MCM #104 – Fabric Prep for New Projects

I’ll admit it, I am not the biggest fan of cutting all the fabrics first when starting a new project. I even went through a stage where I would cut a few pieces and then sew what I could before cutting a few more. I eventually realized how inefficient that method was and now I {usually} do all the cutting before starting the piecing. Even though it’s not my favorite thing to do, I will admit it’s nice to have everything cut and ready to go when I have a few minutes I can spend in my sewing room.

So yesterday I spent a bit of time working on fabric prep for a couple of projects. First up is a sample quilt for our local shop. The store is preparing for a couple of events where they will be vending, and they need samples. When Warren asked if I would make a small quilt for them of course I said yes. I mean, playing with fabric someone else has paid for is so much fun!

The fabrics he chose are from Fig Tree – their Coney Island and Strawberry Fields lines.  I love the brightness of the fabrics, and that blue is so luscious!

Fig Tree FabricsThe second project I’m working on is another quilt using the Card Trick pattern I used when I made my Twelve Year quilt. This version is in shades of blue and I’m making it for my mother-in-law. Below are the fabrics I’m using, and they are all cut and ready for piecing.

Fabric prep card trick pattern

Remember when I made her the Star Blossom quilt?

Star Blossom Quilt PatternWhile I was working on this quilt, my dear sweet hubby convinced me his Mom needed a quilt that was queen size. In my heart of hearts I knew the quilt was too big but the side of me that wants to please everyone decided to listen to hubby. (Insert rolling eyes emoji here!)

In the words of Julia Roberts, aka Pretty Woman, “Big mistake. Huge!”

Next time I’ll just nod while he’s talking and then do what I know is right.

Because the quilt is way too big for her bed. Because the woman sleeps on a full size bed and not a queen size bed. Because now I have to fix it. And there’s no way this quilt can be taken apart and made to fit her bed without a lot of editing. Which means I’m making another quilt.

I’m the teeniest bit irritated with hubby – I spent a ton of time on his mother’s quilt and I *love* the way it turned out. And she doesn’t even get to enjoy it!

This time I’m going with a pattern I know will fit her bed, and one I can put together pretty quickly.

So now I have the fabrics for two quilt projects cut and ready for when I have time to sew. I have to admit, I’m excited the fabrics are cut. How do you feel about pre-cutting your fabrics?

Fabric Prep - Two Projects

This week will be another busy week here – 3 classes, two days at the quilt shop, conference call one afternoon, two quilts to piece, and I’d like to finish two customer quilts. Time management is going to be key!

What do you have on your schedule this week? I hope it’s something fun like spending time quilting! These two projects are my what I’m crushing on this week. Now it’s time for you to share yours – what has you excited to be in your sewing space? Link up now – here’s how:

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About Beth

I'm a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get "licking the spoon" mixed up with "licking the fabric"!!
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17 Responses to MCM #104 – Fabric Prep for New Projects

  1. Hi Beth, that’s really too bad about your mother-in-law’s quilt. It is absolutely gorgeous. I hope the next one will go together easily.

  2. Lisa says:

    I’m with you on hating to do all that cutting at once. I also sometimes do a little cutting and then start the sewing.

  3. The quilt is beautiful. I hope it can be used or be on display somewhere. I like the Fig Tree fabrics – do you get to choose the pattern of the quilt you are making for the shop? As for cutting out fabric, I quite enjoy creating the neat piles of shapes ready to be pieced. I begin by cutting out enough for just one block though – to make sure I’ve understood and followed the directions correctly 😉

  4. Mary D says:

    I will spend several days cutting fabrics for projects. While this at times is not the most exciting step, what I like best is to have everything ready when it is time to sew. I will binge listen to something on Netflix or listen to audio books or music and cut away.

    The quilt you made your MIL is a beauty. Now you have an opportunity to create her something just as lovely that will fit her bed and you have a spare quilt to gift to someone else. A twofer. I am looking at the glass half full here. 🙂

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  6. Tracie says:

    I become impatient while cutting — it’s not my favorite thing either. But that’s what I’m doing today. I’ll be so glad that all the pieces are ready and waiting!

  7. Aren’t you the sweet DIL to make your MIL another quilt?! I just love your version of that pattern. 🙂 Like you I’m not a big fan of the cutting, I don’t hate it but it’s not my favourite. I often will get started sewing, even if it’s just to see what a block looks like…I’ll admit though that it is wonderful having a project all cut and ready to sew, as long as I label the parts, voice of experience!

  8. Jen says:

    That Star Blossom quilt is gorgeous. The fabrics you get to work with are so bright and pretty. I can’t wait to see how they turn out.

  9. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Beth,
    I was rolling my eyes right along with you. What a shame to have made that fabulous queen size quilt only to have it too big. Some times it just matter . . . but you can’t have a quilt touching the floor. I have made the card trick myself once and know it goes together quickly. It sounds like you need one of those Accu-cutter-things. I always start with everything all cut out before I start sewing except maybe the binding. I don’t really enjoy the cutting part . . . but it’s a process and necessary to get to the fun parts! ~smile~ Roseanne

  10. Oh yes, I’ve done that, not listened to my instincts and then paid for it later. Nonetheless, I’m sure she enjoys the quilt even though she can’t use it on her bed. I’m not a fan of cutting and prepping for a project, especially if it means cutting 308 2.5″ squares or something like that. I have cut as I go back when I started quilting, but learned that doesn’t always work well. One time I didn’t read the full directions which would’ve told me to cut a large piece first, then the smaller pieces. As a result, when it came to the part where I needed the large piece, I didn’t have enough fabric. Lesson learned. Read the instructions; cut first, then quilt.

  11. Kate says:

    Oh that is just sad. It is a gorgeous quilt. But you’ve got some beautiful blues all cut for her new quilt. I prefer to cut as I go. Two reasons, like you I’m not all that fond of the cutting step and second, it means less pieces to keep up with in the sewing room.

  12. Karen says:

    Yes sometimes we have to listen to ourselves and make it the size we know it should be. I do not like doing all the cutting ahead of the piecing but now and then it makes sense – I spent the weekend cutting out fabric for 30 blocks just because I knew I would make faster progress on the project if I just got the cutting done.

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  14. Tu-Na Quilts says:

    So we need to collaborate more. I love the cutting part. The sewing not so much since I usually have to do a fair amount of ripping. The Star Blossom quilt is lovely!!!! I think I would have just let her use that one. Some people like the extra length down the sides anyway.

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  16. Liz W. says:

    I too dislike the cutting beforehand, so I try to do it all in one fell swoop so the rest of the quilt is more enjoyable. What a shame that the gorgeous Star Blossom quilt doesn’t fit your MIL’s bed, but it’s so lovely that I’m sure you wouldn’t mind keeping it for yourself!

  17. Oh dear, sometimes we learn the hard way to listen to our inner voice. I really dislike the fabric prep part of any project the most, so I can totally relate. I hope going all the prep work sets you up for lots of sewing and project enjoyment for a while.

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