Craftsy has a beautiful new line of solid fabrics manufactured in Japan called Boundless and they asked me to try out one of their bundles. They’ve packaged several different colorways together into precut kits making it very easy to build a solid stash or add solids to an existing project. They have bundles of 5″ squares, 10″ squares, 2.5″ strips, 6″ strips and fat quarters. You can also order these fabrics by the yard.
I asked Craftsy if they plan on offering a color card (fabric swatches) in the future and as of right now there are no plans for one because they are still finalizing the Boundless fabric launch. It might be available in the future though! If you think you’d want a color card definitely leave a comment so Craftsy knows there is a demand for one.
I was asked to test the Boundless Contemporary Fat Quarter Bundle which has a lot of the colors of the Modern Quilt Guild logo (bonus!).
Its no secret my favorite solid to use is Kona so I was skeptical at how these would perform in comparison to that. Boundless surprised me by having all of the things I love about Kona while feeling silkier! It is very soft and feels like a mix of Kona and Michael Miller Cotton Couture. It has a medium/heavy hand and doesn’t feel thin even before I starch and iron it.
The Boundless line has a great selection of colors and pre-matched kits. I really like that they offer rainbow sets along with tonal sets in case you need just a wide selection of one tone.
I’ll preface this by saying I don’t pre-wash fabrics in my stash and I especially don’t wash my precuts before using them. Craftsy also has a recommendation of not washing the precuts of this line. That being said – when pressing and starching the fabrics from this bundle I loved that the color didn’t bleed at all or change when it was starched as some solids tend to do. The color is very solid and saturated throughout the fabric.
I press and size all of my fabric before cutting to try and make my cuts really accurate. The Boundless fabrics did really well with cutting using both my scissors and rotary cutter. My scissors didn’t get stuck cutting through multiple folds and my rotary cutter went through cleanly.
I used these fabrics in a paper piecing pattern which gave me the opportunity to do lots of seams in a small space. The fabric sewed cleanly through my machine and didn’t snag, bunch or cause other issues.
Using my handy Precut Calculator (it converts precut prices into prices per yard so I know how much I’m really paying) I compared the Boundless line to other manufacturer solid precuts. Craftsy regularly runs sales on the Boundless fabrics as well as other fabric lines. The price is a teeny bit less on the Boundless lines compared to Kona or Moda but very comparable with or without the sales going on.
Rainbow Pillow Project
I wanted a colorful block to play with several colors of this fat quarter pack and hunted one down. This is the Rainbow Paper-Pieced block I snagged off of Etsy. It comes in one size that you can print out on regular printer paper but I’d love to try this out in different sizes in the future. I think this is a great way to use up scraps. I chose one of my treasured newsprint fabrics as the background and had a blast piecing this together. I was a bit rusty as this is the first paper piecing project I’ve done in several months and my seam ripper got some exercise but I’d definitely do more of these blocks for a larger pillow or quilt. I want to play with it and see how four blocks look sewn into a circle!
This pillow was in great need of a makeover. I added a zipper to the back so I can wash it as I’m sure the corgis will be getting a lot of use out of it. Quilted with simple straight line quilting using Aurifil 50 weight thread on my Pfaff Creative 2.0 with quilters dream batting.
Thanks for letting me review this great bundle Craftsy! I have a lot left so I do plan on doing some other projects with it and ordering some white solid since I’m completely out of it in my stash.