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    What a great idea. Never would have thought of that.

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    Went to Lowes and got a sheet of the plexiglass. I had a kid helping me and he didn't seem thrilled with the idea of cutting a bunch of small pieces. So, I bought the cutting tool and tried it myself. My advice would be to have someone at Lowes cut it. My boyfriend even tried and he had trouble cutting it. We finally got a piece cut but it wasn't easy. If anyone has any tips on cutting it, let me know. I would still like to cut some different sized squares out of it. It is definitely the cheaper route to go.

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    I suggest you go back to Lowe's and ask for a department manager. They pride themselves on good service, describe your previous experience and ask for a replacement and the job done right. They will make it good.

    Return the cutting blade, too.

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    You are right. We did manage to get a 6 1/2, 8 1/2 and 10 1/2 square cut but it took all morning. We ruined part of the sheet of plexiglass because it broke where it wasn't supposed to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rox17
    Went to Lowes and got a sheet of the plexiglass. I had a kid helping me and he didn't seem thrilled with the idea of cutting a bunch of small pieces. So, I bought the cutting tool and tried it myself. My advice would be to have someone at Lowes cut it. My boyfriend even tried and he had trouble cutting it. We finally got a piece cut but it wasn't easy. If anyone has any tips on cutting it, let me know. I would still like to cut some different sized squares out of it. It is definitely the cheaper route to go.
    Roxy, when we made mine last year, we used a workbench and clamped the plexiglass with the piece to be cut hanging over in perfect line with the edge of the workbench, then scored it several times using a metal rule and craft knife, then you have to be brave...and just snap in downwards, it makes a loud crack but if you score it about half way thru, it will break cleanly, just a light sanding off was all that was needed. We did right down to 2.5" square this way, hope this helps :D

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    I had a place here in town cut some for me but when I got it home it wasn't cut straight. Now Im afraid to try it again.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karenmay
    I would imagine that a CD marker would work Loretta!

    Karen xx
    scratch them with a sharp pointed something from your husband's workshop and rub in something inky. you'll get a very fine line. i did it with permanent old fashioned pen ink and QUICKLY rubbed off the extra with mineral spirits. practice on a scrap for speed.

    for that purpose you just need 8 wedges, to line them up against each other.

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    Hi:

    Good and smart idea with the economy like it is you are one smart cookie.

    ef :wink:

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    That is a great deal. How accurate is their cutting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izy
    We did the same over here in Spain, purely down to unavailability and cost!! DH managed to get all sizes from 15.5" right down to 2.5" square templates out of less than a metre length, The cost was next to nothing in comparrison to the 40 euros that I had to pay for my 24" X 6" ruler :shock: :D I used a CD marker pen Loretta, but it does wear off and you have to redo it as necessary :D

    Here's a link to the topic:

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/8109.page
    Hi Izy, when you mark them cover the marked size over with a piece of sellotape :wink:

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    I marked with a sharpie and it seems to be staying on ok. I tested a piece with alcohol and alcohol will take it off if you make a mistake but just rubbing it doesn't take it off.

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    I went to lowes yesterday...I bought a piece for $8 and I have a 12, 10,
    6, 4 and a couple of ruler pieces....I still have some left.....so if I need more...I can go back....they gave me some scrap pieces also. I put paper stickers on mine and now will put some small pieces of sandpaper so there is no slipping :D great buy :wink:

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    Fantastic! Mine were completely accurate, they even recut when they weren't accurate the first time. Not a problem at all.

    I've also been making diaper bags, big tote bags with an acrylic insert to stabilize the bottom (instead of cardboard, which could get wet and icky). I saw Clothilde had the inserts for $7.95 in today's catalog, Lowe's will cut them also! 3 for about $4. Much better buy, and now a washable and sturdy bottom to the bag.

    I love this! I wish I had thought of it earlier.

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    Oh, and just think...with that fabric I sent you, you can make a matching BIGGER bag to go with the tote I made. :) :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    Fantastic! Mine were completely accurate, they even recut when they weren't accurate the first time. Not a problem at all.

    I've also been making diaper bags, big tote bags with an acrylic insert to stabilize the bottom (instead of cardboard, which could get wet and icky). I saw Clothilde had the inserts for $7.95 in today's catalog, Lowe's will cut them also! 3 for about $4. Much better buy, and now a washable and sturdy bottom to the bag.

    I love this! I wish I had thought of it earlier.
    MJ...thats a great idea about the acrylic insert! Hmmmm...I wonder if my little store here in town has that...

