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    Super Member Annaquilts's Avatar
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    I cut for a couple of blocks and put those together. If I like what I see I cut the rest of the quilt.
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    I make that sample block and also check before I cut if the pattern is new to me ....sometimes patterns have errors... Found out after the fact ..... Just my thoughts on this subject.

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    Mostly I cut everything but the borders. But if its a very large quilt with lots of pieces and fabrics I sometimes get bored with cutting and must start the connecting of pieces!

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    I really dislike the cutting phase of quilting so I do it all at the very beginning so I can have the joy of piecing my projects knowing that dreadful part is over. so far I've lucked out in that my color selections have been pretty good - no regrets over the colors/hues chosen for the blocks pieced.

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    It is that long since I followed a pattern not sure which I would do now, I have done both and prefer cutting a row at a time. I begin by cutting one for practice then a row or fraction of whole. I rarely cut out all pieces. As there would be so many I am likely to loose some.
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    I always cut out my fabric before I begin to sew

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    Quote Originally Posted by GammaLou View Post
    It depends on the quilt pattern and plan. I love cutting it all out and having the pieces ready, but if I'm doing a scrappy quilt with lots of blocks, then I will cut as I go. Usually I do all the blocks then decide on the borders after I have the top pieced. Lots of times, I change the order of the borders or the colors I'm using. I like to see how they look on the finished piece.
    same here, if it is a simple pattern like Turning Twenty or Just Can't Cut It then I cut the top and borders so the quilt goes together quickly. I almost always wait on my backing and binding until I see the quilt top done, often I do not purchase those fabrics until I get a feel of how I want to finish it off.

    That being said, the Tumbling Block quilt that I have been grueling over for the past year, I have been cutting as I go since I made my own templates and have not decided the actual size that it will be at completion. Luckily, I bought plenty of fabric. I will let my son choose his backing when the time comes.

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    I usually cut strips required plus a few extra -- just in case, but only cut enough squares from the strips to piece one block. If I decide not to make the project, I can always use the strips for another project.
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    I cut out all except the borders. I like to have what I call a cutting party with myself. I set evrything up and cut several quilts and put them in a project box. Then if I have a retreat or workshop I grab the box and go. Also if I am short fabric I can make a decision what I want to do before I start assembling the blocks. And then it is just sew sew sew

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    I am a planner when I prepare to cut a quilt. I like to have the vertical borders cut on the LWG and I like to use bias binding. Therefore, these decisions cannot be left until last. I usually cut enough pieces to make one block to be sure I like it. Then I cut the borders and binding. I use the left over triangle from the binding to cut some of the block components when applicable. Yes, I have been known to change my mind but cutting in this manner keeps yardage in large pieces to use somewhere else. I use lots of paper scraps and baggies for labels and keeping things together and in order. I keep all of these components (including all instructions and my notes)in a plastic box. Because I keep all the fabrics in the box until the project is finished I can cut more pieces if necessary. I like to plan, make a test square, cut all the pieces and sew.

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