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Thread: Quality of Fabrics in Charm Packs?

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    Please help. I haven't used charms and am wondering about the quality of the fabrics. I recently made a D9P baby quilt out of FQs and found that the quality of the fabrics were quite inconsistant. Some of them stretched so much more than others that it was hard to match seams. Maybe they had been cut on the bias. I wanted to use them up though before purchasing more fabric.

    So I thought I would ask the talented quilters here if the fabrics in Charm Packs work well together before I buy some. Cutting all of the 81 5/5 squares for the nine blocks I used took me a few hours and then I had to square all of them before starting to sew. All of that standing had my osteoporosis aching and my right arm was very sore and painful that night. My DH asked if I couldn't buy some already cut. Of course I told him yes. He told me to get some before I do another D9P quilt. I told him I would. :)

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    If you buy quality charm packs/jelly rolls/layer cakes ie. Moda you will have no problems!!

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    I use my Accuquilt Go...if you love Charm quilts the 5 inch die is perfect! Many say its expensive for the dies...you do not have to buy all the dies just the ones you use all the time. I do have a lot of dies but if I have to do it over again...would only buy the ones that I do use...the tumber, strips, 5 inch square, 10 in square. It really makes quilting more enjoyable...I hardly ever use my rotary blade. - love, love my GO

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    I use my Accuquilt Go...if you love Charm quilts the 5 inch die is perfect! Many say its expensive for the dies...you do not have to buy all the dies just the ones you use all the time. I do have a lot of dies but if I have to do it over again...would only buy the ones that I do use...the tumber, strips, 5 inch square, 10 in square. It really makes quilting more enjoyable...I hardly ever use my rotary blade. - love, love my GO
    Unfortunately there won't ever be a 10" square for the Go. It's not wide enough.

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    I have the Studio too...sorry for the confusion...I have sooo...many dies...but I do love them both...the Go and Studio. Well its off to the Gym I go...Planet Fitness here I come!

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    I have had no problems with the Moda charm packs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueangel
    I have had no problems with the Moda charm packs.
    Ditto.

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    it of course depends on the quality of the fabric they start out being- since charms are simply 5" squares cut from yardage-
    if the yardage is a good quality fabric- the charms are going to be also-
    if you purchase (name brand like moda or thimbleberries) from reputable quilt shops you will get good fabric-
    if you buy them at wally world- or joannes- or some other big-box store chances are they are not going to be as good- and if you buy from ebay- or some place where you are buying from an individual---who knows what you will get
    when you go to an lqs - charm packs are usually sitting on shelves- you can pick them up- touch them- see what they are...and most of the time see the fabric lines they go with too---so you can check out the yardage and see if they are what you really want.

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    Wow u go to the gym at 02 in am?

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    I have a comment about Moda charms/precuts. I did not love the pinked edges at first, but now I really appreciate them! To finish a quilt the way I wanted, I ordered a set of 2.5 inch strips cut from yardage. The seller did a great job and I'm glad to have them, but I know now that I like the pinked edges better than these stringy edges I'm getting as these pieces get handled and are waiting their turn to be made into blocks! I'm a fan of these precuts these days as I'm short on time and space, with a long list of projects!

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    A June Talor Shape Cut ruler will make short work of cutting charms and they'll be nice and square.

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    I used Walmart charms at 100 for $9.00 while making my D9P and they worked great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    A June Talor Shape Cut ruler will make short work of cutting charms and they'll be nice and square.
    Thanks quiltsRfun for this advice. :) I hadn't heard of this ruler before so I googled it and it looked good. So I went to JoAnn today and used my 50% off coupon and it is now airing out on my back porch. I hope to be able to use it in a couple of days. I am so glad I joined this board. So much fun and so much to learn. Thanks, again. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis
    I used Walmart charms at 100 for $9.00 while making my D9P and they worked great.
    That sounds like a good buy. I saw some at JoAnn today that are 30 for $7.99. I didn't get any. Our WalMart is getting fabric back very soon so I will check there. Thanks for posting about these kathdavis. :)

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    You really need to touch/feel the fabric these days.
    While not a fan of Moda, I do enjoy their charm packs and find them to be THE BEST out there.
    When buying from ebay, etsy etc you will find many irregularities, miscuts, strings, etc.
    even with the ones cut with the die cutters they will be stringy and can be out of whack/off grain!

    walmart charms that are out now are really horrid..very thin as are joanns.

    also remember that with bought charms the fabric is NOT washed, so you have no idea what will shrink, how bad it will shrink and what will bleed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok

    also remember that with bought charms the fabric is NOT washed, so you have no idea what will shrink, how bad it will shrink and what will bleed!
    My DH asked me about that today since I have to wash everything to get rid of any smells before I can use it. He thinks about that because he always zigzags all of my fabric before I wash it to cut down on the strings. He really grumps when it is cut crooked and chopped. He used to cut fabric at WalMart when the fabric area was not covered because he worked nearby in sporting goods. He has no patience with poor quality workmanship. He always gave a bit extra, too, to cover shrinkage. :)

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    i am 100% a benartex fan, and the quality is 1st rate. i especially go after anything by nance halvorsen or eleanor burns. but like any yardage, you can get some that just don't fit the bill. hope this helps. :)

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    Hi, All charms and any woven fabric for that matter has a stretch side and a side that doesnt' give. Width/selvedge to selvedge stretches. Straight grain/verticle length doesn't... so if you're sewing a seam that is made up of 2 sides from the wof you will have more stretch than if you sew a seam that is made up of 2 sides from the straight grain of fabric. keep the wof side on the bottom when sewing the seam. Pinning the seam at the middle and the very end will help keep the seams even. I am a firm believer of starching and pressing all my fabric before cutting. I even starch and press jellyroll strips. It really makes a difference when handling and sewing them. Hope this helps.

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