Exploding Heart Jacket!

Monday, April 12, 2021

Almost immediately after I published the Exploding Heart quilt pattern, I had the idea to turn it into a denim jacket. And nine months later, it's done!! 

Right triangle hot-fix crystals on an upcycled denim jacket following the Exploding Heart quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

I can not express in words how much I love it! I'm so thrilled with how it turned out, and I want to wear it everywhere!!

Right triangle hot-fix crystals on an upcycled denim jacket following the Exploding Heart quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

Don't let the looks fool you - this is one of those projects that needs a "this took forever" tag!

Right triangle hot-fix crystals on an upcycled denim jacket following the Exploding Heart quilt pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts

Rain Showers - A FREE Quilt Block Pattern!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

April showers bring May flowers! And in this case, Quilt Block Mania brings rain themed quilt blocks!

Rain Showers - free modern quilt block

I decided to go with a modern interpretation of rain, using simple lines to make my quilt block.

Pi Day Mini Quilt

Monday, March 15, 2021

Pi Day only comes once a year, and of course we celebrate big! We always have pie (this year we had apple and chocolate chip cookie pie!), and I always make a quilt! This is my fifth year of Slice of Pi Quilts, and this was my fifth time making a Pi Day quilt!

Pi Day mini quilt with raw edge circles

When hunting for other pi and circle themed quilts, I came across this amazing one by Three Owls Handmade, and I knew that was just the jump start I needed.

Rose Garden - A FREE Quilt Block Pattern!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

This month's Quilt Block Mania theme is flowers - and I have a sweet and simple pieced block to share with you!

Rose Garden flower quilt block

Let's Take a Road Trip!

Friday, February 26, 2021

My friend and pattern designer, Heather Black of Quiltachusetts, has so many great things happening! She is now the author of TWO quilting books, and her second fabric collection was just released too!! Of course I jumped at the chance to sew something up with her newest fabrics! 

Suitcases quilt using the Road Trip fabric collection


The collection is named "Road Trip" - a nod to the memories of Heather's family road trips. When brainstorming what I might make, I kept circling back to travel themed ideas. I knew suitcases would be a great way to feature the prints in the collection, so the idea was born!

Exploding Heart - A Finished Quilt in All Pink!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

It has been so wonderful seeing all of the Exploding Heart quilts made during the quilt along!! I LOVE seeing them pop up in my social media feeds!

This week, I finished my all pink version! This is the FIFTH Exploding Heart quilt I've made now!

Exploding Heart quilt made in all solid pink Riley Blake Confetti Cotton fabrics

Exploding Heart - A Finished Quilt

Thursday, February 11, 2021

I have SO enjoyed the Exploding Heart quilt along! It has been amazing to sew alongside so many people!

Exploding Heart quilt with Kate Spain's Confection Batiks from Moda

I've worked on two quilts during the quilt along, and I just finished the first one tonight! (Find the Exploding Heart quilt pattern HERE.)

Exploding Heart Quilt Along - Week 6

It's the final week of the Exploding Heart quilt along! Cue the streamers and balloons! You definitely don't want to miss the final giveaway at the end of the post too!!

Exploding Heart quilt along

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Exploding Heart Quilt Along - Week 5

Thursday, February 4, 2021

It's week 5 of the Exploding Heart quilt along! We are so close to having a finished quilt! Last week we sewed our blocks into rows, and this week we're sewing the rows into the quilt top! You definitely don't want to miss this week's giveaway at the bottom of the post!

Exploding Heart quilt along

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Ahoy, Mermaids!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

The very moment I saw a sneak peek of the Ahoy! Mermaids collection from Riley Blake, I knew I HAD to have it! It's PERFECT for my Hydra quilt pattern!! And now that I've sewn it up, I'm so giddy with how it turned out!

Hydra quilt - mermaid scales quilt pattern using Ahoy! Mermaids fabric from Riley Blake

Lucky Squares - A FREE Quilt Block Pattern!

