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

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

    After spending two full days cutting 2.5" strips in the store last week, I know what MY answer to the question would be.

    But I was curious as to why other quilters buy pre-cuts.

    Is it for the variety you get in a bundle?

    Or to save you time?

    Or because you just don't like to cut?

    ... or maybe some other reason?

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    I avoid buying pre-cuts because I like to wash my fabrics before cutting them.

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    I usually don't buy precuts(due to price) but I will when i need a lot of variety. For ex., DD wanted a quilt from all B and W prints. by the time i would have bought enough different prints and cut them myself, the cost of buying precuts -in this case jellyrolls-looked pretty good. i also will buy charm packs if i find them at a good price, just to have a variety on hand for a quick baby quilt. I usually pair them with solids from my stash.

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    I buy them because they're there and I'm weak

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    Quote Originally Posted by gollytwo View Post
    I buy them because they're there and I'm weak
    Me too.

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    I've bought 3 or 4 jelly rolls and a few charm packs .... like the variety of fabrics (and all the u-tube videos showing all the clever ways to use them) ... now I just need to find just the *right* pattern for them!!! lol

    jody

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    I buy them when want a full line of a particular fabric. Then I may buy some larger pieces of the same line to go along with the precuts.
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    I don't buy them because I wash my fabric and because I don't always like the color combinations. Can understand your answer. My back aches just thinking about it!!
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    I don't buy them, but I love receiving them as gifts. Mostly for the variety of fabrics. They are like scraps to me.
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    I have some jelly-rolls purchased on clearance in my stash, but have never used them because I prefer to pre-wash my fabrics.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    I bought several charm packs to make a Twister quilt. It gave me a great variety of squares without spending a lot of money and pretty much no labor to cut all those squares. It made a nice scrappy quilt. Other that that I would rather buy the yardage and cut it myself.
    Sue

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    I don't usually. Buy. Them but I did to try two technique s I saw on youtube

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    Variety!!!! And sometimes its because the precut ( variety) takes some of the issue of finding enough coodinating fabric. I like picking out fabrics( way too much so) but there are times I just want it a fast way to get fabrics that look good together.
    Just a note : I think the way you have your precuts with the bolts shown, and the yardage for each "slice" available is wonderful.. The metalics homeade ones are my favorite, and I am not normally a big consumer of precuts , but these really are irresistable.
    Last edited by Lori S; 07-01-2012 at 03:54 PM.

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    I am a sucker for pre-cuts, but I have learned some lessons. I only buy from certain manufactures, and never buy a pre-cut when the label says 'all measurements are approximate'. I usually buy charms, layer cakes, and jelly rolls but once in a great while I will splurge and buy myself a fat quarter bundle if I'm crazy about the collection. I hate cutting strips and squares and am willing to pay the extra dough to have it done for me!

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    I don't buy them, as I prefer to pre-wash my fabrics, and the cuts are high priced as well.
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    Never buy them...mainly for the reasons the others gave...I pre-wash. Some of the jelly rolls etc I have encountered here (Australia) seem to be of poor quality and the colour ranges are not to my taste. However, I may weaken and source some from the USA....I am constructing a string quilt and the cutting is ....well...tedious

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    How about why we do NOT buy them? I'm another one, who only uses pre-washed fabric.
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    The only ones I will buy are fat quarters. I cut my own, I actually enjoy cutting!!!!
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    I buy them from Connecting Threads and they're not too expensive and I like the instant gratification they provide.

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    I fell for them in the beginning of my quilting learning process, have use a few of them for various projects I usually don't even by FAQ anymore usually buy 1/2yd or more depending ....

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    I have bought only one jellyroll (because I couldn't resist the fabrics, and it was on sale) and one of your small jelly things with the gorgeous batiks. I like the idea of the convenience, and the variety...but I still haven't used them (I've had the jellyroll for about six months now), and I am nervous about the unwashed fabric aspect (I am a prewasher), so I won't buy anymore until I see how these two work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilter1943 View Post
    Can understand your answer. My back aches just thinking about it!!
    Yeah, well... my co-workers kept asking about my back, too... but it didn't bother me a bit. However, my thumb and index fingers went halfway numb from pressing down so hard on the blade. But I spring back, and they're nearly 100% again.

    I decided that this is NOT a job that I could ask the staff to do... don't want them to get any repetitive stress injuries. I guess I don't mind putting myself at risk. Or maybe I'm just a tough ol' bird...

    Actually, cutting batiks isn't bad; I can do five strips at a time. But the metallics that Lori likes so much, I could only do three at a time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrhaigh View Post
    I buy them when want a full line of a particular fabric. Then I may buy some larger pieces of the same line to go along with the precuts.
    That is what I do also.

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    I don't buy them often, but when I do, it's to save time.

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    I buy them for several reason's. I can really only buy fabric once a year. I am not good at putting different fabrics together. For me they are a special gift to myself. I look at others quilts all year long and decide what patterns I would like to make and then I make a wishlist of fabrics(precuts) to use. Then when I can, I get enough to make more than one quilt and spend the rest of the year making them.

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