It’s my turn to show off the pretty new fabric by my friend, Mathew –Mister Domestic– on the Loved to Pieces blog party! This is the first collection that Mathew has designed for Art Gallery Fabrics and it’s inspired by love for his daughter and his affinity for all things sewing, especially English paper piecing. When you look at the prints, you’ll notice flowers constructed of geometric shapes and plenty of good opportunities for fussy cutting.
Of course, Mathew is one of the most fun people I’ve met in the quilting world, so I couldn’t resist accepting his invitation to join his celebration of becoming a fabric designer. It also helped that Loved to Pieces pretty much includes all my favorite colors!
One pattern I keep coming back to is the Eclipse quilt. I have made several versions of it already, and it is the perfect pattern when you really want to show off pretty fabric as well as an interesting piecing design. The cutting of the curved pieces is all done with the Classic Curves Ruler, so it’s fast, easy and accurate. I happen to really love the orange peel shape, so this quilt will probably remain a favorite.
Making Eclipse in the Loved to Pieces fabrics was a lot of fun because it’s different from anything I’ve made lately, color-wise. I am really impressed that Mathew created such a useable fabric collection: the prints have a good scale and variety for piecing and the palette is coordinated but has enough variation that it doesn’t need anything added if you don’t want to.
I pieced my little quilt with Aurifil 50 wt in light gray and finished it with Hobbs heirloom blend batting. Quilting is by Darby of Quilted Squid. She was a lifesaver on this one as summer busy-ness with my family has made sewing time short. Don’t you just love the cool texture of the honeycomb quilting? I chose that design hoping for an interesting overlay of texture, and it turned out perfectly! Also, just for fun: I stitched the pretty striped binding down with a variegated Aurifil (in the top photo). Using a splashy thread for binding is such a great way to add a little subtle spice. (-:
Be sure and follow along with Mathew and all the talented makers featured this week and next. Find the full schedule and links to projects, Here. Also follow along on Instagram and Facebook for weekly giveaways during the tour.
You can buy Loved to Pieces fabrics now at your favorite quilt and sewing shop. The Eclipse pattern and Classic Curves Ruler are available, Here.
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