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BLOCK ONE--Mix It Up Quilt Along

It's time for Block One: Outbound

All the cutting measurements and fabric requirements can be found in the MIX IT UP Pattern Booklet, which you can purchase from Homestead Hearth, Fabric Essentials, Hancock's of Paducah, or from me.

If you are using your stash and want to do a bit of planning, you can download a coloring page for my version of the quilt here.

Let's start with some Flying Geese. I use the stitch-and-flip method.

First, draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on the C squares.

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Then position two marked squares, one at a time on a B rectangle. Stitch on the drawn line; then flip fabric so the right side is showing. A visual check will let you know how accurate your sewing is. If the flipped square aligns perfectly with the edges of the B rectangle, give yourself a pat on the back. You are good to go. Keep sewing. I like to trim away the excess fabric as I go. However, some quilters don't. It is entirely a personal preference.

So, make all the Flying Geese for TWO blocks as directed in the instructions. Arrange four as shown. Isn't this cool how an arrow shape is created by fabric placement? Sew these together. Don't lose those points, okay?

IMG 1486And another Flying Geese to make this unit. I like to lay everything out so I know how to sew it together.

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Here's how to sew that Black Spiro triangle to the Flying Geese. Fold the triangle in half along its long edge. Mark the crease with a pin.

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Now, position the Flying Geese on it, right sides together. Get the point of the geese pointing at the pin. Pin the seam to hold everything in place as you sew. Do you see the little points of the Black Spiro triangle peeking out from underneath? They should look virtually identical in size. And, they tell you where to start sewing--where they intersect with the white fabric on top of them.

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Once you have all the parts together, arrange them so you can make sure everything is going in the correct direction. Then, sew together in diagonal sections.

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Here's a look at how to sew the units together. The block has been rotated from the previous image so you can get a better idea of what I'm talking about.

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Give the blocks--you are making TWO--a good final press. They should measure 18 1/2" from raw edge to raw edge. If you are within a eighth of an inch, don't stress yourself out. Fabric is pliable and it's fairly easy to fudge an eighth of an inch in or out here and there.

Happy sewing and PLEASE be sure to stop in and see everyone else's blocks. And share your progress on Instagram (#DesignerDuo2019) and on the Facebook Group.

Sarah J Maxwell, Designs by Sarah J

Tiffany Hayes, Needle in a Hayes Stack

Elisabeth Hardy, Elisabew Quilts

Karen O'Connor, Lady K Quilts

Dolores Smith, Timworn Toolbox Designs

Giuseppe Ribaudo, aka Giucy Guice




BLOCK TWO--Mix It Up Quilt Along
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