52 Charity Quilts in 52 Weeks - May

Thursday, May 31, 2018

I was able to squeeze just a bit of time this month to work on my 52 charity quilts. I added three more tops to the pile!

Charity baby quilts using Debbie Mumm fabric

A Memorial Day Quilt

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Last year, I made two red, white, and blue heart quilts (see them here and here). When making them, the pattern made lots of bonus half-square triangles (some call this "goose poop!").

I have plenty of things on my need-to-do list (many with impending deadlines!), but Memorial weekend seemed like the right time to get out the HSTs and sew them up.

Red, white, and blue half square triangle (HST) quilt

Leather Handle Tote Bag

Saturday, May 26, 2018

This may shock you, but I did in fact do 3-D sewing!! (Spoiler alert: I survived! And the bag turned out great too!)

Leather handles, rivets, and a canvas Les Fleurs fabric by Rifle Paper Co. and Cotton + Steel make this a great tote bag for summer!

Cactus Pillows

Thursday, May 24, 2018

I have a friend expecting her third child in July. When I asked her if she planned to have a nursery theme, she said "colorful Southwest." That's been in the back of my mind as I try to think of a baby quilt idea. Then this month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge was "pillows." When searching Pinterest for "Southwest inspired nursery," I kept coming across cactus pillows. I knew it would be a fun extra to send with the quilt!

Colorful Southwest cactus pillows made with Island Batik fabrics

Detour Quilt - Stash Statement Book Hop!

Monday, May 21, 2018

Welcome to my stop on the Stash Statement book hop!

When Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation emailed a few months ago to ask if I'd like to join the blog hop for her Stash Statement book release, I was quick to say yes! I've followed Kelly's blog for awhile now, and I always love to see what she's up to!

Detour quilt in aqua and navy from Stash Statement quilting book by Kelly Young

A Surprise for Mister Domestic

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

If you follow me on Instagram, you know how quickly I had to make the Moonrise quilt for Mathew of Mister Domestic to get it to Market on time. I received the fabrics in the mail on Friday, and I had to ship the finished quilt out on Monday!

If you follow Mister Domestic on YouTube, then you may know a bit about the story behind his Loved to Pieces fabric collection. One print in the collection has great personal meaning to him. It is a print inspired by mandalas painted on rocks. As soon as I learned that, I immediately wanted to make my Flurry quilt - which is also inspired by painted rock mandalas!

However, Mathew had already picked my Moonrise quilt for his Market booth. But I couldn't shake the desire. I decided before I even got the fabric that I would try to make both!

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

Moonrise Quilt with Island Batik Fabrics

The story of the Moonrise quilt really begins exactly a year ago when I attended Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis. At Sample Spree (a buying frenzy of all new things related to fabric and quilting) I bought a fat quarter bundle of Menagerie fabric by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton + Steel. I loved the popularity of the fabric, but I personally didn't love the fabric. I really wanted to design a quilt that would bring cohesiveness to all the prints, but also highlight the vintage vibe of the fabrics. This is when the Moonrise design began.

After working out all the logistics for how to make the quilt (and getting about halfway through making it), I decided to submit the quilt idea to Island Batik for their spring 2018 fabrics. They accepted the design and a funny thing happened. I liked the computer mock up with the Island Batik fabrics much more than I liked the original quilt I was working on!

Moonrise quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts using Lavendula fabrics by Island Batik

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