Stitch Niche asked me what we do with the 2 1/2" X 6 1/2" rectangles. I often cut for the guild. I am younger than most members (in my 40's) and have a little steadier hand and cut a little more accurate. The end product comes together better when you start with good cutting. Our favorite quilt to make simple squares with sashing and cornerstones. The muslin is for sashing. This will go with everything. You can mix up the blocks and make the whole thing scrappy and pull it together with a border. We also take some of the great fabrics that turned into uglies. These are often donated when they are no longer in style. We take the print and put muslin as sashing and use a matching cornerstone and the same cornerstone for the border. Often we take all the same color like blue/purples and make a quilt or below with florals.
For a little more work you can set the whole thing on point. This is what was done here. After participating in many 6" floral swaps, I didn't want to look at them any longer (A watercolor quilt was calling me....it no longer calls me). Here is the quilt top I finished with muslin sashing. The muslin doesn't have the plain look it has in older quilts. The bright orange/red, yellow and blue keeps the muslin looking the cleaniest and brightest white and that makes it crisp. This muslin sashing is actually from the leftovers . It is cut 2" by 6" because that is what my floral squares were. I am so glad that I found a quilt to use up all those squares.
I always say my favorites are the simple patterns that look like more than they are and let the fabric do some of the work for you.
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