I always try to use what I have first when selecting fabrics for a quilt, then I go from there. A lot of times, the fabrics I pick have been in my stash, just waiting for the right project for years. This means I can’t get more if I start to run low.
I recently chose this cheery, yellow floral for a pattern I wrote called Amarillo Garden. It likely dates back to the 1950s and I’d had it in my stash for about 8 years. It was a 36″ width of fabric, normal for the time, and I only had a yard and a half of it. I also was going to have to fussy cut it, which usually means you’ll need a little extra.
I decided to wing it.
What I do is match up the prints as best I can in order to create a less noticeable seam.
Are the seams visible in the block? Yes. You must get over this. Once the whole quilt top is finished, these pieced squares will disappear in the overall design.