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    Tell Me the Difference Between

    I know this is a dum question but what is fat quarters, charm packs, jelly rolls, and layer cakes? Which one is the most popular one to purchase. I am going to buy some and I need to know which is the best one. I know they probably be used for certain projects. Please explain!

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    Finally a question I can answer!

    These are all different size pre cuts. Check out www.modabakeshop.com
    There is a page on weights & measurements that lists the different sizes.

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    I buy a lot of precuts. I buy the layer cakes the most because they are just the right size for most of my Go dies.
    Got fabric?

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    Great question -

    Here is a great chart - http://www.clotilde.com/pages/fabric.html

    but the ones below are great as well
    http://quiltbug.com/Articles/fabric-calculator.htm

    http://fgqg.com/Quiltsizes.htm

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    don't for get about the turn overs!!! hehe. (triangle precuts)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandi View Post
    I know this is a dum question but what is fat quarters, charm packs, jelly rolls, and layer cakes? Which one is the most popular one to purchase. I am going to buy some and I need to know which is the best one. I know they probably be used for certain projects. Please explain!
    FIRST OFF ~ there is no such thing as a dumb question!!! only being dumb by not asking!

    Name Size
    Fat Quarter 18" x 22"
    Fat Eighth 9" x 22"
    Honey Bun 1 " wide strips
    Jelly Roll 2 " wide strips
    Turnover 6" half-square triangles
    Dessert Roll 5" x 44" strips
    Charm Pack 5" squares
    Layer Cake 10" squares
    Bricks 5" x 9 1/2"

    Gee, there are a few that I did not know
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    it depends on what type of quilts you make which would be the better choices for you- if you make nickle/charm quilts (quilts made with 5" squares) then charms would be good for you to buy---but if you tend to make quilts that you cut larger peices they would not work for you-
    if you make strip quilts jelly rolls or honey buns may be right up your alley- but if you tend to make big block quilts they are not going to be very useful-
    before spending money on pre-cuts evaluate what you personally find you use the most of-
    and remember= they generally are not going to save you money- you pay more (yard for yard) for precuts because you are paying for the convienience of them being pre-cut. if is a good way to get a little bit of a bunch of different fabrics in a line- but they certainly limit what you can do with them.
    fat quarters probably offer the most flexability- as long as you don't need any strips longer than 20-22"
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    I like fat quarters and jelly rolls personally. I have only bough a few charm packs but the are too limiting for me

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    I don't buy pre-cuts. I make my own. When I buy yardage for a project, I buy and extra yard or yard and a half. I always cut 2 FQ's, a few 2 1/2" strips, and whatever else I can get out of it. Not only does it save you money, sometimes those pre-cuts aren't cut accurately and THAT is very irritating.
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    my favorte is fat quarters, but most of the time i buy yardage
    and make my own sizes.

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    I do a lot of applique' as well as piecing, so I prefer fat quarters. 22" x 18".
    Those who are piecemakers will sew seeds.

    Hugs,
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    The chart sizes were VERY helpful, but I would like to know how MANY cuts are included in each pack... any one?
    Loretta Sewhappytoquilt

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    You will have to actually look at the product you are considering. There is no universal amount for number of pieces in a pre-cut bundle. With Moda they usually have 40-42 charms or layer cake pieces. FQ bundles depend on the number of prints in a collection. Other manufacturers are different, some sell charm packs of 20 pieces, or 10 layer cake sized pieces.

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    I mostly buy yardage and make my own!

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    I like fat quarters--it's a good way to get a variety of fabrics without spending a lot of money. If I really like the fabric I buy several. I did buy charm packs to make a Twister quilt. Turned out great.
    Sue

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    Thanks NovemberBravo. i printed it on card stockand lamenated it for my sewing room.
    Quote Originally Posted by NovemberBravo View Post
    Finally a question I can answer!

    These are all different size pre cuts. Check out www.modabakeshop.com
    There is a page on weights & measurements that lists the different sizes.

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    Thanks for the info... some of this I was not aware of....
    Quote Originally Posted by NovemberBravo View Post
    Finally a question I can answer!

    These are all different size pre cuts. Check out www.modabakeshop.com
    There is a page on weights & measurements that lists the different sizes.

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    I personally like the fat quarters. I find I can cut 1 1/2" (honey bun) strips, 2 1/2" (jelly roll) strips, 5" (charm) squares or just about any size from a fat quarter. To me, it is just the most versatile.

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    I usually do not purchase the percuts. I have found that they are not always cut the correct size. The other reason is that you can purchase the fabric and cut them yourself for a lot less. Grant you if I see a color combination that I just have to have I will purchase precuts then. But Ijust do not purchase a lot of precuts.
    Charlene

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    I rarely buy precuts, and never have bought less than a fat quarter. I normally buy at least 1 1/2 yards, but for novelty prints will sometimes buy less. I have drawers of strips and FQs from the leftovers of my larger piece purchases.
    Shirley in Arizona

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    I get the most use out of jelly rolls and charm packs. However, it is all personal preference.

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    I buy the charm packs to see all the fabric... I know the colors I like and don't have a LQS so I rely on them to see what I want to order online. I don't see it as a waste because they are great quality and my youngest daughter makes small quilts with some of them or I use them to try new blocks or for a small project. I just got the jelly roll and layer cake of cattails and clover by moda to do a bear claw quilt I would have spent alot more trying to get the variety buying fabric individually. Sometimes it's practical and sometimes not. I generally buy 1/2 yards and cut in half and you have two fat quarters and that is deff. cheaper for fat quarter projects. I do love variety tho I hand it to people who can buy one or two prints!!!
    *Rachel*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joset View Post
    my favorte is fat quarters, but most of the time i buy yardage
    and make my own sizes.
    I like charm packs (5 inch) because I make table runners to have on hand for presents. I use the "broken nine patch" pattern for them. I know that pattern has other names but can't think right now just having my first cup of coffee!
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    Thanks, November Bravo, just what I needed. Now I will have to remember where I got the information when I start wondering about jelly rolls, honey buns and so on.

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    Boy Howdy did I learn a lot!!! Thanks Ladys!!
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