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How many of you...   General Discussion

Started Sep-9 by MelRN; 695 views.

From: MelRN


Yeah, I don't purchase a lot of precuts unless it's just the cheapest way to get a bit of something I really want. I'd rather just use from the myriad of scraps I have piled up around here. I would do your block with square in a square, too...that's exactly what I mean! Also, I was watching a vid and they took a layer cake and trimmed it down to 9" square, then in quarters...why not make the pattern for 5" and increase the block just a little to use what you have? Weird math. The 1" won't get used unless they're good and save them for a string quilt. Which they won't. 

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Mostly I do not use patterns but when I do I will tweak things when I can to conserve fabric.

The exception was the DWR I made. The pattern had a bit of wastage but added more accuracy and ease of construction so it was worth it for that pattern.

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From: Contraryqltr


I just ran across a pattern that calls for 10" squares and then instructs me to trim to 9 1/2".  I couldn't believe it - yes, it's only 1/2", but isn't the whole concept of precuts to save time on cutting?  This is an APQS pattern.  The other wonky thing is, they gave instructions for 4 different size - awesome!  Baby, Lap, QUEEN, KING.  I needed a twin size.  So I then had to grow the lap size to what I needed, forget the 10" squares and try to figure out using yardage, how much I needed.

I'm also working on a pixel quilt.  The designer did a really good job with the instructions.  The only change I made was, instead of cutting hundreds of 1 1/2" squares and placing them on a gridded fusible base, if there were, say, 10 white ones in a row, I just cut a strip and fused it.  Since the sew vertical and horizontal seams on these pixel quilt, it made no sense to waste time cutting so many little squares.

Mary in Michigan

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From: sueinIL


Something I never used to do in my wild and younger days is to make a test block.  I follow the instructions to the letter on cutting and piecing.  I've stopped many an error or  wasteful cutting by doing that.  And Jenny from MSQC is really a "waster" probably because she has unlimited access to fabric.  I'm not scrimping, just being efficient.

Sue in IL

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From: tuckyquilter


All the time.   I don't use a lot of precuts, so I can cut how I like to do things.


From: tuckyquilter


Smart move too.  I have tons of scraps around here so making a "Test" is always a good thing- especially with a new pattern/block.