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If you are having trouble with fabric placement in a scrap quilt, try placing your cut pieces into a brown paper bag. Pull out the pieces from the bag without peeking and use whatever comes up next. You may come up with some odd combinations, but they should look great when the quilt is completed.
One of your most important tools is the iron you use as you are piecing your blocks. My favorite type of iron is as heavy as possible. The more weight in your iron, the less pressure you need to use on your fabric. This lessens the chance of stretching and distorting your seam allowances.