Sew with Precut Fabric Bundles

PartTwo Precuts First NancyZieman

Sew with Precut Fabric Bundles

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PartTwo Precuts First NancyZieman

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 featured episode, part two of  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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Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Rosa Gray
    March 27, 2018

    I like all precuts and have purchased them all. I have more Jelly rolls and charm squares than 10″ squares. But my go to precut for quilts is charm squares. Very versatile.

  • Ennis A
    March 27, 2018

    Seems to me that so much can be done with strips. jelly rolls!!

  • Mary Wippold
    March 27, 2018

    Jelly rolls are my favorite precuts.
    They make a quick and easy quilt and there are many patterns to choose from that use jelly rollls.

  • P M
    March 27, 2018

    5″ squares are a favorite because they can easily be made into four patches or HST giving many options to be used in a quilt top.

  • Karen
    March 27, 2018

    I love all the precuts!!! I love fabric!!! I find it all very irresistible!!

  • KatH
    March 27, 2018

    I have more fat quarters than anything, with layer cakes coming in second.

  • jo Wray
    March 27, 2018

    This should be a useful book. Deciding what to do with them can be a challenge.

  • diane c
    March 27, 2018

    I purchase a lot of fat quarters, but do like all precuts

  • Sandy Gibson
    March 27, 2018

    I have an abundance of layer cake precuts. There’s so much you can do with them!

  • Cyndi Duffin
    March 27, 2018

    I love to purchase charm pack, but I am never sure, when I get home, what to do with them. This book is filled with great ideas! Thank you for the giveaway.

  • MoeWest
    March 27, 2018

    I have a dvd tower full of fat quarters!

  • Celene
    March 27, 2018

    I cannot resist jellyrolls! I am intrigued by the colors all twirled up together – it’s an obsession! Would love to have a copy of this book so begin using all of my delicious jellyrolls!

  • Teresa Armstrong
    March 27, 2018

    I like all the precut fabric sizes. Inspiration comes when you open that precut for the first time.

  • Max
    March 27, 2018

    I purchase jelly rolls and layer cakes the most, like charm squares–let’s face it I like them all. The tote bag in the book is SEW cute!!!

  • Kellie Campbell-Mulkey
    March 27, 2018

    I buy a lot of 5″ charm packs and I have so many of them that I would love to get some ideas on what to do with them. Help!!!!

  • Patti A.
    March 27, 2018

    My collection of precuts is just what this book needs. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  • cindy m
    March 27, 2018

    I’m a sucker for a good sale so I tend to buy everything!!!!! Now if I only knew what to do with them all!!!!!

  • Diana Barnett
    March 27, 2018

    I use a lot of 5x5s. I had taken 15 years off from sewing. Things had changed very much in the sewing world during that time. Charm packs? I had no idea what that meant. It didn’t take long to learn about them and jelly rolls, layer cakes, and all the fun that came with them. Now I can’t resist them and, again, all the fun that comes with them. Thanks for opportunity to win this book.

  • Susan Spiers
    March 27, 2018

    Looks like a wonderful mix of quilts! Fat Quarters bundles give me a little of everything! Thank you, Susan

  • Sandy Green
    March 27, 2018

    I have mostly jelly rolls and 5″ charm packs. Love the beautiful colors!

  • Mary Power-Burke
    March 27, 2018

    I love fat quarters but I’ve purchased and used all sizes of precuts.

  • Karin Jensen
    March 27, 2018

    I have been sewing for decades. Children’s clothing, costumes and crafts. I have actually never used precut squares or strips. I am quite intrigued when I see them; all the colours and patterns all coordinated.
    I would love to win a copy of Nancy’s book so I so I can experiment with these and create something wonderful!!
    Thank you for the opportunity.

  • Lynn
    March 27, 2018

    I like ‘jelly rolls’. They look good both in quilts and as decorative items.

  • M.Fair
    March 27, 2018

    The charm square bag video cuts out after quilting the diagonal squares, just before sewing the bottom together.
    Any idea why??

  • Nancy
    March 27, 2018

    I like to sew with layer cakes, but have been buying some fat quarter bundles too. I think I’m addicted to fabric!

  • MaryLou W
    March 27, 2018

    I’ve done projects with layer cakes, jelly rolls and charm squares but probably purchase and do more with charm squares. I head up a quilt group at our church and the charm square packs are perfect for making kits for the girls to do quilt tops. I am always looking for easy projects for quilt tops.

  • Jane
    March 27, 2018

    I generally buy layer cakes. They seem to be the most versatile!

  • Julie A Craven
    March 27, 2018

    I am always buying fat quarter bundles. I have three I haven’t even opened yet. They are so pretty!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kathy R Hartwell
    March 27, 2018

    I am not sure that I have a favorite, as I use jelly rolls and charms about the same. They are both so versatile. I love to use any of the many precuts, it saves a lot of time ofcutting. Thank you for this opportunity to win this book.

  • Pat
    March 27, 2018

    I am a big fan of 2 1/2″ strips (jelly rolls). I find them especially useful for making the strata used in some of the Sewing with Nancy quilt projects. I would love to win this new book and be able to expand my horizons with pre-cuts.

