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Old 04-25-2017, 03:26 PM
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When measuring for a 1/4" seam on a pre-cut with pinked edges, do you measure from the points or the 'valleys'?
Got a pre-cut of Kaffe Fauset (May have spelled that wrong) and I can't get an accurate seam.
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Old 04-25-2017, 04:07 PM
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I don't trim jelly rolls but for charm squares and layer cakes I usually trim
those pinked edges. Since I usually starch all my fabric it tends to shrink
a bit. I find a pattern or make my own so that it can use maximum
4.5" square (charm) or 9.5" square (layer cakes).
Sometimes even before starching they are not always square.
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Old 04-25-2017, 04:12 PM
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From the points.
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Old 04-25-2017, 04:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Mdegenhart View Post
From the points.
Now, see, that's where we all have differing opinions. I'd measure from the 'valley' just so I knew I was getting at least a 1/4" seam.

I suppose the best answer is to measure your pre-cut valley-to-valley and then point-to-point and see what the actual measurement of the cuts?? That, ultimately, may be the answer to your question. I don't normally buy pre-cuts so can't offer much better direction than that.
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:39 PM
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I measure from the point. Pinked edges have never bothered me, I can fill in the blanks and see it as a solid edge.
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Old 04-25-2017, 05:46 PM
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I agree with NJ Quilter. What size square does your pattern call for? Measure your precut, compare it to the requirements of the pattern, and trim accordingly.

Funny that I've have that question in mind for a year or more without having arrived at an answer. Thank you for asking the question so that I could answer it without having a quilt in the fight. I intend to follow my own advice from now on.
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Old 04-25-2017, 08:13 PM
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The two jellyrolls I've used were 2.5 in. wide including the points.
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Old 04-25-2017, 09:07 PM
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If you were cutting a pinked edge with a rotary cutter, wouldn't you line the ruler up with the measurement you were trying to cut (say 2 1/2" mark) and cut with your pinking blade? Then the 1/4" mark would be measured from the "valley". Seems like it would be harder to sew along the valley though. I think you really have to measure your pre-cut to know where to sew your 1/4" seam.
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Old 04-25-2017, 10:43 PM
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How about cutting a square with straight edges and put one square with the pinked edges on top of it and see how they compare?

I have had that question, too, but have not wanted to buy any of those precuts.
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Old 04-26-2017, 05:22 AM
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I agree with the ones who said to measure your particular precuts to see how they were cut. If you're making a pattern where the finished size of the patch doesn't matter too much - like jelly roll race, or 4-patch for instance - then consistency is the only thing that really matters.
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