quilter what his or her favorite precut bundle is, and you will get a lot of
different answers. Some people favor fat
quarters or even half-yard bundles, while others are all about strips or
squares, or perhaps triangles, or hexagons.
It's exciting to be a quilter today because thanks to innovative and
forward-thinking fabric companies there are
sew many different precut fabric
options available. I'm very curious to find
out what new precuts are just around the corner.
were my first introduction to precuts.
As a new quilter, I was earnestly looking for ways to build up my fabric
stash fast. Fat quarters were the
perfect solution! They were relatively
inexpensive, so I could grab them up individually or even in lovely coordinated
bundles. Additionally, there were lots
of quilt books available using fat quarters to build wonderful, beautiful
content with fat quarters for a long time.
I loved making scrappy quilts using my fat quarters. They were
versatile, satisfied my fabric addiction, and they looked so pretty organized
by color into neat drawers and bins.
Then at a
quilt show . . . I discovered 5" charm squares and fell hopelessly in
love. An entire coordinated fabric
collection in a beautiful little stack of squares. Small.
Economical. Big design potential.
I couldn't grab them fast enough.
Soon, I had towering stacks of charm squares. And of course, there were dozens of quilt
books and patterns devoted to them.
I must admit
that charm squares began my downward spiral into a colorful precut abyss—they
led me to hoard other precuts such as strips, 10" squares, mini squares, and
hexagons, which of course fueled my need for new tools, gadgets, books, and
patterns. My obsession with precuts even
led me to chop my scraps and leftover fabrics into my own strips and
squares. Which of course made me require
additional tools, gadgets, books, and patterns. I have to be honest—it was
turning into a very vicious cycle.
A few years
ago, my madness for precuts inspired me to create a quilt book using precuts. But
instead of focusing on only one precut, I wanted to use ALL my favorites in the
same book. Through trial and error and
revision, this idea eventually became my book
, I Love Precut Quilts!, published by C&T Publishing.
book is a huge undertaking and not for the faint of heart, but it is definitely
a great way to share what you love with the rest of the world. Hello world, meet my favorite precuts!
Let me tell
you a little bit about my book. You will
find sixteen go-to beginner-friendly projects featuring my favorite precuts (and
yours too, I'll wager): half-yard bundles, fat quarters, layer cakes, charm
squares, and jelly rolls. Projects range
from table runners and matching place mats to wall quilts, throws, and bed
quilts. Here are some of the fun projects you'll find in my book:
BUT WAIT—there's more!
I Love Precut Quilts!,you will also find fabric and color
suggestions, plus helpful hints and tips for successful quilting.
in teaching projects from my book? You can find free downloadable class plans
for several projects in the "I'm a Retailer" section on the C&T
orphanquilter.com to find tutorials and free companion quilt patterns
for my book.
know it, you will be obsessed with
precuts just like me (wink, wink).
To get you
started on your new obsession, please enjoy
this NEW companion quilt project,
called Around Town, designed exclusively for you! Plus, there are multiple giveaways you can enter for a chance to win a copy of my book! You can enter C&T's giveaway to win an ebook copy right here:
a Rafflecopter giveaway. And you can enter to win over on my blog, too: quiltwithaview.blogspot.com. Enjoy!
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