The big secret: VALUE than about COLOR. Great tips for getting good value contrast on your fabric pairings -- Exuberant Color: A Lesson on Value. Go play in your stash, before you are even thinking about your next quilt!
How can this be such a good hint, but it has taken so long for someone to figure it out! No-mark Stitch & Flip. Easy way to make half square triangles, etc. This tip came courtesy of a QM Scrap Squad member, Donna Amos.