Get Stitching With 5-inch and 10-inch Precut Fabric Squares

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Get Stitching With 5-inch and 10-inch Precut Fabric Squares

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Buying a bundle of precut fabrics is like buying a bag of colorful candy—you never know what’s all included until you open the package. But there’s one guarantee, the fabric will always be a tasteful combination of color and design.

Then there’s the question: What to do with that bundle of eye candy? On today’s episode, part two of the all New! Precut Fabrics for Speedy Projects on Sewing With Nancy, Maria DeGroot, educator and ardent quilter, has some answers! If you missed part one of the new series, watch it online.

Precut Reference

We’ll be using precut fabrics throughout this three-part series of Sewing With Nancy. If you’re curious what we mean by “precut fabrics,” here’s a quick reference:

  • 5″ Squares: Charm Packs or 5″ Stackers
  • 10″ Squares: Layer Cakes, Ten Squares, or 10″ Stackers
  • 2-1/2″ Squares: Mini-Charms
  • Fat Quarter: 18″ x 22″
  • 2-1/2″ Strips: Jelly Rolls, Roll-ups, Design Rolls, Rolie Polie
  • 5″ Strips: Dessert Rolls, Charm Rolls
  • 1-1/2″ Strips: Honey Buns, Skinny Strips
  • 6″ Triangles and Hexagons also available but not in this series

Chocolate Cake with Sprinkles quilt

Maria enjoys figuring out ways to use precut fabric bundles. The first treat in this episode is the Chocolate Cake with Sprinkles quilt. The use of 10″ fabric squares, sometimes called Layer Cakes and the chocolate-colored fabric, creates a great bed quilt for guys. Maria shares her technique for using the 10″ squares in today’s new episode of Sewing With Nancy.

Fabric Precut NancyZieman 10Quarter Log Cabin Quilt

The Log Cabin is a quintessential quilt pattern, yet it’s okay to remodel the design. Maria’s next quilt features just a quarter of the traditional block. A stack of 10″ squares provides just the right amount of fabric, plus it offers a great variety of prints to give the quilt visual appeal. Take your Log Cabin quilts to the next level with Maria’s precut tips on today’s episode.

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Charming Tote

A tote is an ideal stage to feature the fabric coordinates that started out tied together in a bundle. Maria cleverly used 5″ squares from a bundle, plus an accent fabric that worked in harmony to highlight the beautiful, batik fabrics. This big tote is ideal to take on a road trip or to a quilting class. Watch Sewing With Nancy online and make this tote using your precut fabric.

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  Precut Fabrics for Speedy Projects book includes:

  • Nancy Zieman and guest Maria DeGroot showing how to use precut fabric packages for a variety of projects
  • Incorporating precut fabric options—5″ squares, 10″ squares, and 2-1/2″ strips with yardage to quickly create coordinated projects
  • Easy techniques to give 9-patch blocks a whole new look
  • Quickly making volumes of half-square triangles from 10″ precut squares to arrange in modern blocks
  • Giving a new twist to a traditional Log Cabin block complete with on-point layout and setting triangles
  • Creating gussets to form totes
  • Using alternative fabrics (flannel and fusible foam) as batting
  • Using the wobble stitch for “Quilt-as-you-go”
  • Making and positioning straps for totes
  • Projects include:
    1. Charm Pack Scramble Quilt and Variations
    2. Four’s the Charm Quilt
    3. Chocolate Cake with Sprinkles Quilt
    4. Quarter Log Cabin Quilt
    5. Charming Tote
    6. Strip by Strip Reversible Quilt
    7. Split and Spin Pinwheel Quilt
    8. Quilt & Go Tote

 Watch Precut Fabrics for Speedy Projects (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

For a chance to win a copy of the new book, Precut Fabrics for Speedy Projects from Nancy’s Notions, leave a comment sharing which type of precut you purchase most often.

