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    I usually make a block to make sure that everything fits and looks good. Then I cut some and sew some. That way I don't get bored and it seems like a different project with each step. I usually buy my borders when I'm ready to put them on. I rarely buy the borders when I get the rest of the fabric unless I want to match the borders with the sashing. I like to buy my quilts in pieces--give me a good excuse to go to the quilt shop.
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    I have done both. But, recently discovered that after I cut everything out and THEN made a practice block that I did not like it and wanted to go in another direction. I learned I will always make a practice block first. I am still working on that quilt and I think that is what put me in a funk of not wanting to quilt. I have made it work and have almost got the top completed. Will finish tonight. I have had to make myself complete this job. Would have just thrown it to the scrap heap if it wasn't a special quilt I am making for my husband using a military type theme. After the top is done I will put it aside and finish a couple of others before going back. But, lesson learned about cutting everything out at once!

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    Most of the time I don't cut it all at once.
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    I usually make one block to see how it will work and then cut all the fabric. I too have had to go back and buy more fabric.
    and I have also had the unfortunate experience of waiting too long and the fabric isn't available anymore.

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    I always cut every thing except the borders and back, then I can just sew when I feel like it without having to stop and cut more.

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    I usually cut the pieces as I need them as so many times I don't use the same technique author does. For instance I won't sew triangle pieces together to make HST.

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    I usually use mixtures of fabrics of each color, so if I want them to be able to get mixed up well, I have to plan it from the beginning and cut it all before I start. "Highly Planned Randomness" is my thing!
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    I learned from someone on this board not to cut until I try the pattern on a practice block first, but then I cut all of the pieces of the block elements as step one. I like to think of it as a kind of factory, building up the quilt smaller to larger sections like a puzzle. Step one....cut everything. Step two....piece the smaller elements. Next, piece those together into blocks, and then put the blocks together into a quilt. I don't cut the borders until I'm ready for them, and the backing comes last. Usually I don't even buy the backing until the top is completely pieced.

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    I usually make a block first. That way I will figure out how many pieces to cut in the block it self. I more or less cut up to 1/2 of what I need, or all the pieces, I need at once. It vary's sometimes, with me.

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    It depends on the pattern. Generally, I draw the pattern on grid paper to figure out colors and best way to cut. Then I make a list of the pieces to cut which helps keep me in check. Other times, I cut as I go. A lot depends on how much fabric I have if I miscut. The less fabric, the more prep time.
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    I started by cutting out all my blocks on my first quilt, since they were all the same size no problem.... cut too many! ;/
    Now I cut out one complete block, test sew,then I cut the remaining pieces... I do like the idea of cutting until yo need to sit down due to back problems etc... think I will do that from now on, may be alot easier and more productive for me.
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    I totally agree. I usually cut as I go. I don't lose any pieces that way.

    Quote Originally Posted by AlienQuilter View Post
    Pro: You will know up front if you have enough fabric and might be able to run back to the store and buy more while it's still in stock. This has happened to me!

    Con: If you cut before making a practice block and you decide you just don't like how it looks or it's harder than you thought or would take too much time - you are out of luck. This has also happened to me - LOL!

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    I cut everything except backing ,,organize and label everything ,,hang each cutting catagory lined across a clothes hanger with clothes pins in reaching distance from my machine, have the instructions on sewing table to my left and start sewing..I like to do like a production line..LOL....I never worry if I will like it or not because I spend a lot of time before hand picking the colors,etc. once I am happy with what I have selected,I'm never disappointed with the outcome.!!! Happy quilting !!!!
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    When making a practice block, I usually don't even use the fabric for the project! Just scraps that are handy - often all just muslin. I am a planned scrappy quilter, which means I will never run out of fabric. Though I have been known to piece scraps for big enough pieces. I cut as I go because changing my mind is part of the process for me. Perhaps I need more plum in the mix... that sort of thing. We all get to choose works works best for US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mom-6 View Post
    I tend to mostly cut as I go because my quilts have a tendency to evolve into something other than my original idea as I get going on them and discover I really need a lighter color here or that arrangement doesn't look like I expected or whatever. Just part of the creative process for me. That way I don't end up with a couple dozen or more squares or triangles of a size that is no longer the size I need because I changed my mind on what I was doing.
    Were you inside my head?!! I do the same thing....cut...sew...look...change my mind...cut sew....repeat!!LOL!!!

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    I cut for a couple of blocks and put those together. If I like what I see I cut the rest of the quilt.
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    I make that sample block and also check before I cut if the pattern is new to me ....sometimes patterns have errors... Found out after the fact ..... Just my thoughts on this subject.

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    Mostly I cut everything but the borders. But if its a very large quilt with lots of pieces and fabrics I sometimes get bored with cutting and must start the connecting of pieces!

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    I really dislike the cutting phase of quilting so I do it all at the very beginning so I can have the joy of piecing my projects knowing that dreadful part is over. so far I've lucked out in that my color selections have been pretty good - no regrets over the colors/hues chosen for the blocks pieced.

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    It is that long since I followed a pattern not sure which I would do now, I have done both and prefer cutting a row at a time. I begin by cutting one for practice then a row or fraction of whole. I rarely cut out all pieces. As there would be so many I am likely to loose some.
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    I always cut out my fabric before I begin to sew

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    Quote Originally Posted by GammaLou View Post
    It depends on the quilt pattern and plan. I love cutting it all out and having the pieces ready, but if I'm doing a scrappy quilt with lots of blocks, then I will cut as I go. Usually I do all the blocks then decide on the borders after I have the top pieced. Lots of times, I change the order of the borders or the colors I'm using. I like to see how they look on the finished piece.
    same here, if it is a simple pattern like Turning Twenty or Just Can't Cut It then I cut the top and borders so the quilt goes together quickly. I almost always wait on my backing and binding until I see the quilt top done, often I do not purchase those fabrics until I get a feel of how I want to finish it off.

    That being said, the Tumbling Block quilt that I have been grueling over for the past year, I have been cutting as I go since I made my own templates and have not decided the actual size that it will be at completion. Luckily, I bought plenty of fabric. I will let my son choose his backing when the time comes.

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    I usually cut strips required plus a few extra -- just in case, but only cut enough squares from the strips to piece one block. If I decide not to make the project, I can always use the strips for another project.
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    I cut out all except the borders. I like to have what I call a cutting party with myself. I set evrything up and cut several quilts and put them in a project box. Then if I have a retreat or workshop I grab the box and go. Also if I am short fabric I can make a decision what I want to do before I start assembling the blocks. And then it is just sew sew sew

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    I am a planner when I prepare to cut a quilt. I like to have the vertical borders cut on the LWG and I like to use bias binding. Therefore, these decisions cannot be left until last. I usually cut enough pieces to make one block to be sure I like it. Then I cut the borders and binding. I use the left over triangle from the binding to cut some of the block components when applicable. Yes, I have been known to change my mind but cutting in this manner keeps yardage in large pieces to use somewhere else. I use lots of paper scraps and baggies for labels and keeping things together and in order. I keep all of these components (including all instructions and my notes)in a plastic box. Because I keep all the fabrics in the box until the project is finished I can cut more pieces if necessary. I like to plan, make a test square, cut all the pieces and sew.

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