Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The Ultimate Guide to Precut Fabrics

Hello Quilters!

My name is Krista and I am an editor over at I asked Melanie if I could share our Ultimate Guide to Precut Fabric with you all today because I found it so helpful when I was just starting out with quilting. Buying precut fabrics are often a time saver as well as a budget-friendly way to make a handmade quilt.

Whether or not I have a quilt idea in mind, I know I find myself swinging past the remnants and precut fabric section of the craft store every time I’m shopping just in case they have something good. If you aren’t familiar with precut fabrics, don’t know the differences in style or how to incorporate them into your work, then I think you’ll find the information below quite useful.

Even if you are a precut master, there could still be something helpful to you. We even have an infographic with the most common precut sizes and styles, which is handy for any quilter to have around!

The Ultimate Guide to Precuts
If you're overwhelmed with all of the different types of precut fabrics, then sit back and relax because FaveQuilts is here to save the day! Our Ultimate Guide to Precut Fabric breaks down each major style of precut fabric, from charm squares to layer cakes, so that you can confidently find the right type of precut for your next quilting project.

Precuts 101
Steer clear of fabric shopping anxiety with this guide to precut fabrics. Perfect for beginner quilters, or even more experienced quilters wanting to brush up on their skills, this list of precuts is your go-to guide for fabric shopping!

*Note: Honey buns are not included on this list. Honey buns are smaller than jelly rolls and typically measure 1.5″ x 44″. They’re also great for strip quilts and similar projects!

Different Types of Precuts

·       Mini Charm Packs – These precuts typically include about 42 pieces and are perfect for patchwork projects. Mini charm packs measure 2.5″ x 2.5″.

·       Charm Packs – One of the most popular precuts, charm packs also contain roughly 42 pieces and are great for patchwork quilts or patterns that call for half-square triangles.

·       Jelly Roll – Jelly rolls are a long-time favorite with quilters and usually contain about 40 strips of fabric. Jelly rolls are great for strip quilts and are often used for bed-sized quilts.

·       Jolly Bars – Jolly bars are a rarer precut than most and come in 5″ x 10″ rectangles. These precuts are great for yellow brick road quilts and can also be used similarly to charm packs.

·       Layer Cakes – Layer cakes are common precuts that are typically used in larger quilting projects. These precuts typically contain about 42 pieces and measure 10″ x 10″.

·       Fat 8th Bundles – Fat 8th bundles are half of a fat quarter and are rectangular in shape. They’re great for smaller quilting projects and come in pretty colors and prints.

·       Fat Quarter Bundles – The crowning jewel of precuts, fat quarters are extremely budget-friendly (you can even find small fat quarter bundles for $1 at stores like Wal-Mart). Fat quarters were the first specialty cut available and are the most common precut.

·       Half Yard Bundles – Measuring in at a half a yard of fabric, half yard bundles are the big sister of fat quarters. Perfect for larger quilting projects, these bundles measure at 18″ x 44″.

Looking for the perfect precut project? Then don’t miss our collection of  

a Jelly Roll Pattern by Melanie


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Joining a Quilt Binding - My "No Math" Method

I enjoyed a lovely day this week with my friends at the ALBERTA QUILT STUDY SOCIETY.  We got together to make quilts for CANADA'S BIG QUILT BEE.  

While one of the ladies was putting a binding on a quilt the conversation started about how everyone joins their bindings together while sewing them onto a quilt.  This led to me doing a demo on my 3-PIN BINDING JOIN.  It's the easiest method ever, requiring no math, with perfect results everytime.

I am re-posting the original version here as a lot of you followers were not with me at that time.

You are gonna love this!

Here are some photos of quilt tops that we made at our Quilting Bee.  


Canada's Big Quilt Bee  


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Canadian Heart - Part 2 - Putting It Altogether

Begin this quilt by making 16 IMPROVISE HEART BLOCKS

For Part 1 - Layout and Cutting CLICK HERE 

Now to sew it together...

The layout. 

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When you are working with a diagonal setting you will 
sew your quilt top together in the diagonal rows. 

Work on half of your quilt at a time. 

 Sew the middle seam together last.  

Notice the room around the edges for border or binding because of the larger setting triangles.  This is a good method for a modern quilt when you want to bind this edge. 

 Happy 150th Canada!

 The completed quilt top is 50" x 82". 

Trouble Shooting 

I ran into this little snag when piecing my quilt together.  I was just going along, minding my own business, when I spotted inconvenient dog ears!  Oh dang.

I needed to do a bit of un-sewing to be able to put my sashing rows on properly.   

Of course, not sewing these points down to begin with is the best alternative :)
But, if you are like me and stuff happens, here is the solution.

In the top-centre of the photo below notice how the top left point of the triangle is in the way for the sashing row to be sewn on.


Undo this point about 1", sew your sashing in place, then sew this point back down.  

Begin this quilt by making 16 IMPROVISE HEART BLOCKS

For Part 1 - Layout and Cutting CLICK HERE