1. Anything goes when it comes to fabric for a scrappy quilt: Select a variety of colors, mix in some stripes, and add both contemporary and reproduction prints. Include some sparkle, making sure about 25% of the medium/dark prints are brighter than the others. Scatter the brighter pieces evenly throughout the quilt.
2. If you don’t have a variety of scraps, cut extras of fabrics you do have and trade with friends to get a broader selection.
3. If you desire a calmer version of scrappy, use a single background print rather than an assortment.
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