So here's the rub....
I want to use my Civil War reproduction fabrics on a unique technique of constructing a log cabin quilt. It's going to be done completely by hand using 2 inch strips of fabric. My quandary is this -
Do I have to cut ALL my strips first before I begin?
This really is a legitimate question when you think about it. Normally for a scrap style quilt I would say no, cut as you go, but with a log cabin where it's important that the dark is dark and the light is light, if I cut as I go, the difference between lights and darks change depending on what tone of fabric its placed next to another. Meaning my medium blue could look really dark next to a bright print yellow but not dark at all next to a bright print red. Get what I mean?
This question is driving me crazy because I want to really USE my Civil War reproduction stash but I have literally HUNDREDS of prints. I went nuts last year buying CW prints when I was knee deep in making the block a week Civil War Quilt by Barbara Brackman - to the point that CW repro fabric has overtaken everything else that I have. That's pretty sad really considering that when I started the CW quilt last year I had none. Zip. Zilch. Zero. I think I may have gone just a bit overboard in my stash accumulation....
So, do I have to spend the next two months cutting 2 inch strips from all of my CW stash, or should I just cut from say 40 prints and get on with it? I like the idea of using everything I have because it will look awesome with so many different prints, but I dread having to actually cut it all.