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  • Michael J Elinski
    August 17, 2017

    I love using layer cake pre cuts the most because they can be cut so many different ways, to make your piecing a pleasure. If you like 5″ x 5″ squares, just cut the layer cake in half twice. Yet, if you love certain prints, you can leave some pieces large to really appreciate he beauty of the print. Thank you!

  • Laurie Ladd
    August 17, 2017

    I love the 5″ charm packs. They are so cute.

  • Heidi
    August 17, 2017

    I like jelly rolls, but the tote is making me reconsider buying 5″ square pre-cuts. Thank you for this inspiration.

  • Mariola
    August 17, 2017

    I use jelly rolls and charm packs. Bought a desert roll and not sure what to do with it. Love love love jelly rolls. Xxx

  • annette rady
    August 17, 2017

    Very clever projects! Loved seeing what folks do with precuts.

  • Ginger
    August 17, 2017

    I like the 5″ squares and matching jelly rolls. It’s fun to play around and see what kind of blocks I can come up with using them.

  • Donna Fecteau
    August 17, 2017

    i buy a lot of jelly rolls but there are 6 or 7 charm packs in my stash as well.

  • Dawn
    August 17, 2017

    I LOVE fat quarters!!

  • Thelma Williams
    August 17, 2017

    I prefer 2 1/2 i inch strip. I can cut it as i please or just use it for ai quick quilt. I am a senior citizen (8o years young).

  • Anne Z.
    August 17, 2017

    I mainly pruchase fat quarters, but love the charm packs, layer cakes and jelly rolls I see at quilt shops. I just was never sure how to use them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Christi
    August 17, 2017

    I would have to say Jelly Rolls.

  • Susan Spiers
    August 17, 2017

    10″ Layer Cakes-The best variety of a collection all in one package-great deal! Thank you, Susan

  • Margaret Scott
    August 17, 2017

    I love all the projects. Very clever ideas.

  • Helen O
    August 17, 2017

    I love fat quarter packs, but have some 5″ squares as well.

  • Janice Ringer
    August 17, 2017

    I most often buy jelly rolls.

  • Joyce West
    August 17, 2017

    I use fat quarters and 21/2inch squares .

  • Jennifer Reinke
    August 17, 2017

    So hard to decide! Thank you for such great inspiration using these pre-cuts.

  • carolyn montgomery
    August 17, 2017

    i love fat quarters and jelly rolls. when i finish a project, i cut my scraps into 5″ and 2.5 squares and strips.

  • Nancy
    August 17, 2017

    I use a lot of charm packs. they are so pretty, I can’t resist them.

  • Linda
    August 17, 2017

    I love working with the charm packs!

  • Dara Mervine
    August 17, 2017

    I buy mini charms, just can’t pass them. I really need to find a project for them, they are piling up unused.

    August 17, 2017

    i like to buy the 10″ squares because i can do the projects for the 10″ squares as well 5″ sq. projects. i just cut the lg. sqs. into 5″ squares.

  • JoMarie Coster
    August 17, 2017

    I have purchased jelly rolls and charm packs.

  • Connie
    August 17, 2017

    I love jelly rolls but lately I have also been using layer cakes.

  • debbie
    August 17, 2017

    jelly rolls, charm packs

  • Vicki Gore
    August 17, 2017

    I’ve purchased lots of fat quarters, jelly rolls, layer cakes, and several charm packs.

  • Judy Hawkins
    August 17, 2017

    I love 5″ charms, jelly rolls and layer cakes. They are so pretty, I can’t resist and they take the guesswork out of coordinating colors and patterns.
    What a great book this is with so many ideas. Would love a copy of this. My head is spinning with ideas. Love the Log Cabin quilt idea.

  • Charlotte Littleton
    August 17, 2017

    I have used jelly rolls but can’t resist charm packs.

  • Clovis
    August 17, 2017

    I purchase the fat quarters most often. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Elizabeth Larson
    August 17, 2017

    I have more jelly rolls than other precuts. But I do have charm packs. Buy them on sale but not always sure what to do with them!

