Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Slow Stitching

I have a few secret sewing projects going on right now (new quilt patterns coming soon!), so I thought I'd give you an update on an ongoing project.

Cotton and Steel Honeymoon Fabric modern hexies quilt

I started making hexies from Sarah Watts' Honeymoon fabric line (for Cotton + Steel) back in February. I had never made a hexie before, but the tutorial from Modern Handcraft seemed easy enough. So thanks to a road trip and my pledge to sew 20 minutes a day in February (Beth of EvaPaige Quilts hosts DAGMT every year - join in!), I took the plunge.

Cotton and Steel Honeymoon Fabric modern hexies quilt

After turning just one charm pack into hexies, I decided I actually enjoyed the process (I used to loath hand stitching!), and I liked the fabric line too (I originally chose that charm pack because I thought the fabric was ugly and I couldn't ruin it if the hexie thing didn't work out)! Turns out, I REALLY enjoy making them, and I REALLY love the fabric!

Cotton and Steel Honeymoon Fabric modern hexies quiltCotton and Steel Honeymoon Fabric modern hexies quilt

So I bought a fat quarter bundle of the fabric and cut it into 2 1/2" squares. I use my Cricut machine to cut 1" hexies out of cardstock whenever I run low. (Each side measures 1".) I keep a zipper pouch of supplies in the glove box of the car and make hexies whenever I ride shotgun.

Cotton and Steel Honeymoon Fabric modern hexies quilt

I only work on hexies when in the car, so this quilt has many more miles until the finish line!

modern hexies quilt kit

Thanks to a road trip over Thanksgiving weekend, I was able to add a few more hexies to my box of finished ones. I just keep them in a clear fishing tackle box.

Cotton and Steel Honeymoon Fabric modern hexies quilt

Here are the current statistics on this project:

First stitch: February 5, 2016
Finished hexies: 466
Final goal: 1,134
Progress: 41% done

I love being productive and having something to show for the time I spend riding in the car. It would be very interesting to calculate how many miles or how many hours this quilt will take! I'm already calling this quilt an "heirloom quilt" due to the number of hours that will be in it!

Cotton and Steel Honeymoon Fabric modern hexies quilt

I hope to provide regular updates on this project during 2017, so hold me to it!


Monday, November 14, 2016

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14 Blog Hop!


Quiltmaker 100 Blocks blog hop - Slice of Pi Quilts

If you're new here, you're in great company! This is my first time having a block in a 100 Blocks issue. (Okay, let's be honest. It's my first print magazine appearance ever - so I'm a little excited ecstatic!)

My block and name are not technically on the cover, but I am included in an elite group of designers knows as the "And More!" club!

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks blog hop - Slice of Pi Quilts

My block is on page 58. It is named "Homecoming" and is #1393. The look is achieved with strip piecing and partial seams. (I heard that! You just groaned! Partial seams are not terrible! You can do it! Promise!)


Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Homecoming - Slice of Pi Quilts

I love red, white, and blue quilts! I made a Quilt of Valor earlier this year (read about it here).


Quilt of Valor Ohio Star Quilt

I also have some red and blue bandanas waiting to be turned into a summer picnic quilt. (It doesn't count as a UFO if I haven't started it yet, right?)


Slice of Pi Quilts

And thanks to Quiltmaker, I'm now dreaming and scheming about starting a new red, white, and blue quilt!

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Homecoming - Slice of Pi Quilts

I love the miracle of technology and how quickly you can see different colors and layouts for a quilt pattern! (I use EQ7.) Here are just a few of the red, white, and blue quilts I came up with using my block.


Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Homecoming - Slice of Pi Quilts
Traditional setting with three borders
Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Homecoming - Slice of Pi Quilts
Traditional setting, but half of the blocks sewn so they are "flipped." Two borders.

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Homecoming - Slice of Pi Quilts
Blocks are set on point with half of the blocks sewn so they are "flipped." Two borders.

It never ceases to amaze me how different a quilt can look in different fabrics. So I recolored the block to see what would happen.


Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Homecoming - Slice of Pi Quilts
Changing the red to turquoise changes the look entirely!

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Homecoming - Slice of Pi Quilts
Christmas! Wouldn't this look great with fussy cut centers?! Blocks are set on point and half of the blocks sewn so they are "flipped."

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Homecoming - Slice of Pi Quilts
Same layout as above, just different colors!

Head over to Quiltmaker's QuiltyPleasures Blog to see all the designers that are participating in the blog hop! There are giveaways on every stop!

I'll give you fair warning: if you happen to see me in a store that sells the 100 Blocks issues, I will either be screaming and jumping up and down, telling every customer my block is on page 58, leaving notes on my page for whoever buys the issues, or taking a selfie with the magazine. (Follow me on Facebook or Instagram to verify that these shenanigans happen!)


Quiltmaker 100 Blocks - Slice of Pi Quilts

Now for the best part! Giveaways!

There are actually THREE giveaways happening right here, right now! Giveaways now closed.

First up, the prizes!

One lucky reader will receive an issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14 straight from Quiltmaker headquarters!


Quiltmaker 100 Blocks - Slice of Pi Quilts

Two additional readers will each receive a copy of the magazine, a tape measure, a pair of tiny scissors, a charm pack of Aspen Frost by Basic Grey for Moda, and a print copy of one of my quilt patterns!


Quiltmaker 100 Blocks - Slice of Pi QuiltsQuiltmaker 100 Blocks - Slice of Pi Quilts

To enter the giveaways, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Thanksgiving food. Giveaway closed.

Since I know you're dying to know mine, I absolutely love leftover turkey sandwiches. Regular sandwich bread, Miracle Whip, and turkey is delicious, but hoagie bread, mayo, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and turkey is out of this world!

Giveaway will be open through the end of the blog hop. Giveaway will close at 11:59pm on November 18th.

Be sure to follow my blog (enter your email in the "follow by email" box in the right sidebar) and find me on Facebook/Instagram/Ello to keep up with my latest antics and quilt finishes! (34 so far this year!) Can't wait to see you there!


Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Homecoming - Slice of Pi Quilts

Disclaimer: Giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Blogger. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Blogger of responsibility, and agree to Blogger's terms of use. No purchase necessary to win. Open to legal residents in the contiguous US only that are 18+ years of age. Giveaway starts at 12:00am CDT November 14, 2016 and ends at 11:59pm CDT on November 18, 2016. One winner will receive an issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14 magazine with a retail value of approximately $7. Two winners will each receive an issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 14 magazine, a tape measure, a pair of tiny scissors, a charm pack of Aspen Frost fabric by Basic Grey for Moda, and a pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts. Total value of each prize approximately $30. Odds of winning determined by number of eligible entries received. How to enter: leave a comment on this post. One comment per person. Duplicate comments will be deleted. Winner will be chosen by random.org on November 19, 2016 from all eligible entries and notified by email. If winner can not be reached via email or prize is unclaimed after three days, a new winner will be chosen by random.org. Winner is responsible for paying any taxes related to the prize. By entering this giveaway, you release Slice of Pi Quilts from any liability whatsoever. Void where prohibited by law.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Snowfall Quilt

Meet Snowfall!

Snowfall snowflake ombre quilt pattern
 

Snowfall is my 34th quilt finish this year and my fourth pattern for the year!


Snowfall snowflake ombre quilt pattern

I used Midnight Tinsel batik fabrics by Island Batik for the background and Fairy Frost in Zirconia by Michael Miller Fabrics for the snowflakes. Several of the batik fabrics have shiny silver accents, and the Fairy Frost fabric is SO sparkly!


Snowfall snowflake ombre quilt pattern

I arranged the fabrics from dark to light for an ombre effect. I quilted it on my Bernina 930 Record with an all-over stipple. It's a great throw size at 56"x70". I might be biased, but I'm in love!


Snowfall snowflake ombre quilt pattern


Snowfall is a fat quarter friendly and traditionally pieced pattern suitable for advanced beginners. The pattern includes directions for four sizes from throw to king. Snowfall is the perfect snowflake quilt to keep you warm on cold winter nights!


Snowfall snowflake ombre quilt pattern

The pattern is available digitally on Etsy and Craftsy.


Snowfall snowflake ombre quilt pattern

If you are a quilt shop and would like to carry this pattern in your store, email me at sliceofpilife@gmail.com.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Teal Mini Swap - Revealed!

Beth of Eva Paige Quilt Designs hosts the Teal Mini Quilt Swap each year during September - ovarian cancer awareness month. The swap is a fundraiser for ovarian cancer research. Each participant pays $15, then Beth mails everyone a swatch of teal fabric that must be used in the mini quilt that you make. Everyone is paired up, and you make a mini quilt for your partner. Make a (mini) quilt, make a friend! (You can read more about the swap and see the starting teal fabric on my post here.)


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

I was so excited when I got my swap partner info! It was Bethany Miller (@letsgoliftandsew on Instagram)! We have been "friends" on Instagram for quite awhile, and she's someone I'd love to be friends with in real life!


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt
  Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt
Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Bethany said she liked traditional piecing with modern fabrics. When looking through my stash, I found a slew of navy/blue and aqua/teal scraps. The scraps were small and oddly shaped, so if I wanted to use them, I was going to have to get creative! With the help of my EQ7 software, I created paper pieced log cabin blocks with 1/4" logs. Each block measured about 3 1/2"!


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

When piecing the blocks, I sewed the navy/blue fabrics on two of the sides of the block and the aqua/teal fabrics to the other two sides. This created a distinct pattern that created a secondary design when the final quilt top was sewn together (this is called the "sunshine and shadows" variation).


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

After removing the paper, I basted the quilt sandwich and let it sit for a couple days while I tried coming up with a plan for quilting. I didn't want to take away from the intricacy of what had already been created. I finally decided to use aqua thread on the aqua/teal sections and navy thread on the navy/blue sections. This way the quilting wouldn't be too distracting.

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

I used a walking foot on my Bernina 930 Record to quilt it. Each line is spaced about 3/8" apart since I just used the edge of the quilting foot as a guide for spacing.

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

The backing is a teal ribbon fabric from my favorite local quilt shop. The binding is a navy solid. When adding the binding, I sewed two triangles into the top two corners (created by folding a square along the diagonal). This adds another option for hanging (a small dowel can be put between the two triangles). I printed a quilt label and ironed it onto the back. The quilt finished around 14" square.


Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

I packaged the quilt up with some fun extras, and Bethany received it today!

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Teal mini swap quilt - aqua and navy mini log cabin quilt

Bethany has been sharing some sneak peeks on Instagram of the mini she's making for me. I can't wait to see it in person! I should get it via snail mail later this week. I'll be sure to share photos of it with you as soon as I receive it!


Teal mini swap quilt - Tula Pink dresden

Teal mini swap quilt - Tula Pink dresden

Teal mini swap quilt - Tula Pink dresden

Teal mini swap quilt - Tula Pink dresden