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Thread: Which Pre-Cut is most useful?

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    Which Pre-Cut is most useful?

    Which pre-cut do you think is most useful, charm packs, layer cakes, or jelly rolls? And what is your favorite pattern for your choice?
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    I didn't include fat quarter bundles on purpose.
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    I usually by yardage or fat quarters when quilting, although I have several layer cakes, jelly rolls and charm packs on my "want" list. I think it is a toss up between the layer cakes and the jelly rolls for me....ok probably the Layer Cake. I can always cut a layer cake down to the charm size, and I typically need triangles, squares, etc and not strips (and it always seems I need a 3" + sized item so cant cut that from the jelly roll). I think they all have their places, but for me the Layer cake is the best fit when dealing with pre-cuts.

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    I've only purchased one jelly roll. I was not impressed enough to purchase another. Fat quarter bundles would probably be as small as I go ever again, and only if it was to acquire variety within a color range or fabric line for a particular project.
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    I like the new precuts Twice the Charm packs.
    5 1/2" by 22"
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    I don't think there's one pre-cut that's more useful than another. It all depends on
    what pattern you will be using it for and how big your project will be. I suggest
    choosing your pattern before buying pre-cuts. I don't know how many times I
    bought jelly rolls then find I should have bought (let's say) 1 jelly roll and 1 layer
    cake instead of 2 jelly rolls. They are not always interchangeable. So, choose
    your pattern first then you can make a wiser decision on buying pre-cuts.
    There are lots of free patterns at modabakeshop.com for pre-cuts.
    I also like the books from Pam and Nicky Lintott. Check on Amazon.
    I don't think I have a favorite pattern...too many to choose from. LOL

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    I love both layer cakes and jelly rolls when I want to make a quilt in a hurry. My favorite pattern for layer cakes is Jenny Doan's "Alternating Squares". Her "Jelly Cakes" which uses both is another favorite. I enjoyed the 2012 Jelly Roll Quilt Along. There are so many fun quilts that can be quickly made with percuts! I have lots of charm packs; but haven't gotten around to using any of them.

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    I like all three....cutting is hard for me so pre-cuts are great. Now that being said, I am beginning to find the pre-cuts are getting too expensive. So I have to find them on a good sale before buying very many. I love so many of the new fabrics but the prices are getting beyond my wallet!!! Thank goodness I had a BIG stash built up before this past year. Fabric prices are getting higher and higher so quiltng is becoming
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    Thanks for the replies! As you may have guessed, I was asking the question because I've recently seen some jelly rolls I thought I couldn't live without and was trying to justify the purchase! Unfortunately, I have other jelly rolls acquired for the same reason, that I've never figured out how to use. Just reading your responses gave me the time & distance I needed to remember that I have truck loads of fabric already & I don't need to be buying more. Thanks QB!
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    I bought 1 jelly-roll and made a quilt for my great grandbaby..... I ended up cutting every strip because I didn't like the zig-zag edge much. ..... where is the 1/4" edge??? So, I just buy fabric and cut it myself..... I'm old-fashioned, I guess but it works for me.

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    One of my favorite quilts was made with 3 charm packs and it was a d9p. Need to make more. I'll see if I can find a picture of it. Hope I took one.
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    I like to use jellyrolls and charms once in a while. Going to a retreat next week and I am going to do the jellyroll quilt which is one of Missouri Stars tutorials and a friend is going to make the disappearing 4 patch using a charm pack and is also a Missouri Star tutorial. Check them out. Sometimes it beats picking out fabric for a quilt, a little change up. When I buy a jellyroll I usually buy a yard or so of coordinating fabric to use as a border.

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    Beautiful quilt.
    I love charm packs, buy 3 to make sure theres enough for a lap quilt. Sometimes buy some matching fabric for border and binding. Just did that with the Sentiments line.
    Also buy them to see if I like the line of fabrics.
    They give all of the line so they all go togather.

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    Sash lovely quilt, I need to look for a d9p pattern.

    Have not seen any charms in 5 1/2", interesting. Haven't even noticed patterns for them unless I just assumed they were for regular charms.

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    jelly rolls and fat quarters, lots of quilts and small patterns they can be used for
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    EasyPeezy is right on the money. When it comes to pre-cuts it is best to have a plan. Otherwise your fabric may sit for a long time before it is used. Moda's fabrics are some of my very favorites, and their patterns are nice, too. Do check out the website EasyPeezy provided.


    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I don't think there's one pre-cut that's more useful than another. It all depends on
    what pattern you will be using it for and how big your project will be. I suggest
    choosing your pattern before buying pre-cuts. I don't know how many times I
    bought jelly rolls then find I should have bought (let's say) 1 jelly roll and 1 layer
    cake instead of 2 jelly rolls. They are not always interchangeable. So, choose
    your pattern first then you can make a wiser decision on buying pre-cuts.
    There are lots of free patterns at modabakeshop.com for pre-cuts.
    I also like the books from Pam and Nicky Lintott. Check on Amazon.
    I don't think I have a favorite pattern...too many to choose from. LOL
    Creative clutter is better than idle neatness.

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    My favorites are charm packs. I enjoy making table toppers out of them because they are fast projects and I like playing with different color palettes/fabric lines with a relatively inexpensive investment. Here's one I finished this week using a pattern from the Anka's Treasures book "Charmed and Dangerous".
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    Sash, your quilt looks so pretty! And Simplelife, I really like your table topper! I need to do something like that. I love table toppers but I've never made the first one and that would be a great use for charm packs. Thanks!
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