  • Charlotte Brown
    August 17, 2017

    Altho I have several of each cuts, I buy more of the charm packs

  • Claudia McCartney
    August 17, 2017

    I use charm packs the most. One charm pack is just right for a baby Quilt. I ve used a couple of jelly rolls also.

  • Marianne Squire Maszer
    August 17, 2017

    I use charms most often. Thank you for the chance to win, I’d love to make your Charming Tote.

  • Laura
    August 17, 2017

    I buy fat quarters because I like to prewash my fabric. This larger size also gives me a bit of extra fabric for various quilt patterns.

  • jenny boettcher
    August 17, 2017

    Fat Quarters…….I consider as a pre-cut; 10″/layer cake.
    As if I want to pre-wash the fabric; then I can cut them into the size that I want.

  • Carolyn Gibeaut
    August 17, 2017

    I purchase more charm packs than any other type of precut. Second to that would be layer cakes. I love working with both of these.

  • Julie
    August 17, 2017

    I never know what to do with pre-cuts, this series has been an inspiration. There are so many options to choose from.

  • Betty K
    August 17, 2017

    Between layer cakes and charms, charms win. But overall, FQ’s are the ones I get the most.

  • Linda Grienke
    August 17, 2017

    I purchase fat quarters most often and use them in quilts. Love your show!

  • Linda Nelson
    August 17, 2017

    I love charm packs and fat quarters.

  • Kathleen Johnson
    August 17, 2017

    I love fat quarters and charm packs!!!

  • Linda P.
    August 17, 2017

    My favorites are jelly rolls and fat quarters. That being said I can’t pass up a luscious layer cake!

  • Pat
    August 17, 2017

    I most often buy jelly rolls and fat quarters. I find these offer me the best sizes for the wall hangings or lap quilts I usually make.

  • Brenda Ackerman
    August 17, 2017

    Although, I love Fat Quarters dearly, I buy Charm Packs because of the price and my budget. I would love to win this book with all of your great ideas. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Carol
    August 17, 2017

    I use 5″ squares since mostly.

  • Bonnye
    August 17, 2017

    I usually do not buy precut fabric but after seeing the ideas in the book, I plan to try the different cuts.

  • Diana Stover
    August 17, 2017

    I buy layer cakes and charm packs most often with a liberal sprinkling of jelly rolls! Too many projects, so little time.

  • Donna W
    August 17, 2017

    I like all types of precuts, but tend to purchase fat quarters the most.

  • Cecilia
    August 17, 2017

    I love to buy layer cakes. You can use them in so many different ways.

  • Dixie
    August 17, 2017

    I love jelly rolls and fat quarters

  • Sally Ann
    August 17, 2017

    I use jelly rolls most often but love charm squares too.

  • Joyce Ann
    August 17, 2017

    I seem most drawn to Jelly Rolls….

  • Cheryl Fabiano
    August 17, 2017

    I find fat quarters to be the most versatile and if you buy a bundle you still get all the coordinating fabrics from a line but you can cut them to size or use the larger pieces for projects like bags.

  • Linda Ronczka
    August 17, 2017

    I love using charm squares. I find I can do so much with them.

  • Karen Tucker
    August 17, 2017

    Love jelly rolls and fat quarters. So versatile!

  • Traci Y
    August 17, 2017

    I have a generous stash of fat quarters. I started to collect layer cakes and jelly rolls which haven’t found a home yet in any projects. Thanks for the ideas!

  • Dawn Hollingsworth
    August 17, 2017

    I used to just buy FQ’s, 2 or 3 from each shop in a Shop Hop or shops visited while on vacation. Now, I tend to purchase Charm Packs. Thanks for the chance to win this terrific book!

  • Beverly
    August 17, 2017

    I love the flexibility of larger cuts such as layer cakes and jelly rolls. So many patterns today are precut friendly.

