I had a quilt planned to share with you today but I haven’t quite gotten it to the stage that I want to photograph it yet. So – I headed down to my sewing room and pieced Pat Sloan’s 7th block for her Vacation Time Mystery Quilt Along – The Hot Dog Stand! There is not a lot of contrast in my block but I really love how the fabrics all look together. I also decided to do something a little different for the center of the block. When I work on a quilt along or a quilt that is going to be really scrappy I do an initial fabric pull and put it into a container. Whenever I add in new fabrics into the quilt the scraps go into the container as well. I do my initial fabric choices for each block from this container. I decide to do some improv piecing for the center of this block. I pulled all the small scraps out and pieced them together. Once I had a piece big enough to cut my square out of I placed my ruler on the fabric at an angle. I trimmed two sides off. Rotated the block, squared it to the size I needed. And trimmed the other two sides off. These pieced scraps will also go into the bin as I may decide to do this method for more blocks down the line. It was a fun and easy way to add a little bit of extra interest to my Hot Dog Stand! And this is what my seven blocks look like so far! I’m so loving this quilt! Linking up to Finish It Up Friday.