If you’ve been around any quilters you may have heard them talk about “auditioning” fabric. I like to audition blocks. When you have a fully stocked scrap pile, or in my case a plastic bin and two big black bags, to choose from it’s often hard to audition fabric. Scraps by any other name can be anything from fat 16ths to something smaller than a 50 cent piece so fabric auditions can be sketchy at best. Sometimes you need to make the block to see how the colours sit together and whether the values (pattern types) marry. I had a play today with some of my scrap bag. The brilliant thing about auditioning blocks is that sometimes a beautiful cohesion occurs out of colours you wouldn’t normally put together like this brown with red and blue. And, another beauty also emerges – as the more you make, the more likely it is that you’ll end up with a pot holder or two. Nothing is wasted! I’ve even used odd blocks as labels. Happy Stitching!


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