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The Designer Duo 2019 MIX IT UP Quilt Along Begins!

Are you ready for the Designer Duo 2019 MIX IT UP Quilt Along?

If not, that's okay. We are going to begin with a soft open, since someone (me) scheduled the start date during Spring Quilt Market. I am at home rehabbing from a broken foot while the other half of the duo--Sarah J Maxwell--and most or all of the guest designers are off at Quilt Market. So you still have time to purchase the pattern booklet and think about fabric.

This week is FABRIC WEEK so each designer is talking a little bit about their fabric selection and introducing their quilt.

Here is how the MIX IT UP Quilt Along works:

1. Check us out. Each Friday for the next eleven weeks, Sarah and I along with FIVE incredibly talented guest designers --Tiffany Hayes of Needle in a Hayestack, Karen O'Connor of Lady K Quilts, Dolores Smith of Timeworn Toolbox Designs, Elisabeth Hardy of Elisabew Quilts, and Giuseppe Ribaudo of Giucy Guice make our version of the MIX IT UP quilt.

2. Follow us. Subscribe to the blogs of those of us who blog, and/or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

3. Quilt along with us. You will need the pattern booklet. You can make a quilt exactly like mine or Sarah's--pattern and fabric kits are available from Homestead Hearth, Fabric Essentials, and Hancock's of Paducah. Or take inspiration from Tiffany's use of ombre fabrics, Karen's use of light prints combined with solids, Dolores's use of neutrals, Elisabeth's use of her stash, and Giuseppe's use of his brand new fabric line debuting at Quilt Market which he's kept under wraps.

4. Share your progress. This is my favorite part--seeing what everyone is making! You can do this on social media or on our Designer Duo Quilt Along Facebook Group.

5. Win prizes. Sarah and I are giving away some great prizes over the next 11 weeks. Our guest designers might have some goodies to give away as well. Sew along for some SWEET SWAG!


Now, on to my fabric selection for my version of the quilt.

My plan began with my new Do The Math collection.

It consists of several blacks

Math Darks

Several whitesMath Lights

and a few pops of cool color to which I added some warm prints from my Getting to Know Hue collection

Math plus Brights


And here is my quilt which finishes at 78 x 90". There's two photos, so scroll all the way down.

Also, if you look at the other versions, you will notice that the quilt is the same but different. Hence the name of this quilt along--MIX IT UP!! Hope you MIX IT UP with us! See you next Friday for Block One.

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DesignerDuo 2 1 copy


BLOCK ONE--Mix It Up Quilt Along
2019 Designer Duo: Mix It Up is Almost Here!