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

This month's Quilt Block Mania theme is "Lucky Charms!" Of course the first thing I thought of was the cereal with the same name! I decided to go with the most obvious choice for my block - a four-leaf clover!

Free four-leaf clover quilt block pattern

USA Block Tour - Nevada

Saturday, January 30, 2021

After I graduated from college (and BC - before children!), my husband and I moved to Las Vegas. In the six years that we lived there, we visited as much as the state as we could. My quilting journey even started here! From the sprawling City of Lights to the beautiful forests and open deserts, Nevada was home.

Home Means Nevada state quilt block

"Home means Nevada, Home means the hills,
Home means the sage and the pines.
Out by the Truckee's silvery rills,
Out where the sun always shines,
There is the land that I love the best,
Fairer than all I can see.
Right in the heart of the golden west
Home means Nevada to me."

The Pi family in Vegas
The Pi family in Nevada

I'm excited to share the complimentary "Home Means Nevada" quilt block for the Around the Block - US TourThis is part of a larger project with dozens of other pattern designers. Each week, a new FREE block pattern is released representing another one of the 50 US states. If you quilt along, you'll be able to make a quilt representing all 50 states!

Around the Block - US Tour

Exploding Heart Quilt Along - Week 4

Thursday, January 28, 2021

It's week 4 of the Exploding Heart quilt along! Last week, we finished sewing and trimming all the blocks, and this week we'll begin sewing the blocks into rows! Be sure to watch the video at the end of the post and enter this week's giveaway!

Exploding Heart QAL

If you're just joining in, be sure to check out all of the quilt along blog posts:

Dazzling New York Beauty Blog Hop + GIVEAWAY

Sunday, January 24, 2021

I am thrilled to be one of the stops on the blog hop for Cinzia White's newest book! It's a book of 54 New York Beauty blocks, and I've never made one! I love trying new things, so this was the perfect excuse to cross it off my quilty bucket list! Be sure to read to the end to find out how to win a copy of the book, too!

Dazzling New York Beauty Sampler quilt block made with solid fabrics

An Ugly Quilt Challenge + TGIFF

Thursday, January 21, 2021

At the end of last month, Prairie Flower Crafts (a quilt shop I love shopping at when I go visit my mom) announced an Ugly Quilt Contest. I've participated in an ugly quilt challenge before, so I knew I wanted to do this one too!

An ugly quilt made with vintage fabrics for an ugly quilt challenge

The challenge was to use three one-yard cuts of "ugly" fabric to make a quilt top using one of Fabric Cafe's free 3-yard quilt patterns. The rules for the contest said you could use any cotton fabric, but it had to be made into that exact pattern. I immediately began the quest for my "ugly" fabric!

Exploding Heart Quilt Along - Week 3

It's week 3 of the Exploding Heart quilt along! Last week we started sewing the blocks, and this week we'll finish sewing them and trim them to size. Don't miss this week's video at the end of the post! There's a giveaway too!

Exploding Heart QAL Week 3

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Exploding Heart Quilt Along - Week 2

Thursday, January 14, 2021

It's Week 2 of the Exploding Heart quilt along! Last week was all about cutting, and this week we will start sewing the blocks! There's a video you can watch this week, and a giveaway at the end of this post!

Exploding Heart QAL

If you're just joining in, be sure to check out all of the quilt along blog posts:

Exploding Heart Quilt Along - Week 1

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Welcome to Week 1 of the Exploding Heart quilt along! I am SO excited that so many of you are going to be quilting along with me! (Over 2,000 of you!)

Exploding Heart quilt along

Heart Postage Stamp - A FREE Quilt Block Pattern!

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

This month's Quilt Block Mania theme is "Romance" - quite fitting since the Exploding Heart QAL begins this week! I'm a bit smitten with hearts lately, so I knew my block would need to feature one!

Free heart postage stamp quilt block

My husband was in the Air Force and spent lots of time deployed overseas. We still have a box of letters that we sent to each over those years. The Heart Postage Stamp quilt block brings back lots of memories from that time more than a decade ago!