Precut Primer Book Review!


I know they say you should never judge a book by its cover, but everyone does it anyway. I totally judged this book by the cover and decided that I NEED to make that  adorable quilt.

When I was planning my little ‘Back to School with Me!’ series of book reviews and giveaways, this was the one book that I wanted so badly that I wrote to Fat Quarter Shop (who published it) and asked them if I could include it. They said yes!

And I LOVE pre-cuts. Here are just a few from my stash. I think my Lecien Modern Basics jelly rolls are just begging to be made into that cover quilt, don’t you?

Since the title of this book, ‘Precut Primer,’ implies a school book, the 12 quilt patterns are labeled by grade. So clever and sweet. By the way, Fat Quarter Shop is also making a kit for the 6th Grade Quilt. I must not be the only one who has fallen in love with it.

I also feel the need to make the 8th Grade Quilt…

And the 11th Grade Quilt. I guess it’s back to quilt school for me!

School has never been so fun.


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  1. Hello I am new to sewing and know very little about precut fabric. I have only worked with fat quarters before. The jelly rolls in the blog post look amazing though. Now I have something new to obsess over!! Thanks for all of the amazing information.

  2. Sixth grade quilt in off white and Dear Stella’s navy dots!

  3. It changes on a regular basis. At the moment fat quarters are my favourite.

  4. madebymyself says:

    It depends on the project. I own 2 or 3 jelly rolls, some charm packs and some more mini charm packs.

  5. Joyce Mitchell says:

    My favorite is the fat quarter, but I also like charm squares & jelly rolls. Thanks.

  6. I haven’t made a quilt yet as I’m pretty new to sewing 🙂 My favorite shop has a section for precut fabric with a measure of 30cm and the full width. I think they are called long quarters? Anyways, at the moment this is my favorite precut fabric 🙂

  7. Carol Kussart says:

    My favorite is probably the jelly roll–they look so pretty with all the patterns and colors showing around the edges!

  8. I love jelly rolls, though I always have a hard time taking them apart. They look so cute when I buy them.

  9. Cindy Cope says:

    My favorite precut is the charm pack. Love looking at all the pretty squares and figuring out how I can put them together. Like to make tote bags and baby quilts from them.

  10. Linda King says:

    My favorite precut is the fat quarters & jelly rolls. I do have problems on how to put them together. I like to make quilts & add some machine embroidery into my quilts.

  11. Shelly Sandy says:

    I’m still a big fan of charm packs, although I do have a few jelly rolls sitting in a shelf waiting for the perfect project. Love the 6th grade quilt and cannot wait to see the entire book!

  12. I like all pre-cuts but I have to say the charm packs are still my favorite. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  13. Lorinda Zerwas says:

    I love fat quarters because they are so versatile.

  14. Amy Whitlock Caldwell says:

    I was really into jellyrolls, but i’m growing a new fondness to Layer cakes as I gain more experience from all the inspiration I find on pages like yours. Thanks for the chance to win and grow as a quilter.

  15. I love all precuts, charm packs and layer cakes are the ones I use the most.

  16. I also love jelly rolls. They make it so easy to create something awesome!

  17. Jo Anne Hawks says:

    They all have their advantages and uses, but I like fat quarters because you can do so much with them.

  18. Layer cakes (so versatile) and jelly rolls are my favorites! Lately I have been purchasing fat quarter bundles, more bang for the buck!

  19. Jan Harritt says:

    Love Jelly rolls!!

  20. Love using jelly rolls…with endless variety of colors and patterns.

  21. Jelly rolls in bright colors!

  22. I tend to buy yardage (excessive, I know- but you never know when my kids are going to claim something be made into clothing!). I do love a beautiful FQ bundle though!

  23. Tina Sheppard says:

    I love jelly roll … no wait, layer cakes. oh, oh, fat quarters. Actually, I think layer cakes are my favorite at this time, but as you can tell, I really love them all.

  24. Love jelly rolls in bright jewel colors!

  25. Mary Rachel Kolb says:

    Fat quarter bundles are my favorite – plenty of fabric to work with!

  26. Pamela Tinkle says:

    Jelly rolls and honey buns!

  27. I really like all precuts. So easy to use.

  28. Sandraconklin says:

    I LOve jelly rolls and candy

  29. Jelly rolls are my favorite!

  30. I really love jelly rolls.

  31. Rachell Reilly says:

    I love layer cakes. You can use them large, or cut them up into smaller squares. If you cut them up, it’s like getting 4 charm packs, all at once!

  32. I love charm squares for the diversity of pattern and color!

  33. Fat Quarters. If a shop offers half-yards, I’d often purchase those instead. 🙂

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  34. Fat quarters are my favorite. Lots of fabric to make a good sized quilt!

  35. Heather B says:

    I love fat quarters!

  36. I like layer cakes the best-very versatile-can cut into charm packs or 2 1/2 in strips! I have several in my stash.

  37. carolyn montgomerys says:

    i can’t pick just one favorite, i love them all. right now. i seem to be obsessed with layer cakes.