  • Lynn D
    August 17, 2017

    I never used to buy pre-cut fabrics but I had to get a number of fat quarters for a quilt-along. I love them! The fact that they are coordinated is a big plus since my skill with putting nice combinations together hasn’t been fine tuned yet. This book would be a real bonus to help in using all the pre-cuts that are available. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Donna N
    August 17, 2017

    I can’t resist those 2 1/2″ strips.

  • Twyla
    August 17, 2017

    Fat Quarters is what I have collected along with Charm Packs. Really need your book for inspiration and great patterns! Thank You!

  • Noreen
    August 17, 2017

    I’ve bought the fat quarters – I love the way they coordinate! Thanks for the chance to win your book.

  • Leah
    August 17, 2017

    I use fat quarters a lot because I can find coordinating prints for my projects.

  • Marti Morgan
    August 17, 2017

    I started buying fat quarters, then I lost interest in them and started buying charm packs, but now I go big – jelly rolls are tugging at my wallet!

  • Janice Hobbs
    August 17, 2017

    I use the 10 inch layer cakes more often than other precuts because there are an infinite number of ways to arrange once you sew together with background fabrics and cut and resew!

  • Karen A
    August 17, 2017

    I am always buying fat quarters.

  • Kay Statom
    August 17, 2017

    My favorite right now are the jelly rolls (2 1/2″) There are so many different ways to use them.

    August 17, 2017

    my favorite precut fabric is the jelly roll

  • Marty
    August 17, 2017

    I recently bought several packs of “mini” charm fabrics so I could do quick multi-fabric half-square triangles; wow, that was easy!

  • Kay Eubank
    August 17, 2017

    Layers cakes AND FAT QUARTERS

  • Linda Rouse
    August 17, 2017

    Love the layer cakes.

  • Pam
    August 17, 2017

    I buy 5 inch charm squares

  • Cherie
    August 17, 2017

    I started with jelly rolls but soon switched to charms or layer cakes. They are so versatile.

  • Tammie Frankum
    August 17, 2017

    I buy them all! Like working with layer cakes the best though. Would be great to have this book.

  • Linda Bick
    August 17, 2017

    I love them all!!! Jelly rolls are a definite favorite! Love the coordination of fabric!

  • Claudette Fredette-Vido
    August 17, 2017

    I have brand new pre cuts to work with! love the ideas on your video. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the contest.

  • karen
    August 17, 2017

    I like the 10″ precuts and fat halves. I get the most use from the fabric that way.

  • Linda Edwards
    August 17, 2017

    Layer cakes are the most versatile for me, although I have purchased plenty of the other sizes as well.

  • Ann
    August 17, 2017

    I most often purchase jelly rolls and fat quarters.
    Your shows offer so wonderful ideas to use some soon!

  • Grannie Connie
    August 17, 2017

    Thanks for showing me so many ways to use precuts. I usually buy charm squares but now I can foresee layer cakes in my future. And then jelly rolls, mini charms and so on!

  • Terry
    August 17, 2017

    I purchase fat quarters most often. I like the fact that you get a large variety of coordinating prints with the other precuts, but I also like to be able to cut large pieces for a block if necessary.

  • Dawn Weideman
    August 17, 2017

    I have quite a few jelly rolls, charm squares, and layer cakes purchased from Nancy’s because I liked the color combos. I am looking for ideas to finally use them!

  • Casey Swanson
    August 17, 2017

    I “discovered” precuts a couple years ago and have tried to collect them into a soon to do project. I found the precuts all over: fabric stores, discount stores like Tuesday Morning and Big Lots, garage sales and flea markets, friends sewing rooms. I have utilized the paper patterns pieces that use two blocks of materials that after some sewing and cutting have several 1/2 square triangles.There are as many short cuts as there are sewers and quilters. Now if I can do this with my “UFO” .Thanks

  • Becky Canuteson
    August 17, 2017

    I use 2 1/2″ strips the most. I buy them to use for binding on my quilts.

