Specialty cuts of coordinated fabrics wrapped in a bundle, are a common, convenient way to test out a new fabric line. I think of these bundles as a gift of potential! But that potential can be elusive if you’re hesitant to untie the ribbon and create something special. On today’s episode of Sewing With Nancy, Maria DeGroot, a teacher who specializes in making quilt projects from fabric bundles, joins us. Watch the first episode of this NEW! three-part series—Precut Fabric for Speedy Projects.

Before her monthly quilting club meeting, Maria searches for a bundle of precut fabrics. She dreams of what could be made from the stack of 40 cuts, then she puts that dream into reality. Bundles of 5″ squares are an ideal starting point for a quilt. Most of the fabrics used in our featured projects were precut! You don’t need to make decisions on which fabrics go together. Plus, most of the cutting work is complete.

Season 31 of Sewing With Nancy | Nancy Zieman | Charm Pack Quilts | Precut Fabrics for Speedy Quilts

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 are also available, but not in this series

Charm Pack Scramble Quilt

By mixing one charm pack and two pieces of cut yardage, cream and rose, the first quilt creates a very orderly random quilt. Sounds like a paradox, but the random placement of each 5″ square keeps the quilt moving and coordinated while the rose and cream fabrics bring order to the design.  Marie will show us how easy this quilt is to make on today’s episode.

Charm Pack Scramble Variations

It’s amazing how cutting a basic 9-patch block into four sections and then shuffling the components can change the design of a quilt block. Now expand that concept, making a Charm Pack Double Scramble block. It’s a super-sized block that looks complicated, but that’s easily created by thinking outside the box. You won’t want to miss the magic on today’s NEW! Sewing With Nancy episode.

Maria and I show you how to assemble and stitch the basic 9-patch block. It is the stepping-stone for a much more complicated-looking design. Notice, I said “complicated-looking.” Of course the actual block couldn’t be easier!

 Fours the Charm Quilt

Stitch four, 5″ blocks together into a traditional arrangement, then see what possibilities await you. A simple cut from point to point and the addition of a strip, turn what was once a basic 4-patch block into the Fours the Charm block.  See how easy it is to cut and add the strip on today’s new episodePrecut Fabric for Speedy Projects on Sewing With Nancy.


Basic block construction coupled with a secondary cut or two is the key to producing interesting quilts with charm packs. Give it a try!

  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, 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
  • “Quilt-as-you-go,” using the wobble stitch
  • Making and positioning straps for totes
  • The following projects:
    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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