Monday, February 20, 2017

Quilting is for the Dogs!

As an Island Batik ambassador, this month's project was to make kennel quilts. As you know, I love to support our local animal shelter (see my recent quilty donation to them here). The kennel quilt initiative allows for helping our four-legged friends in another way!

I started my first kennel quilt with a pack of Island Batik 5" squares. These are called "Island Stamps" and the collection is "Lake Life." I added a couple more fabrics from the packs of Island Batik stash builder rolls in order to get enough lights and darks. I made a few HSTs (half square triangles) and cut all the fabrics into 1 1/2" squares. Then I sewed the squares together to create a dog bone quilt!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Shine Bright

This week's Project Quilting challenge prompt was "Brighter the Better."

I immediately knew I wanted to use reflective fabric. After I couldn't find any locally, I decided to repurpose some clothing items we had around the house. My first choice was this construction vest from the kids' toy bin, but I couldn't take that away from them!

Reflective mini quilt for Project Quilting by Slice of Pi Quilts

Friday, February 10, 2017

Happy Galentine's Day!

I have lots of fun quilty things in the works this year, and one of those happens to be that I am an Island Batik ambassador!

What exactly does that mean? The fabric company, Island Batik, sends me a box of fabric and I get to make things!

Island Batik Galentine Valentine Heart Envelope Mug RugI just received my first box of happy mail Wednesday night. And boy was I shocked at what was inside! Not only was there (by my rough calculations) over 30 yards of fabric, but also 9 spools of Aurifil thread and 4 spools of Superior threads!!!! And this is just supposed to last the first six months!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Here Comes the Fun!

It's time for the third challenge for Project Quilting! This week's prompt was "Tuned in to Texture."

Fabric weaving mini quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

I love creating quilts with texture. Some recent examples include my Fruit of the Spirit quilt and my triaxial weaving pillow. In fact, the top quilt on my list of quilts I want to make in 2017 is a fabric weaving quilt!

Quilter's Planner - Slice of Pi Quilts

Of course, I haven't decided on fabrics for that quilt, nor have I purchased any. With the project quilting deadlines of just one week, I knew I wouldn't be able to order anything and get it delivered in time to finish. So I had to work with what I had in my stash.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Sliced is the third pattern (of 3) I'm releasing in January/February! (The first was Speak Love and the second was Rockslide.)

Sliced modern watermelon quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

Just like the previous two, the cover photo on the pattern isn't final. But limited time, wind, rain, and now forecasted snow...well, I'm not sure when good photos will happen! So I thought I'd just go ahead and put the patterns out there while I'm waiting for the perfect photos. (Update: The cover photo is FINALLY done! Look at that gorgeous blue wall! I want to take all my quilt photos there!)

Sliced modern watermelon quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

I originally finished the throw sized Sliced quilt way back in September! (Can you tell from the green grass photos??) So this has been one of many secret sewing projects that have been under wraps for a long time!