  • Jan F.
    August 17, 2017

    I prefer charm squares. They are great for small projects for gifting or add some 2 1/2 inch strips and you have a quilt in no time. You also get a great selection of prints without having to buy a lot of yardage. Thanks Nancy.

  • Judie
    August 17, 2017

    I use and buy jelly rolls most often. I just love the varied of colors in each set. then I’ll buy the charm pack to match.

  • Donna Lee
    August 17, 2017

    I’ve bought charm squares most often. They’re easy to use and easy to store!

  • Ilana
    August 17, 2017

    I have purchased all types of precuts but I have bought jellyrolls more than the others.

  • Wendy B
    August 17, 2017

    my ‘go-to’ precut is the charm pack as it is so versatile, but I’m not adverse to purchasing jelly rolls and layer cakes and honey buns and mini charms…….no fabric diet in my house!

  • Deb
    August 17, 2017

    Go to pre-cut are Charm squares & 10″ squares.

  • Rosemarie Klein
    August 17, 2017

    I prefer the 10′ squares as I can do more with that size.

  • Sharon
    August 17, 2017

    Charm packs and strips

  • Merri Lynn
    August 17, 2017

    Hard on pick one bur if I must it would probably lyrics be a jelly roll.

  • Denice Korcal
    August 17, 2017

    Charm squares for sure!

  • Cyndy Holford
    August 17, 2017

    I enjoy buying charm packs. There are so many projects out there you can make using them. From table runners, tote bags to quilts. I love the coordinating fabrics that come with a charm pack!

  • Rosie
    August 17, 2017

    I usually get fat quarters, but haven’t ventured further than that. I wasn’t sure what to do with the other options. I’d love to win this book with all of it’s ideas.

  • laura
    August 17, 2017

    I have lots of charm packs and love my layer cakes

  • Judy
    August 17, 2017

    i usually buy fat quarters.

  • Karen payton
    August 17, 2017

    Fat quarters are my favorite

  • Rhonda D in KY
    August 17, 2017

    My stash includes charm packs and fat quarters.

  • Teri
    August 18, 2017

    I probably have more charm packs than any other precut packs but like layer cakes as well.

  • Marie Bugjski
    August 18, 2017

    I always like to see what others are doing with the pre-cuts.
    My stack of 5″squares layer cakes, 2 1/2″ strips, and fat quarters is growing faster then I am sewing. Hopefully when the cold weather starts my sewing will start also.

  • Gail Beam
    August 18, 2017

    I have bought charm packs, fat quarters, and jelly rolls. I love the tote bag that you made with the charm packs.

  • Marsha Dimond
    August 18, 2017

    I purchase more charm packs than anything else. I also love to work with layer cakes.

  • Susan T
    August 18, 2017

    Why choose? First, they all offer a fun, beautiful variety of fabric colors and second, most of them sound like food. How can you go wrong with any of them?

  • Ruth L
    August 18, 2017

    I love the charm and mini charm packs – a great variety of coordinating prints for a good price. Sometimes I want a little more variety in my quilt without making a huge investment and these fit the bill!

  • Rosalind Gutierrez
    August 18, 2017

    Admission time…I love charms and I have an obsession with the adorable prints in the 5″ size and I cut leftovers into squares to add to the pile.

    August 18, 2017

    I hope that this book will take me on a new journey using precuts. I think I would start with 5 inch squares so I can complete a quilt for my Granddaughter quickly.

    August 18, 2017

    I would like to use this book to help me make a quick project with 5 inch squares/

  • PJ
    August 18, 2017

    I have a ton of charm squares but have never made anything from them. I need this book!

  • Susan Burns
    August 18, 2017

    Definately charm squares. I can’t resist them. So many choices, so much color!

  • Lue Anne
    August 18, 2017

    So far I have only purchased pre-cuts for gifts but I am learning to use them by cutting my own from a large stash inherited from my mother and grandmother. The chocolate cake with sprinkles pattern looks perfect to make a quilt for my brother. Thanks always for the inspiration!