  • Clovis
    March 27, 2018

    I use fat quarters mostly. I bought some 5″ charm packs and have extra. I might try to make to tote bag. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • beth d.
    March 27, 2018

    I mostly purchase jelly rolls and layer cakes, also make my own from my stash.

  • Kathy Almquist
    March 27, 2018

    I buy a lot of jelly rolls and fat quarters! I’d love to have the pattern for the log cabin variation and the tote!

  • Sherril McGann
    March 27, 2018

    I pick charms squares most often as they are reasonably priced and contain all the fabrics in a line.

  • Nadine W.
    March 27, 2018

    I most often use jelly rolls and charm packs. This book looks like a winner for using precuts which usually sit on my fabric shelves far too long. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

  • Karen Tucker
    March 27, 2018

    Since my color sense is not highly developed, I find it difficult to match fabrics myself. The jelly rolls and fat quarter packages are wonderful! I know it will all go together when I’m done.

  • Laura
    March 27, 2018

    I prefer fat quarters as like to wash my fabric before use.

  • Rosalind Gutierrez
    March 27, 2018

    I tend to pick up charms as they make adorable child quilts.

  • Beverly
    March 27, 2018

    I most frequently purchase fat quarters as I find they are more versatile as to the cuts I can get from them.

  • Evie H
    March 27, 2018

    I love fat quarter bundles and 10″ squares.

  • Rosie
    March 27, 2018

    I love fat quarters. I just haven’t gotten used to buying the others and trying them. Maybe this book will help me do just that.

  • Andrea Fitanides
    March 27, 2018

    Sometimes I purchase fat quarters, but most of the time I just buy 1/4 yard off the bolt. I have been thinking about trying a charm pack for a tote project.

  • Tabitha Keener
    March 27, 2018

    I love fat quarters but charm packs are easier to buy and you can get a look at the whole line up close! Thanks

  • Shaela
    March 27, 2018

    I haven’t often bought precuts. I did buy a kit using 2-1/2 precuts

  • Debra Reber
    March 27, 2018

    I seem to buy charm packs the most, I guess because they are less expensive. But I really prefer fat quarters as they are more versatile!!

  • Kim Kieffer
    March 27, 2018

    New to quilting and loving it! Collecting fat quarters like crazy!

  • Savannagal
    March 27, 2018

    Fat quarters is what I buy most often.

  • Nancy
    March 27, 2018

    I love sewing with precuts, and probably use more charm packs than anything.

  • Celeste Johnson
    March 27, 2018

    I love the charm packs. I seem to have many charms now and need to complete a few projects to use these up.

  • Joyce
    March 27, 2018

    I like to buy jelly rolls. That way I know they go together. My biggest quilting weakness is putting colors together, I have no confidence in myself in that area.

  • Stella S
    March 27, 2018

    Charm Squares! I don’t know what it is about them, but I cannot resist them. I love all the pattern and colors plus they’re within my budget. But I don’t know what to sew them into. This book would be a great help with that. Thanks for this series on precuts.

  • Teri
    March 27, 2018

    Probably purchase fat quarters more than other precuts.

  • Shirley Hale
    March 27, 2018

    I like the charms, but I enjoy working with all precuts. takes the guesswork out of matching and cutting.

  • Nancy Brusby
    March 27, 2018

    Fat quarters! They are versatile and can be used in most projects. Also like them to make dining room napkins, and still have some leftover for my scrap quilts!

  • Kathryn Smotryski
    March 27, 2018

    I am starting to see that precuts are the way to go for most projects. This book would be a great addition to my library for all that is “precut” .

  • Karen Burton
    March 27, 2018

    Charm packs are my favorites, followed by layer cakes which of course yield four charm packs, then fat quarters and strips. I probably have enough of all of then to make 3-4 dozen quilts!

  • Hazel Davidson
    March 27, 2018

    Fat quarters are my “go to” usually but I have branched out of late to charm squares. I purchased a jelly roll sometime ago but am hesitant to work with it as I just love the variety of patterns and colors.

  • Linda Janovitz
    March 27, 2018

    Precuts are GREAT !!! It gives us more time to make more quilts !!!!!! I am tickled when I can find them on sale. I even cut up some of my older fabric I have that aren’t precuts ! Lots of charity quilts to be made and loved by others !

  • Connie Safly
    March 27, 2018

    I like the 5″ charm packs best – followed by layer cakes and jelly rolls. I am new to quilting and eager to get started on a project.

  • Helen G
    March 27, 2018

    I love fat quarters. I buy and have many of these. They seem to work well with the traditional patterns I like to sew. This book looks so inspiring. Hope I win it!

  • Kay Jones
    March 27, 2018

    I usually purchase fat quarters but I am looking into the 21/2 strips for a quilt. I am clearing things so I can start on something nice.

  • judy
    March 27, 2018

    Being an old seamstress from way back, I’m use to buying yards of fabric or my favorite line, I’ll take all that’s left on the bolt. It is difficult for me to get excited about pre-cuts plus the fact that we really don’t care for the scrappy look. I do break down and get fat quarters and jelly rolls just because a pattern might call for them.

