Friday, January 20, 2017

Baby Blooms

It's time for the second challenge for Project Quilting!

This week the challenge prompt was "Carolina Lily." The Carolina Lily is a beautiful flower similar to a tiger lily, and it is also a traditional quilt block with flowers and stems.

I spent a few days thinking of what I might like to make, but also had several other quilty things going on this week, so I knew my time would be limited. This ultimately made me scrap reschedule until a different time my favorite idea. My second choice was inspired by a quilt I found on Pinterest called "How Does Your Garden Grow" by Sarah Fielke. I knew I had fabric in my stash that would work great, so this started my new plan! I messaged Sarah about a pattern, but in the end, I needed to make the blocks in a different way in order to be more efficient with the time I had this week. I drew out my own design on graph paper and did some quilty math to come up with a baby size quilt plan.


Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

I chose fabric from the line "Flora" by Lauren and Jessi Jung for Moda. I've been saving hoarding some of it since making the "Bloom Where You Are Planted" quilt for my friend back in 2012.


Bloom Where You Are Planted Quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts

Wednesday night I made a few test blocks to see if my method would result in the size of block I wanted. Thursday morning, I cut all the fabrics and got started!


Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

I sewed for 5-10 minutes every time I had a chance all throughout the day. Dishes. Sew. Laundry. Sew. Exercise. Sew. Homeschool. Sew. Eat. Sew.


Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

The white fabric is a white on white floral. It is the white that I used in the original "Bloom" quilt too.

Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt
Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt
Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt
Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt
Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

I ended up cutting the setting triangles a tad too small, but didn't have enough of the white on white fabric to recut them. In the final quilt, most of the points are cut off around the edges due to this.

Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

I made most design decisions as I went along. I tested out different border options and decided to cut the extra white space off the blocks at the top.


Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt
Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

By supper time, I had a finished quilt top!


Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

I pin basted the quilt Thursday night.


Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

Then Friday morning, I quilted it. I free motion quilted a stipple design using my vintage Bernina Record 930. Binding was on before lunch!


Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt
Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt
Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

This is already my 5th quilt finish for the year! (Quilts 2-4 are still a secret! Hoping to be able to reveal them before the end of the month!)


Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

The finished quilt measures 32" x 38".


Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

I'm calling it "Baby Blooms" - as it is a baby size quilt that coordinates with the "Bloom Where You Are Planted" quilt.


Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

Pieced and quilted by yours truly at my home in southwest Missouri.


Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt

I'm already looking forward to the next challenge! Be sure to look at all the other creative quilts made for the challenge by clicking here! (And be sure to vote for your favorites on that same post next week!)


Carolina Lily Project Quilting Challenge Quilt


Also linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

My First Quilt Journal

Do you keep a record of the quilts you make? A quilt journal?

A good friend recommended one to me when I just started quilting. I loved the idea! But I am not a scrapbooker. At. All. So for years I've had a blank scrapbook, a notebook full of notes, and file folders with fabric scraps from each quilt I've made. I had big dreams of a scrapbook full of quilt photos, selvages, drawings, and other mementos, but I kept putting off making it.

Blog2Print Blog Book as Quilt Journal

Then one day I discovered that Kathy Schwartz of Tamarack Shack has her blog printed as a book at the end of each year. I had an aha moment!

I was able to write a blog post for every quilt I've made, dating back to 2010, and backdate it so it appeared on my blog in chronological order! I was able to write the story for each quilt and add photos. (Look back at all the quilts I've made here.)

Blog2Print Blog Book as Quilt Journal

Then at the beginning of the year, I had my blog printed into a book using Blog2Print. I was able to get every post from 2010 to the end of 2016 in it! I love the quality of the book and pages! It's definitely something that will last for years and be an heirloom.

Blog2Print Blog Book as Quilt Journal

Now I'm going to add some handwritten notes in the margins and tape in the fabric scraps, selvages, receipts, and sketches that I've been saving!

Blog2Print Blog Book as Quilt Journal

If you're interested in having your own blog printed as a book, be sure to sign up for the email list on the Blog2Print website. They send coupon codes regularly. There are quite a few options to choose from when making your book. I chose a hardback book. You can pick and choose which posts to include. I chose to have my pictures printed out of line with the text in order to save pages. However, I did choose to start each post on a new page. This allowed for some space at the end of the previous post for adding in notes and mementos. (I also know there's a few options for printing your Instagram or Facebook posts if that's how you record your makes.)

Blog2Print Blog Book as Quilt Journal

If you're wondering, the cover artwork is by Karlee Porter and is available here.

Blog2Print Blog Book as Quilt Journal

I am so excited about my quilt journal now! I will easily be able to keep up with all the quilts I make!


PS. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated in any way for this post. I'm just sharing what worked for me!

Friday, January 6, 2017

A Game of Checkers

It's the first week of the new year, so that means it's time for a new season of Project Quilting! You haven't heard of Project Quilting? Well, it's kind of like Project Runway...but for quilting!

Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams is the mastermind behind the fun challenge. How it works: a theme is posted on Sunday (there will be six challenges), you have one week to make a quilt (or other sewing item), then there's a one-week voting period - and prizes! It's just like Project Runway! But you do have a week to make something. Well, and it's not on tv. And Tim Gunn doesn't critique your project half-way through. (But that would be awesome!)

Project Quilting season 8 challenge 1 "Eight is Great"

This is the eighth season of Project Quilting. To celebrate, the theme for the first challenge is "Eight is Great!" (You can join in at any time! You can pick and choose the challenges you want to do. Do one or do them all! It's a great way to try out new ideas and techniques!)

I immediately started searching on Pinterest for ideas (every project I do starts this way!). I wasn't finding anything that tickled my fancy, so I thought I'd just give it a few days to see if I could come up with something. Then I decided to check my list of quilts that I want to make in 2017 (see my post here). Lo and behold, one of the quilts on my want-to-make list (which has been on the list for y.e.a.r.s.), was a checkerboard quilt! A checkerboard is an 8x8 grid! Perfect!

Slice of Pi Quilts: Quilting goals for 2017 in Quilter's Planner

I bought a set of jumbo checkers at Savers (a thrift store) back when we lived in Las Vegas - over four years ago! (We now live in Southwest Missouri.) I'm not sure exactly when I bought them, but let's just say this idea has been in my head for at least four years!

Red and black checkerboard checkers quilt
Red and black checkerboard checkers quilt
I dug through my stash to see what red and black fabrics I could find. I landed on two prints from the Peppermint Twist line by Dana Brooks for Henry Glass & Co. Although they are meant to be Christmas fabrics, it was what I had, so that made them the perfect choice!

Red and black checkerboard checkers quilt
Red and black checkerboard checkers quilt

After piecing the checkerboard to make 3" squares, I added a 1" solid black border. Then I used 1" strips to create the 4" outside border and quarter log cabin blocks for the corners.

Red and black checkerboard checkers quilt

I backed the quilt with another Dana Brooks print I had in my stash. It is from the Ooh-la-la line for Henry Glass & Co.

Red and black checkerboard checkers quilt

I quilted the checkerboard with my favorite walking foot quilting technique - straight lines on either side of each seam. But due to a chronic case of indecision, I left the outside border unquilted.

Red and black checkerboard checkers quilt

The quilt finished at 34" square and is ready for it's first game of checkers!

Red and black checkerboard checkers quilt

I am thrilled to have this project crossed off my to-do list! From idea to finished in just six days! And my first quilt finish of 2017!
Red and black checkerboard checkers quilt
Red and black checkerboard checkers quilt

Be sure to hop over here to see all the creative things people came up with for the "Eight is Great!" theme!

Red and black checkerboard checkers quilt


Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 in Quilts

At the start of a new year, I like to look back and see what I accomplished during the last year. Looking back always helps me look forward. So here is a look at 2016 by the numbers.

38 quilts! I more than doubled my "16 quilts in 2016" goal! (Quilts included 2 queen sized, 1 twin, 10 throw sized, 2 baby quilts, 20 mini quilts, and 3 mini mini quilts.) Links to them all from the Quilt Finishes page.


Mini quilts made by Slice of Pi Quilts

Quilts made by Slice of Pi Quilts

20 table runners (read about them here and here)


Ozark Christmas table runners

Quilt as you go table runners

15 dog beds (read about those here)


Cat and dog beds stuffed with fabric scraps

9 pillows (most of them here)


Pillows made by Slice of Pi Quilts

3 felt sewing machine ornaments


Felt sewing machine ornament 
Felt sewing machine ornament Felt sewing machine ornament

2 mini quiet books


Mini counting quiet books

2 sets of quilted alphabets (tutorial coming soon!)


Quilted fabric alphabet letters

2 pillowcases (they went with this quilt!)


Patchwork Pillowcase

2 zipper pouches


Paper pieced ice cream cone sprinkles zipper pouch
Row by row license plate zipper pouch

2 fabric covered button bracelets


Fabric covered button bracelet
Fabric covered button bracelet

2 keychains


Quilted keychain made with Dr. Seuss ribbon
Quilted galaxy fabric keychain

1 tea towel


Store bought tea towel with custom binding

1 apron


Sew Bee It Fabric apron

1 garden flag (see it here)


Quilted garden flag

1 throw sized quilt top that ended up as stuffing for a dog bed :(

1 quilt top ready to quilt (but I can't show it to you yet!)

hundreds of hexies


Honeymoon fabric hexies

4 quilt patterns


Patterns by Slice of Pi Quilts

Overall, a great year! I already have several quilts and new patterns in the works. I'm hoping to surpass 17 quilts in 2017 by leaps and bounds!