Sunday, May 24, 2020

An Unmetered Ode to PreCuts


I love PreCuts.  I LOVE them.  Buying fabric is expensive.  Finding a fabric line by a designer might mean hundreds of dollars.  But what if you really love the designer and the fabric line?  Then PreCuts are the answer.  There are Layer Cakes - a stack of forty 10" x 10" fabrics from the same collection - see above left, Chalk & Charcoal by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman.  There are Charm Packs, a stack of forty 5" squares - see above bottom right, Modern Backgrounds More Paper by Zen Chic.  There are even MiniCharm Packs, forty 2.5" squares.  Hiding in the upper right corner is. Jelly Roll, 42 fabrics that are 2.5" x 42".  I love Janet Clare's aesthetic and her fabric collections. This one is Weather Permitting.  

For last winter's retreat I grabbed my charm packs of red, greys, and blacks, thinking that to make half-square triangle blocks would be some nice simple sewing, a necessaty for retreats.   And typical of returning home from a retreat, I tucked this bundle away.  Late February and early March, as I was beginning to heal from my broken wrist, when standing at a design wall was all I could handle, I got out these blocks and began to play on the design wall. Some of my Quilty friends have made wonderful projects out of HST's!

But this layout wasn't anything I remotely liked.  And sometime in the past few months I began to realize this quilt would be for grandson Jack Mo, now a senior at U of I.  So I had to find something I would like working on and be proud to give.


I then started to play with making blocks from the various half-square triangles.  Very traditional but my eye was liking this much better.  And then the brainstorm struck:  put these blocks on point and think about adding sashing:



I found the perfect background for these blocks, this terrific deep red from the first fabric collection mentioned in this post. Jack's quilt will be 89" x 112" - he's a tall guy so this size will be perfect for him. It is currently in my long-armer's queue.  

All because of these wonderful simple PreCuts.  

Note:  my favorite PreCut enabler is Green Fairy Quilts.  

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