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Thread: Jelly roll with one fabric? I don't get it!

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    Why would you buy a jelly roll with all of the same fabric? 2.5 inch strips times 40 is about 2.7 yards of fabric. To buy the same amount without it being precut is much cheaper. Add 10 mins to cut....Why would you do that? To me the point of a precut is to get the variety. Help me understand.

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    I would buy one for sashing and binding. Much easier than me cutting all those 2.5 strips. :-D :-D Unless it was way expensive.

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    It's just to have the convenience of not having to cut the strips. I knew there were jelly rolls of solids, like white, that you could use with your prints, but I haven't seen a jelly roll of all one print yet. It's just to shortcut the process.

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    I wouldn't buy it. I didn't know you could get it in only one color. Sound a bit lazy to me. I like to cut strips.

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    I don't understand the "thing" with pre-cuts either but then I'm probably not a good one to consult as I've always loved to cut. I do find that when we have a group quilting, very few quilters will take on the cutting job. It certainly does help to have the proper tools and a table at the right height. I often find that quilters don't know how to get the best use out of a rotary cutter and are often very awkward using it. I guess we all need to sharpen up our cutting skills so that we don't waste our hard earned quilting dollars on buying these precuts.

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    I just bought jelly rolls to make a log cabin quilt. My husband is quite ill and don't have much time to sew. For me it is a way to work on a quilt without taking precious time to cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    Why would you buy a jelly roll with all of the same fabric? 2.5 inch strips times 40 is about 2.7 yards of fabric. To buy the same amount without it being precut is much cheaper. Add 10 mins to cut....Why would you do that? To me the point of a precut is to get the variety. Help me understand.
    Most of the time I'm inclined to agree. It sometimes seems like some have more money than sense.

    Jan in VA

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    Got me to thinking...I wouldn't buy it if it was cut width of fabric unless it was cheaper than buying yardage....BUT...if you could get in 3 yd. length of fabric, that would be great for borders. I like to cut my borders from full pieces on the length of grain because it has less stretch.

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    I love jelly rolls if it's the right price. I would buy all 1 print to use for binding and sashing. No matter how hard I try I can't cut strips straight they always have a bend in them.

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    Some people have physical issues, also that make cutting very difficult, such as arthritis or injuries. For them, pre-cuts may be the only way they can quilt. Or, at least, make it much, much easier.

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    Ok the handicapped reason makes good sense. If I were unable to cut that myself I can see it. And I love scrappy quilts so sometimes even a quarter of a yard is too much for my needs, so I have bought layer cakes to get the variety without standing there for an hour waiting for them to cut 1/4 yards providing they even have all of the prints. Yeah it seems a good amount of change for conveinance but isn't that the way of the world? look at what we pay for water in bottles for conveinance.

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    "lazy"? and "more money than sense"?Please, dear quilters, mind your manners. Maybe someone else lacks the luxuries of strength, motor control, or free time with which you are blessed. Is quilting only for the strong, healthy, and leisurely?

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    I understand everybody's point of view on this but with my Patchwork Class I decided to get them to make a Log Cabin quilt using a jelly roll, what a disaster :thumbdown:

    We bought the Fabric Freedom ones and the cutting on them was awful, talk about banana shape! I did complain to the company and they sent 4 yards of material as compensation, it is my only time venturing into Jelly rolls and will be my last.

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    Maia I am sure no one wanted to insult you or anyone else. I agree sometimes we say things that hurt without really realizing that they may sting someone. Please accept my apology if you were upset. It is my experience that quilters as a whole are kind hearted people. After all we do create fabric hugs.

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    I think many times we type something that we would say to a friend who knows us and don't realize that sometimes it doesn't come across well on the boards where there are thousands of people reading.

    I have a friend who just doesn't like to cut, she's healthy, fit, no problems with hand strength, she'd just rather sew then "waste her time cutting." She has the money and not much free time. So for her it's a win-win situation.

