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Hot Tip Tuesday #14, Pre-cuts are our Friends…

The more I use them, the more I like them, pre-cuts that is.  Do you all know what pre-cuts are?  They are a way that fabric manufacturers are selling quilting fabrics that are ready to sew when you buy them.  It seems every time I go to market they’ve come up with another term for yet another size or shape of pre-cuts!

I first became aware of them being produced by Moda Fabrics.  I’m not sure if they started them, or if because they are the most popular fabric company selling in my local quilt shops that we saw their’s first.  I’ve always been intrigued with buying a bit of each fabric in a collection (collecting) so when the fat quarter bundles came out I was very excited. 

Fat Quarter Bundle: a Fat Quarter of each fabric in a collection

Then you could buy smaller quantities of each of the fabrics in a collection and hence all these:

Jelly Roll: 40, 2-1/2″ strips

Layer Cake: 42, 10″ squares of a collection


Charm Pack: 42, 5″ squares of a collection

Then there are Turnovers, 80, 6″ Triangles of a collection, Honey Buns, 40, 1-1/2″ strips of a collections, and then Dessert Rolls, 10, 5″ strips of a collection.  The best part of using these,aside from being fun to buy, is that the cutting is done for you.  I have a couple of lap quilt patterns designed especially for a jelly rolls and charm squares.

I also have plans for a Christmas lap quilt using the jelly roll above plus yardage, so stay tuned!

You can also find all kinds of FREE patterns to use these here

Until next time,



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