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Thread: Do you cut out your entire quilt

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    I usually cut the pieces as I need them as so many times I don't use the same technique author does. For instance I won't sew triangle pieces together to make HST.

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    I usually use mixtures of fabrics of each color, so if I want them to be able to get mixed up well, I have to plan it from the beginning and cut it all before I start. "Highly Planned Randomness" is my thing!
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    I learned from someone on this board not to cut until I try the pattern on a practice block first, but then I cut all of the pieces of the block elements as step one. I like to think of it as a kind of factory, building up the quilt smaller to larger sections like a puzzle. Step one....cut everything. Step two....piece the smaller elements. Next, piece those together into blocks, and then put the blocks together into a quilt. I don't cut the borders until I'm ready for them, and the backing comes last. Usually I don't even buy the backing until the top is completely pieced.

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    I usually make a block first. That way I will figure out how many pieces to cut in the block it self. I more or less cut up to 1/2 of what I need, or all the pieces, I need at once. It vary's sometimes, with me.

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    It depends on the pattern. Generally, I draw the pattern on grid paper to figure out colors and best way to cut. Then I make a list of the pieces to cut which helps keep me in check. Other times, I cut as I go. A lot depends on how much fabric I have if I miscut. The less fabric, the more prep time.
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    I started by cutting out all my blocks on my first quilt, since they were all the same size no problem.... cut too many! ;/
    Now I cut out one complete block, test sew,then I cut the remaining pieces... I do like the idea of cutting until yo need to sit down due to back problems etc... think I will do that from now on, may be alot easier and more productive for me.
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    I totally agree. I usually cut as I go. I don't lose any pieces that way.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter View Post
    Pro: You will know up front if you have enough fabric and might be able to run back to the store and buy more while it's still in stock. This has happened to me!

    Con: If you cut before making a practice block and you decide you just don't like how it looks or it's harder than you thought or would take too much time - you are out of luck. This has also happened to me - LOL!

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    I cut everything except backing ,,organize and label everything ,,hang each cutting catagory lined across a clothes hanger with clothes pins in reaching distance from my machine, have the instructions on sewing table to my left and start sewing..I like to do like a production line..LOL....I never worry if I will like it or not because I spend a lot of time before hand picking the colors,etc. once I am happy with what I have selected,I'm never disappointed with the outcome.!!! Happy quilting !!!!
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    When making a practice block, I usually don't even use the fabric for the project! Just scraps that are handy - often all just muslin. I am a planned scrappy quilter, which means I will never run out of fabric. Though I have been known to piece scraps for big enough pieces. I cut as I go because changing my mind is part of the process for me. Perhaps I need more plum in the mix... that sort of thing. We all get to choose works works best for US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    I tend to mostly cut as I go because my quilts have a tendency to evolve into something other than my original idea as I get going on them and discover I really need a lighter color here or that arrangement doesn't look like I expected or whatever. Just part of the creative process for me. That way I don't end up with a couple dozen or more squares or triangles of a size that is no longer the size I need because I changed my mind on what I was doing.
    Were you inside my head?!! I do the same thing....cut...sew...look...change my mind...cut sew....repeat!!LOL!!!

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