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    Didn't "sting" me. I was just thinking about the quilter who might click on the topic, thinking that a jelly roll of one color would be just the thing to allow her to create quilts with less pain and fatigue or with the scrap of time she has between her jobs and caring for her elderly parents and kids. Instead, she reads "lazy" and "more money than sense". This IS a great board full of kind, generous quilters. I was trying to contribute to the community with a gentle reminder to be thoughtful of others less fortunate (or just different!) than oneself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I love jelly rolls if it's the right price. I would buy all 1 print to use for binding and sashing. No matter how hard I try I can't cut strips straight they always have a bend in them.
    If you are consistently getting "dog legs" or bends when you cut strips, this has everything to do with how you are folding your fabric, not your cutting. You need to make sure your fabric hangs straight with no ripples or drapes when you match up selvedges. This often involves offsetting the cut ends, sometimes a lot. This is hard to do with anything much bigger than a yard and a half without a helper or loads of experience.

    You can not cut strips straight off the bolt as fabric is rarely straight on the bolt, even though it looks nice and flat, you will get a dog leg every time. You may benefit from only cutting one layer at a time if you always get the bend and can not master refolding at perfect right angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    Why would you buy a jelly roll with all of the same fabric? 2.5 inch strips times 40 is about 2.7 yards of fabric. To buy the same amount without it being precut is much cheaper. Add 10 mins to cut....Why would you do that? To me the point of a precut is to get the variety. Help me understand.
    Most of the time I'm inclined to agree. It sometimes seems like some have more money than sense.

    Jan in VA
    I totally agree with you Jan.

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    I am neither lazy nor rich. My stash has both yardage AND pre-cuts. You may think that I have money to burn, but you are discounting the fact that I MIGHT have used my 40% or 50% off coupon to purchase those pre-cuts. It's MY money and I'll spend it as I please - it's MY time, and I'll spend it as I please. Cutting is half of the work of the quilt, I don't enjoy it, and if I can get to the part of quilting that I DO enjoy (the sewing), than that is my prerogative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Quote Originally Posted by kwhite
    Why would you buy a jelly roll with all of the same fabric? 2.5 inch strips times 40 is about 2.7 yards of fabric. To buy the same amount without it being precut is much cheaper. Add 10 mins to cut....Why would you do that? To me the point of a precut is to get the variety. Help me understand.
    Most of the time I'm inclined to agree. It sometimes seems like some have more money than sense.

    Jan in VA
    Sometimes I have more money than time....it would be a very boring world if we all thought identically. And sometimes "sense" isn't identical either.

    Luckily, I am blessed with an abundance of common sense, however! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish
    I am neither lazy nor rich. My stash has both yardage AND pre-cuts. You may think that I have money to burn, but you are discounting the fact that I MIGHT have used my 40% or 50% off coupon to purchase those pre-cuts. It's MY money and I'll spend it as I please - it's MY time, and I'll spend it as I please. Cutting is half of the work of the quilt, I don't enjoy it, and if I can get to the part of quilting that I DO enjoy (the sewing), than that is my prerogative.
    Amen to that!

    :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Wow ladies. The attitudes are flying today. This was supposed to be a simple conversation about discovering the reasoning behind something I did not understand. I now understand why some people might choose to buy these rather then cut them. No need to get huffy or insulted. Please stop taking things personally. Everyone is entitled to use their time and money and opinions as they see fit. Things on the board have certainly changed in the last year.

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    And I still don't get why someone would sell a jelly roll of all one print, unless it was a mistake. I agree that jelly rolls provide variety without having to buy small amounts of lots of fabrics.

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    I have a jelly roll I haven't even used yet, it was a gift. I just made a rail fence quilt and cut all the quilts at one time or another and decided they needed to be used. I have enough variety to cut my own. We all use our money and sense however we want to, nothing wrong with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by isnthatodd
    And I still don't get why someone would sell a jelly roll of all one print, unless it was a mistake. I agree that jelly rolls provide variety without having to buy small amounts of lots of fabrics.
    Moda and some others sell one solid color in a jelly roll.

    I would not purchase a jelly roll with only one color, but that is just me. I like jelly rolls for a variety of fabric, not because I want them precut.

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