Pi Day: Mini Quilt #11

March 14, 2015

Happy π Day!  Best wishes for peace, hope, and joy during the glorious season of pi day- Who can’t get behind a holiday that requires the consumption of pie!  There are so many kinds of pie you could celebrate with . . . fruit pie, cream pie, ice cream pie, chocolate pie . . .  Or a savory pie . . . pot pie, shepherd’s pie, pizza pie, quiche . . . Okay now I’m hungry.  I thought that the best way to celebrate such a wonderful day would be to make a mini quilt that could serve as a pie plate mat.π, pi, PIE! Front

I knew I wanted to do a circular mini quilt, and a pie motif seemed too perfect to pass up.  I pieced a “lattice” top and then used a bias cut strip of fabric to create the outer edge of the “crust.”  I had never attempted curving a bias strip around the edge of a full circle, but this worked out well (a great deal of steam was involved).

Today is a particularly special π Day since twice today we will have seven digits past the decimal point align with the date and time.  3.1415926 translates to March (month 3) Day (14th) Year (’15) and Time (9:26 am & pm).  To commemorate this once in a lifetime event I decided to embroider these numbers to my mini quilt.π, pi, PIE! embroidery detail

The backing and binding fabric is a grey print- think tin pie plate.  For the quilting I decided to keep it simple by stitching around the edge of each red square in the lattice work.  Of course “simple” involved a whole lot of thread tails to bury- maybe I should have thought that through a bit more!  But since I like the result, we’ll say it was worth it!π, pi, PIE! back

Now to see the pie mat in action:

Coconut Pie with Meringue Topping- I adore Meringue.Coconut Pie

Cherry Pie.

Cherry Pie

Quilt Stats

Title: π, pi, PIE!

Size:  14″ Diameter.  3.1415926 x 14″ = 43.98229″ Circumference

Techniques:  Machine Piecing

Quilting:  Machine quilting- stitching in the ditch

Fabrics:  Red: Batik, Tan: Print from Carolyn Friedlander’s “Doe” line, Grey: Lonni Rossi print from Andover Fabrics

Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom Bleached Cotton Batting

Thread: Pieced with white Gutermann Mara 100, Quilted using Mettler cotton quilting thread in red

Binding:  Bias in coordinating grey fabric, cut in 2″ strips, machine stitched to the front, hand stitched to the back

What was new:

Adding a strip of bias around a circle and pressing it flat (other than bias binding)

Quilt 11 / 50

Quilt 11 / 50

Goal #10 is Finished!

Goal #10 is Finished!

I’m linking up with Show Off Saturday at Sew Can She, Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, and Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation.  Please stop in to see all of the fantastic work being done!

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    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl
    March 14, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    What a beautiful PI / pie mat! My goodness, that is perfect! 🙂

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    March 14, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    So cute! I think I need a pie may.

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    March 14, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    What a great idea for a trivet or table mat! Love it.
    Here, we would have to wait until 31 April this year as dates are written from small to big (date, month, year): 31/4/15.

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    March 14, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    That’s a great idea for Pi Day! Now I want cherry pie. 🙂

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    March 17, 2015 at 7:31 am

    How yummy is this??
    Love your pie!

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    March 18, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    What a fun mat! Definitely worth burying all those threads. And the pies look absolutely yummy!

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    lori landenburger
    March 19, 2015 at 12:31 am


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    March 19, 2015 at 12:52 am

    A most fun project, and yummy looking edible pies.

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    Maartje Quilt
    March 19, 2015 at 3:37 am

    What a great idea!!!! This is the most funny pi thing I have seen, It make me looking for more on the internet. But you made a special mini. Congrats with achieving your goals.
    Love to see more of yur work.

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    March 19, 2015 at 8:45 am

    <3 luv LOVE this! Really! I love this!!! 🙂

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    Lorna McMahon
    March 20, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    In the words of Homer Simpson…. Mmmmm… Pie! I love all kinds of pie. And yours ALL look so yummy!!! Nicely done! What a fun mini!

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    charlotte m.
    March 31, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Love love love your pie!! What a wonderful idea.

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    April 8, 2015 at 5:31 am

    It looks exactly like a pie!

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    March 3, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Hi Cassandra,
    I would like to like to your website in an article I’m writing for Pi Day 2017. Would that be okay with you? Such a cute idea! Thank you. ~smile~

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    Carol Stewart
    December 23, 2022 at 10:47 am

    I love your pie/pi mini quilt! You are the most interesting quilter of all times!!!!!
    Enjoy your Christmas with those you love.

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