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Separate the fabrics you’re interested in and examine them away from other fabrics to avoid confusion or interference from other colors.
Find optimum light. Fluorescent light can sometimes cast a yellow glow, altering the appearance of a fabric’s true colors. At home, work during daylight or consider investing in a lamp that simulates sunlight. If you’re at a quilt shop, take the bolts to the area that has the most natural light. Stand with the light at your back and let it wash across the bolts.
In the store, stack bolts horizontally to view how fabrics work together and how they may appear when cut into smaller shapes. Stand back about 10 feet and look at the stacked bolts; a view from this distance will give you an idea of how a fabric combination will work.
For an even better preview of what individual pieces of a fabric will look like, view the print through a template window. Cut the desired shape out of sturdy paper or cardboard. Don’t include seam allowances, but do leave a healthy margin of paper around each window to help differentiate what’s showing through from the rest of the bolt.
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