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    Question all you quilters

    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.

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    cut it yourself it is cheaper

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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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    Buying fabric that way gives you pieces of an entire line. It would depend on what you want to make as to what you should buy. I've never purchased any of the precuts, I prefer buying yardage myself. I wouldn't worry about buying fabric in order to build a stash - I would look for a pattern (or design your own) then buy the fabric for that particular project. Your leftovers then go into your stash. It won't take long before your stash is breeding in a dark closet and you have more than you know what to do with!

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    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?
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    This will give you the info for the Moda layer cakes, charm packs, jelly rolls, etc. and most fabric makers follow this but not all. If you look around online at some of the different fabric sellers, they will usually give you the details on what's in each pack.

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

    Hope this helps.

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    Precuts are always going to be more expensive per yard than buying your own. The advantage of precuts, as mentioned, is that you get a group of coordinating fabrics from a single line.

    If I wanted to buy precuts, I would first find a book I like such as this one for 10" squares:
    http://www.amazon.com/Schnibbles-Tim...dp/1564779866/
    Find a pattern you want to make, then shop for layer cakes (or whatever other precut you are looking for) to make that quilt. Typically you need more than one jelly roll or layer cake to make a quilt anyway, so then you know beforehand how many precuts to purchase.

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    I LOVE Precuts! Yes, they are more expensive, but I really like getting to sew without a lot of cutting beforehand. I also like that you have fabrics from the entire line of fabric, so they are already coordinated. Many LQS owners will not purchase the entire line of fabrics, just a few she likes (or thinks will sell well). Hope we have all given you something to think about.

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    If you want small amounts of fabric but lots of variety than pre-cuts may be the way to go. You are going to pay extra for them because someone had to cut them. I don't like pre-cuts that come with pinked edges. It is a good way to make a project from a whole fabric line and they will be all colour coordinated for you. If you have health problems(arthritis) that make rotary cutting painful then pre-cuts may be the way to go.

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    I am a lover of precuts even though they are more expensive. Today, however, I cut my own layer cake. I am using a pattern that calls for a layer cake. It did not take long to cut the 10" squares and I had a good variety of fabric to use. That is usually not the case and I like the variety of fabrics in pre cut packages. I use jelly rolls, charm packs, and/or layer cakes when I want to make a quick quilt.

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    Always keep in mind that all cotton of quilt shop grade is best. The local fabric stores are a slightly lesser quality and Walmart is like a third rate quality. It is a satisfying feeling to cut your fabric to prepare for sewing. Any fabric becomes STASH !!!! Hugs

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    I have never bought pre-cuts. The cost is much more than buying yardage. I also have a June Tailor Shape Cut ruler, so I can make my own 2 1/2 strips very fast using the Shape Cut and it is of fabrics that I like, not the fabric companies. Also, all my fabric has to be washed before I handle them and from what people on this board say, it's difficult to wash pre-cuts.

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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 think it really depends on how many fabrics in that line. You have to look at the set to really figure it out. Sometimes the set has less pieces because there are less designs in that line. Just depends. I don't buy them alot, but when I fall in love with a set...and it happens to be on sale ...it just follows me home!
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    jelly rolls are 2 1/2" strips by width of fabric; charms are 5" squares, layer cakes are 10" squares, different collections have a different number of pieces- some have duplicates- 2 of each fabric- some are all different- it's important to check the label. and only you can decide if it is worth it to buy them- some people love using pre-cuts some hate using them- it is a way to get a piece of a whole collection of a particular line- if you make strip quilts jelly rolls can simplify the job- if you like charm quilts- charms are a fun way to go- if you have an extensive stash it is fun to cut up your own 'collections' and put together your pieces in the sizes you will use for a future project...sometimes they are well worth it- sometimes---not so much- if you want a piece of each fabric in a collection- but only a little bit a charm pack is an easy (fairly inexpensive) way to go about it.
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    I like to prewash my fabrics, and precuts don't always wash well.

