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    Ha! Went to Lowes today and found the plexi-glass isle, then I asked the lady to if she could cut me a 6 1/2 X 6 1/2 inch, 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 inch and a 10 1/2 X 10 1/2 inch square....sure enough she did! All three of these acrylic squares for 16.00 dollars! I feel like I hit the lottery!

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    Woo Hoo :D:D:D

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    That's great! I knew Lowe's would do that for you when you bought wood - didn't even know they had a plexiglas aisle! :)

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    Hmmm...but without accurate, permanent markings on them they'd be very limited in use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Hmmm...but without accurate, permanent markings on them they'd be very limited in use.
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    One nice way I can think of is for Fussy Cuts. You could find what pattern you wanted in the middle of a block, use a marker to outline it and then you'd always have an accurate picture!

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    I only wanted then for squaring up my squares....other than a centered dot for accurately finding the center...all other markings would be moot for me!

    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Hmmm...but without accurate, permanent markings on them they'd be very limited in use.

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    Good deal. I have a friend who makes some for me and I use them all the time. I especially like them for squaring up blocks when making crazy quilts. Have fun.

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    ahhhhhhhhh.. I love it when an employee of a store is actually nice :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by thepolyparrot
    That's great! I knew Lowe's would do that for you when you bought wood - didn't even know they had a plexiglas aisle! :)
    Me either but this is great news!

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    Much cheaper than going to the quilt store and getting each one....for what maybe 10.00....15.00 dollars a piece....hmmmm....I am still happy! What a bargin!

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    Great idea!! I bet you could use some blue see through graft paper to stick to the back of them!! Thanks for the idea!

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    I will prefer mine clear....no grafting paper...but, that is a great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Hmmm...but without accurate, permanent markings on them they'd be very limited in use.
    But when you're trying to square up (a ton of) odd-sized blocks, like 13.75" (for whatever reason), it's certainly worth the money for a square that exact size. I used to go a local Lucite place to get them cut, but they went out of business.

    I also did not know that Lowe's cut plexi to size. I will definitely be stopping by.

    Thanks for the heads-up.

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    Your VERY welcome! They cut it any size you want!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Hmmm...but without accurate, permanent markings on them they'd be very limited in use.
    But when you're trying to square up (a ton of) odd-sized blocks, like 13.75" (for whatever reason), it's certainly worth the money for a square that exact size. I used to go a local Lucite place to get them cut, but they went out of business.

    I also did not know that Lowe's cut plexi to size. I will definitely be stopping by.

    Thanks for the heads-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bejay28
    Ha! Went to Lowes today and found the plexi-glass isle, then I asked the lady to if she could cut me a 6 1/2 X 6 1/2 inch, 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 inch and a 10 1/2 X 10 1/2 inch square....sure enough she did! All three of these acrylic squares for 16.00 dollars! I feel like I hit the lottery!
    I never thought of doing that! What a great idea. I would like to have one for each common block size...

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    Good Idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bejay28
    Ha! Went to Lowes today and found the plexi-glass isle, then I asked the lady to if she could cut me a 6 1/2 X 6 1/2 inch, 8 1/2 X 8 1/2 inch and a 10 1/2 X 10 1/2 inch square....sure enough she did! All three of these acrylic squares for 16.00 dollars! I feel like I hit the lottery!
    I never thought of doing that! What a great idea. I would like to have one for each common block size...

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    They have always cut mine to any size I wanted before. The last time that I went there the lady very rudely told me that they only have to cut it once. I need it cut a few times. She cut it twice and before I could say I needed the length shorter she pretty much ran away.

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    WOW! I didn't have a problem at all.....she made 2 cuts on each of my tempates.....she was very nice about it too! She even asked why I wanted the sizes I asked for...I did tell her for quilting....now in hind sight......maybe they will raise the prices....or be out of stock...much like Harbor Freight and the carpet blades for the rotary cutters!

    Quote Originally Posted by bjaayoung
    They have always cut mine to any size I wanted before. The last time that I went there the lady very rudely told me that they only have to cut it once. I need it cut a few times. She cut it twice and before I could say I needed the length shorter she pretty much ran away.

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    Heck, most of my furniture is made from store cut lumber! LOL.
    Thanks for the tip. I'll batt my eyes at the acrylic cutter and get myself some templates!

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    Wow, great tip!

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    Wonder if they could do a 9 degree ruler? Hmmmmm...... maybe if I bought the acrylic and drew the pattern for the ruler I wanted on it in black marker, wonder if they could cut it? I know she did a 8 X10 rectangle for me too....

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    I have done that a long long time ago at a local glass company but can't remember what I used it for. I put the sand paper dots on the back & drew an X across it so I knew where the middle was. Worked for me!

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    cool

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    I love Lowe's! I had plexiglass cut for something, I forgot what but they were so nice and very accommodating.

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