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    I like to make quilted purses. I make them in 3 different sizes. I went to Lowe's, bought a piece of plexiglass, and they cut it for me so that I could get as many of the 3 sizes as possible out of one sheet of plexiglass. I make a "pillow case" for the bottom of the purse, slide in the plexiglass and it works wonders to reinforce the bottom of the purse, and help keep a nice shape. I get about 15 pieces for the price they charge for one baggy bottom in the catalogs.

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    I had a teacher who printed the templates for the Storm At Sea on clear plastic like the stuff you put on rulers to keep them from sliding. She gave us the sheets and sent us off to Home Depot (or Lowe's) to but the plexiglass and then you just peeled off the back and stuck it to the plexiglass and cut it to the size. Don't know if this would work for you but at least all the markings end up on the inside between the film and the plexiglass so they never rub off.

    Also, You could probably mark your templates with a really fine brush and fingernail polish. I can never get that stuff off anything when I need to. Had an antique quilt to repair and granddaughter had spilled polish on it years ago. Boy was that a task getting most of that off. It might be worth a try though. The marker ink does rub off over time but you might also try marking it and putting a piece of clear tape or the clear vinyl stuff they sell to keep your ruler from sliding on the fabric over the markings.

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    i just recently saw this fun and done quilt demo it sounds like something i would like. just wondering.. i know there are 2 square to each size so if you cut 18.5 for a 16 in square ..a 10.5 for 10 in. and 8.5 for 8 in....i don't see the math. or did you mean 16.5 for the 16 in. square ? also what is the other size square ?
    i go to a glass cutting place to get mine done because i have had triangles and diamonds and hexagons cut but for squares i will surely go to lowe's. thanks dotti

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    I'm also a nurse and we use a clear plastic ruler(slightly thicker than plastic wrap for food) to measure wounds. I cut off the ruler part and used clear packing tape and taped it to my sewing machine to measure my buttons for an acuurate measure of my button holes. It works great. Why not use this on the under side of your plexi-glass. You might find something simular in an office supply store or medical supply store.

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    Dotski,
    The difference between the block and the backing is 2 inches, you place the batting/block 1inch inside the batting all the way around. SO, a 16 inch FINISHED block would need a 16.5 inch template for the batting and 18.5 inch template for the backing. Clear as mud???? :shock:

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    I couldn't make it into town so I ordered the acrylic glass on line and my husband made me a bunch of rulers. I just drew them on the paper back from the card board ones in in some of the quilt books I have. Now I have all of them to make the Dresden plate and things like that. I love them. Need holes in some of them but the rest are hanging.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashnquilt
    I went to a store that is a paint and glass store. They have a scrap bin of 1/4" acrylic and even thicker. The small pieces are 50cents and the large pieces are $1.00.

    My husband told them what he wanted the scrap piece for and they even squared it up for him FREE!

    I now have the perfect small ruler for longarm stitching for $1.50! I had ALMOST bought this same size ruler on a website for $16.50 with $4.50 in shipping.

    If anyone gets the Keepsake Quilting catalog you will find a wooden mallet for "whacking" down seam allowances. When you have adjoining seams they tend to be thick and if you "whack" them they will flatten out more. WELL, you can pay the price in the catalog for this wonder item OR go to Wal-Mart and head over to the kitchen area and get yourself a MEAT TENDERIZER that has a smooth surface on one side. I got my "Seam Whacker" for $3.50!

    It pays to THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX, so to speak!
    I've been using a rubber mallet. It's so old that I don't rmember what I paid for it. I would have never thought of a meat tenderizer.

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    clear as mud...thanks so much can't wait to get started..

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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer2009
    well this tells me the piece of plexiglass
    I bought for window where air conditioner
    never got put is going with me when I move !!!
    WELL, if that is your house in your avitar.....when you move, can I have that house? lol In fact, I will buy you more plexiglass if I can. Everytime I see a post from you I admire it.

    Margie

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    This morning I went to Lowe's (a big box hardware store) and bought 1 piece of plexiglass (30 x 36 inches) for $14.47. Then I had them cut me 3 templates, 18 1/2 " square, 10 1/2" square and 8 1/2" square. Now I have my Fun and Done templates for 8 inch blocks, 10 inch blocks and 16 inch blocks. I already had a 12 1/2" square template that I paid $20 for alone!

    This still gave me big leftovers, they said I could bring it back and they would cut again for free (with receipt). What a great deal!
    :mrgreen:
    Purplemem, I have the fun and done template I purchased from Bayside quilting(havent used it YET). It comes in two pieces....Did you have them cut you two piece templates for each of those sizes? In other words the inner and outer pieces?

    Margie

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