Two things to write about today...first, another finish and second, a discussion on pre-cuts.
Quilt shows are great inspiration to finish things! This quilt has been "almost finished" for a long time. I think the pattern was in a McCall's magazine several years ago.
Anyway, this will be for display only, no judging as it really isn't "show worthy" but since it goes well with the season it will be a "filler quilt!" After the show it will be the new couch quilt for my husband!
So how does this lead to precuts? Well, I used 2-1/2 inch strips making this quilt. Not a jellyroll but 2-1/2 that I cut from left-over project fabrics. Also there has been several discussions on facebook on "how do you use precuts."
I can't say I never buy them. They are tempting! Mainly I buy them if they are on sale or if it is a new line of fabrics that aren't carried locally so a charm pack gives me a better idea of the real colors. They do tend to add up though!
I don't choose patterns based on precuts though I do have one on the design wall that could have been made using some! I choose this pattern because I need one that used elephants for a baby quilt. (the elephant and the donkey are not part of the project...but do show I am "fair and balanced!")
Most of the 5-inch squares for this came from a pile of squares given to me for my birthday by my quilting buddies. This pile has been a great source of bits for little projects or applique!