Happy Pi Day!!

Saturday, March 14, 2020


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!

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If you'd like to look at the Pi Day quilts I've made before, here are the links to those!

2019 - A pi / infinity mini quilt
2018 - Bright circles lap quilt
2017 - A pie hot pad

For this year's quilt, I started with a Cotton + Steel panel that I've had in my stash for years. I cut one small section from the panel that featured aqua, coral, and gray dots on a navy background. (One of my favorite color combos!)

I made a mini quilt sandwich with a scrap of Warm & Natural batting and a piece of solid navy fabric from my stash. I always pin baste if I'm quilting on my domestic machine, and it was super quick and easy for such a small quilt!

Free motion quilting circles

I found that 50wt Aurifil #2783 Medium Delft Blue was the closest color to navy I had in my thread stash.

Then I just started quilting! Using the free-motion foot on my Juki, I quilted around each circle three times, then moved to the next circle. This created a very cool texture with the tiny dots raising up a bit!

Free motion quilting on my Juki
Photo credit: Susy Photo

The colors were really challenging to photograph, but I found a great coral solid fabric in my stash that matched the tiny coral dots almost perfectly!

Quilting tiny circles or pebbles

I cut 2 1/4" strips and machine sewed it on. (Tutorial for machine binding here.) I actually used 50wt Aurifil #2225 Salmon for that, as it was a really close match!

Machine sewing binding

The finished mini quilt measures just 10" square, and was a really fun way to practice some free motion quilting! 

Pi Day mini quilt

I love how my collection of Pi Day quilts is growing! It will be so fun to have a stash to pull out every year as my boys get older!

Texture on the back from quilting tiny circles

I have quite a few other circle-themed quilts that could get added to that stack too! 

Pi Day circles mini quilt

Oh, and if you love that pi necklace, you can get that here!

Pi Day circles mini quilt

Have you made any quilts with circles? I'm already looking forward to next year's Pi Day quilt!

Pi Day circle mini quilt


  1. I love it! The quilting is so fun and really makes those circles pop :) The necklace is fun, too!

  2. This is another fun little quilt, continuing your Pi Day theme. I was wondering what you were going to do. Love this and the quilting is fun and pops those circles.

  3. I love that you add to the collection every year. The necklace makes me smile, too!


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