Mix & Match

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Having fun “mixing and matching” fabrics is something I never tire of. As a new quilter I didn’t have an extensive fabric stash, and my grandmother would often let me go “shopping” in her sewing room to pick out bits and pieces of her fabrics that would add that special touch to my projects. Sometimes finding fabrics to mix and match seems to come easily–as with all of the Bonnie & Camille fabrics I mixed and matched to make my “Mini Rise & Shine” quilt pictured above (pattern by Camille Roskelley).

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Mixing and matching fabrics in my recent mini quilt projects has also led me to have fun with mix and match collections in bigger projects as well.  And not only is if a lot of fun to mix and match prints from a variety of your favorite Moda fabric collections….

DSCN3180From Top: Moda Bella Bleached White 9900 97, Moda Bella Ruby Ice  9900 169, and Moda Bella Aqua 9900 34

But it is also fun to mix and match the Bella Solids. Whether by the bolt or in a bundle, playing with the endless variety of possible combinations is a lot of fun for me. Color trends in home decor and clothing often influence my color choices for quilts, and I’ve found that mixing and matching with solids is just as much fun as coordinating prints and patterns from different designers or playing with different groups from the same designer.

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Recently I was excited to realize how well Moda Bella Aqua (34) pairs with Color Me Happy by V & Co. I also love this same Bella Aqua with April Showers by Bonnie & Camille…

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And that got me thinking…that if both of these collections look good with the same aqua solid…maybe I could mix and match some of the prints from these fabric groups! The possibilities are almost endless once you gather a few collections along with some fun solids.

DSCN3193Mirabelle by Fig Tree & Company

I’ve also loved the beautiful soft color palettes of the Fig Tree collections for several years. (The soft and timeless Mirabelle is in shops now). I often pair my Fig Tree Fabrics with Moda Bella Snow for a background. And another one of my favorite “mix and match” projects is my “Farmer’s Wife” quilt in which I mixed and matched as many Fig Tree collections as I could.

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Sometimes I used fabrics from a single collection in a block, and sometimes I mixed and matched collections in the same block. The end result was a quilt that reads “scrappy” but is actually beautifully coordinated.

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Do you have favorite Moda collections that you routinely mix and match?

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6 comments on “Mix & Match

  1. Brenna says:

    I’m working on a quilt now that is all Kate Spain – mixing from all her non-Christmas collections. It’s so incredibly colorful! I’m still new enough to quilting that fabric selection is still very intimidating, so mixing collections is a bit of a stretch, but I’m having fun with it. 🙂

  2. Karee says:

    Working on a Red Velvet pattern quilt right now, so you know I will NEED the Rise & Shine pattern. Yours looks wonderful. Love your work and your book. This post says, “Happy Spring!”

  3. gailss1 says:

    I have found that lately I have been wanting some of those Bella solids as they really do seem to go with a lot of different collections….love the colors!

  4. Paula Ellison says:

    What is the name of the quilt pattern under Camille’s mini – the square in the square one and where can I purchase it. I love it , and you choice of fabrics!

  5. Janan says:

    I love to mix & match Fig Tree fabrics also. I would love to see more photos of your Farmers blocks quilt.

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