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Thread: Just wondering... why do YOU buy pre-cuts?

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    Super Member thepolyparrot's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by burchquilts View Post
    Plus French General is just flat-out GORGEOUS! I love it!
    I do, too. I hope they don't bleed. I've gone to pre-washing or at least pre-shrinking my fabrics, so this one has me a leeeeetle bit nervous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    I avoid buying pre-cuts because I like to wash my fabrics before cutting them.
    I wash the fat quarters I get
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pickles View Post
    I pre-wash my fabrics and , I have never bought a precut of any kind, because manly of the cost.I live on a fixed income
    and just can't afford them .
    I won't buy them unless they are on sale------or about the price of a bolt piece
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    At times because the FQ pack has the variety I want.

    A good while back I got two semi-related FQ packs that had birds and bird nests. I'm going to do a D9P with it. SOMEDAY! I'd be all year collecting the prints I got.
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    I don't usually buy precuts. You can't see the fabrics in a jelly roll or charm pack. And they're expensive. When I've been able to get a good deal, or really liked the fabric, I have caved in. What's nice to know, for all you pre-washers out there, is that there is no reason you can't pre-wash a pre-cut, and in fact, I have never used a precut that I haven't washed. Instead of using a washer, use a large sink, or even a bathtub. Separate lights from darks, but still use color catchers. Use fairly warm water, because you won't be able to put them in the dryer. I use Woolite for soap. And then I let them soak overnight. The next day, I rinse them well, using vinegar to get all of the soap out. Drying is interesting, and they usually end up all over clean sheets in the spare room until they dry. When I'm ready to use them, they are pressed (not ironed) and starched. Sounds like a lot of work, I know. It's not as much work as making a whole quilt and having the pre-cut red strips run all over everything as soon as you give it a first wash in cold water. What a heartbreaker! Such a beautiful quilt and so much work! Now the dogs have it. Sigh! That was enough lesson for me! I prewash all fabric, and now I pre-wash everything that goes into my quilts. It took me over two months to make and quilt that quilt, and it was permanently ruined in one wash cycle. Never again!
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    If the pre-cuts are by Moda, you can see all the fabrics you're buying in a jelly roll or charm pack - not very user friendly site, but at least you can see them. First, go to www.unitednotions.com, click on "Fabrics," then "Fabric Collections."

    On the next page, you have "Coming Soon," "Collections," and "Basics" - choose whichever tab you want - most of the lines are in the "Collections" tab. You can search to narrow the results and get only a few lines instead of the 500+ results in the main grouping.

    Click on the green scissors to download a pdf of all the fabrics or on the blue ones to get jpgs that you can use in Electric Quilt.

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    I love scrappy quilts so variety is my main reason. I can't really tell by looking on-line whether I really like a particular fabric or not so I will buy a jelly roll or charm pack first to see the fabric and then get larger cuts of those I like best.

    Suzy

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