15 Free Quilt Patterns that Use Precuts!

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15 Free Quilt Patterns that Use Precuts

If you are new to quilting sometimes the best way to start is by using pre-cut fabric bundles.  There are many variety of bundles of fabrics and some can be confusing…but be confused no more!  And although each fabric company has a different name for their pre-cuts here are the general definitions.

Fat Quarter-Fat quarters are pre-cut pieces of cotton fabric. They are taken from one yard of fabric, cut in half lengthwise,and then in half width-wise. The dimensions are approximately 18″ x 22″ (46cm x 56cm).

Fat Eighth-Fat Eighths measure 9″ x 21″, rather than the typical one-eighth yard cut of 4.5″ x 42″.

10″ Stacker- 10″ squares that are pre-cut by the manufacturer

5″ Stacker- 5″ squares that are pre-cut by the manufacturer

Fabric Roll- A fabric roll is a whole collection of fabric strips that measure 2½” x 44″.

And to give you a good idea of some quilts you can make here are 15 Free Quilt Patterns that Use Precuts!

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Kaffe Fassett Artisan Fabric (GIVEAWAY)

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Today we feel so lucky to be the first stop on Kaffe Fassett’s Artisan fabric tour for Free Spirit Fabrics.

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As I said last week we have been long time fans of Kaffe Fassett’s designs…even using one of his prints for an entire chapter in our book…so we were more than excited to have the opportunity to work with his new Artisan fabric line.  I love the dramatic feel of his fabric as well as the large scale prints and the color combinations.  I know that every time I use his fabrics my projects will make a statement.

So the day when his fabric arrived on my doorstep I was eager to open the package…and I was not disappointed.  However, I had a dilemma.  Originally I had planned on making a quilt but then after seeing all that delicious fabric in person I knew that I had to make a dress for my Grace…but I still wanted to make a quilt.

Sooooo…I did what any rational human being would do…I made both!  🙂

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Teach the One: A Book Giveaway, the Return of Nacho Thursdays and New Things on the Horizon!

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Hello Friends today we have a few things to share with you so let’s get to it!

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#1.  Since this month is National Sewing Month we thought it would be fun to give away a copy of our book The Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting.

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Because Time Passes (Why I Quilt)

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I was raised by women who took great pride in their domestic prowess.  My mother could put together a spread of enough homemade food to feed an army in less than an hour and all of it would look, taste, and smell delicious.  My grandmother could crochet beautiful and complicated afghans while carrying on lengthy conversations and loose her stitch count.  And my great grandmother, she was a quilter.  Her name was Elizabeth and even though she is my namesake I have spent most of my life content with the understanding that I would never have anything in common with the hard working, child rearing, quilt making farmer’s wife I had heard so many stories about.

Now, it wasn’t for lack of trying that I started off down a different path.  Both my mother and grandmother tried to pass along their crocheting, cooking, baking, child raising, quilt tying, homemaking heritage but I wanted no part of it.  At all.  I was a girl who was going places and even if I wasn’t always sure where those places were I was certain they wouldn’t involve my participation in anything domestic.

In fact, in 8th grade after being less than amused by my antics (like putting lemon dish soap in another student’s cookie dough) I was kicked out of my home ec class!  Hooray!  The final straw fell when I switched the foot pedal cords to different sewing machines.  (You know, so when you pressed down on your pedal to sew it was your neighbor’s machine that started stitching instead of yours.)  I thought it was hilarious but my teacher didn’t agree which meant I was finally out and thrilled to be free!

Time passed but my distaste for homemaking remained the same.  I graduated from high school and went off to college where I earned my degree in art.  I then set about to teach a new generation of girls to be creative free spirits.

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Why Do You Sew? Elizabeth’s Story…

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Whenever liZ and I go anywhere to teach a class we always begin with a little introduction of who we are and why we sew.  And while those stories are really extreme opposites, I still love the fact that sewing and creating is an underlying theme.

And since most of us will never meet in person (but I hope we do!) we thought we would share our sewing stories with you…and the reasons why we feel so passionate about sewing.

