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Thread: Cutting into a piece of fabric

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    I've been collecting (1) yard pieces of fabric to make pillowcases for my grandchildren. I haven't made them yet and now I want to make SewsewQuilter's D9P using that fabric. I can't bring myself to cut into the fabric! Is this a typical quilter's problem or have I become a Hoarder?

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    What is SewSewQuilter's D9P


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    I know what you mean.

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    The hard part: making that first cut into a perfectly good piece of fabric.

    The fun part: sewing it back together.

    My knitting sister doesn't understand the obsession of cutting fabric into tiny bits and sewing it back together. And I like tiny bits.

    Make the first cut. It'll be worth it.


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    Yeah, I know what you mean, pal! Sure wish I had the same trouble cutting into a new pie...or cake...or pizza...or... :roll: :D

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    Bearisgray, I was referring to I Spy- Disappearing 9 patch posted under Pictures by Sewsew quilter, page 3, Nov. 8.

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    OK, I used to have this problem with particular pieces of fabric that I just fell in love with and couldn't bring myself to cut it..

    As a result, I still had some fabric from when I was a teen.

    Then, I lost it all, along with all my other possessions, in a house fire.

    Moral of the story: go ahead and CUT IT UP....you will be happy once you have used it, you will have put it to good use, and you can go shopping for some more.

    I have no problem cutting up fabric now...

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    Think of it this way, and i know you are making pillow cases right now, but when you are cutting to make a quilt, you are increasing it's value!

    Spend $300 on fabric and quilting supplies, make a quilt worth over $800.

    That's my view of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pal
    I've been collecting (1) yard pieces of fabric to make pillowcases for my grandchildren. I haven't made them yet and now I want to make SewsewQuilter's D9P using that fabric. I can't bring myself to cut into the fabric! Is this a typical quilter's problem or have I become a Hoarder?
    I have that problem ALL the time. That's why I have a pile of fabric that has a "sign" on it ... do not touch lol

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    Yeah, I know what you mean, pal! Sure wish I had the same trouble cutting into a new pie...or cake...or pizza...or...
    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Ha ha ha ha ha! I posted a similar thread not long ago about not being able to cut into fat quarters! It is hard isn't it? I hate to cut into fabric until I have a planned quilt for it to go in. :)

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    When it was time for me to cut the fabric for my wedding gown I actually broke out in a hot sweat and starting shaking all over. Needed a good stiff drink to get on with it. . . .

    Now when I get fat quarters I say to my self, "Someday I'll really need that, so I'd better not mess it up now." Bad on me.

    But jstitch is absolutely right! Cut it up!

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    Cut the fabric. You will have gained a great quilt and you can use the left over fabric to piece together your pillowcase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nor'easter
    Yeah, I know what you mean, pal! Sure wish I had the same trouble cutting into a new pie...or cake...or pizza...or... :roll: :D
    That cracks me up. I know exactly what you mean about cutting into the pie, etc. A little hesitation would do me some good. As for the fabric, I have this beautiful piece of blue background fabric (given to me by a friend) that is adorned with the most beautiful red birds and foliage, etc. I know what I would like to do with it, but I can't bring myself to make that first cut. And to make matters worse, I will have to fussy cut to do what I want to do. YIKES !

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    I had to buy a book: Just Can't Cut It, by Pamela Moster. Got me over the hump, knowing there are ways to use "uncuttable" fabric.

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    OK . Understand, but you have to jump in there and cut away. Just think of that beautiful quilt you are going to make.

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    The hardest for me was cutting into the satin for my daughters wedding dress.

    Just think about the fabric. Would you enjoy it more folded in a plastic tub sitting on a shelf or cutting it up and using it?

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    I love it!:0)I thought I was the only person in the fabric/quilting world that didn't want to cut into favorite fabrics:))LOL I don't seem to have a prob. if I buy a 'run' on that fabric like it's 'brother, sister and all the cousins'...then I can invision where and how it can go into a quilt. It is when I buy 1....Then I am in so much trouble:))I have one right now that is so awesome and antique looking...and it is paired off w/a pattern, etc to make a tote...there it sits...looking at me from the shelf...not cut:))LOL I do take some of my favorites and put out on tables for decorations...sometimes w/surged ends. I just used one on my table for Halloween that I just love;0)Packed it up to use next year...:))SKeat

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    I have the same issues!! Thats way when I do use a piece that I love,I always try to replace it with the same thing. What a collection I have.
    I do have an addiction problem.

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    If the pieces are out as "objects of art" then they are being used!

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    I agree. If you are enjoying them in the form they are in great. No need to cut them up.

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