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Thread: Which is more useful for your projects?

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    A layer cake, jelly roll, or charm squares?

    (For new quilters: a layer cake is a collection of 10" x 10" squares, jelly rolls are 2.5" x 44" strips, and charms are 5" x 5" squares.)

    Mostly these come with about 40 pieces in each set. Is that a good number? Or would you like the option of being able to buy groups of 20 pieces too? (In case 40 is not enough, or too much.)

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    I've only used a jelly roll one time; it was okay but I wouldn't purchase one. I felt too limited by the color choice--some I would have liked more of, some I didn't use. I've never bought squares or or charms for this same reason.
    I rarely buy less than a yard of fabric at a time. This is just me though, because precuts seem to be very popular. (I also fear cutting wrong and not having enough fabric.) I like coordinating my own colors (even if they're not great) rather than using someone else's choices.

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    I love charms, I think because I LOVE scrap quilts with LOTS of varity, and never have LOTS of money, lol. They are usually affordable!

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    I think a jelly roll is probably the most versatile, so I'm more likely to buy those than the other pre-cuts.

    Sometimes I buy a jelly roll with a layer cake or some charm packs. With this combination, a lot of the cutting is done and you can go right to work, putting together the quilt.

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    For me - charm squares.

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    if i'm working on a charm quilt or a nickle quilt then 5" charms squares are the way to go...if i'm working on a strip quilt or bargello...strips are the answer; if i'm working on a big-block or scrappy then 10" squares may be do-able.
    personally i seldom buy pre-cuts...i do not like to be limited by what i can do with my fabrics. i have received a few as gifts.
    the outer blocks around the crazy center of this quilt bali jelly rolls were used.

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    I use charm squares, but I do want to start using Jelly Rolls. They are just more expensive.

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    If I don't have a project in mind I would buy a layer cake. I have a few projects "on the list" that use jelly rolls but otherwise I doubt I would purhase one.

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    I love jelly rolls and charm packs. Have a good supply-buy them on sale. Never used a layer cake but I did purchase sesveral when Connecting Threads had their sale before Christmas. Seems that they would be very useful since they are larger.

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    I have used all 3. Sometimes I don't want to have to think about putting colors together or have to cut it myself and the precuts are so handy. I'm not sure I would use packages of 20 though.

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    I have bought charm packs, i like them for fast quick tops, not bought any jelly rolls or layer cakes yet tho. Smaller packs of 20 would be good.

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    I have only used a jelly roll once , never the others. I guess I do not like being limited. I bought the jelly roll, actually a bali pop for a specific pattern, so do not just buy for stash like I do yardage.

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    Are you all sitting down for this?... I have never used any of them....
    I cringe when I see the prices then go and get fabric by the bolt. One of these days I might splurge....

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    I used Jelly Rolls for a king size log cabin quilt, which was my first quilt. I have also used charm packs for a quick controlled scrappy quilt.

    At present I have a layer cake and some yardage of Moda Harmony that I do not know what to do with it.
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    Another one here has never used any. I've seen some very pretty ones I would like to have bought but just couldn' bring myself to pay the price. I would like to try the jelly rolls so when I see one on sale I like, I will buy it.

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    I do not typically buy pre- cuts. I do wish there was a 3 inch roll since alot of what I do is 1.5 strips. When I am out in the shops its the jelly rolls that make me stop and look.

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    I prefer to cut my own fabrics so have never bought any. I have such a huge stash that I figure I can find enough strips, squares etc. to make anything I can think of that is scrappy looking.

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    I've never used any of them. I think it depends on what you want to make with it! I want to do a stacked coins quilt, I'm looking at jelly rolls for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarn or Fabric
    Are you all sitting down for this?... I have never used any of them....
    I cringe when I see the prices then go and get fabric by the bolt. One of these days I might splurge....
    I always cut my own....buy 1/4 extra in case I have a cutting mistake....I guess I am concerned about the pre-cuts - are they accurately cut? And if not, where would I get the cuts to replace them? Would like to try them, but would be upset if there were a cutting mistake at the prices charged.

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    I've never used any of them either. The price is ridiculous, I hate having someone else pick out what fabrics I 'should' use, I love to cut things for myself, I don't make scrappy quilts...should I go on? :lol: I don't even buy fat quarters unless the LQS has none of that particular fabric left on the bolt and I have to have it for a project. Sorry, I guess I'm no help to you. :(

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    I've never bought charms or layer cakes. I do have three batik jelly rolls that I'm going to use one of these day....

    I guess I just prefer to cut my own stuff. And I also like to pick out my own fabric. So many times in charm packs and layer cakes there's fabrics in them that I just don't like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NannySandy
    Another one here has never used any. I've seen some very pretty ones I would like to have bought but just couldn' bring myself to pay the price. I would like to try the jelly rolls so when I see one on sale I like, I will buy it.
    I just bought my first jelly roll on sale. It was still a little high to me but I like dirt cheap. I just wantedto do that real fast stripe quilt to see how it goes!

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    The smallest fabric I have ever purchased is a FQ, and I've just about quit buying them. I prefer to cut and match my own yardage.

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    I usually get jelly rolls when I find a good sale. Last summer found several at half price, so added them to my stash, have used one so far.

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    Well....I like FQ bundles the best...go figure!

    Actually, I've bought 1 jelly roll and used it, the charm paks, etc.- I buy to use a gifts only. I don't care for them- too small.

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