When one of the coolest cats in the Quilt-O-Sphere asks you to join the party, you holler a big ol’ YES PLEASE, and, because why not, design a new quilt pattern for the occasion!
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My favorite thing about Mathew aka Mister Domestic is his contagious joy, so it seems perfectly fitting to me that his fabric collection, Aura, would indeed match his own vibrant, enthusiastic energy. I was so excited when he asked me to be part of this blog party because collaboration is one of my favorite parts of my job, and Mathew is exactly the kind of person I love to party with!
Mathew’s most recent collection with Art Gallery Fabrics, Aura, was inspired by a trip to Hawaii with his daughter Helena, and the island themes shine in these bright fabrics. As someone who is 1) Moana obsessed and 2) So darn ready for winter to end already, these fabrics have been nothing short of therapeutic to stitch up. And, because I’m an “all or nothing” type, I designed a new quilt pattern, Star Island, especially for the occasion!
Sidebar: I know I’ve been staring at these fabrics for a couple of weeks and everything, but I just canNOT get over the colors. They freaking glow. Also, Mathew did an amazing job of including a variety of prints in this collection, so there is truly something for everyone and the prints create a lot of interesting visual texture when used side by side.
The Star Island Quilt Pattern features a traditional-style block made oversized for a more bold, modern feel. Plus, the blocks make a super cool secondary design that adds to the depth of the quilt. Eight points around the central star remind me of a lantern, fusing both natural and man-made forms of light. To me, this represents the intersection of the natural and developed worlds that we all experience, but that I think comes to a special intersection on an island where even the most sophisticated life is impacted by the tides and moods of the sea. The primary and secondary designs of the quilt also interact as the block features a star and the intersections of the blocks form a cross, much like a compass. Historically, island peoples used the stars for navigation. In our modern lives, this is a reminder that direction can often be found by reconnecting with the natural world, even via a simple walk through a local park. Finally, this quilt is an unabashed celebration of my love for summer, hot weather, and swimming.
Let the Good Times Roll— visit the rest of the party!
MISTER DOMESTIC’S AURA BLOG PARTY
Monday February 11: Amanda Woodruff of A Crafty Fox
Tuesday February 12: Kylie Gersekowski of Little Moo Designs
Wednesday February 13: Sharon Holland of Sharon Holland Designs
Thursday February 14: Kim Niedzwiecki of Go Go Kim
Monday February 18: Carolina Moore of Always Expect Moore
Tuesday February 19: Isabelle Selak of South Bay Bella Studio
Wednesday February 20: Elizabeth Chappell of Quilters’ Candy
February 21-24: Intermission
Monday February 25: Tara Curtis of Wefty Needle
Tuesday February 26: Monica Tetteh of That’s Sew Monica
Wednesday February 27: Nicholas Ball of Quilts from the Attic
Thursday February 28: Lucy Brennan of Charm About You
Friday March 1: Robbin Flockhart of Sew Farm Quilter
Saturday March 2: Evie Jespersen of EV Quilts
Sunday March 3: Kelly Liddle of Jeliquilts
Monday March 4: Maureen Cracknell of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Tuesday March 5: HollyAnne Knight of String and Story
Wednesday March 6: Mimi Goodwin of Mimi G Style
Thursday March 7: Angela Wolf of Fashion Sewing with Angela Wolf
Friday March 8: Kitty Wilkin of Night Quilter
Saturday March 9: Sharon Burgess of Lilabelle Lane Creations
Sunday March 10: Emily Dennis of Quilty Love
Monday March 11: Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill of Whole Circle Studio
Tuesday March 12: Elina Temmes of Elina Temmes
Wednesday March 13: Jennifer Strauser of Dizzy Quilter
Thursday March 14: Saija Kiiskinen of Saija Kiiskinen
Friday March 15: Brittany Jones of Brittany J Jones
Saturday March 16: Jodi Godfrey of Tales of Cloth
Sunday March 17: Kim Niedzwiecki of Go Go Kim
Monday March 18: Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts