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Mister Domestic Aura Blog Tour

Hawaii. Need I say more? Mister Domestic’s new Aura fabric line for Art Gallery Fabrics was designed and created from a trip to Hawaii. When I see it and sew with it, I feel like I’m IN Hawaii! It’s like Mister Domestic is giving us each a little slice of Hawaii right in our homes!

When I picked which fabric I wanted to use from Mister Domestic’s new Aura line, I had such a hard time narrowing it down. Here are all the fabrics from the new collection:

See what others are making with this fabric line by clicking on the photo!

I finally decided to go with Hawaiian Honu Dusk (the cute sea turtle print in blue), Aloha Spirit Habiscus (pink geometric / floral design), an Art Gallery Pure Element solid called Ocean Waves, and for my background fabric, I chose Loulu Fans Sand (an off-white sandy looking fabric). The funnest addition for me was choosing the backing. I decided to go with Laki Island Daylight, and I LOVE the bright blues and the florals. I think it was the perfect choice, if I may say so myself. 😉 . It’s what really gives the quilt that ‘island’ feel.

It was fun to see the colors and quilt top come together. I love how Mathew’s fabrics bring such a warm and happy feel to your quilt. Now I just need to get to a beach with this quilt!

It’s been SO fun working with this new fabric line. You definitely want to get your hands on some of this fabric. And if you’re smart, you’ll buy a bundle with each of the fabrics in it, because the hardest part for me was narrowing down which fabrics NOT to use! It’s also the perfect time to start making a quilt for the summer that you can bring to the beach with you!

Be sure to see the other AMAZING things people are making with Mister Domestic’s new Aura line for Art Gallery Fabrics here.

Triangle Jitters quilt pattern by Suzy Quilts
If I can’t be at the beach, I’ll bring the beach to me!

Hand Quilting / Stitching

​​XL​Have you wanted to try hand quilting?  I have been wanting to try for a while, but felt paralyzed.  I didn’t know how to do it or where to start.  So, as with most things in my life, I watched a video on it, read an article, and jumped in!And guess what?  I LOVE hand quilting!  And I want to help anyone else who is wanting to try it out.First things first, you need a few items to get started.  Here is what I used:1. MATERIALS – Click HERE for a link to buy any of these.Valdani Cotton Pearl ThreadNeedle PullersLeather ThimbleEmbroidery NeedlesStencilFriction Pen OR mechanical pencil of your choiceLittle ScissorsThread wax.  This is only if you have a hard time threading your needle.  With this wax, you rub the end of your thread through the wax, and it makes the ends not fray so it is easier to thread your needle. Spray Baste2. BASTING YOUR QUILTWhen you finish your quilt top, spray baste the batting and the backing together.  I love this tutorial from Cluck Cluck Sew on spray basting.  Here is the link to it: SPRAY BASTING TUTORIALTIP: After spray basting, iron the quilt and backing.  This really helps hold everything together.  In fact, I didn’t need to use an embroidery hoop at all during my hand quilting process.  I didn’t know that was unique until a few people who watched my Instagram video tutorial commented that they always need to use one.  They wondered how I got my quilt to stay so flat and smooth.  So – pretty cool!Photo from Cluck Cluck Sew’s blog.  Link Here

​​XL 3. MARKING YOUR QUILTAt this point, decide where you want to do the hand quilting.  That’s when you take the template from the book, “The Geometry of Hand-Sewing” (see the link for Stencil above), and using a friction pen or mechanical pencil, make little marks on your quilt for your needle to follow.  I used the words on the stencil as a guide to keep my markings straight-ish. 

​​XL 4. HAND QUILTINGThread your needle, tying one knot at the end of the thread, and starting at the bottom of your quilt, pull the needle and thread through to the quilt top.  Follow along your stenciled path until your thread runs out, or until your path ends.  Take out the needle, tie a little knot at the end of the thread on the back of the quilt, so that it’s right up against the quilt, and you’ve finished your first row!In this picture, you can see where one of my hand quilting rows ended because I tied a knot.  This knot is the bigger one.  Then I started my row again where you can see the next little knot,  This is the back side of my quilt. 

​​XL Tips:*If you’re right handed, start your needle at the right side of your stencil mark and work to the left.  Do the opposite if you’re left handed.*I wear the needle pullers on my pointy finger and my thumb, and I use those two fingers to pull my needle.  Then I wear the leather thimble on my middle finger, and I use my middle finger to push the needle.*You can visit my Instagram account and click on my profile.  There you can watch a video tutorial about this! My Instagram name is @quilterscandybox