You've seen the quilt and we all love it, so why not spend the day making it with the pattern designer, Laura Piland? We're so excited to host Laura for this class! The Exploding Heart quilt makes a 72" x 72" square large throw quilt. You just need 15 fat quarters and some background fabric.
In 2010, a friend had a baby, and I felt the need to make a quilt (who knows where that inkling came from!). I had a hand-me-down sewing machine from my mom "just in case" I needed to sew something. Once I got started, I quickly realized the cheap sewing machine was not going to cut it. I did lots of research and bought a vintage Bernina Record 930. Whenever I had a quilting question, I called my mom, Googled it, then watched a YouTube video. The quilt didn't turn out too bad, and as they say, the rest is history!
Both of my grandmothers quilt, as does my mom. My maternal great grandfather was a Singer sewing machine repairman. My grandmothers both like to quilt by hand (they piece by machine). My mother pieces and quilts by machine, but prefers to bind by hand. However, I do everything by machine. If it can't be done by machine, it most likely won't get done! I primarily sew on a Juki TL-2010Q now, and I have a 1989 Gammill longarm.
I work from home and homeschool our three young boys. Quilting is to me what fishing is to my husband. It keeps me sane. I also love creating a tangible thing that will provide joy and warmth to others. Most work as a mother and teacher is intangible, so I like that quilting results in something to show for the work put in.
I love trying new things and rarely make the same quilt twice. My style is eclectic. I make modern quilts, traditional quilts, and quilts in-between. I make large quilts, mini quilts, and all sizes in-between. I occasionally sew other items, but you'll mostly see me working on a quilt. And I make a lot of quilts! Usually over 50 each year!
I started Slice of Pi Quilts in 2016 after many requests for patterns for the quilts I was creating. You can find all of my patterns in both digital and professionally printed booklets in my Etsy shop. In 2019, I started the Quilting & Sewing Deals Facebook group where I post sales, discounts, and coupon codes to quilt shops all around the web! I also travel to quilt shops and quilds to teach and present trunk shows of my quilts!