  • Mary
    March 27, 2018

    I love using the layer cakes.

  • Linda Wilkens
    March 27, 2018

    I like to buy the jellyrolls for a quick, easy quilt. Layer cakes are my second favorite!

  • Kirsten
    March 27, 2018

    i dont often buy pre cuts, but the two i buy the most are jelly rolls and charm squares.
    the charm squares because i often do “i spy” type quilts for my friend’s kids.

  • Joanie
    March 27, 2018

    I have a lot of 2 1/2″ strips. I do have a little of everything. I love them all!

  • Kathy
    March 27, 2018

    I buy more fat quarters, but am beginning to like layer cakes, too.

  • Sharen Bounds
    March 27, 2018

    I LOVE precuts! I have lots of fat quarters and charm squares. I’m starting to acquire some 10″ layer cakes and a few jelly rolls. Plus, I have tons of scraps that I plan to cut into strips and squares.

  • Jennifer Reinke
    March 27, 2018

    I love all the pre-cuts available! My favorite are the Jelly rolls and charm packs. With this book, I am sure there will be more inspiring ideas for all of us!

  • Dorothy Highum
    March 27, 2018

    I purchase charm packs, layer cakes and jelly rolls. I think charm packs t the most.

  • Pat E
    March 27, 2018

    I buy jelly rolls and layer cakes. I end up using the layer cakes more than anything else. I love them.

  • K Schlecht
    March 27, 2018

    I use mostly a Jelly rolls and Layer Cakes. Layer Cakes are probably my favorite and I have quite a few!

  • Peggy S
    March 27, 2018

    I buy fat quarters but my favorites are the charm squares. I love the tote bag and I have some gorgeous charms that would make a beautiful tote bag. I cut leftover fabric into 5″ square also and store by color.

  • Diane Steiger
    March 27, 2018

    I try to get Layer Cakes There seems there are more ideas for that size but they can be cut down for other Patterns

  • Anna Hollar
    March 27, 2018

    Hi, sounds like a wonderful gift to have with precuts. Isn’t it great to have all these ideas in one book. Thank you.

  • Martha
    March 27, 2018

    I most like to purchase 5″ square charm packs.

  • laura
    March 27, 2018

    I own ALOT of fat quarters!

  • Bonnye
    March 27, 2018

    I purchase fat quarters.

  • Louise
    March 27, 2018

    I like fat quarter bundles. You can make so many things from and they can be cut down to smaller sizes. There are a great variety of patterns fat quarters. Would love to win this book with so many patterns I would like to make.

  • Jonni N
    March 27, 2018

    I’ve got lots of 5″ charm packs, mini charms , 10″ layer cakes..

  • Lillian K
    March 27, 2018

    I most often use fat quarters but also buy lots of charm packs.

  • Gail Beam
    March 27, 2018

    I like a variety of precuts and have bought all of them. The fat quarters are great for my applique designs.

  • scarter
    March 28, 2018

    I have a stash of fat quarters and jelly rolls. The book would really help me reduce that stash. I especially like the tote bag.

  • Sherri M
    March 28, 2018

    I love all precuts. So much quicker when the fabric is already curated and cut. I’ve bought all precuts, but I buy charm packs most often.

  • Vicki
    March 28, 2018

    I have used all the different precuts, for quilts and bags. I love saving time using precuts!

  • Lori Lynn Meurett
    March 28, 2018

    I have several charm and fat quarter quilts but recently I have been into jelly roll quilts. I love the ease of pre-cuts and how I can jump right into quilting!

  • Anne Z.
    March 28, 2018

    I purchase jelly rolls. I love the versatility of them.

    March 28, 2018

    Since I have so much leftover material from sewing for my five girls and myself I just use that for projects. I would love to try fat quarters, it would be easier and quicker!

  • Bonnie Hurkmans
    March 28, 2018

    I like strips like jelly rolls. I cut my leftovers into strips so they’re ready for a project!

  • Melissa
    March 28, 2018

    I normally buy yardage, but when I do buy precuts, I normally buy fat quarters. When buying online a new fabric I will get a charm pack to see what the fabric line looks like in person without a great commitment of cost.

  • Peggy V
    March 30, 2018

    I often use charm packs and jelly rolls. Those are my go to fabric. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

  • Sondra Hill
    March 31, 2018

    It is a draw between 10″ squares and 5″ squares. I love them both.

  • carolyn montgomery
    April 3, 2018

    i buy more 2.5″ strips than any other precuts.

  • Carol Skilling
    April 3, 2018

    My eye catches one quilt on the cover of the precuts for fast quilts. i’ts the one with squares in different sizes seemingly floating on the fabric. It seems very complicated, but i think it would be fun seeing it come together! Thanks for all the excellent tips and things to make on Nancy’s site. I saw her in person once, and she was the nicest person. Carol Skilling

  • Teresa B.
    April 9, 2018

    I prefer jelly rolls for their versatility. I hate cutting strips.

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