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Thread: Cutting Strips

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    Super Member sweet's Avatar
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    I was wondering if quilters will cut a strip to it's exact size or add a little width to square up?

    For example, the quilt directions call for cutting strips at 3 7/8" to then cut down to squares. Would you cut the strips ant 3 7/8" or cut at 4"?

    I appreciate your comments.

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    i try my best to cut the size recommended in the instructions.

    i don't always succeed, mind you. but i try. :lol:

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    If this is to make HST's there are people that do it both ways. Some like to add the extra and then center and square up. Its really up to you.

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    If you are making half square triangle blocks, the 3 7/8 cut will already allow you extra to square up to 3 1/2, so the 4 inch cut is not really needed.

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    If your measurements are perfectly accurate (mine are not) and all is done within perfection, 2 3 7/8 squares should give you 2 squares that are 3 1/2 each (HST) that needs no squaring. In the real world, if you have enough fabric I say go with the 4 and trim down. Is safer.

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    I try to cut according to the patterns instructions.

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    When doing HST, I always cut on the even inch. 7/8 is not something I like to look for on a ruler. On other things, I tend to follow directions because I'm not smart enough to figure it out without them!

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    In a class i took recently the instructor said when cutting, to line up the edge of the fabric with the outer edge of the mark on your ruler. I tried it an my cuts were more accurate.

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    With me it depends, if I'm following a pattern then I will cut exactly to the measurements. If its something I'm making up as I go along, eg, a scrappy or string quilt, then I will cut and make the blocks larger then needed and square them up later.

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    7/8" is just too time consuming and finicky. it's much faster to cut to 4" and trim down later.

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