My exercise in sewing scrappy one-color quilts from the stash had me really stretching with this green one. I toyed with the idea of using my good old standby Kona snow for the center squares and sashing, but I was almost out of it. My inner quilty voice told me to use up the calico. It wasn't my first choice (had I been staring at the fabrics lining the wall of the fabric store), but I went ahead with it anyway. Instead of contrast, I got a softer, blended, run-together kind of look.
Then, when it was time to pick a binding and backing, and the floor of my sewing room was strewn with fabrics, and nothing was making me happy and I was cursing (again), my daughter asked if I was going to be making a trip to the quilt shop. I actually thought about it for a minute. It would have been easy to run out and buy something new and pretty. Except for rule number one.
Use the stash.