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Thread: Possible Silly Question

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    Junior Member narnianquilter's Avatar
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    A lot of patience, and when I ran out of that my husband bought me the accuquilt go! Besides that, a rotary cutter, mat and the same ruler for everything went a long way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    I would be remiss if I did not mention that I learned this method from Sally Collins "Mastering Precision Piecing" book and video. If you want to learn more about all the little things that can make piecing precise (very important when doing little pieces - which is my passion) then I highly suggest that you get the book and the video.
    Thank you for the recommendation. I'm a visual learner so I'm definitely checking out her book and possibly if I still need help the video.

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    I use the june taylor rulers too as well as a number of other rulers. I too only use the mat for lining up. One thing I didn't see mentioned was that when I line up the ruler along the cut edge I include the width of the line. Makes a big difference.
    Meaning when you line up that broken line on whatever measurement you want, include the space you can see between the breaks and align with the right edge of the black dash line.
    I'm not all that perfect at anything, but I have a friend that is as perfect as you can get with everything she does (will tear out if it's 1 thread off) and that's the way she showed me to cut out.
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    you know that is actually a great question! it took me a couple of projects to see that the measurements were actually off. I have not grasp the full concept of measuring with the ruler, but I do agree is comes with practice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yweinst View Post
    So I've now quilted a few quilts and I've tried various ways of measuring to cut my fabric, using the ruler for my lines and using the mat lines for my measurements. So my question for all of you is how do you measure to cut so that everything comes out "perfect"?
    You buy an Accuquilt Go!!!!!!!!! Believe me I know!!!!!!!!!!!

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    If you always use the ruler lines to measure you will be far more accurate. I think you have been measuring some with the ruler others with the mat if you look carefully you will see they give a very slight different measurements. Over a quilt this will add up to inches.
    Mat to square with lines but cut using ruler.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    I couldn't cut straight until I bought a June Tailor Shape cutter, but if I didn't have it, I would use my 24 1/2 X 6 1/2 ruler and learn not to let my cutting wander away from the ruler on the far end. I use my cutting mat upside down so there are no lines. I don't find the lines accurate and they are too distracting with all the lines on the rulers. I get a more accurate cut using a normal ruler if I double fold the fabric so I'm only cutting 11" instead of 22".

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    I only use the cutting mat lines for the lining up of the fabric after I have checked it for being on fold correctly. With cutting I either use a ruler or my Alto's Quilt Cut2.
    Have fun quilting! If it isn't fun, you will miss a lot.
    ali

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    I use my rulers only - not the mat.
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    and line up with the left or larger side of the line on the ruler.

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