Wednesday, October 12, 2016


I guess I am a creature of habit, and slow to embrace change.

I just now purchased my first pre-cuts.
The appeal has been there for awhile --- all of those different fabrics, in little pieces, for an outlay of a few dollars.
 I've been hesitant as I'm a "prewash all fabrics" type of quilter.  Everyone has told me that you shouldn't prewash pre-cuts as you would just have a big mess.  But, I worry about fading, shrinking, and the smell and feel of unwashed fabrics.
I did a little experiment; I took a red fabric from the packet and soaked it in hot water.  There was no noticeable fading; but after ironing there was about 1/8" shrinkage in the cross-width of the 5" piece.  No shrinkage was noted lengthwise, however.
I debated about if I should prewash all of the fabrics, as I didn't find it to be tedious or a mess.  However, I decided whatever -- I would just jump into it and cut and sew right out of the packet.
Occasionally, I get a whiff of the smell of the unwashed fabric and I'll sneeze.  Is that the sizing?
One thing I have enjoyed is the lack of large amounts of fabrics strewn all over my sewing room.  Pre-cuts are very efficient.  This is all I have left after cutting out pieces for 60 flying geese units.

Any suggestions or ideas on using pre-cuts would be appreciated.

Stay tuned for the resulting small quilt.  I'm especially loving the Jo Morton fabric designs.

I'm joining the following:
Confessions of a fabric addict for Can I Get a Whoop Whoop Friday
Quilting Readers Garden for WIPS Be Gone Friday
Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making
Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday
Quilt Story for Fabric Tuesday


Miaismine said...

Thank you for sharing your experiences with pre-cuts. I have never pre-washed my precuts or had an issue with bleeding colors. The first few times I wash a quilt, I use Color Catchers in the washing machine. If it's a gift, I wash it a few times before gifting it.

I'm so glad you shared your experiences because I hadn't thought about the shrinkage issue. Thank you!

Angie in SoCal said...

Love the pieces I can see. That is a luscious line by Moda and Jo Morton. You can go over to Moda Bake Shop and find a ton of patterns. On the right side bar is their Bakery. You can find patterns for all those kind of pre-cuts there.

Look forward to seeing what your quilt looks like. Thanks for linking to WIPs Be Gone. Good luck on the giveaway.

Nancy said...

I'm like you, a dedicated pre-washer, so this was an interesting post. I recently purchased my first pre-cut stack but haven't done anything with it yet. I guess I'll worry less about shrinkage (but I'll still be concerned if I ever have a pre-cut red).
--Nancy. (ndmessier @,

Vic in NH said...

Your post is so very enjoyable and I love your choices. Sometimes, when I need a less challenging quilt finish and I'll simply sew charms together into large 4-patches, join them up and throw slab borders onto it and done!

Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts said...

When I first started quilting I bought a lot of precuts, mostly charm packs. I still occasionally use them, but my favorite precuts are fat quarters. I just find there are more options with those. I have never prewashed, and I have never had an issue with bleeding with the precuts.

beth s said...

Interesting post. I'm afraid I throw caution to the wind when I quilt! ;)