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    Quote Originally Posted by AUQuilter View Post
    I have seen charms with 40-42 pcs and some with half that. Just take a look at this page and you will see some with 21, 30, 40 and 42 pieces http://www.fatquartershop.com/store/...=&Search_Text= I would definitely want to know the number of charm pieces too so I would call or email them to get the info. When I went to Hancock's, it looks like they put the number of charm pieces at the end of the title.http://www.hancocks-paducah.com/Item...packs--srcin-1
    And I saw one with just 12 in it so you really have to know before you buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee in Richmond View Post
    I mostly shop online or at Hancock's for my fabrics, and only once have even purchased a jelly roll. The other day I saw some very reasonably-priced 5" charm packs online, but could not tell how many "charms" were in a pack. Is there some easy way to tell and I just missed it?
    I was just thinking the same thing when I was looking at the sales yesterday. Some of the packs listed 40 and some did not, same with the 10" squares as well. Normally the pack has 40 pieces, but I like to see that listed in the description just to be sure it is really a bargain, .
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    Quote Originally Posted by crafterrn1 View Post
    Here is a site you maybe interested in. I am not sure the other fabric compaines do the same. They would be close to these amounts as Moda set the standered on precuts.
    http://www.modabakeshop.com/p/bakery.html
    Luann in CT
    It would be great if all manufacturers would follow the same standards. I have found in the past when purchasing pre-cuts, the sizes very. For example, fat quarters according to Moda are 18 X 22 but in reality the amount of usable fabric varies as the width of fabric on the bolt is any where between 40-45 inches. Not to mention if they leave the selvage edges on reduces the amount of usable fabric.

    I have found out the hard way when purchasing pre-cuts for a particular pattern, buy extra as the sizes can very and the pattern makers are usually write the fabric requirements from the standards. And it's hard to find extra a year or so when you get to making that project.

    I also think that pre-cuts are great if you are planning on making a scrappy quilt because you can mix and match and you do not have to worry about having enough of one particular pattern/color. Also, if you do a lot of applique.
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    My Tuesday Mornings store has just about gotten rid of the sewing & crafts dept. Very disappointing. I could find some great books & sewing items at great prices. So what's a girl to do?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    I am not expecting the greatest fabric, .... snip.....
    I realize the variety is not great, but will serve the purpose I have for it
    Wow, that's a gorgeous color mix. It looks like it's a little on the loose weave side, but it may work out just fine for you.

    Check it out when you receive it. If you have a linen tester (looks like a jeweler's loupe) you can count the threads per inch - 50 or 60 will give you a durable enough fabric that your quilt will hold together.

    Here's hoping - I really do love those colors!

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    Ah, I just read the auction - these are by General Fabrics and they're not known for durability or fade-resistance. Quilt the heck out of the quilt, use a lightweight batting (like a low-loft poly) so as not to strain the fabrics in the top and a sturdy backing to support the top - that way, it'll be plenty strong. I think if you can wash the quilt in Retayne, it will help hold the colors better. It's gonna be really pretty with those prints.

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    Call hancocks They are so helpful.I needed to know the size of a print and the lady measured it for me
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    Thank you for the sites! I have saved in my favs so when I do finally purchase jelly rolls, I will know what I'm getting. I have always wondered if there would be enough to complete a quilt.

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    Got the order from ebay today. I actually isn't loose weaved at all!! I even used hot hot water to test for bleeding...and all is good.I like the colors. The only drawback is variety..only 4 different fabrics. But all in all I think a great deal, especially since I got it to see how I like doing Jelly Rolls without spending a lot of money.

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    That's terrific! Hope you'll show pictures of what you come up with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat625 View Post
    Got the order from ebay today. I actually isn't loose weaved at all!! I even used hot hot water to test for bleeding...and all is good.I like the colors. The only drawback is variety..only 4 different fabrics. But all in all I think a great deal, especially since I got it to see how I like doing Jelly Rolls without spending a lot of money.
    Hey! on the Ebay web site you were shown that was only 4 different fabrics. So how could that be a drawback? There was a picture of the 4 fabrics.

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    No, she already mentioned she knew that there weren't many fabrics - I think she was just reiterating the one drawback to this particular jelly roll.

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    I've tried shopping for charm packs, jelly rolls, etc., and when I can find them locally (which isn't often!), they seem to be overpriced. So I tried shopping online, and was very disappointed when you can't always see which fabrics are in there - I'm not going to buy something I can't see!

    But I'm new to all of this - maybe I just need to try some more stores, or do some more shopping to get a feel for these things.

    I'm sorely tempted to do like Mama & Grandma did - just take what I have - old clothes, etc., and work with that!

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    [QUOTE=Pat75;5385543]Call hancocks They are so helpful.I needed to know the size of a print and the lady measured it for me[/QUOTE

    You must have a particularly good store, Pat75. Not all Hancocks are that accommodating. In fact, our local one has reviews noting the manager's rudeness.

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