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Thread: Layer Cakes and Charms... use them as is, or re-cut them?

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    Layer Cakes and Charms... use them as is, or re-cut them?

    There have been several threads lately about the (usually small) inaccuracies in the pre-cut fabric bundles that the fabric companies put out.

    Which made me wonder... if you have a layer cake or charm pack, do you *count* on them being precision cut?

    Or do you generally re-cut and trim them yourself, anyway?

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    I'm one of those blind faith people. If it says it is supposed to be 5" X 5" or 2 1/2" wide, I believe 'em! Hasn't come back to bite me in the keester yet!

    ETA - I forgot to mention that I made a quilt recently using a Robert Kaufman Jelly roll and a I was going to use a Moda Bella Solid Jelly roll. There was a significant difference in the width of the strips so I just I just cut my own strips. I don't think I would mix different manufacturers
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    I haven't had a problem and I have used charm packs to make a quilt (around the time they first came out), but I know there have been issues with the Bali rolls being narrower than stated. Someone actually wrote an article on how to compensate for that.

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    I just don't worry about precision. I'm not exactly precise to start with so I know how to fudge things and make them look perfect on the right side. If you put the crooked part on the inside nobody can see it.

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    I've only used charm packs and they have been perfect. All were Moda or RJR.

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    I use them straight out of the package - usually only purchase moda pre cuts and love them.

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    I'm just a trusting soul. I kind of "eye ball" them & if they looked too wonky, I might measure them & take appropriate measures. So far mine have all been OK & I've ordered all kinds of precuts. Maybe one of these days I'll get a rude awakening but until then, I guess ignorance or trust is bliss!
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    if they are not precisely the measurements advertised, then there should be a disclaimer that they are 'approximate'
    if the point of precuts is to save time, then i don't want to spend more time 'fixing' them
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    if they are not precisely the measurements advertised, then there should be a disclaimer that they are 'approximate'
    if the point of precuts is to save time, then i don't want to spend more time 'fixing' them
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    Amen. If you pay money for someone else to cut them,then you should not have redo their work.
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    I usually measure them first. Like the charms...5" might mean from valley on one side to peak on the other. I learned that the hard way. I made a quilt that used 5" charms and I did it in sections with a middle section. Well, the sides didn't match up and I found out it was because the 5" charms needed to be measured from valley to peak. So that's how I know and why I measure now. I never did fix that quilt. I used 3 charm packs on it and would have had to rip the whole thing out and I was so upset when I realized what I did, that I just folded it all up and put it away and figured someday I might feel like ripping it apart and starting over. That day hasn't come yet and it's been about 4 years now.
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    The old me would have trimmed them so they were perfectly perfect! The new me will make it work!

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    My son recently went to Hawaii and found a huge charm pack of Hawaiian prints, I measured them yesterday and they fall between 4 1/2 and 5 inches. I have the perfect pattern for then but now am afraid they won't work, we'll see. These were home cut, I always depend of the manufacturers' to be exact.
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    I don't typically buy precuts.. but when I do .. I measure them .. and if I need to I re-cut them. I don't do alot of large piece quilts , so at some point I am cutting any way... which is why I don't buy many layer cakes or charms.

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    Well, I'm just too trusting it seems. I had a charm pack from a major manufacturer and- so trusting- I just started sewing them together for a table runner pattern. Got to Row 2 and ah,oh, they didn't match up! Had to rip seams and turn some squares so they were all running in the same direction. From now on, no matter how much I trust the name brands, I will measure for "square" before I start piecing. (These charms were approximately 5" x 4.9"- close but just enough to not make a square.)

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    I count on them been accurate and they should be.
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    All the patterns I've made with pre cuts required they be recut for the pattern. I recently had an interesting experience. i purchased a Moda charm pack. I then chose a quilt patten and realized that I needed an additional pack, which I puchased from a different vendor. When I got the 2nd pack, I washed them both (swished them in the sink in warm water with a bit of detergent, then used a salad spinner). One pack shrunk, the other didn't. So glad I laundered them first!
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    I have bought charm packs from Connecting Threads and they have always been accuratly cut. I mix them with my own cut charms and they are the same. Good price and I get more variety in my scrappy quilts.
    That being said, I bought some charms on ebay and they were not consistantly 5" and I couldn't use all of them.
    I am a satisfied customer of CT and will buy from them again.
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    I do not buy them because I never know where they are cut and any other country does not use inches they have their own measurements so I would guess that is why they are different I never buy smaller than a fat quarter and
    I cut my own also have you noticed with the fabric getting smaller or narrower I should say fat quarters are also getting smaller most are now 18 x 20 instead of the 18 x 22

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    I've assumed they were precise, I never even thought to check! But I only buy Moda, as I've read enough complaints about lesser quality precuts. Now I guess I'll have to start measuring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0tis View Post
    I use them straight out of the package - usually only purchase moda pre cuts and love them.
    I also use them right out of the package and mostly use moda precuts. Love being able to have the fabrics cut and co-ordinated.

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    Don't like the charm squares.

    Quote Originally Posted by IraJane View Post
    I also use them right out of the package and mostly use moda precuts. Love being able to have the fabrics cut and co-ordinated.
    I have purchased several packs of them from different manufacturers and why pay good money for 5" squares when they are not 5" squares. Then I had to take my time to square them up leaving them somewhat shorter than 5". Nope! Not for me.

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    Moda have been very good. Joannes----NOT. Will not buy those again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryStoaks View Post
    I have bought charm packs from Connecting Threads and they have always been accuratly cut. I mix them with my own cut charms and they are the same. Good price and I get more variety in my scrappy quilts.
    That being said, I bought some charms on ebay and they were not consistantly 5" and I couldn't use all of them.
    I am a satisfied customer of CT and will buy from them again.
    I love CT. Their charm packs are great at a good price. But, I also bought a 2-1/2" strip set and that was not good. There were at least a half dozen strips that were wonky or V-shaped. I emailed CT to advise them that I was not happy about having to alter the pattern I used the strips on because the strips were not to size. CT did the right thing by crediting my account. I think you need to be careful on any precuts. I've even had trouble with some FQs that weren't! But I continue buying them anyway. Glutton for punishment?
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    My cutting isn't really that good, so I figure they are about as accurate as I would be anway

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    I just use them as is.

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