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    Jelly rolls are 2 1/2 inch strips that are the width of the fabric. A charm is a 5 by 5 square, and a layer cake is a 10 by 10 square. I buy them all, plus I buy yardage. It depends on what you want to make. Charm pack quilts or charms, whether you cut them yourself or not, are usually good beginner quilts to make. You can use the 2 1/2 inch strips for sashing also. The 10 by 10s can be cut into four 5 by 5s. The strips can be sewn together to make pot holders and table runners and place mats and quilts also, either uncut or cut.

    I would suggest you start slow and make an easy quilt first. There's lots of them that have free patterns on the internet.

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    I have bought pre-cuts but mostly when they are the Daily Deal with Missouri Star Quilt Company. It is a good deal and if you buy with it so is the $5 shipping fee. Of course the little more effort on their part is a bonus. I also use those in some of the tutorials they make. I like getting the entire fabric line also. Better than trying to buy a 1/4 yard and making 5" blocks of each pattern.
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    I've been very happy with the batik jelly rolls from Walmart. Did not get any others from them because I did not care for the non batik ones they had.

    Have also gotten holiday and seasonal FQ from Walmart but again did not care for the other selections they had except for a black/white set.

    And cheapie me only gets them when they go on clearance!

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    I am another who loves pre-cuts. I buy pre-cuts and yardage for sashing and borders from the fabric line of the pre-cut. I am a happy camper. I've been quilting since 1992. It sure beats buying tons of fabric and cutting 2 1/2" strips from each bolt! I also use regular fabric all the time. It just depends on what I want to do. But I like pre-cuts.
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    I'm definitely not cheap when it comes to my quilting but I do find good sales and stock up on precuts. Precuts save me time. And the happy feeling I get when I see a baskets and shelves full of jelly rolls, Bali Pops, layer cakes and charm squares in my sewing room is worth the price to me.
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    I have used jelly rolls and charm packs. I like the variety of fabrics you get in the pack. I haven't used a layer cake yet, but just bought a book that uses them. Can't wait to get a layer cake and start. It will have to wait, though as I don't have the extra money right now. As far as jelly rolls, if you want to make your own, it's easy. Even making charms and layer cakes is easy. So it's up to you. If you want to try it, jump in and buy something that really excites you.
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    So far the only precuts I've bought have been Hoffman Bali packs, which I LOVE (no duplicates, 40 different coordinating batik strips per pack), and I've also picked up some 5" charms and 2-1/2 strips from Connecting Threads when they were on clearance - I practically stole those.

    I buy the Hoffman Bali packs from Beverlys.com; they're almost always on sale for $29.99. Not exactly cheap, but for a nice sampling of gorgeous & good quality batiks it's something I spoil myself with every now and then. In the store (Beverly's is local to me) they're $39.99, so it's worth buying them online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG View Post
    My question is how many duplicates are in a set of the jelly roll, layer cake, charm pack? And does it matter? Reason for asking is how much to buy of each for an asssortment?
    I have bought a jelly roll and there werre NO duplicates. A big advantage of getting any precut is that you get a big variety of colors/patterns. pattern I had called for 40 2 1/4". Just the thought choosing 40 cordinating fabrics gave me a headach (besides the fact that I would spend $$ for fabric I didn not need). So I ordered jelly roll and was very pleased with the fabric selection that I got. I never would have picked some of the patters/colors on my own let alone ever found them. They are well worth it depending on if you want to make a scrappy top using them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandi View Post
    Tell me what the difference is in jelly rolls, Charm packs, layer cake? What is the best one to buy? Or just buy fabric and cut the squares of strips yourself. I am new to sewing and I have some fabric, but I want to purchase more and I want the most for your money. What do you usually buy? Please help me out.
    I am now going to buy ONLY 1yd of fabric. This is based on a recent experience of wanting to make a certain pattern and only having 1/2 of 2 fabrics that I want to use and really needing 3/4yds. Now I have to go out and find similiar fabric. I am not a big fan if fat quarters and this is why. Fortunately there is a shop hop in my area so I guess that I will have to go on it looking for the fabric I need!
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    Quote Originally Posted by debquilts2 View Post
    cut it yourself it is cheaper
    Yes it is cheaper if you have the fabric you want to use. But if you go out to by 40 Fat Quarters @2.50/each =$100 and you can buy jelly roll with 40 strips for about $40. No left overs but also much cheaper! You can always add strips or squares from you statsh to your precuts if you need more blocks/strips.
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    I do love them all. Jelly rolls are 2 1/2 strips of a particular line of fabric or a roll of blue fabric for instance. Charm squares are 5 inch pieces of fabric from a line and layer cakes are 10 inch pieces of fabric from a line. I have used them all and I absolutely love them. Eleanor Burns might design 35 fabrics in a special line and they will have one piece of each fabric, sometimes 2 of a few and sometimes all might be different. I just made my DGS a quilt using Benartex Bali Dark layer cakes and there is no way I could have cut the 10 inch squares from all those fabrics. But I bought them in a layer cake and got them all. Same goes with charm squares, you get 40 different fabrics and mix them with a background, sashing and cornerstones and you can make a beautiful quilt. I think it depends on your quilting style if you like them or not. I have had tremendous luck in making some beautiful quilts with precuts.

