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Old 06-03-2013, 07:40 AM
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One of the advantages to having some experience with almost any hobby is knowing when something 'really matters' - and when 'oh, well' - will do

One place I've learned where 'to ignore the pattern'

Sash and border lengths - wait until the center is sewn before cutting them. I've seen patterns that say something like: cut border strips 3 x 60-5/8 inches - I've learned that it is a good idea to set aside that fabric - but I would set aside 65 inches for the length - and I would measure what the center of MY project was before cutting anything.

When a pattern says to cut strips WOF(width of fabric) - I prefer to make the first cuts LOF (length of fabric) - and I've learned how to compensate for the yardage given for WOF

Rail fence units can be trimmed to all the same size - so can four patch units - and pinwheel units

I've also learned that in some cases - accuracy and/or consistency in making the units really does matter -
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:09 AM
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Fudging/compensating/adapting/ignoring the pattern---------hey, that's my middle name!
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:47 AM
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I'm with you on the borders - never cut them ahead of time, because depending on your 1/4" seams they may not be the length they're supposed to be.
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I don't cut borders until I get to them either, especially if I'm piecing outside borders, I wait to insert the inside borders until the pieced borders are completed so I can ensure they are a perfect fit.
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Great advice, bearisgray. BTW, I love your ID.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:00 AM
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Yay, Bearisgray!!
I hereby announce "FudCAI" as a true and accepted acronym for the Quilting Board!!

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Old 06-03-2013, 10:16 AM
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Sounds kind of naughty!
Might be kind of long-winded thing to say when things are going badly!?
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:55 AM
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The most important lesson we all eventually learn about quilting or any kind of sewing is that fabric is not a stable medium. Precutting everything before you start to sew is often a "BIG" mistake. Everyone's definition of 1/4 inch varies. Something always goes wrong. I always purchase more fabric than I need. Don't expect perfection. Be happy if it is completed in a reasonable amount of time with no glaring mistakes.
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:07 AM
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What Pattern???LOL
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Old 06-03-2013, 11:11 AM
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I do think that if my patterns could talk their favorite term would be "recalculating" just like my Garmin. I want to know the end destination and which direction it is, I do not want someone directing every step.
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