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Teach the One—National Sewing Month

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Teach the One---National Sewing MonthLast year Elizabeth and I started a series that we are called “Teach the One” that we would like to become an annual event during National Sewing Month here on Simple Simon and Company.  The idea for this series came from a moment at a conference that we attended at baby lock headquarters where it was said that if everyone just taught one other person to sew it would double our community….and the idea of doubling our community sounded sweet indeed.

We always say those who sew and quilt are among the kindest people on earth.  Why?  Because who are they using sewing for?  For the most part not themselves…but for their children, grandchildren, neighbors, new babies, newlyweds, friends, or to donate to strangers…and why?  to give comfort and send love.  And because heaven knows the world needs more of both comfort and love the series was born.

Last year we shared stories from ladies in a variety of different professions within the sewing and quilting industry.  It was inspiring to hear why they love this industry and how they have helped instill love of it in others.

This year will be a little different.  This year Elizabeth and I want to share our stories…how we began sewing and why we continue to sew…and then we will follow that up with a giveaway and a BIG announcement as well as a weeks worth of sewing and quilting projects that are great for beginners.  We hope you will join us!

 

Skirting the Issue 2016 Prize Winners, Final Numbers, and Thank You’s

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Hello Friends.

This post is coming in later than usual…but we wanted to make sure that all the packages were received before we chose winners for prizes and tallied up the final number for this years Skirting the Issue.

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Ladies…I know I say this every year…but I mean it, and I feel it stronger and stronger as we continue this “event”….those who sew and quilt are some of the kindest people on the planet.

I never fail to be overwhelmed by your generosity.  As I open each of your packages, read each of your emails, see all of your photos, hold each of your notes I can feel of your goodness.  Most of us will never meet nor will will meet the girls who will be given these skirts and quilts…but still you sew.

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Every year you ladies renew my faith in the kindness of strangers and remind me that the goodness in the world still far outweighs the bad.  I freely admit to crying over your work…Kathy Polites…you killed me this year…that box full to the brim…so much beautiful work.  And Delsi, that box of darling skirts made by a group of young women, melted my heart and your card is now hanging on my sewing room wall.  Joy, Michelle, Amy, Elaine, Leisel…all of you…I could go on about every single one of you and how you have my heart.

How lucky I feel to be able to interact with all of you.

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Kaffe Fassett Fabric Sneak Peak

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Recently we were invited to participate in a fabric tour that would let us work with some beautiful artisan fabric by Kaffe Fassett for Free Spirit Fabrics…and of course we said YES!!!

I love being able to try new and different styles of fabric and when they arrived at my home I was blown away.  Although….honestly….we’ve been Kaffe Fassett fans for some time now.

In fact, we used one of his prints in the churndash chapter of our book:  The Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting

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However I can’t show you his newest fabric or what I made with it until next Friday…

But today I can tell you about all the other talented ladies who will also be sharing projects made from the same fabric:

We are up first next Friday 9/23/ and then comes…

Craft Sanity on 9/30/

One Hundred Billion Stars on 10/7/

Bijou Lovely Designs on 10/14/

Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts on 10/21/

Confessions of a Fabric Addict on 10/28/

Sarah Fielke on 11/4

 

It’s going to be a lot of fun…and we will even have some giveaways to go along with it…so we hope that you will join us!

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15 Free Quilt Patterns that Use Precuts!

If you are new to quilting sometimes the best way to start is by using pre-cut fabric bundles.  There are many variety of bundles of fabrics and some can be confusing…but be confused no more!  And although each fabric company has a different name for their pre-cuts here are the general definitions. Fat Quarter-Fat quarters…

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Kaffe Fassett Artisan Fabric (GIVEAWAY)

  Today we feel so lucky to be the first stop on Kaffe Fassett’s Artisan fabric tour for Free Spirit Fabrics. As I said last week we have been long time fans of Kaffe Fassett’s designs…even using one of his prints for an entire chapter in our book…so we were more than excited to have…

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