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Thread: Do you cut out your entire quilt

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    I try to begin with a sample block, unless it's a quilt pattern I've made before. Then if all goes well with the sample block, I usually cut the whole quilt out. I have limited sewing space, so once I get the fabrics cut, then I can clear my table off to sew.

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    I cut and sew as I go...and boy was I glad I did that for my current project: otherwise I would have had to piece strips for the correct length.

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    It depends on my mood. I do it both ways, but some days I just can't cut it all at once due to RA, but on those days I just take it easy and hope there will be another day without pain. Those are the days I try to do a block or two or just work on some small project.

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    For the last several quilts...I have been designing as I go..so I just cut a few at a time...till I know how and what I'm going to be using..I will be so glad to use a pattern for my next quilt...I'm so looking forward to it..the reason for the designing is they are deer panels for my 2 brothers..so I just purchased fabric that went with the panel and had to design the rest..then a Texans quilt for my grandson..no pattern..then two t-shirt quilts for the 2 granddaughters...my design...so I promised myself the next quilt is for me and it's going to have a pattern...lol...but I have enjoyed the process of making it up as I go...however it takes lots of patience and trial and error...it helps to have enough fabric before you start...

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    I always cut it all out. But I just finished a quilt that called for two pieces to be diagonally sewn together. So, impatient me just dug right in and cut and sewed the diagonally just like I prepare my binding. Turns out the diagonal sewn pieces had to be sewn the opposite of how I normally do binding (piece on bottom right side up, piece on top wrong side up with the bottom piece sticking out to my left.

    Well, from now on I will do one block and sew a practice block. I needed to have the piece on the bottom sticking out to my right which totally changed the way the diagonally sewn line looked in the finished block. I have probably confused everyone and I'm sorry, but at least this is off my chest and I can stop beating myself up.
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    i try to cut out the majority if not all at one time. An exception was when I made a Debbie Mumm wall hanging. I ut out all the blocks in the center and did them then all the border blocks that came after a solid border ... if that makes any sense

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    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!
    I totally agree. I've cut it all and then decided I didn't like the colors, and wasted material. I usually wait to cut the border until it is pieced.

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    I usually will cut and make a sample block first to be sure I really like the fabrics I have picked. Then will cut everything and put into baggies, then into a tote. Then when I don't get it completed all the parts are together for when I get back to the project.

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    I have learned the wisdom of making a practice block, and then I cut the quilt out per instructions.

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    When I purchase a kit I always cut it out as soon as possible to make sure that there is enough fabric to make the quilt, unfortunately I then want to sew it straight away as well and have to show great restraint and put it on my list of things to do. Most of the time I cut the fabric for the top and leave cutting the binding until the top is finished, once sandwiched and quilted I then decided what width binding would look best, then cut accordingly.

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