What is it about pre-cut packages of fabric that make them so irresistible? Why do we feel compelled to pick them up and take them home? Whether 2 1/2″ mini charm squares, 5″ or 6″ charm packs, designer rolls or fat quarter bundles, they never fail to grab our attention. Speaking for myself, there are two, okay three, main reasons to love pre-cuts:
- You have a sample of most pieces in a collection, if not all. With the actual fabric in front of you, you can make decisions about which pieces you might want to buy in larger quantities–say for quilt backs or neutrals and blenders.
- You can quickly increase your scrap stash. I sometimes buy pre-cuts for this reason alone.
- Variety and color. What’s not to love with all those different prints and colors prepared just for you?
I see pre-cuts as a money saving exercise. If I were to buy the smallest cuts available from my favorite online retailers of each and every print, I’d be out of cash in a hurry. And it’s not only money I’m saving, but time as well. It would take me long time to build up a scrap stash with the same variety pre-cuts provide.
Over the next several months, I’ll be playing with pre-cuts and I would love to have you join me. I’ll be mixing it up and showing you easy projects as well as intermediate, maybe even advanced, projects. AND there will be a giveaway or two or three! What do you think? Sound like fun? I thought so.
Before we start playing, I’d love to hear about your pre-cuts. Do you have tons of them? Is there a special one you just can’t use up because you love it too much? Which size pre-cut do gravitate towards the most? Tell me all about it.
As a designer Anna Maria Horner is a powerhouse. Fabric for multiple substrates, books, patterns, needlework, thread collections–and each of them done beautifully. The body of her work is rich and varied.But it’s Anna herself who inspires me. She has kind words for everyone who stops to speak with her and ask for a photo. She shares her excitement and passion without any reservations. Where she finds the energy to fulfill her creative ideas while maintaining a very full and busy household along with a business is a huge mystery to me. I’ve asked for her secret. She doesn’t have one. She just uses every minute of every day as best she can.She does have help from her assistant, Pierrette. You have to love her–easy going and quick to smile. I’m so glad Anna has her to help keep things on track.Anna has a new book dealing with needlework. It’s a great resource both for the stitches she illustrates and the patterns she provides. The projects are truly amazing. Having seen them in person, I’m going to be carving out time to stitch even if I have to sacrifice a little sleep to do it.