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    Always keep in mind that all cotton of quilt shop grade is best. The local fabric stores are a slightly lesser quality and Walmart is like a third rate quality. It is a satisfying feeling to cut your fabric to prepare for sewing. Any fabric becomes STASH !!!! Hugs

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    I have never bought pre-cuts. The cost is much more than buying yardage. I also have a June Tailor Shape Cut ruler, so I can make my own 2 1/2 strips very fast using the Shape Cut and it is of fabrics that I like, not the fabric companies. Also, all my fabric has to be washed before I handle them and from what people on this board say, it's difficult to wash pre-cuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG View Post
    My question is how many duplicates are in a set of the jelly roll, layer cake, charm pack? And does it matter? Reason for asking is how much to buy of each for an asssortment?
    I think it really depends on how many fabrics in that line. You have to look at the set to really figure it out. Sometimes the set has less pieces because there are less designs in that line. Just depends. I don't buy them alot, but when I fall in love with a set...and it happens to be on sale ...it just follows me home!
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    jelly rolls are 2 1/2" strips by width of fabric; charms are 5" squares, layer cakes are 10" squares, different collections have a different number of pieces- some have duplicates- 2 of each fabric- some are all different- it's important to check the label. and only you can decide if it is worth it to buy them- some people love using pre-cuts some hate using them- it is a way to get a piece of a whole collection of a particular line- if you make strip quilts jelly rolls can simplify the job- if you like charm quilts- charms are a fun way to go- if you have an extensive stash it is fun to cut up your own 'collections' and put together your pieces in the sizes you will use for a future project...sometimes they are well worth it- sometimes---not so much- if you want a piece of each fabric in a collection- but only a little bit a charm pack is an easy (fairly inexpensive) way to go about it.
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    I like to prewash my fabrics, and precuts don't always wash well.

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    I bought a jelly-roll once and made a quilt for my great granddaughter before she was born. I still had to buy extra fabric for borders, backing, etc. There were strips of fabric that I wouldn't have chosen but it all coordinated so it turned out just fine. But, I don't think I'd buy another one.

    I'm sure there are patterns for quilts specifically using those cuts but I like to design my own.... it just seems to take me longer to figure a way to get all the pieces to work in a quilt I want.... and there's always the cost involved. I'm retired so I do try to save a $$ as much as I can.

    But, if you don't like to cut your own fabric, or money is no object and you like using patterns and not designing your own.... it might be a good choice. Try it.... then decide whether you'll buy them a second time. We all have our own likes and dislikes.

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    I have not purchased many precuts. So far I usually cut them myself.

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    Connecting Threads does not charge extra for precuts. Most of their fabric is under $7 a yard so their precuts are very reasonable.

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    I buy fabrics in large cuts and just cut whatever sizes I need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    I bought a jelly-roll once and made a quilt for my great granddaughter before she was born. I still had to buy extra fabric for borders, backing, etc. There were strips of fabric that I wouldn't have chosen but it all coordinated so it turned out just fine. But, I don't think I'd buy another one.

    I'm sure there are patterns for quilts specifically using those cuts but I like to design my own.... it just seems to take me longer to figure a way to get all the pieces to work in a quilt I want.... and there's always the cost involved. I'm retired so I do try to save a $$ as much as I can.

    But, if you don't like to cut your own fabric, or money is no object and you like using patterns and not designing your own.... it might be a good choice. Try it.... then decide whether you'll buy them a second time. We all have our own likes and dislikes.
    Pre-cuts aren't all that much more than yardage. And of course a store somewhere is bound to have some on sale. And just because you're using pre-cuts doesn't mean you can't design your own pattern.

    There are also people that have problems cutting and pre-cuts give them a head start.

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