2017 – Pre-cut Challenge

1 01 2017

Happy New Year! And with the new year well-wishes comes a new year abyquilts blog challenge. As a reminder, we had a monthly Fat Quarter challenge in 2016. Although I still have a container of unused FQs, I want to change it up a little, proposing a different challenge this year. After conferring with Maridee, a regular participant in the 2016 challenge, I’ve hit upon a pre-cut challenge for the coming year.


We are all tempted to buy Jelly Rolls (2 1/2″ wide strips), Charm Squares (5″ squares), Quilter’s Candy (2 1/2″ squares), and Layer Cakes (10″ squares), right? And many times they simply become colorful decorations on the shelves in our sewing rooms. This year let’s change our languishing pre-cuts into lovely quilts!

Rather than issue a monthly challenge, I’m issuing a quarterly challenge. Here’s the schedule:

January – March:  Quilter’s Candy or Fat Quarters

April – June:  Jelly Roll

July – September:  Layer Cake

October – December:  Charm Squares

Toward the beginning of each quarter, I’ll blog about my pre-cut choice and explain my intended project. When I finish the project, I’ll share a photo, and toward the end of each quarter, I’ll ask you to email me a digital picture of your challenge project.

Are you game? Do you have an idea already for the pack of Quilter’s Candy or stack of Fat Quarters that’s simply collecting dust in your sewing room? Game on!




13 responses

1 01 2017

If only I had known….
In November I used a layer cake for a project, and yesterday I started a charm pack project. Do they still count?
We are all looking forward to seeing you soon.

1 01 2017

Good for you, Ilse, for using your pre-cuts! I would live to see photos of your finished projects!

1 01 2017

Oh yeah! This is a great challenge. I could start a store with all of my pre-cut options. And just purchased a Fat quarter book so I am in!

1 01 2017

Sounds like a great idea. I have lots of jelly rolls, layer cakes, charm packs and who knows how many FQ’s.

1 01 2017
Kathy Hansen

I’m in- I’ve been going to a monthly sew along at my quilt shop using jelly rolls-2016. This year it alternates between jelly rolls and fat quarters. So I’m half way there already!! Lol

1 01 2017

Count me in. Like Ronda, I have enough pre-cuts to stock my own store.

1 01 2017
Maridee Hargis

I’m definitely in. Now to figure out what Quilter’s Candy is. I have enough charm packs to make a quilt a week for the next year.

1 01 2017
Maridee Hargis

Quilter’s Candy – not what but where I’ve stashed them all. My goal this week is to thoroughly clean the sewing room. I read cleaning and organizing can help with inspiration. Guess I’ll find out this week.

2 01 2017
Helga Hörz

Ja, Aby, das passt prima! Ich bin gerade dabei einen Quilter’s candy zu vernähen – zu einem Kinderquilt! Ich werde ihn sicher bis spätestens März fertigstellen.

3 01 2017
My Sewful Retirement

Great Idea!! Count me in this will definitely challenge me to use my pre-cuts. I’m ashamed to admit how many I have 🙂

4 01 2017
Happy New Year | My Sewful Retirement

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28 01 2017
First Quarter Challenge – “Vroom!” | abyquilts

[…] Hey, quilting friends! How are you doing on the First Quarter Challenge? As a reminder, I challenged blog readers and myself to use stashed pre-cuts this year, making a project each quarter. Read about the challenge guidelines here. […]

14 08 2017
Third Quarter Pre-cut Challenge | abyquilts

[…] Several quilters are new followers of this blog, so at the risk of boring most of you, I’d like to reiterate the details of this year’s challenge and invite you all to participate this quarter. The following is an excerpt from the original blog post in January. […]

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