Thursday, November 23, 2023

Road Trippin'

A few months ago, Lysa Flower asked if I'd like to make a quilt with her new Drivin' Down 9 fabric collection, and of course I said yes! It was perfect for making a Suitcases quilt!

Suitcases quilt made with Drivin' Down 9 fabric

Thursday, October 12, 2023

You're Mer-Mazing!

One goal that I have when designing quilts is to make them fun! This Hydra pillow definitely fits that description! It has 3-D scales that lift up! It has such a great texture that you just want to touch!

Mermaid pillow with 3-D scales

Friday, September 29, 2023

Happy Birthday!

It's my birthday!! And I'm giving YOU a gift! Download the FREE birthday cake mini quilt pattern and make your own birthday quilt!

Happy birthday mini quilt

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Down on the Funny Farm!

Ever since I made this batik chicken quilt, I've wanted to make one with hot pink chickens!

Applique chicken quilt

So I was thrilled when Riley Blake Designs sent me the new Effervescence collection! It was designed by Sue Daley, and is a fun mix of chevrons, bubbles, and swirls! With hot pink! I new it was time to make another chicken quilt! (PS. The pattern is currently free! Scroll to the bottom of this blog post to get it!)

Monday, August 7, 2023

To the moon!

Last week, a friend of mine adopted a baby. She only knew about a week before it was born that she was matched to the baby. She only got the bare necessities for the baby in case it wouldn't go through, but it did! So now with just one-week's notice, she has a newborn! I immediately knew I wanted to make the baby a quilt! 

Quick and easy flannel and minky striped baby quilt

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Hymn Mini Quilt

Remember my musical friend that I made this baby quilt for a few months ago? Well, she and her family just moved out of state, so I wanted to make her a housewarming gift for her new home. I have a bundle of one of the Songbook collections by Fancy That Designs for Moda, and I knew one of the hymn panels would make a great mini quilt!

Songbook fabric hymn mini quilt

Monday, July 31, 2023

3-D Sewing: Sail Bags!

Ever since visiting a shop in Annapolis, Maryland that sold tote bags made from sailboat sails, I've wanted to try making one myself! I loved the idea of using something old to make something new!

Tote bags made from a sailboat sail

My husband and I recently bought a sailboat to use on our local lake, and we joined the sailing club too. It didn't take long for word to get out that I knew how to sew! Some of our new friends gave me this old and broken sail to use to sew some tote bags!

Sail from an old sailboat

Monday, July 17, 2023

A Logo Quilt for the Craft Industry Alliance

I have been a member of the Craft Industry Alliance since 2017 - just after starting my business. The membership has been so valuable to me, and I continually am impressed with their contributions to the crafts industry. 

The Craft Industry Alliance logo printed on fabric and made into a quilt

Earlier this year, Abby Glassenberg, one of the founders of Craft Industry Alliance, asked if I could make a logo quilt for their H+H Americas booth after seeing the logo quilt I had made a few years ago for my own business (see that one HERE!). Of course I agreed!!

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

A Crayon Quilt!

Sometimes I get to work with cool people and make cool things, and this is definitely one of those times! Riley Blake Designs sent me all the fabric to make this Crayola quilt!

Box of Crayola crayons quilt

Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Party in the BACK!

Shout it from the rooftops! My friend, Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation, has a new book that just released this week!! And this time, it's all about the BACK of the quilt!

Perfectly Pieced Quilt Backs book

Monday, June 5, 2023

It's time for the county fair!

Did you learn how to sew in 4-H? I did, and I'm paying that forward by teaching kids in my county how to make quilts in 4-H! 

4-H quilt made with 4-H fabrics from JOANN

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Twist & Turn

I have such a fun thing to share with you today!! My quilty friend, Cinzia White, has just released a new book! Cinzia is the author of many quilt books, and her newest one is a stunner! (Here is a blog post about one of her previous books too!)

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Summer Twilight Hydra Pillow

The Summer Twilight collection is a new batik collection from Island Batik by my designer friend, Tammy of Tamarinis! It's a mix of rich blues, purples, and pinks. I've been wanting to make a pillow from my Hydra quilt pattern for quite awhile, so I jumped at the chance when Tammy sent me some of the fabric to play with!

Mermaid pillow made from the Hydra quilt pattern

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Bits & Pieces of Batiks

The name of this new batik fabric collection is Bits & Pieces - so I used bits and pieces of it to make a fun mini quilt with 3-D butterflies! 

Butterfly mini quilt made with 3-D butterflies

The fabric is a signature collection by Sherry of Powered by Quilting and made by Island Batik, and this week, there are several bloggers showing off what they made with the new fabrics! Be sure to visit the other bloggers posts (listed at the bottom of this post) to see what they made with the same fabric!