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    I bought a jelly-roll once and made a quilt for my great granddaughter before she was born. I still had to buy extra fabric for borders, backing, etc. There were strips of fabric that I wouldn't have chosen but it all coordinated so it turned out just fine. But, I don't think I'd buy another one.

    I'm sure there are patterns for quilts specifically using those cuts but I like to design my own.... it just seems to take me longer to figure a way to get all the pieces to work in a quilt I want.... and there's always the cost involved. I'm retired so I do try to save a $$ as much as I can.

    But, if you don't like to cut your own fabric, or money is no object and you like using patterns and not designing your own.... it might be a good choice. Try it.... then decide whether you'll buy them a second time. We all have our own likes and dislikes.

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    I have not purchased many precuts. So far I usually cut them myself.

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    Connecting Threads does not charge extra for precuts. Most of their fabric is under $7 a yard so their precuts are very reasonable.

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    I buy fabrics in large cuts and just cut whatever sizes I need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    I bought a jelly-roll once and made a quilt for my great granddaughter before she was born. I still had to buy extra fabric for borders, backing, etc. There were strips of fabric that I wouldn't have chosen but it all coordinated so it turned out just fine. But, I don't think I'd buy another one.

    I'm sure there are patterns for quilts specifically using those cuts but I like to design my own.... it just seems to take me longer to figure a way to get all the pieces to work in a quilt I want.... and there's always the cost involved. I'm retired so I do try to save a $$ as much as I can.

    But, if you don't like to cut your own fabric, or money is no object and you like using patterns and not designing your own.... it might be a good choice. Try it.... then decide whether you'll buy them a second time. We all have our own likes and dislikes.
    Pre-cuts aren't all that much more than yardage. And of course a store somewhere is bound to have some on sale. And just because you're using pre-cuts doesn't mean you can't design your own pattern.

    There are also people that have problems cutting and pre-cuts give them a head start.

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    I purchased pre-cuts and none of them have measured to what they're suppose to be. Can't blame it on Walmart since they have some. I just buy yardage and cut myself. If you have the rulers you need, then do it yourself. When you think about it some of the pre-cuts can get pretty pricey. I try to buy yardage on sale and at estate sales.

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    As a new quilter (long time garment sewer), I love precuts. I especially like the YouTube Videos put our by Missouri Star and their Daily Deals http://www.missouriquiltco.com/shop/dailydeal They tell you how many different prints are in each package and how many (not always which ones) will be repeated.

    I made a quick, but pretty quilt for my mil for her birthday using a Jelly Roll.

    I made a easy table runner using charms.

    Precuts are great for new quilters who do not have a lot of rulers and special tools.

    They are also good for people like me who are not the best at coordinating fabrics.

    I am currently making a simple dress for my niece using a jelly roll and coordinating yardage. I found the pattern on the Moda Bake Shop.

    For well established quilters with lots of rulers, tools, patterns and colour experience they are probably not practical, but they are great for me.
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    I think you have to try to find out if you like precuts. Ask for them as gifts and try to keep in one range to begin with. The same as all fabrics some are better than others I used a batik which was cheap to buy, the lengths were not straight , measurements varied and fabric was of a poor quality. You get what you pay for.
    You would require a large stash to put 21 different fabrics in a jelly roll.
    Look at some of the precut videos in msqc in utube and make a decision as these show the variety in a pack.
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    I see a lot of how pre-cuts are more expensive, that really depends on where you live so be sure to check out your own costs. A metre here is $19...ajelly roll usually has 40 2.5 inch stripes so that would be over two metres. $40 for a jelly roll is actually cheaper and you get the entire line of one fabric line.

    I buy charm squares mostly just because it's a convenient size.
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    I agree with many of the comments you've already gotten. I'm not a big fan of pre-cuts. I like to pre-wash my fabric and as someone else mentioned, pre-cuts are not washer friendly. They are also generally, but not always, more expensive. I did, however, buy a charm pack to add to yardage for a quilt a bit ago. The pattern called for varied 5 inch squares cut however. Since I needed a variety it was worth it to me in that instance plus cut down on doing alot of pre-cutting.

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