5 tips for precuts – 64 quilt patterns – fabric giveaway!

Got precuts?

From Perfect Quilts from Precut Fabrics

If you’ve got precuts, we’ve got a fabulous new pattern collection for you!

Perfect Quilts for Precut FabricsPerfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics is a must-have book for precut fans: 64 quilt patterns for fat quarters, fat eighths, charm squares, Layer Cakes, and Jelly Rolls.

(Don’t own precuts? No problem! Simply cut your stash fabrics down to size.)

Large and small, traditional and modern, pieced and appliqued—you’ll find them all here, waiting for you and your precuts to play.

Popular projects from bestselling books feature the work of Kim Brackett, Amy Ellis, Country Threads, Me and My Sister Designs, and many more.

Get ready with the primer on precuts below, plus 5 essential tips. Then unwrap a bundle, pick a pattern, and start stitching!

FABRIC GIVEAWAY ALERT! Our friends at Moda have provided us with four beautiful Layer Cake bundles to give away to you, including:

•    Lexington by Minick and Simpson
•    Blue Indienne by French General
•    Autumn Lily by Blackbird Designs
•    Collection for a Cause: Community by Howard Marcus (benefiting the Libby Lehman Medical Fund)


Learn how you can win a Layer Cake plus a copy of Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics at the bottom of this post.

Moda Layer CakesModa Layer Cakes
Packet of  10″ squares, 40 per packet.

Precut tip: Resist the temptation to wash or even rinse precut fabrics. Washing can cause fabric to fray, ravel, or shrink, resulting in pieces that are no longer accurately cut.

> See 10 Layer Cake quilts in Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics

Spin City quilt
“Spin City” by Carrie Nelson

Charm squaresCharm Squares
Packet of 5″ squares, usually 35 to 40 per packet, but numbers can vary from 22 to more than 50.

Precut tip: Tempted to trim the pinked edges off precuts? Leave them intact to make sure you have enough fabric. When aligning fabrics for sewing, use the outer points of the pinked edges as the edge of the fabric.

> See 23 charm-square quilts in Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics

Jamie's quilt by Claudia Plett
“Jamie’s Quilt” by Claudia Plett

Fat eighthsFat Eighths
Half of a quarter-yard of fabric; generally measures 9″ x 21″. Fat eighths are usually sold in bundles, but some shops sell them individually too.

Precut tip: Precut bundles typically “go together” because they’re from the same fabric line—and that makes it easy to create a quilt where all the colors instantly coordinate. Many patterns in Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics contain additional guidelines for sorting fabrics into colors or values.

> See 3 fat-eighth quilts in Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics

Everything's Coming Up Rainbows quilt by Krista Fleckenstein
“Everything’s Coming Up Rainbows” by Krista Fleckenstein

Fat quartersFat Quarters
Half of a half-yard of fabric; generally measures 18″ x 21″. Fat quarters may be purchased individually or in bundles of varying sizes, from four coordinating fat quarters to 35 or 40—a full fabric line.

Precut tip: “To convert a half-yard into two fat quarters, fold the fabric in half and match the selvage edges. Make a crease along the fold. Open up the fabric and cut on the fold with a rotary cutter or scissors. You now have two pieces of fabric that measure approximately 18″ x 21″. ” — from the book Clever Quarters

> See 15 fat-quarter quilts in Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics

Ray of Light quilt by Regina Girard
“Ray of Light” quilt by Regina Girard

Moda Jelly RollsModa Jelly Rolls
Bundle of 2½" x 42″ strips, cut across the width of the fabric. They generally contain 40 strips, but read the label to be sure.

Precut tip: To keep long strips from tangling, gently ease the roll open and clip or secure the strips at one end. Pin the ends of strips to your ironing board to hold them in place, and then fan them apart and choose the strips you want by easing them away from the rest.

> See 14 Jelly Roll quilts in Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics

Whoo's Your Baby? quilt by Karen Costello Soltys
“Whoo’s Your Baby?” by Karen Costello Soltys

Which precut do you collect most? Tell us in the comments and you’ll be automatically entered to win a Layer Cake bundle from our friends at Moda, along with a copy of Perfect Quilts for Precut Fabrics! We’ll choose four random winners one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winners are:

Coco, who says, “Jelly rolls more than charms or layer cakes. Moda’s bundles of fat quarters are superb for making large quilts. The convenience of having the fabric collection already coordinated saves me a lot of time in mapping out my quilts – don’t have to agonize over color selection!”

Theresa, who says, “Fat quarters are my favorite pre-cut. Easy to handle and store.”

Sandy, who says, “I alternate between Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes, depending on whether I’m working in ‘strip mode’ or in shape mode. I’m obsessed with hexies these days, and Layer Cakes can easily be sub-cut into the size square I need for a given project.”

Terry, who says, “I’m starting a quilt now with Layer Cakes and Jelly Rolls and I have to say I love the two of them together. Jelly rolls add so much versatility to quilt styles and used with charm packs or Layer Cakes, you can get such a different look for your quilt.”

We’ll email all of you about your prizes. Congratulations!


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