Now that I've worked on a few quilts, I'm really feeling the urge to branch out with my quilting process. Or part of it, at least. I love precuts and have been making the majority of my quilts out of them. (Let's be honest, not having to cut as much fabric makes me happy.) But, I'm starting to feel that I'm limiting myself by choosing fabrics from a single collection. In my quilt guild meeting a couple months back, Kati talked about wanting to start picking fabrics from several lines instead of buying pre-coordinating fabrics from a single line. I am totally there with her right now.
I have a lot of fabrics in my stash that are from the same collection and there's this strange part of me that thinks I need to leave them in their own collective units. I like the idea of building a stash based on colors, gradually building until I have enough to use in a quilt, but I get hung up on the idea that unless I see the fabric in person, I won't get a true feel for how it looks. (I guess that would be a good thing though since I've been spending WAY too much money ordering fabric online.) The safe part of me likes knowing that I can order fabrics from a collection and know that they'll work out just fine for whatever I have in mind. But, that's the safe thing, the comfortable thing to do. I really want to start getting away from that.
Any suggestions on other ways I could go about breaking out of this safety shell?