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.

Quarter 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.

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.

  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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