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    It's funny when peeps know you quilt.......

    they think you can do anything with fabric. I don't make clothing, I quilt, big difference. I was persuaded to cut out 60 10" circles out of white fabric for vacation bible school. I was considering using the June Tailor or Stripology ruler to cut out 10" squares and using a template cutting off the corners. Will this work? Any other ideas, o wise ones?
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    Certainly it would work . . .or you could fold fabric into fourths, tie string to a needle, or ther end to a pencil and draw a quarter circle, cut that and you'd have your circles. I think the string would need to be 5" but my husband does my math ��
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    I think your idea sounds brilliant!
    I know what you mean about people not understanding what you do. An acquaintance asked me about 3 months ago if I would "help" her with a blanket she wanted to make for her son using photos and putting them on the blanket. i said i had never done anything like that but could probably help her figure it out. Next thing I know it's last week and she shows up on my door with one of those huge fuzzy blankets from Target, a USB drive with photos and says "his birthday is Sunday, can you have this done by then?" and leaves. I am terrible at saying no, so with my daughter's help we managed to get it done Friday night. When she picked it up she said, "Oh I told all my friends what you were doing and now they want you to do one for them so how much would you charge?" I finally found my voice and said "HELL NO"!
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    Most dinner plates are 10 inches aren't they? Maybe you could recruit another person or 2 to help. It would go much faster with help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
    Most dinner plates are 10 inches aren't they? Maybe you could recruit another person or 2 to help. It would go much faster with help.
    Might be worth the trouble to go fins a 10" plate!!
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    Are you going to use scissors or a rotary cutter once marked? One method may be easier than the other. Good luck.
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    I would fold the fabric so I'm cutting 4 at a time and use a rotary cutter around a 10" dinner plate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
    Most dinner plates are 10 inches aren't they? Maybe you could recruit another person or 2 to help. It would go much faster with help.
    You might be able to use your rotary cutter around the edge of the dinner plate. Give it a careful try.

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    It's as simple as ClaireVoyantQuilter stated. You can also invest in a compass. I have a couple of them for this very purpose of making circles and fans. They're in the school section. Tying a string on a tack will also work. Measure from the tack to the string measuring 5" out tied to a pencil will work. Use the tack to secure the center point. I really prefer the compass. Comes in really handy. no looking around for certain size saucers or lids or pots and pans. It's right with my quilting templates.

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    I love my TrueCut Circle cutter. It is $39.95. Quick, accurate. I use it a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gigi712 View Post
    they think you can do anything with fabric. I don't make clothing, I quilt, big difference. I was persuaded to cut out 60 10" circles out of white fabric for vacation bible school. I was considering using the June Tailor or Stripology ruler to cut out 10" squares and using a template cutting off the corners. Will this work? Any other ideas, o wise ones?
    I've cut circles before using a plate and rotary cutter.
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    Funny how people think quilters are open for shortening slacks, jeans, tops or anything else that requires sewing machine.

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    I did a Bargello back jacket, with pioneer braid, flying geese and PP fans on the front and sleeves. An acquaintance asked how much I would to make one for his wife. I said he couldn't afford it, but I would help her make one. I never heard from her...........and another acquaintance asked me to fix a zipper in a winter jacket. It took me forever to fix it and it looked like the stitches were toe catchers...... It was so bulky I was concerned about my machine.......I guess if one bakes a Betty Crocker cake you can do a wedding cake........calla

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    I have a compass and a rotary cutter for circles. Sometimes I find it easier to just cut the circles with a scissors. All of my old Tupperware lids and pot lids etc make excellent circle templates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Watson58 View Post
    Funny how people think quilters are open for shortening slacks, jeans, tops or anything else that requires sewing machine.
    Our dog groomer was 'stunned' when I said I had never put a zipper in anything, when she thought surely it would be easier for me than hiring a seamstress to replace a zipper in her favorite grooming shirt thingee...????????
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    Quote Originally Posted by calla View Post
    I did a Bargello back jacket, with pioneer braid, flying geese and PP fans on the front and sleeves. An acquaintance asked how much I would to make one for his wife. I said he couldn't afford it, but I would help her make one. I never heard from her...........and another acquaintance asked me to fix a zipper in a winter jacket. It took me forever to fix it and it looked like the stitches were toe catchers...... It was so bulky I was concerned about my machine.......I guess if one bakes a Betty Crocker cake you can do a wedding cake........calla

    Now this comment was a laugh out loud moment for me!!!!!
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    Read this yesterday.." People love what you create until they hear the price!" Or something like this.

    true!
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    You are a better person than I am, as I would be tempted to return it, telling her your carpal tunnel was acting up and it couldn't be done Some people can be so inconsiderate, especially thinking that you can just whip out a quilt in no time at all. Glad you did find your voice and say HELL NO! Good girl. One way I have discovered to say no nicely is to quote and obscene amount of money and that usually ends the discussion.

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    Tks for your replies, I tried the 10" square method and decided to cut them out separately with scissors. I did manage to purchase a 28mm rotary cutter, tho, for future projects, lol...... As good an excuse as any, riiiiight?
    aka Gale

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