Mister Domestic Aura blog party

*dusts off blog* 

I have to admit that I have been a little (okay, a lot) lax with sewing and quilting over the last few months, as I have been bitten by the knitting bug.  But when my lovely friend Mathew (aka Mister Domestic) showed me his gorgeous Aura fabric collection and asked if I would like to be a part of his blog party, there was only ever going to be one answer!

Now I could have gone down the predictable line of designing something of a goosey nature (and it would have been awesome!), but there are some glorious large scale prints in Mathew's collection that deserve to be shown off.  Plus I really wanted to make a skirt....

Disclaimer: I really hate having my picture taken, so will do anything to avoid looking at the camera.  Please excuse what you are about to see ;-)

I made the Made by Rae Cleo skirt using the Laki island in nightfall for the main skirt fabric and the Loulu fans in Sun for the hidden pockets.

I have no idea what I am looking at, whilst trying to avoid having to look at the camera

I bloody love how it turned out!

 The beauty of the AGF 100% cotton is how swishy (technical term) and floaty it is, making it ideal for clothes patterns that need a fine balance between structure and drape.  

My action shots are a little dodgy, so you are going to have to trust me on this one!

Swishy action shot

Mathew has lined up some awesome makers for his blog party, go check them out.  I am off to buy some of his turtle knit fabric to make another Mabel skirt.



Splendid Sampler block 58 - Homeward Bound

The Splendid Sampler is a year long quilt along hosted by Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson, where over 80 designers have created a quilt block to share for this 100 block sampler.  Block #58 was designed by me and I am so happy to share it with you today.
You can find all the previous blocks and details of the sampler over on the The Splendid Sampler website.  There is also a very active Facebook group with over 22k members!
For those who are new here, I am a little obsessed with flying geese.  So much so, that the majority of my patterns feature them.  So no surprises that block #58 does too.

Splendid Sampler block #58 - Homeward Bound

Splendid Sampler block #58 - Homeward Bound

My paper piecing tips:
  • If you are new to foundation paper piecing I have a free PDF tutorial here for a goose filled pincushion.  You can also find tutorials in the techniques section on the Splendid Sampler page here.
  • To make my block beginner friendly I have made all strips bigger than they need to be.  I will take a bit of fabric waste over trying to rip tiny stitches out every time.  If you want to cut down on the waste, you can take at least 1/2" off all of the strip lengths.

  • Use cheap printer paper and always check to see if the template has printed out at the correct size.
  • Reduce your stitch length (I reduce mine to between 1.5 and 1.8).
  • Press with an iron after every seam.  I set my mini ironing board up next to my sewing machine, so that I only have to swivel round in my chair to press my blocks.
  • I use scissors to trim the seams back to 1/4" after sewing each section (Not to trim the block - I use a rotary cutter and ruler for this to ensure accuracy).  Doing this speeds up the process quite a lot. Nobody is going to be looking at the back of the block and as long as you have roughly a 1/4" seam allowance, you are good to go.
  • My last tip I learnt from fellow designer Janice Ryan (Better off thread) a few years ago.  After removing the paper (gently) from the back of your block, lay it over a couple of layers of wadding and give it a final press.  Those little geese pop up a treat!
I had very good intentions of joining in with making all the blocks, which didn't quite come to fruition.  I did however, turn my tester blocks into a new cushion, because one can never have too many cushions (although if you ask my husband he would disagree...vehemently!).

I used solids and my favourite Moda print for the background and quilted a crosshatch design with my ever faithful 50wt Aurifil in light grey (2600).

Cushion and pincushion quilted with Aurifil #2600 - the perfect blender thread!

And because I can never resist shrinking my patterns, I also made a new pincushion...
Homeward bound block scaled to 50%
Big thanks to Pat and Jane for asking me to join in the fun.  I hope you all enjoy making my block and I can't wait to see all the pretty versions popping up.  
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