Wooly Bits

Some of my favorite wool applique projects require lots of small bits of   35766different color wools. That’s what makes them so special – the variety of colors and textures. It can be expensive to collect all those wools, but we have better ways for you to build your stash!  (Shown here is the beautiful Geranium Baskets pattern, 35766.

We have 100% wool on the bolt, so you can get whatever size you need for a background.  We also carry wool felt on the bolt, again giving you the option of purchasing larger pieces. When it comes to all those little pieces though, we have several options.

Here at Erica’s, we cut those 100% wools into fat quarters (approximately 18” x 27”) or half yards (appropriately 18” x 54”). We also cut all those colorful wool felts into what we call “squares.”  These pieces measure approximately 9”x 12”, large enough for lots of uses, yet small enough to not break the bank.

When it comes to those fabulous over-dyed wools that we all long for, we have several possible ways to satisfy our needs. We have a series of 5”charm square packages that offer a variety of textures in one color.A17471We also have small bundles, again in a single shade with 8 different textures, in 7” x 8” pieces.48223

We create “squares” (appropriately 8”  x 12”) of Weeks Dye Works wools, in their “solid,” houndstooth, and herringbone.combined

Obviously, texture is key when it comes to wool, and the more the better!

One more choice – Wool Chunks – are packages of five different colors in a single texture.pileIf you’re like me, every scrap from a project gets saved. Sometimes thosewools little bits are just enough for something, but of course, we all crave more.  When that urge hits, I go for our smaller options, so I can get a bit crazy with color and texture and rationalize my purchases because they are small.  (Kind of like eating four little cookies, rather than just one big one ~ isn’t it more fun that way?)

Thanks to Cathy Mark for this post!

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Perfect for Precuts

Quilters love time-saving precuts such as fat quarters, strips and squares, large and small. Not only do they simplify the cutting process, they give the quilter an instant assortment of prints and colors to make a project sensational.

Almost all of us have these precuts stashed away, waiting for the perfect precut friendly projects. With Perfect for Precuts: Quilts from Fat Quarters, Strips & Squares (#A12271), you’re sure to find those projects! This 140 page “bookazine” has a very nice variety of simple, to more complex projects that are made with precuts. You’ll be able to use them to create projects like tote bags, quilts, home decor and other items.

Of all precuts, fat quarters are a staple of the stashes of many quilters. Fat quarters look sweet all tied up in a bundle, and are an easy way to achieve a scrappy look. The 18”x 22” shape of a fat quarter allows for cutting larger pieces than the skinny strip of a ¼ yard cut. The chapter on Fat Quarters contains eight striking projects that range from simple fabric-wrapped wall plaques to easy and more ambitious throws and bed quilts.

Precut strips offer an easy and economical way to buy a little bit of every fabric in a collection. The 1 1/2” and the even popular 2 1/2” wide strips, cut across the width of the fabric, are packaged in various ways. Simply cut the strips into the lengths needed for a project.  There are seven strip projects including some sew-as-you-go place mats and a  table runner made with the time saving 2 1/2” Strippers Templates from Marti Michell (#40520).

Simple precut squares also give you a taste of each of a fabric of an entire collection. They yield spectacular results whether you start with 5” charm squares or the larger 10” pieces. Seven impressive projects that begin squares include a mini make-do table topper (for all you make-do quilters of the Prairie Women’s Sewing Circle), a flying geese pieced and appliqued flower bed quilt,and a raw edge x-block quilt.

Perfect for Precuts is packed with easy projects you will not want to miss. It is really is fantastic! With 22 quick-to-cut projects, it’s a deal at the price of $12.99. That’s 60¢ a pattern!
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