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    What do you all think of those rolls of fabric strips that they are selling now? At first I thought it was stupid, but then I realized that one could cut out most of a quilt out of those strips, if one plans it out. I think I may like that idea. Have any of you used these yet? And what did you decide about them?

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    I'm like you. At first I thought they were a waste, but then I have been thinking about a fall log cabin and I need 2 1/2" strips and I saw a jelly roll of fall fabrics and I thought... hey that would save me a lot of time! So I may give them a try. Barb C

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    For strip quilts, log cabins and for squares...most of the work is done...just sew sew sew.....gotta like that. :D

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    I have been buying 6 inch strips off of ebay and if it is fabric that I really like, I buy 2 and can get them in 12 inch pieces then, also. I like them as I can get a 6" X 22 foot section for $2.25 to 3.25 each.

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    i can definitely see the attraction, but that adds up to $39 a yard. yeeps! :shock:

    i'm strill trying to wrap my brain around the price of fat quarters. this one will take a whole new drug. :lol:


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    Patrice,
    Yep I think your kitty just fainted again!

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    For $39 a yard, I can strip my own fabric. I like the concept though, I think. What I want to know is, how do they strip something that long without elbows and geegaws? I would have to tear it, and to save that much, it gives a whole new meaning to rip-it.

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    I can strip in my own yard for free...oh, wait...different stripping and yards...
    It's all good for me bc I can strip and and SELL IT! (and I mean FABRIC!) hehehe! Would I pay that for them? um, NO!

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    But, yes Norah, they are nice. I agree. It would save sooo much time cutting! And you could get a whole bundle or roll with a theme! Already ready, already! :shock:

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    Any product made to save time, costs more. You just have to figure out how much your time is worth and decide if the price reflects the value of your time. Personally, I think jelly rolls of fabric are worth the price if the fabric is of good quality. Just think of the time you save -- no matching or figuring out color schemes, no prewashing or pressing (I hope?), no cutting. It is like a 7-11 of quilting!

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    Is my math that far off? If a 6 inch X 22 foot strip (264 inches) wouldn't it break down to: 12in X 132 in, 24in X 66 in, 48in X33in which is pretty close to a yard of fabric (36 in X 44 in) for $2.25-$3.25 Six of these strips are $13.50 Which is the equivalent of 1 yard X 7.333 yards

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    I like the jelly roll sets idea, but like Patrice, I find the price too hard to swallow. However, I would like to be the one selling them!

    I saved all the scraps from my daughter's black and white quilt and cut them to the same width. They are not the same length, but I have been rolling them and at some point when I don't have 30 other quilts in my brain, I will just start sewing as they come off the roll and see what I get. My first stab at free form quilting. If it works out well, I plan to do this with all my scrap strips.

    It does tend to remind me of building a rubber band ball though. LOL

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    how many would like to swap strips, How many do you get at a time? It would be pretty scrapy. I'm going to check on ebay and see what they have

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Is my math that far off? If a 6 inch X 22 foot strip (264 inches) wouldn't it break down to: 12in X 132 in, 24in X 66 in, 48in X33in which is pretty close to a yard of fabric (36 in X 44 in) for $2.25-$3.25 Six of these strips are $13.50 Which is the equivalent of 1 yard X 7.333 yards
    What I've seen on Ebay is 44 2 1/2 x 44 inch strips, which by my math comes to almost 2 1/2 yards. If I won it at the current price it comes out to almost $8 a yard plus shipping.

    I guess it depends on what price you get it at and how much shipping costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Is my math that far off?
    nope. not your math. stupid kitty insists on posting comments before i've had my coffee. :x

    i see NOW what your wrote, but at o'dark this morning, i though it said 6 inches by 22 inches. :oops:

    a 22 foot long continuous strip of fabric. whoda thunk it?

    let me make sure i've processed correctly this time. strips are 6 inches wide and 22 feet long (just over a yard and a quarter if you cut them into 42 inch sections and lined them up). each strip costs between $2.25 and $3.25. soooooooooo it's about $2 or $3 per yard. did i get it right this time?

    i hope so, because i like THAT math much better. think i'll go wake up kitty. gonna share the link to your source? PWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZE?

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    Jelly Roll strips on line are 2" x 42" and there are usually 40 of them packaged together for around $30. That works out to $10.80 per yard. Compared to $8.50 per yard for flat yardage of the same fabric it's high, but nowhere near $39 per yard! (I priced moda jelly rolls at fat quarter shop). I'd still rather prewash and cut after, at least for functional quilts.

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    I know what you mean about washing already cut pieces Nor'easter! I found out how tough that is after the fabric squares swap.

    It was not so bad after I started washing them in a garment bag and ironed carefully, but I think the squares will all have to be recut to make them the same size.

    I am making my own strip rolls for later. This means they are already washed and ironed!

    If a person doesn't want the hassle of all those strip tangled together and having to iron or recut them, swap with Ruth using only preshrunk fabrics.

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    I haven't bought any strips yet, but I think they would be a great convenience.

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    Patrice you scared the dickens out of my pocket book :shock: Had me spitting coffee everywhere :lol: I would not pay $39 a yard for any fabric :lol: :lol: Yes it is 22 feet long, not 22 inches..... I know what you mean about mornings before coffee :mrgreen:

    Here is the link, check out the fabrics, some are 100% cotton some are blends, etc... She advertises them for rag rugs, but I have ordered numerous ones from her for myself and others and they have always been cut very well. She is also great about answering questions in a timely manner, too. She does run sales from time to time, too. I just purchased a 42 inch piece X 21 foot piece from her for a friend that was a beautiful floral that she is using to make curtains out of. $14.07 for the fabric and $5.99 shipping. She was very happy with the fabric! Another bonus is if you order 2 strips of the same, she will cut them into (3) 4 inch strips for you, free of charge..... Even more convenient!!!!!!


    http://stores.ebay.com/DnL-Fabric-Crafts-and-More_RAG-RUG-PRE-CUT-FABRIC-STRIPS_W0QQcolZ4QQdirZQ2d1QQfsubZ3QQftidZ2QQtZkm

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    To funny I just posted this in links and resources. Are the strips she has for rugs good for quilts. I saw one with dasies I liked. :D :D :D I've just read the rest of your post.......great for squares. I have bought cranston befor, :D like it

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    Like minds.... :D yes it is the same seller, however really look close at the descriptions here on this page, some of these fabrics in this portion are not full 1 yard cuts..... some are only 22 inches by 36. The link I posted was strictly the strips.
    She carries name brands, (advertised as such) and some non name brands that I have bought were as good or better than what I have bought at WM.

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    The strips for rugs are a good price, is that good fabric.......I was thinking the print was off....... or color or runs... :?:

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    amma i love this seller i have bought from her 2x so far and her shipping rates are great can't beat the price of the fabric either.

    cassandra

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    ruth i have bought from that seller 2xs and i have not had any problems with running colors or fading ect. she also will cut them down to different widths for you for free!!!!!!

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    You couldn't prewash them (at least not well) and I wonder if they are really quite on the grainline. Are they sold for making those craft projects where you wind fabric strips around clothesline and then shape baskets and potholders and placemats?

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