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Thread: Do You Cut Your Quilt Pieces from Templates?

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    I was looking at some of Amy Butler's free quilt patterns on her website, and was impressed with how much those simple designs lent themselves to construction shortcuts, such as strip piecing, then cutting. Yet, she had every tiny piece cut by template and then sewn together. It could have been so much easier! How many of you cut each piece individually and then put them together that way? I think I'd quit quilting if I couldn't use shortcuts in the construction. :lol:

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    For me, it depends on the quilt. Some can be strip pieced, so I do. Others, like Kaleidoscope, I made templates so that i could cut the specific shapes before I paper pieced it. That way I don't waste as much fabric.

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    It depends on the piece. I am doing a drunkards path and it requires templates. Most other things I strip piece and then cut. Next on my list is a log cabin that is stripped pieces then the triangles are cut. I'm all for shortcuts or easier ways of doing things.

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    I learned that way but don't anymore. I love my rotary cutter and mats!! :D
    I totally agree with you.

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    I use both and enjoy both.

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    If theres a short cut Im taking it!

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    When paper piecing I use templates for the other pieces aswell as sometimes the templates are not the correct size

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    I have only done quilts that are rotary cut, and if it can be strip pieced so much the better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    I learned that way but don't anymore. I love my rotary cutter and mats!! :D
    I totally agree with you.
    Yep! thats the way I learned too.
    If you are careful it works fine, but a rotary cutter is so much easier on my hands than the scissors

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    Not if I can help it :-D I'd much rather use ruler & rotary cutter, strip piece & get to the piecing of my quilt top. I want to see results ASAP. :lol:

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    I cut each with a rotary cutter. Started that way and can't seem to stop.

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    My mother used plastic templates to cut out all of her squares. She felt it was "the right way". Yeah, that lasted about 5 minutes with me! Without my Olfa mat, I don't think I would be quilting! Why torture yourself? If you go that route, you may as well hand stitch the whole thing and make a grand total of 2 quilts in your lifetime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSevenYearStitch
    My mother used plastic templates to cut out all of her squares. She felt it was "the right way". Yeah, that lasted about 5 minutes with me! Without my Olfa mat, I don't think I would be quilting! Why torture yourself? If you go that route, you may as well hand stitch the whole thing and make a grand total of 2 quilts in your lifetime.
    This post is so funny! LOL :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSevenYearStitch
    My mother used plastic templates to cut out all of her squares. She felt it was "the right way". Yeah, that lasted about 5 minutes with me! Without my Olfa mat, I don't think I would be quilting! Why torture yourself? If you go that route, you may as well hand stitch the whole thing and make a grand total of 2 quilts in your lifetime.
    LOL! Funniest answer! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    i base all my cutting on

    if there's a short cut to achieve the same results i take it.

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    Now I mostly use rotary cutting and strip piecing if I can but I started out with templates and scissors. I always have 1 quilt in the works that I do that way. I call it my slow down and smell the roses quilt. Although my last quilt
    I have pretty much stopped and laid down with the roses lol :D
    I have been working on it for a year and have not progressed much. Ohh well it will be there when I pick it back up

    I think quilters should learn the basics without the tools that way if they have a block that cant be rotary cut or something then they will know how to do it

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    I have to cut pieces using a template I wouldn't quilt. Too tedious and boring for me and I'd waste too much trying to get the pieces all cut the same.

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    I do both but at first it was only because I didn't have any rotary patterns. I'm getting a bigger pattern stash now. I like scrappy quilts and sometimes it's harder to rotary cut scraps.

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    With previous quilts I have cut out every freaking piece indivually with scissors. When I first started quilting I tried the rotary cutter and sucked at it. Later picked up a better rotary cutter and rulers and watched YouTube videos. Been going okay so far. Started out cutting the strips for the binding. So I've been trying to consider strip piecing or cutting when making quilts now. But if its a weird shaped piece then I'd go with the template.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Quote Originally Posted by TheSevenYearStitch
    My mother used plastic templates to cut out all of her squares. She felt it was "the right way". Yeah, that lasted about 5 minutes with me! Without my Olfa mat, I don't think I would be quilting! Why torture yourself? If you go that route, you may as well hand stitch the whole thing and make a grand total of 2 quilts in your lifetime.
    This post is so funny! LOL :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    But so true!

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    I do both, sometimes for me, it is easier to just use the template and scissors, than to dig out the rotary cutter, mat and ruler.

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    Not me! I'm working on a quilt that needs 1 fussy cut 2" square in a few of the squares and I have a template for that. Easy way out is for me.

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    i am all for strip piecing for any block that it can be done on. Cutting out each piece is too tedious for me, so shortcuts are my best friend! Obviously there are some patterns that you have to cut out pieces like the Wedding Ring or any with curved piecing. It just takes much longer :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewbizgirl
    Quote Originally Posted by TheSevenYearStitch
    My mother used plastic templates to cut out all of her squares. She felt it was "the right way". Yeah, that lasted about 5 minutes with me! Without my Olfa mat, I don't think I would be quilting! Why torture yourself? If you go that route, you may as well hand stitch the whole thing and make a grand total of 2 quilts in your lifetime.
    LOL! Funniest answer! :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Heheheheh!!!

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    I use rotarty cutter but lately I use my accuquilt cutter

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