After searching around for layer cake quilts yesterday and seeing these two quilts on the Moda Bake Shop site here and here, I decided to make a tester block.
My brain is fried at the moment and I just needed something physical and tangible to see and hang up before I made my decision. I dug out some ugly brown fabric from the scrap box and came up with this 12.5" block. The larger sqaures represent quarters of my 10" layer cake squares.
I don't think I want to chop my lovely fabric this small, maybe just into halves or quarters for the busier patterns and I'll leave the lovely animal prints whole. Another issue I have is that my layer cake only has 16 squares, I won it in a giveaway, the layer cake quilts I've seen seem to have way more squares, so perhaps I have half a cake! This means I'll have to think about stretching it out, make it go further... Should I introduce some squares of solids in coordinating colours or dip into another fabric line and mix it up?
I have these bee & butterfly prints in my stash, the lighter ones coordinate well but i'm not sure about the darker ones (although they do look darker in the photo than in the flesh).
Now what should I do with this ugly tester block? Do you make tester blocks? What do you do with them afterwards?
Linking up with the Anything Goes party, Fabric Tuesday & Freemotion by the River.