It seems I'm having a little trouble focusing on one project lately. But since there are only three more rows to go on this pioneer braid quilt, I decided to work on it today. This quilt started with a charm pack of Cinnamon Stars by Fig Tree Quilts. I added two more charm packs, and then some fabrics from two more Fig Tree lines, and a couple of pieces from Sandy Gervais. I really love it when designers incorporate a color from a previous line into a new one. The prints are different, and usually a little darker or lighter, so it tends to make my quilts look scrappy.
I've been auditioning some batik 2 1/2" strips for my next project, and thought I'd share a tip about contrast. When contrast is important in a design, I like to take a digital picture of the fabrics, then open the picture in my photo editing software and remove the color (saturation). This gives me a clearer picture of how the light and dark fabrics relate to each other. This probably isn't the best example, but you get the idea. If you don't have a simple-to-use photo editing program, just take a black-and-white picture with your digital camera.