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    I've never bought precuts, although I have had some precuts gifted to me. Here are two of my reasons for not purchasing them, 1-expense, 2-the batik jelly rolls that I received as a gift, I had to trim them down because they weren't straight. A lot of people buy the precuts, but I simply wouldn't, you pay dearly for them cutting the fabric.

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    Jodie gives an excellent reference.

    http://www.unitednotions.com/equivalent-measures.pdf

    I frequently feel a bit wooly headed when around folks tossing off terms (like jelly rolls and sweetbox), causing me to stop and think about what they are trying to tell me. Although I prefer to buy yardage and cut my own, precuts have their place. Sometimes it's fun to make a little project from a pre-matched bundle (for example, Quilt-in-a-day's Buckeye Beauty wall hanging using 5" layer cake bundles). Just note: when buying a bundle pay attention to how many are included. I have found this varies from manufacturer to manufacturer and store to store.
    Last edited by Becca J; 07-15-2013 at 03:06 AM. Reason: meant to include quote from Jodie

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    Precuts are nice to have, especially for those who have arthritis and no longer can use a rotary cutter without pain. AccuQuiltGo is a neat and easy way to make your own precuts.

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    I like precuts for the variety they offer but they are more expensive when you figure the cost per yard. An exception to this is Connecting Threads. Their precuts are the same price per yard as their yardage. Probably my favorite way to get the variety of a line is to purchase fat quarter or fat eighth bundles.
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    I absolutely love precuts. I do mostly charity quilting, and can whip out an adorable quilt in a pretty short time using precuts. I have lots of free patterns for them. I usually get Kauffman or Moda, mainly because the quality fabric is there. Then I scout around for matching fabric for the backing and borders. I have a local store who has good prices and can usually find fabs to match my existing precuts. I love getting layer cakes and can then cut them into 4 charm packs. Each person has their own special way of quilting and the designs they like to use. I only occasionally make a fancy quilt, enjoy the speedy ones. And I quilt them on my long arm with a simple meander. I love to see the variety of designs in a collection, and this way I get to use them. Most stores only carry a very few selections of a collection.

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    When i started collecting fabric for my current project I hit all the shops in my area and bought fat qtrs and yardage. As the project is scrappy I realized that I didn't have as many different prints as it needed. Well....Keepsake offered a deal on 10" squares and I knew that a stack would probably do the trick. This was the first time I've purchased precuts and am very happy with them, nice selection and good price.

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    Pre cuts are more expensive but give you such a wide variety of prints. I like them for totes and placemats...small items.I find the best buy is layer cake. You can make 4 jelly roll cuts 2 1/2 x 10, and 4 charm squares 5 x 5 and if you prefer you have a great big block of 10" for many projects. They are pretty accurately cut and this is a big plus for a beginning quilter. Good luck and welcome to the QB

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    I agree. Many times when you buy these "pre-cuts", there are errors in the cutting that really make using them difficult. I prefer to cut my own. Why pay someone to do something that is not accurate?
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    I am not a fan of the pre cuts at all. If you go to modabakeshop.com there are tons of patterns (recipes) and cutting directions and info (weights and measures). I dont think this way of buying fabrics is economical. If you don't have enough squares of a certain fabric you are forced to buy another packet to get that fabric. maybe if you follow only a Moda pattern you will come out even. Dont know. know they are really popular but I just dont get it.

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    I think one of the drawbacks is the fact that there will be some pieces that you just don't like and would probably
    use, which would be waste. I do use precuts at times, and for the most part enjoy using them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinkie View Post
    I agree. Many times when you buy these "pre-cuts", there are errors in the cutting that really make using them difficult. I prefer to cut my own. Why pay someone to do something that is not accurate?
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    Of all the hundreds of pre cuts I have bought only one had wonky cuts and it said on the label cut by hand. I don't buy the off brand pre cuts not matter how cheap they are. I guess I've been lucky not having any trouble with bad cuts.
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    It depends on what you are using them for. I like precuts by the better quality fabric suppliers but otherwise the cheap ones are thin and cheap and not always cut properly. Often you can get a whole line in different sizes this way but do you need it that way. More expensive in the long run but a time saver in most cases.

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    I like precuts because you get fabric that goes together without having to buy many different patterns, make sure they go together (something I'm not good at) and it allows you to get to the piecing and quilting more quickly.

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    I am making a quilt now with precut layer cakes and found that they shrunk when washed and I had to really be careful when cutting the rectangle and squares I needed. But the advantage to the precuts is that I will make a second quilt from the same fabric but the placement of the patterns will be different. The quilts are for my 4 and 6 year old granddaughters who share a room. The pattern I am following is a 64 x 64 inch square, so I had to add other fabrics to make it a twin size.

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    I like using precuts and yardage - just depends on the pattern I want to use and if I want a lot of variety in the fabric that coordinates. I have had great luck with the precuts being cut accurately and I order most of mine from MSQC.
    Last edited by klgls; 07-15-2013 at 06:27 AM.

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