Part Four
OK, time to get down to business. Hopefully you have decided what YOUR cutting size will be, and have sorted your scraps, fat and skinny quarters, and the stash you want to get rid of into piles of lights, mediums and darks.

I asked one of my volunteers to show me her fabrics. She sent me three photos, which she called darks mediums and lights.

Here are her lights, and as you can see when I convert them into B&W they are all light still.

Well light enough when you put them next to the darks.
Here are her darks, and converted into B&W, they are certainly darks.

Here are her so called mediums, and you can probably tell I have a problem with them.
(Honestly this volunteer always has had a problem picking mediums, but still makes the most gorgeous quilts!)
These seem to be mediums to me too, until I converted them to B&W, then they turned dark.

When I put the darks on the lights… enough contrast

When I put the mediums on the lights
Well they are ok too, meaning those mediums could be used in contrast to the lights

But when I put all three I see…

Those mediums would not work as lights with these darks, they are too close.

I suggested she pull some more lights from her scraps and stash, so she did.
Much better, she can add those to the other lights and start pairing them up.

So your next step… look seriously at your fabrics and put them where they belong, lights and darks. If you have cut your size squares out already, then start pairing them up. Stack a light and a dark with right sides together.

If you are using fat quarters, pair them up, light and dark, right side together.

Step Five

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