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Old 05-16-2017, 09:33 AM
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Why do designers give measurements such as 3 7/8..can I cut 4" blocks instead..what difference would that make?
When I get a pattern like this,I want to throw it across the room!!
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Old 05-16-2017, 09:38 AM
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Wait till you get a pattern with 1/16". LOL

If you are making Half Square Triangles you can cut 4" then sew your
HST's, press and trim to 3 1/2". If you don't like trimming then stick with 3 7/8".
I prefer to cut bigger (where possible) and then trim.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:05 AM
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Some patterns really need the 7/8 for cutting but others you can square down from larger cuts. It usually happens when the unit is sewn and then sub cut and you need the 7/8 to end up with 1/4 seam allowance on both units.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:06 AM
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If you cut to 7/8" and you are a perfect sewer/presser, it is possible to end up with the correct size HST. However, many of us are not perfect and we prefer the option of cutting the starting square oversized and trimming it down.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:21 AM
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I have a 7/8 ruler. All the markings are in 7/8. Super easy to cut those 7/8 sizes. Really though I don't see a difference in cutting fractions then cutting whole or half measures. It's just a different line on the ruler.
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Old 05-16-2017, 04:11 PM
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I've just finished piecing one with lots of 7/8' because of HST. One piece was given as a template because the measurement would have been 1 3/16'. I measured it and cut with a ruler instead.
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Old 05-16-2017, 06:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
It's just a different line on the ruler.
This is pretty much how I see it.....
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:38 PM
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with HST you certainly cut to 4" and then trim down. But if it's on other block units it might effect the pattern, like with points getting cut off. It really is just another line on the ruler.
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Old 05-17-2017, 03:34 AM
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i prefer cutting the next whole inch and trimming later also, for HSTs
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Old 05-17-2017, 03:39 AM
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Have we understood the question in responding about hsts? If not, maybe a picture would help.
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