Precuts for quilting

Sometimes as a new quilter you can have trouble with the strange names of different quilting fabric cuts like “fat quarters” “honey buns” “jelly rolls” and “charm packs”. The video below reveals some of the mysteries that fabrics precuts contain! I love this video because Heather Jones explains everything about these special cuts of fabric for quilters and provides you with some great ideas on how to involve precut fabrics in your next quilting project, like using charm packs to make half square triangles. The video really was helpful .

Precuts save so much time and I appreciated them especially  as a very new beginner quilter that they are all cut straight! I still love them. They also take some most of the overwhelming choices regarding colour, saturation etc because the packs contain fabrics that should go together well.

One of the first quilt I made I choose all the fabrics myself and I wasn’t happy with the end result. I learned a great deal about what I didn’t like with that project.  The next few projects I used a precuts and sometimes added some solid colours, it gave me a much better result. Now I feel reasonable confident  to be able to pick fabrics from my stash to supplement a precut. It’s wonderful journey learning about colour, but it takes time and I think the success of making something you like using a precut spurs you on to being more adventurous. It’s good to do some walking before running.

Precuts aren’t just for beginners though. Experienced quilters sometimes enjoy using precuts to relax and make something fun or pick up a small pack to add a splash of colour to a project.

You do not usually need to pre wash precuts. Heather walks you through everything and shows some wonderful fabrics. I feel inspired already, these ideas are so simple but using the different fabric precuts produces some awesome results!

Using precuts is a great way to start your quilting journey.



Tarnya is Quilting Focus' webmaster and a beginner quilter who hasn’t ventured much outside pre-cuts and quilting in the ditch. She is excited by modern short cut quilting techniques which makes quilting so much more achievable for those who are quite short on time. She enjoys making quilts for her children who she says do not notice mistakes and feel loved by what she makes. "I appreciate how learning and improving my quilting, cross pollinates into other creative areas of my life: for example colour, balance, proportion are important to quilting, but they are also important to web design."

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