|Pheasant Hill Charm Pack by Moda|
The guilde is excited about the precuts that I am bringing. There are 5x5 inch squares known as charm packs. Layer cakes are 10 x 10 inch squares and jelly rolls are precut into 2 & 1/2 inch WOF or width of fabric.
The precuts are a quick way to start quilting and they are bundled with all of the colours in a fabric collection- so they are easy to work with- no colour stressing!
What happens if you don't have access to precuts or if you see a beautiful piece of fabric ?
|Chocolate Mint Batik|
As I've been pre-cutting Fat Quarters and Flabbies ( 1/2m WOF cuts), I'm learning ...
Depending on how generous the cut of a Fat Quarter is, it can be cut into 4 - 10x10 inch (layer cake) squares or 12 - 5x5 inch (charm pack) squares. Without the pinking, 16 - 5x5 inch squares could have been cut from the Fat Quarter.
|Colour Splash Batiks by Moda|
|Showing Fat Quarters with precuts|
This is using Canadian Fat Quarters, which are a bit larger than the American size.
A Flabbie - can generate 2 Fat Quarters or up to 32 - 5x5 inch squares - close to what is in a 40 piece charm pack. This cut will also give you 2 & 1/2 inch WOF strips. 39 inches ( 1 metre ) divided by 2 is 19.5 inches...divide that by 2.5 (inches/strip wanted) and it's about 7 strips....maybe 8 if the cut is generous.
If a pattern calls for a charm pack - you would need 3 to 4 Fat Quarters or close to a full metre of fabric. Knowing how many squares come from a Fat Quarter, allows you to plan your quilt using all fabrics and colours- not just precuts.
These measurements are before washing, so add a bit more if you are planning for shrinkage.
Enjoy your fabric! Have a peek in your stash- it might surprise you at what you have, and how you might consider using it now.