Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Results 1 to 18 of 18

Thread: Charm squares - straight or pinked?

  1. #1
    QKO
    QKO is offline
    Super Member QKO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Western Nevada
    Posts
    2,528

    Charm squares - straight or pinked?

    Do you prefer your charm squares (cut at 5 inch square - 4.5 inch finished size) to have straight cut edges or "pinked" edges?

    Pinked seemingly unravel less, but straights give you more sewing room.

    What's your opinion?
    Last edited by QKO; 08-19-2012 at 10:37 AM.

  2. #2
    Power Poster PaperPrincess's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    10,460
    Blog Entries
    2
    straight. I never know where to sew when a piece has been pinked.
    "I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."
    Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

  3. #3
    Junior Member Wanda_GA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    So. Georgia
    Posts
    200
    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    straight. I never know where to sew when a piece has been pinked.
    I'm so glad you pointed this out. I always thought the pinked looked so pretty, but I use my accuquilt GO to cut the 5" squares, so now I'm really happy with them. The pinked edges would be hard to keep straight.
    "Worry is like a rocking chair; you're moving but not going anywhere."

  4. #4
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    29,681
    ​Hate pinked edges!!!

  5. #5
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    15,689
    Blog Entries
    2
    I've sewn both with no problems but i prefer straight edges.

  6. #6
    Super Member alfosa421's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    up to my eyeballs in UFOs
    Posts
    2,345
    Blog Entries
    3
    definitely prefer straight

  7. #7
    Super Member sewbeadit's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Washington
    Posts
    3,999
    Pinked is cute to look at and straight is great to sew, I choose straight
    Sewbeadit
    W. Washington

  8. #8
    Super Member Knitette's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    The Granite City, Scotland
    Posts
    1,626
    Straight for me too - I find pinked edges distracting.
    Lang may yer lum reek. (I'm a knitter - hence - 'Knit-ette'. Confuses a lot of people!)

  9. #9
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    howell, Mi
    Posts
    2,321
    I've always had pinked, and I don't mind them at all. I just pick either a point or a valley and sew them up. Never had any problem with the finished product. I must admit that at first I thought I was going to have problems but I was pleasantly surprised.
    Sue

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Oklahoma
    Posts
    268
    I don't think I have ever bought charm squares without pinked edges. I guess it is easier for the mfg. to process them that way. I would prefer straight edges but have not had problems with the pinked edges.

  11. #11
    Power Poster ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    11,171
    Blog Entries
    1
    i actually like the pinked ones- i don't have any problems lining them up & feel that i get a straighter, better seam when the pieces have a a pinked edge. also i don't have all those raveling edges on the back of my finished blocks to trim away/clean up later. Maybe because i've been sewing for so long and started constructing garments- i am used to the benefits of pinked edges so do not find them (strange) at all-
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy

  12. #12
    Senior Member tulip43's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Ontarios West Coast Canada
    Posts
    375
    either way is Ok for me

  13. #13
    Super Member Marilynsue's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Mid Michigan
    Posts
    1,016
    Blog Entries
    3
    Straight for sure!
    Every Sunrise brings a blessing

  14. #14
    Super Member irishrose's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Cadillac, MI
    Posts
    6,583
    Blog Entries
    19
    Either is fine for sewing, but for storing, I'd prefer pinked. They stay so neat.

  15. #15
    Super Member auntpiggylpn's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    Location
    Michigan. . .FINALLY!!!!
    Posts
    6,916
    Blog Entries
    1
    It doesn't even phase me when I am sewing charm squares with the pinked edges. I just sew my 1/4" from the hills. I just worked on a strip quilt that I used a Robert Kaufman Jelly Roll and strips that I cut myself. I didn't have any problems lining up the edges because the hills of the RK strip fit perfectly to the straight edges of my self cut strips.
    No one has ever become poor by giving. - Anne Frank
    Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheQuiltedPig

  16. #16
    QKO
    QKO is offline
    Super Member QKO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Western Nevada
    Posts
    2,528
    Thanks everyone, for your input!

  17. #17
    Super Member QuiltnLady1's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Posts
    4,356
    I definitely prefer the straight ones I cut myself to the pinked ones. I have bought a couple of charm packs and stored them. Fast forward a couple of years and they had to be trimmed down because the little points had raveled.
    QuiltnLady1

    When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

  18. #18
    Super Member justflyingin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    Jozefow, Poland
    Posts
    4,502
    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    ​Hate pinked edges!!!
    Ditto! 100%

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.