Bits & Pieces batik fabric

Monday, March 13, 2023

Happy Pi Day!

It's a tradition now! I make a circle quilt every year for Pi Day!

3-D applique circles made into an abacus quilt

I've made a Pi Day quilt every year since 2017! YES! Do you want to see them all??

2021 - Mini circles (this one is the most similar to this year's!)

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Giant Star Quilt Tutorial

When I saw the new red, white, and blue Land of the Brave fabrics from Riley Blake Designs, I immediately thought they would be perfect for a picnic quilt! 

Giant star picnic quilt using red, white, and blue fabrics

I chose eight fabrics from the collection. I chose four fabrics in blues and four fabrics in reds. There were florals, stars, plaids, and text prints. Then I added solid white to use for the background.

Land of the Brave fabric by Riley Blake Designs

To make the blocks, I started with 18" squares of each fabric and made jumbo half-square triangles. Then I laid out each half-square triangle opposite from it's match to make the jumbo star. The four corners are squares of solid white fabric. (Get the full tutorial at the bottom of the post!)

Quilt block layout for giant star picnic quilt using red, white, and blue fabrics

After sewing the blocks together, I loaded the quilt on my longarm. I used a 108" wide white and light gray fabric that I keep on hand for the back, but I think denim or fleece would have been great for a picnic quilt back too!

White thread for quilting

I loaded white thread into my longarm and quilted a large meander design all over the quilt.

Meander quilting on a longarm

I started with half-yard cuts, so I had enough left over to make a scrappy binding!

Giant star picnic quilt using red, white, and blue fabrics

As soon as the quilt was finished, I knew it would be perfect for keeping in the car this summer for impromptu picnics and park visits!

Giant star picnic quilt using red, white, and blue fabrics

I used Warm & White batting inside to keep the solid white fabric a bright white. The large meander quilting kept the quilt really soft.

Giant star picnic quilt using red, white, and blue fabrics

I made sure to add one of my labels when sewing my binding on too.

Quilt label sewn into the binding

The fake grass at the playground has me dreaming of summer even though it's still pretty cold out. There weren't any kids at the playground when I went to take these photos! You know it's cold then!

Giant star picnic quilt using red, white, and blue fabrics

If you'd like to make a jumbo star quilt too, then download the pattern tutorial! Since the blocks are jumbo, it goes together quite quickly!

Giant star picnic quilt using red, white, and blue fabrics

Happy quilting!

Monday, February 13, 2023

Chickadee Blog Hop - FREE Chicken Quilt Pattern!

When I was given chicken fabric, I had to make a chicken quilt!! 

Chicken quilt made with applique and batik fabrics

When Heidi Pridemore of The Whimsical Workshop sent me her newest fabric collection from Island Batik, I tried to focus only on the rich colors and make a quilt reflecting those. But the chicken and barn batiks were like a siren call! I *HAD* to make a chicken quilt!

Chickadee fabric collection from Island Batik

Thursday, February 2, 2023

An Outdoorsy Quilt

A family friend was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. He is doing his chemo treatments at home (I didn't even know that was a thing now!). He is showing incredible strength during the treatments, and only complains of one thing - he's always cold. Of course I immediately knew I *HAD* to make him a quilt!!

Simple bricks throw quilt for a cancer quilt

Friday, January 27, 2023

Emperor's Treasures - Digital Blog Hop

One of my favorite things to do when new fabric comes out is to see how it would look sewn into some of my patterns! 

Split Arrows quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

The new Emperor's Treasures fabrics from Island Batik feature lots of purples! Ask your favorite quilt shop if they will be getting this fabric in soon!

Monday, January 23, 2023

P - I - N - K Mini Quit

The second Project Quilting challenge of the year was PINK! Since I used all pink for the first challenge (see that one HERE), I was feeling a bit uninspired to use the color again. But in the spirit of the challenge, I really wanted to make something, so here it is!

Raw-edge applique pink heart mini quilt

Monday, January 16, 2023

Moda Love Charm Quilt

It's two weeks into the new year, and I've finished two quilts! I'm not sure if the trend will continue, but it feels great to get some quick and easy projects done!

Moda Love Charm Pack quilt made with the Twilight fabric collection

Saturday, January 7, 2023

ONE Pink Hummingbird Quilt

It's the beginning of the new year, AND it's the first Project Quilting challenge of the year! I've participated several times before, and this weeks' prompt inspired me to participate again. The prompt was "ONE." That's it. 

Pink hummingbird mini quilt using yarn couching