It's such an honor to be part of Mathew Boudreaux aka Mister Domestic's blog tour! Mathew launched his first fabric collection, Loved to Pieces for Art Gallery Fabrics this spring and I couldn't be happier for him!
Mathew's a power house of positive energy and brilliant sewing ideas. He's lovable and personable and you can't help but have a smile after watching his engaging You Tube videos!
Here's the amazing line up of designers for his tour:
Mister Domestic’s Loved to Pieces Blog Party
Monday July 16: Amanda Woodruff of A Crafty Fox
Tuesday July 17: Sharon Holland of Sharon Holland Designs
Wednesday July 18: Angela Wolf of Angela Wolf Pattern Collection
Thursday July 19: Brittany Jones of Brittany Jones
Friday July 20: Sharon McConnell of Color Girl Quilts
Saturday July 21: Elina Temmes of Elina Temmes
Monday July 23: Meghan Buchanan of Then Came June
Tuesday July 24: Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft
Wednesday July 25: Cristy Stuhldreher of I Love You Sew
Thursday July 26: Kate Basti of Quilt with Kate
Friday July 27: Courtney Davis posting at Melly Sews
Sunday July 29: Mimi Goodwin of Mimi G Style
Monday July 30: Kim Niedzwiecki of Go Go Kim
Tuesday July 31: Tara Curtis of Wefty Needle
Wednesday August 1: Saija Kiiskinen of Saija Kiiskinen
Thursday August 2: Jodi Godfrey of Tales of Cloth
Sunday August 5: Brett Lewis of Natural Born Quilter
Monday August 6: Karen Tripp of The DIY Addict
Tuesday August 7: Tracy Martin of Tracy Bug Creative
Wednesday August 8: Sharon Burgess of Lilabelle Lane Creations
Thursday August 9: Maureen Cracknell of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
Friday August 10: Kylie Gersekowski of Little Moo Designs
With the wind of his daughter Helena’s love at his back, Matthew created Loved To Pieces. Helena's love for flowers and Mathew's love for paper piecing fused into a world where florals and EPP geometrics play against an array of blue tones with touches of vibrant pinks and subtle greens.
To signify the eternal love that's woven into every fiber of this collection I chose to make my Endless Summer table runner that I designed and first published in July/August 2013 Quilt-it...today magazine.
This runner is made from half-square triangles and quarter-square triangles and the overall effect is as if it's been woven and a nod to Mathew's amazing woven fabrics sewing projects. There's a lot of pieces but once you make the units you're ready to put the runner together so it actually goes together pretty quickly. If you need extra help with HST and QST triangles, take a look at my tutorial for them HERE.
To share the love, this is now a free pattern for you to download from my Free Patterns page.
I adore using a striped print for binding, don't you? To get the maximum effect, it's best to cut a striped binding on the bias. For a tutorial on how to cut and attach regular and bias binding, see my How to Bind a Quilt tutorial.
I really love the colors in Mathew's collection and these cool greens and aqua's are scrumptious and made me feel like I was in a Mediterranean getaway! You better believe I ate those props after the photoshoot!
I didn't have enough left over of the striped print to cover the back so I added my Woodblock Splendid print for AGF to each end, giving this runner a second look if flipped over.
The machine quilting is kept very simple because I didn't want to take anything away from the pretty prints. I followed the overall shape of the radiating rings which was plenty of quilting to use on the Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting that's the perfect thickness for a table runner.
Be sure to follow along on the blog tour and on Mathew's blog and @MisterDomestic Instagram as he'll be having weekly drawings for Loved to Pieces fat quarter bundles and loads of sewing inspiration.