I cut 5' squares and 3' strips. I use them for scrappy quilts ( all my quilts) and never seem to have too many cut. Since ironing and cutting are not my favorite things to do, I'm more likely to start a new top if the cutting is started, keeps me going. Also I send my GD 5" squares to sew as she's only 12 and shouldn't be using the rotary cutter. She loves getting an envelope of squares in the mail.