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    I usually don't cut all the pieces at the same time because my wrist won't allow it. I cut as many pieces as I can before my wrist hurts too much and I have to stop. Then I sew for a while before cutting more pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryde118 View Post
    When you are cutting out the parts to a quilt, do you cut them all out before starting to sew or do you cut some, sew some, cut some more, etc? I have just cut out the parts to the squares of a new quilt and think I will put the squares together before cutting out the sashings. Does anyone else do that? Just curious.....
    Currently I'm making a red and white sampler quilt so am deciding on -- and cutting-- each block as I go. For scrappy or other kinds of quilts, I cut pieces for a lot of blocks, until I get tired of cutting, perhaps, and then start sewing. But my dining table is usually cluttered with fabric, cutting mat and rotary cutter until I get that entire quilt pieced, and I never cut sashings or borders until blocks are done, often because I haven't decided on them until then.

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    I do both - depending on the quilt design. I cut some, sew some, then cut more. Sometimes my DH likes me to sit and watch t.v. with him...I can't be idle with my hands, so I cut more while watching t.v. If I know he has other things to do and we will avoid the t.v. time, I cut them all out, then sew them all at one time.

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    sometimes I do it that way, but usually I do the blocks first and then cut the sashings--because I may change my mind about sashings, as some have mentioned, or it will look differently after the blocks are done. Since I'm working for stash, that works for me. if I had bought everything at the fabric store and kinda HAD to use what I had for each thing, I'd probably go ahead and cut the sashings at the beginning if I were sure I was going to use what fabric and already knew the size, etc.

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    I cut in sections. Always have, always will.
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    I cut them all out, so I know if I'm going to need more fabric before it goes away!
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    I also cut everything except the border. This way I can keep on sewing.
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    It depends on the quilt. I rarely use a pattern, so therefore no fabric requirements list for me to follow and sometimes I cut until I know I have enough fabric before I start sewing. That often requires cutting most or all of the quilt pieces first. I've come up short only one time and had to set aside some cut pieces (added to my stash for scrappy quilts) and go buy some fabric to replace it.
    Last edited by weezie; 06-29-2012 at 08:20 AM.

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    it depends, if I am working with scraps I may cut everything first and then put together according to colors, if I have a pattern to follow I cut some and sew some!

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    I cut everything but my borders
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    I usually cut as I go. Most of the quilts I make are meant for the wall so are generally PP, fused or another contemporary method of construction. So then yes, I cut my strips, but always have more fabric on hand to cut more strips when I need to. I don't include sashing strips in my designs. If I include a border I wait until the pieced area is completed, before deciding on what fabric to use.

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    I cut everything at once. Sometimes I even cut the borders out at the same time and sometimes I cut the borders after the other pieces are put together.

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    Oh yea!! I can't seem to get everything ready before I start sewing. I get too excited and want to just jump right in there and sew. I think that is okay. Works for me.
    A finished quilt excites me!! Whether is it mine or yours!

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    Totally depends on the quilt. If it is a pattern I have made before and am certain of my choices, I go ahead and cut the whole thing. Many times I will cut all the block pieces but wait for the borders and binding.
    If it is a new pattern, I will often cut as I need the pieces to make sure all is going well and I like what I am doing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryde118 View Post
    When you are cutting out the parts to a quilt, do you cut them all out before starting to sew or do you cut some, sew some, cut some more, etc? I have just cut out the parts to the squares of a new quilt and think I will put the squares together before cutting out the sashings. Does anyone else do that? Just curious.....
    that is what I do...sashing and borders get wrinkled sometimes if I have them very long.

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    While in Texas last winter I started a mystery quilt. I thought I'd better cut it all out in case I didn't have enough fabric. Was I glad I cut first, they had not allowed enough of some of the fabrics and I had to buy more. If I had cut and sewn some I would have come back to Michigan short of fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    I've learned to make one to four blocks before going any further.
    The first one to see if a) I understood the directions and/or b) the instructions were correct (they are sometimes wrong)

    I like to make at least four blocks to see if there might be a potential secondary pattern developing - sometimes it's good - sometimes it's 'interesting'

    I frequently go by the 'let's see what happens' method of making tops
    I agree with you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Yep, that's how I do it. Cut all the pieces for the blocks and piece them. Sometimes i decide that i don't want sashing after all, so I usually don't cut the sashing until after the blocks are done. I HATE having to cut more fabric for blocks after I start sewing them. I usually cut enough for one or two extras to allow for errors.
    This is what I do, often after the blocks are made I realize the sashing or binding fabric just doesn't work with the blocks.

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    I cut everything but the borders and sashing. I put my blocks together first.
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    I learned the hard way to make a few blocks to make sure everything fits like it should and I like the color arrangement that I've chosen. TWICE (duh moments) I cut out entire quilts, only to discover that nothing went together on one and that I really didn't like the way the colors went together in the block. I'll never do that again!

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    I cut my borders first, then cut all the rest before starting. I have to say, this has never caused a problem for me

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