224: Free Motion Quilting and Precut Fabric Cost vs Benefit

Join Pam and Lynn for episode 224 of The Stitch TV Show online quilt show! We’re diving into free motion quilting tips on a domestic machine and geeking out with math about the cost vs benefit of precut fabrics. This episode is brought to you by The Precut Store!

The quilt hanging behind us is Lynn’s “Lone Starburst” quilt; pattern from the Kimberly Einmo. book “Jelly Roll Magic“.

Tips and links for this episode:

  • Enter the pre-cut bundle fabric giveaway before August 24, 2017, courtesy of The Precut Store! You can win 3 charm packs and a jelly roll of Moda Bella Snow using the Rafflecopter entry below. Buttons are also included!

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Tips and items from the free motion quilting discussion:

The Kitchen Sink Quilt

  • Today’s episode was brought to you by The Precut Store, your one-stop shop for precut fabrics, kits, and thread!

 

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  1. It takes me hours to pick out fabric! I love precuts.

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  2. I have a love/hate relationship with precuts. I love to see all the fabrics, but I love to pick out my own individual fabric choices for a quilt even more. And I don’t have a large fabric budget, so I often feel I get a better value by selecting my own fabrics and finding them on sale and wherever I can to save money vs. the price of precuts which even when they’re on sale seem like a higher price per yard in the end to me. But then I am still drawn to them because….all the pretty fabrics!!!!

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  3. There’s just something about charms that are so appealing. Strips are a close second.

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  4. Pass the Jelly Rolls Please!

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  5. My favorite precut size are charm packs. They can be cut or used as is to make some wonderful blocks.

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  6. I’m not very good at picking fabrics that go together so I use precuts, it takes the guess work out of fabric selection

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  7. Charms and jelly rolls compete for the top spot in my favorite precut list.

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    • I really love fat quarters. They’re just fun.

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  8. Fat quarters are my favorite precut size! Thanks for the chance!!

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  9. I love your show!!!!

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  10. I really enjoy you guys. And love the show while I quilt.
    Pam, I recently bought a sweet sixteen and sure could use some comments about your experience. Todays ideas about patterns were great.
    I was surprised about the price comparison of precuts also. I vote for the ease. Its worth my time. Another plus for precuts is that you get a little of the entire collection. Usually a quilt store will only carry some of the collection, not all of it.
    Anyway, I love quilting and love both you. Great people. Thanks.

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  11. I don’t buy precuts very often but I have bought a jelly roll, a couple of charm packs, and a few of those 2 1/2 inch square bundles.

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  12. Great show! Love charm packs

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  13. Thank you for the opportunity to win fabric. I would have to say that my favorite precut is probably the jelly roll. I call solid jelly rolls instant sashing. Layer cakes are a close second, however!

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  14. Love watching your show, I typically comment in my head and forget to write them to you both. I am usually a charm pack girl the price point is lower and easier to take.

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  15. I love precuts! It is the best way to really get to know a line. Layer cakes and charm packs are my fave.

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  16. Love you guys, you crack me up. Listen to your podcast while walking in the morning. I have used alot of jelly rolls but just bought a layer cake to try.

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  17. I like 5″ charm packs best.

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  18. Love watching! I just came across you two! Your great!

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  19. A very generous giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win! You have a very cute YouTube show as well! Great work and great dynamics between the two of you!

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  20. Fat quarters are my fave — they’re so versatile! I have a favorite throw pattern I can make from fat quarters, plus they’re a great way to buy just a bit of something I like, yet still have enough of it to play with. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  21. I love them all, but I guess jelly rolls are my favorite, because they’re just so dadgum cute!

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  22. It is so hard to decide, I like them all! Lately I have been taken with the mini charm packs. They are such an inexpensive way to get my fabric fix when I really do not need any more fabric. I use them for table toppers and individual placemats for my desk (where I usually eat lunch.) I would be thrilled to win the pretty pre-cuts in the picture!

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  23. I’ve more charm packs than anything but the most useful size is a layer cake.

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  24. Never, I mean, Always, no wait, Never miss an opportunity to win free fabric! I’m in for the win!

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  25. Love FQs. Easy to use for many projects – including paper piecing.

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  26. I like to use layer cakes. Squares and/strips are possible!

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  27. I don’t really have a favorite! They all cut down to 2.5″ squares which I use for hexies.

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  28. Just found your site and love it!

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  29. I love fat quarters but lately I’ve been collecting charm packs and a few mini charm packs. Haven’t tried jelly rolls or layer cakes yet. Just found you guys and really love the show!

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  30. I have used fat quarters and layer cakes. I have a jelly roll and charm packs – I just need to pick a pattern and jump on it. I think the layer cake is my favorite. So many options.
    Thank you, Christa Quilts for sponsoring this fabulous prize! 🙂

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  31. I think my favorite precut is fat quarters then layercakes.

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  32. Well I would have to say that it is a toss up between jellyrolls and charm packs. I seem to use them both equally.

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  33. I love the flexibility of fqs, but charm packs are so affordable!

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  34. I have to say my most used pre-cut is the fat quarter. I tend to line up the jelly rolls on my shelf and never use them, but they are my favourite to look at!

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  35. Generally, charms are my go-to cuts. It’s easy to do various blocks without a lot of cutting. Jelly rolls are second for easy borders.

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  36. I don’t often buy pre-cuts, but when I do it is usually fat quarters.

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  37. I like fat quarters the most!

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  38. I’ve just started using charm packs, but I absolutely love collecting all types of jelly rolls.

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  39. I don’t have a favorite precut, love them all! And I Love watching your show and listening to Pam’s podcast! Keep up the good work!

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  40. Fat quarters because I have about a million of them.

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  41. I love to buy jelly Rolls and I do use them, but not as fast as I buy them! After listening to your show I do think I’ll be looking at buying more layer cakes, such a good value.

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  42. I like layer cakes because they can be cut into strips, charm squares and smaller pieces and they have a beautiful assortment in each stack.

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  43. Love precuts! I am terrible at picking out fabric so I love fat quarter bundles which have them already chosen for me!

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  44. So, at first, I wanted total control and needed to choose all my own fabrics, thought precut were for cheaters or lazy folks who couldn’t pick out things that work together… then, I did the math and thought about the time investment and my own buying habits (I often buy faves but rarely buy blenders) and quickly decided that pre-cuts make a ton of sense! I like the flexibility of layer cakes &FQs but use charms more often as I am reluctant to chop up the pretty layer cake or bundle of FQs.

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  45. To be honest, I rarely use pre-cuts. But the times I have, I’ve loved the ease of it! Thanks for this!

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  46. I love Fat Quarters, but charms are great for a quick project. Thanks, grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  47. You guys crack me up. I’m finishing a layer cake quilt right now, but I’ve used more jelly rolls than anything because I love making jelly roll race quilts for a quick and satisfying finish.

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