with Nancy Archer on Instagram. She designs beautiful fabrics for QT Fabrics, and she asked me to make a quilt with her newest Garden Journal collection! After receiving the fabrics, I knew my Split Arrows pattern would be perfect for showing off the bright colors and designs!


Split Arrows quilt - a chevron baby quilt made with pink and purple fabrics

Christmas in July

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Merry Christmas - in July!

Rockslide quilt made with First Frost and Superior Solids from Benartex


I'm so excited to share the quilt I made for Benartex's Christmas in July project hop! 


QAL By the Sea - Fabric

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

If you missed the announcement, the next quilt-a-long from Partners in Design is going to be ocean themed! Today I'm sharing the fabrics I'm going to use to make all my blocks during the quilt-a-long!

Quilt-a-long By the Sea



FREE Moving Forward Quilt Block - Designer Shop Hop

Monday, July 13, 2020

Today is my day on the Quilt Designer's Shop Hop! Five days. Ten designers. Ten quilt blocks.


Moving Forward free quilt block pattern


Exploding Heart Quilt - Pattern Release!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

After months of anticipation, the Exploding Heart quilt pattern is finally here!!!


Exploding Heart quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

You can get both the PDF and paper versions in my Etsy shop!

PDF version here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/822272908/

Paper version here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/836168813/

It's a Beach Party!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

This month, dozens of pattern designers are coming together to start Quilt Block Mania where we share FREE quilt blocks with you every month! Carolina from AlwaysExpectMoore is spearheading the project, and there are already plans to continue with other themes for several months!

This month's theme is Summer Fun, and I'm sharing the FREE pattern for a beach ball quilt block!


FREE Beach Ball quilt block pattern


QAL by the Sea starts August 4th!

I'm excited to announce the next quilt-a-long by Partners in Design! QAL by the Sea will be the 4th quilt-a-long from the group, and this time it's an ocean theme!

QAL be the Sea is the next quilt-a-long by the Partners in Design group of pattern designers



Stay at Home - A Finished Quilt!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

My community's stay at home order is over! We are now free to move about the county! 


Stay at Home quilt

I am so excited to share my finished Stay at Home quilt with you!


Happy May Day! + TGIFF

Thursday, April 30, 2020

May Day tulip mini quilts with free motion applique


After making the jar of tulips mini quilt for the April Aurifil Artisan challenge, it made me remember that May Day was coming up! Do you give flowers to your friends and neighbors on May Day? It's a tradition I was introduced to as a young girl, and I decided to make some quilty flowers for my friends this year!


A Bouquet of Tulips

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Tulips in a jar mini quilt using Island Batik fabric and Aurifil thread


This month's Aurifil Artisan challenge was to feature your favorite Aurifil thread weight! I didn't even have to think about it! I absolutely love the 50wt!! I use it for piecing, machine applique, free-motion quilting (on both my domestic and longarm!), stitching on binding...

It took a bit longer to think about what I wanted to make. More sunshine is happening these days, and I've really been admiring the tulips blooming around our neighborhood. That was just the inspiration I needed to make a mini quilt!


Quilt Candy Virtual Trunk Show

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Today kicks off a fun event with more than 60 of my designer friends!


Quilt Candy Virtual trunk show on Facebook Live


From April 1 through April 10, different designers will present 15 minute trunk shows live on their Facebook page! 

One trunk show every hour, on the hour, starting at 12pm EST until 8pm EST every day!

Most of the trunk shows (maybe all??) will be saved on each designer's Facebook page so you can go back and catch up and watch all the ones you want!

I'll be going live on my Slice of Pi Quilts Facebook page twice during the event! And as a bonus, I'm going to do the live events on Instagram too!

My first one is tonight (April 1) at 6pm EST, and again next week at the same time! (April 8 at 6pm EST) Be sure to like my Slice of Pi Quilts Facebook page so you'll get a notification when I go live!

Check out the full schedule below! Enjoy the show!!

Stay at Home Quilt Block Pattern

Monday, March 30, 2020

I've seen several people making house quilt blocks as a way to remember this unique time in history where millions of people around the world are staying at home in order to stay healthy. I absolutely LOVE the idea!! I hunted around the web searching for a block that conveyed what I wanted, but just couldn't find one. So of course, I designed one!


Stay at Home quilt block - a simple heart inside house quilt block to sew while you shelter in place



Slice & Stitch Challenge

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

I am thrilled to be this month's Slice & Stitch challenger! Slice & Stitch challenges are a combined effort between Aurifil and Olfa, and this year Michael Miller stepped in to provide the fabric! Each challenger is given fabric, thread, and an Olfa tool to create something fun! I jumped at the chance to try something new!