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  38. Lori Fedorek says:

    Fat Quarters are my favorite! Thanks Lori

  39. Becky Turner says:

    I love the Fat Quarters as one by one or whole collections

  40. Diana Salmon says:

    I guess fat quarters are my favorite as that is what I have most of and I feel I get more of a value from them.

  41. My favorite is a jelly roll.

  42. My favorite is a layer cake.. so many way to use it.

  43. Nancy Van Deusen says:

    I love jelly rolls!

  44. SONJA HANSEN says:

    Right now I am in to charm squares.

  45. I love jelly rolls, all those colors in strips, from large blocks to tiny ones, they have so much time.

  46. I have some jellyrolls and charm squares that I have been saving for something – this book might be perfect for me! 🙂

  47. Gina Clabough says:

    Hard to choose, but for right now, am loving charm squares.

  48. Doris McCarty says:

    I like fat quaters best.

  49. Allison Church Bird says:

    I love layer cakes!!

  50. Marjorie Levy says:

    I like layer cakes–big enough to get a sense of the fabric

  51. My favorite are fat quarters. So many things to do with them!

  52. Janie McCombs says:

    Fat quarters are my favorite. Thank you for the giveaway.

  53. Really, I try not to choose — so much fabric, so little time! But I do like the abundance of uses for fat quarters!

  54. Linda in Calif. says:

    I can never decide on which pre-cut. I want them all – and seldom use them, because I love them so much. But I seem to use my fat qtrs more than the other ones.

  55. I love charm packs and fat quarters!

  56. Karen Thurn says:

    I love fat quarters because it gives me variety in large enough pieces to do something with without breaking the budget; but I do that anyway. kthurn(at)bekel(dot)com

  57. Linda in Calif says:

    That’s for sharing about the book. I was confused about the concept (Primer and a quilt for each grade until you explained it) I do want to get it!

  58. Victoria Webster says:

    Fat quarters are a nice way to enhance my stash. The book looks good!

  59. My favorite precut is the jelly roll. 🙂

  60. Love all precuts, but FQs are my favorite. Thanks for the sweet giveaway!

  61. I’ve been collecting more charm packs lately. so pretty to thumb through!

  62. I like FQs the best but have been getting into jelly rolls lately. The patterns they show above I would want to make all of them.

  63. Fat Quarters are my new obsession.

  64. Denise / Folsom says:

    Love Fat quarters!

  65. Right now I’m into jelly rolls combined with yardage. Having a lot of fun!

  66. Shanna Crabbe says:

    I love jelly rolls and fat quarters…and charm packs! It’s so hard to choose just one.

  67. Theresa Sheldon says:

    I would have to say that my favorite pre-cut is the layer cake!

  68. Leslie Rutland says:

    My favorite precut is Jelly Rolls. Easy to store and makes great modern-ish quilt designs.

  69. My favorite is Fat Quarters–maximum flexibility!

  70. I like fat quarters best. They can be used in so many different projects.

  71. I love precuts, and I collect charms and fat quarters!

  72. Kellie warren says:

    Charm packs and fat quarters for me. I try to keep myself stocked up.

  73. Lori Morton says:

    Loooove Fat Quarters!! So Versatile! But Charms are close 2nd! 🙂

  74. Jen Barnard says:

    My favourites are charm packs.

  75. Layer Cakes are my favorite pre-cut. They make such great quilts.

  76. I really love the jelly rolls, there is so much you can do with them. But charm blocks are pretty fabulous too

  77. Susan McGarrity says:

    I love them all, but if I could only have one, it would have to be Charm Packs!!!

  78. Charm packs are my favourite.

  79. Fat quarters are my favorite. You get a lot of fabric for little cost, and you can pick the fabric you want.

  80. Sherril M. says:

    My favorite precut is a layer cake because you can do a lot with 10" squares.

  81. I love them all. Love how jelly rolls look and the cakes too. lol the amazing things we can do with them. Love your book photos. Would love to see more and of course make them all.

  82. My favorite precut is the fat quarter because I can cut the fabric to any width I like! But, I’ve never met a precut I didn’t like! 🙂

  83. Barbara A says:

    Tied between charm pack and jelly rolls.

  84. My favorite precut is the jelly roll. Great book

  85. My favorite pre-cut would have to be fat quarters since two of them is enough to make a scrappy binding on a small quilt. Given I rarely buy fabric for a specific purpose, but rather just because, having more to work with is always better than having less.

  86. My favorite pre cut would be jelly rolls, although I do own a lot of fat quarters.

  87. Linda Brown says:

    My favorite is fat quarter

  88. I just loooove me some jelly rolls. My current WIP is made using them. 🙂

  89. Claire sutherland says:

    I love fat quarters x

  90. I like fat quarters.

  91. Lydia Lee says:

    I love all precuts but if I were to choose just one it would have to be the 10" Layer Cakes. Just so much you can do with one.