  • Treva Campbell
    August 18, 2017

    I haven’t purchased a pre cut or jelly roll because I didn’t know what to do with it. Now that I see you have a book I’d like to try it especially big I win the giveaway. I love your TV show.

  • Margaret C Graczyk
    August 18, 2017

    I just received a Blue and Yellow Layer Cake (yes, for my Birthday!) and was wondering what to do with it 🙂 I am really looking forward to seeing what I might do as I search through your online tutorials 🙂

  • Margie V.
    August 19, 2017

    I buy jelly rolls and fat quarters the most- love the way colors seem to go together so easily!

  • Maggie Broadrick
    August 19, 2017

    I like 10 inch squares & fat quarters the best. I like them because of the variety that they offer without buying larger amounts of fabric.

  • Candace Timpanelli
    August 19, 2017

    I think 10″ squares are most practical. A lot of variety and enough for good sized blocks.

  • Sharon Beeghly
    August 20, 2017

    I love 5 inch squares and layer cakes cause I use them for HST to create different blocks. Thank you for all your sew alongs and ideas . the written instructions with illustrations always help me on a project. I’d love to win one of your books.

  • Bonnie Neff
    August 20, 2017

    I mostly sew the jelly rolls which are quick quilts. I have alot of charm packs and layer cakes. This book will give me lots of ideas to use them up. Thanks!

  • Susan Nicol
    August 21, 2017

    I tend to purchase 10″ squares and fat quarters.

  • Karen
    August 21, 2017

    I have a ton of fat quarters but lately I have been going a little crazy with the jelly rolls. I find they make good frames for blocks or sashing.

  • Janice Hall
    August 21, 2017

    I mostly sew fat quarters. This book would give me the opportunity to use charm packs and layer cakes

  • Michele C.
    August 22, 2017

    I’m a beginner, and I really appreciate pre-cuts because they’ll allow me to achieve something more quickly & focus on the mechanics of learning my machine. Other than yardage, I’ve used only fat quarters so far, but I’ve just ordered my first jelly roll & charm pack, and I’m eager to try a layer cake.

  • Anne
    August 23, 2017

    Have yet to start my 1st quilt; in the process of ordering charms and mini charms. Perhaps not the best size to begin with but I will start on a very small quilt……which might expand depending on my level of confidence 🙂 Have a lot to learn.

  • Denise Zuhlke
    August 24, 2017

    Charm squares are what I will pick up the most. I can fit them into my budget as an impulse buy. If I’m doing a planned purchase, then a jelly roll.

  • Diane S.
    August 25, 2017

    I buy charm squares and 10″ squares the most. I have quite a stash so I’m thrilled to see these great ideas to use them.

  • Pam Rohrkemper
    September 7, 2017

    I Love my charm packs and jelly rolls.

  • Julie Kill
    September 21, 2017

    I just bought my first set of Fat quarter bundles and some Charm squares at the MN state quilt show. I bought 2 sets of 6 coordinating fat quarter bundles. With some coordinating fabric, ( mostly for backing) I made: 1 – 20X50 table runner, one 24X30 table topper; one wall hanging ( ~12×15); 2 pillows total- (One quilted pillow 18×18- finished and one to finish yet (16×16); and one 9×15 candle-type mat or small table topper.
    I haven’t had the courage to begin with those 5″ squares….. The book would help with ideas!

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  • Diane Whitney
    September 28, 2017

    I have lots of charm packs, but think jelly rolls are the most versatile. A question about the Strip by Strip Reversible Quilt: can you use cotton strips on one side and flannel on the other? I LOVE the quilts on this series!

  • Diane Whitney
    September 28, 2017

    Jelly rolls are the most versatile. The Strip by Strip Reversible Quilt: can you use cotton strips on one side and flannel strips on the other?

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