Slice and Stitch challenge with Aurifil and Olfa - March 2020


In preparation of the challenge, I received Aurifil's Dolomite Green Color Builder box (with 50wt spools in colors #2908 Spearmint, #1147 Light Leaf Green, and #2890 Very Dark Grass Green), Olfa's Chenille Cutter, and three green fat quarters of Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids (Spring, Lime, and Leaf). I have never used the Olfa Chenille Cutter before, but I love adding texture to quilts! I was excited to try it out!

Face Masks with Fabric Straps Tutorial

Monday, March 23, 2020

A paramedic friend contacted me Friday night. She was crying and scared. They are out of medical masks and had two patients with all COVID-19 symptoms that day. I promised her I would sew as fast as I could before her next shift. She's expecting one mask. I'm making 72 for her whole crew to have enough to change out and wash as often as they need until new masks come in.

I wanted to share a photo tutorial with you to show how I'm making mine so you can make masks too!


Making homemade face masks with straps




Happy Pi Day!!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

HAPPY PI DAY!!!

Pi Day circle mini quilt


I've made it a tradition to make a pi themed quilt every year, and I'm sharing this year's mini quilt with you today! 

AND I'm having a sale in my Etsy shop to celebrate Pi Day too! Use the code PIDAY to get $3.14 off your order! The sale is good until the 17th! This is the only sale I have all year, so be sure to grab any patterns you've had your eye on!! Shop all my patterns HERE!

Quilts with a WOW factor!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Did you know that in addition to all my self-published patterns in my Etsy shop, I've also written several patterns that are available as kits on Bluprint??

Five quilt kits with a WOW factor! Find all the kits on Bluprint!


Playroom Quilt

Monday, February 24, 2020

Hello! I'm so excited to kick off the Playroom Project Party with Mister Domestic!! If you're new here, welcome!! I'm Laura, a homeschooling mom of three young boys, and I run the Quilting & Sewing Deals Facebook group! I also make a few a lot of quilts that I share right here on my blog!

Mathew Boudreaux, aka Mister Domestic, just released his fourth fabric collection with Art Gallery Fabrics called Playroom! I am so excited to share with you the quilt I made for the party!! In case you missed it, I shared the very fun crayon pillows in the Lookbook a couple months ago! You can find the tutorial to make those on my blog HERE!!


Crayon quilt tutorial with bias tape words


To My Valentine + TGIFF

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Happy Galentine's Day!

Galentine's Day is a day to celebrate your gal pals! As my boys were filling out Valentine cards this year, I realized I wanted to make Valentines for my friends too! And of course if they're coming from me, they would be made with fabric!


Quilted Valentine and Galentine cards

Team Colors

Saturday, January 25, 2020

After making a Patrick Mahomes quilt for the first Project Quilting challenge this year, I had to laugh when the second challenge's theme was "team colors!" 

I considered making a Travis Kelce or Tyreek Hill quilt, but due to a planned trip during the week, I knew I wouldn't have enough time to complete it. Instead, I opted for a simple mini quilt using the Chiefs colors that I could finish in the time I had.

Chiefs football modern mini quilt

Lemon Linens

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

One of the hardest parts of being a pattern designer is the secret sewing!! There are often projects going on behind the scenes that can't be shared as they're being made. Sometimes these quilts are for magazines or not-yet-released fabric lines or collaborative projects where there are many people involved. 

I'm so excited to be able to share a secret sewing project with you today!! I made several projects using Benartex's Lemon Fresh fabric collection for their Modern by the Yard e-zine!

DIY kitchen items to sew - kitchen towels, tea towels, double oven mitt, lemon quilt table topper


The Number 15 + TGIFF

Thursday, January 9, 2020

One of my quilty goals for 2020 is to make more quilts for FUN and less for business. And one of my favorite things to participate in is Project Quilting! It's a yearly challenge that starts each January where you make a quilt in one week. (Then you get a week break, and then do it again!) In all, there are six challenges each year. There are usually no size requirements, so mug rugs and mini quilts count!

The first challenge this year was released on Sunday January 5th and dubbed "Notably Numeric." The challenge was to create a quilt by January 12th and use numbers to inspire your quilt. Numbers!! Of course I HAD to participate!! 

I had SO many ideas!! Numbers fabric (of which I have lots!), calculator (I already made that quilt), pi (but I make a quilt with that theme every Pi Day!), hopscotch, Sudoku, telephone, dominoes, color by number... And that's when I realized there was a quilt on my "some day" list that had numbers! I was going to make a Chiefs quilt!


Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes mini quilt


But not just any Chiefs quilt. A Mahomes quilt!