  92. Fat Quarters,for sure.

  93. I love layer cakes…wonderful options

  94. I like jelly rolls and layer cakes,oh,and fat quarters. Oh,let’s just face it. I like fabric,any size,any cut, any type.

  95. lisa annette lee says:

    fat quarters, jelly rolls, charms (in that order)

  96. linda gillian says:

    Fat quarters, jelly rolls, charms, fat eighths. . . .I like them all!

  97. Susan Anthony says:

    I love fat quarters

  98. Sandy Allen says:

    I love fat quarters and charm packs!

  99. Kathleen Dalec says:

    Fat Quarters are probably my favorite because I can cut them into strips, 10" squares or 5" squares or even triangles!

  100. Jelly Rolls – love making the jelly roll race quilts!

  101. Emily Callender says:

    I love fat quarters!

  102. Love charm packs (and also coordinating jelly-rolls).

  103. Anja @ Anja Quilts says:

    Love jelly rolls.

  104. Mhairi Murray says:

    Layer cakes – so versatile!

  105. Bunny Ryan says:

    Later Cakes are my fave! So many things to do with them.

  106. Andie McBee says:

    I love fat quarters!
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  107. TheGranChris says:

    I use jelly rolls the most but I like all the precuts. That said I wish they would get rid of the pinked edge.

  108. Courteney says:

    precuts and jellyrolls

  109. Jayme Atencio Lane says:

    Fat Quarters!

  110. Love layer cakes 🙂

  111. Debbie Rogowski says:

    Layer cakes, the charms, If fat quarters are considered precuts then those are right up there too LOL

  112. Layer cakes and jelly rolls! Now I am hungry!

  113. I have only worked with jelly rolls so far but just received an order of layer cakes so will give that a go as well.

  114. Karen Seitz says:

    I usually gravitate toward fat eighth bundles, but I have been digging into my charm packs lately and need to restock!

  115. Love Fat Quarters!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  116. Fat quarters are my favorite precut

  117. Fat quarters by far 😀

  118. I like charm squares. I am beginning to build up a stash!!

  119. nancy seitz says:

    I love jelly rolls. I want to combine layer cakes and charms and sash with jelly rolls.

  120. I love Fat quarters and jelly rolls. I find that I can create most anything with these two!

  121. I’ve never used pre-cuts, but I’m itching to start with charm packs. I like the name and cute size!

  122. Cindy Prince says:

    I do love pre-cuts & my fave is jelly rolls!

  123. Kristy Williams says:

    Jelly rolls have to be my favorite.

  124. Sheryle Augustine says:

    I love them all but use jelly rolls the most

  125. Dorothy Shimamoto says:

    My favorite is the jelly roll.

  126. mary robertson says:

    Mary Robertson
    My favorite precut is charm squares.

  127. Terri Petasek says:

    My favorite ptecut is charm squares.
    But I also like jelly rolls and layer cakes.

  128. Susan Brennand says:

    I love the layer cakes!

  129. Judith Martinez says:

    My favorite is charm squares.

  130. My favorite to sew with is fat quarters but I also like charm squares & jelly rolls.

  131. craftmommy says:

    My favorite fabric collections are Jelly rolls and fat quarters.

  132. Marty Banks Davis says:

    I love fat quarters and charms. oh and mini charms. oh, yeah layer cakes too! But jelly rolls are awesome too!
    I pretty much love them all because they are fabric!

  133. The only precut I’ve used is Fat Quarters. I’d love to try a jelly roll at some point. It looks so cute wrapped up.

  134. Shelli O'Steen says:

    I like layer cakes and jelly rolls!

  135. Elizabeth Kuntz says:

    I like fat quarters best because there’s more I can do the that size of fabric.

  136. I love FQ bundles! But layer cakes are more budget friendly!

  137. Denise Elliott says:

    I love FQ’s

  138. I love all precuts but FQ’s are my favorite.

  139. Pre-cuts make everything easier to get started! My fav are 5 in squares <3

  140. Fat Quarters are my favorite precut!

  141. Tonia Jeffery says:

    I really enjoyed making a jelly roll quilt.

  142. I love using jelly rolls!

  143. Barbara Martin says:

    I love Jelly Rolls!

  144. i really like the FE bundle!

  145. My fav precut are fat quarter packs.

  146. fat quarters and the 10" squares

  147. Nancy Hilderbrand says:

    I like fat quarters the most

  148. I prefer fat Quarters then I’m sure to have enough fabric!

  149. laneycath says:

    Jelly rolls are my favorit e precuts

  150. Where can Impurchase the Precut Primer book?

  151. Deborah K. says:

    I love all precuts, but especially jelly rolls and layer cakes.

  152. I like fat quarters the best. So many uses!

  153. Deborah Werner says:

    I have some of them all, but like the layer cakes: more fabric to play with!

  154. Elizabeth Monahan says:

    I like Jelly rolls best.

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