Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Hop

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hello! Welcome to the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 15 Blog Hop!

I am a cover girl for Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks volume 15!

You may remember that the last 100 Blocks issue (see my block from volume 14 here) was my very first print magazine appearance! Well, this time around is my second magazine appearance - and my block is on the cover!!!

When All Else Fails - Start Over

Last month, I discovered a new account on Instagram called Curated Quilts. According to their website, "Curated Quilts is a printed quarterly journal that will curate a gallery of quilts, share current trends, impart interviews with artists and lend inspiration through techniques and patterns in quilting." They put a call out for mini quilts to feature in their premier issue "LINEAR." I wanted to be a part of it!

Linear mini quilt for Curated Quilts

Adventurous Applique

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This month's challenge for the Island Batik ambassadors was "adventurous applique." I'll be honest with you - I don't like applique. I mean, I love the way it looks - when other people do it! I'm just not a fan of all the steps and time it takes to do. But I am a huge fan of trying new things! 

Floral frame applique quilt using Island Batik fabrics

Rough Around the Edges Quilt

Monday, April 24, 2017

When the Modern Quilt Guild announced their 2017 Riley Blake Fabric Challenge was going to be red and aqua fabric, I became a member that same day! Red and aqua is my absolute favorite color combo!

Rough Around the Edges equilateral triangle quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

882 Box Blocks

Monday, April 17, 2017

Do you know Leanne at Devoted Quilter? Earlier this month, the senior assisted living home in her community experienced a devastating fire. All 21 residents were safely evacuated, but their home was a total loss. The residents had to find temporary housing, and the employees are now out of work.

Box Block quilt using Rose Water fabric by Free Spirit

Leanne has been a good online friend of mine for awhile. After the fire, I asked her if the residents might need quilts. She quickly came up with a plan and set out on a mission to provide a quilt for all 21 residents!

Furry Friday

Friday, April 14, 2017

Furry Fridays are a two-fold initiative to provide kennel quilts for animal shelters and also help get shelter pets adopted! This week's Furry Friday is sponsored by Benartex Fabrics. Be sure to hop over to their blog and Facebook page to see all the fun they're up to this week!

Kennel quilts using Island Batik fabrics

The first goal of Furry Fridays is to provide kennel quilts for animals in shelters waiting for their forever home. The Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization sponsored by The Quilt Pattern Magazine. You can help The Small Kennel Quilt Team by making kennel quilts yourself! Information about the kennel quilt program is available here. Kennel quilts are quick and easy to make - and a great use of scraps!

A Slice of Moda

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

One of my newest patterns is for Sliced - a watermelon quilt!

Sliced mini quilt for Moda by Slice of Pi Quilts

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by Moda to make the mini version (30" square) of my pattern in Moda Bella solids for their Quilt Market booth! Wait, what??? Moda contacted me?? And asked me to make a quilt for them?? For Quilt Market?? Pinch me! I must be dreaming!!

2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hello! Today is the start of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

The blog hop is set up so you can have a chance to meet and welcome new bloggers into the wonderful and encouraging online quilting community. Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl, Beth at Cooking Up Quilts, and Leanne at She Can Quilt are hosting the blog hop. Be sure to check out their pages for AMAZING giveaways!!

The 2017 New Quilt Bloggers have been connecting through Slack and learning new things for the past month. We have all been doing behind the scenes work on our blogs to make them even better! The bloggers were "sorted" into three "hives," and each week during the blog hop, each host will highlight 4-5 of the bloggers in their hive. I am part of the Blooming Quilters hive (hosted by Yvonne), and I got to design the button for our blog hop!

For the blog hop, we are to share a few things so you can get to know each of us better. I love connecting with new people in the quilting community, so I am excited for the next few weeks!

Machine Quilt Binding Tutorial

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I used to hate binding quilts! I had a stack of quilts bigger than I will admit just sitting in the corner awaiting that one final step. Then one day I decided I needed to bite the bullet and get them done. Since that day, I've made over 50 quilts! I have figured out a binding method that works for me and now I enjoy it just as much as the rest of the quilt-making process! I know there are already a lot of tutorials out there for how to bind a quilt by machine, but if you're like me, none of them seemed to work just quite right. Please use what works best for you! Most of the choices I make when binding a quilt are to make the process as quick, easy, and painless as possible. I hope this tutorial helps you find joy in the final step in the quilt-making process too!

How to bind a quilt by machine tutorial