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    Why do people cut their fabric like this? Obviously, they cut something out and left it that way. I cut mine clean across and then throw the scraps in the scrap bin. Nice clean scraps.....Otherwise it bugs me! Grrrr... Is this weird?
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    Mine are all kinds of weird shapes. :)

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    Cut it like what? Do you have a picture?

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    Oh it bugs me too. Lol

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    Because I never know what shape I will need next and tehn I might regret trimming it off. Does that make sense? OK the pieces I am looking at do look really odd. I would have cut off those peaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Because I never know what shape I will need next and tehn I might regret trimming it off. Does that make sense? OK the pieces I am looking at do look really odd. I would have cut off those peaks.

    :thumbup: As long as I can fold it, I don't mind what it looks like. Do you want to see the expensive batik that I fussy cut? You'd scream.

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    I have cut fabric straight across and regretted it later. It depends on what you finally use the scraps for.

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    I have been given fabric that looks like that. I just figured it was used with a pattern you cut out for clothing or something. That's why it ended up looking like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by memaw4
    Cut it like what? Do you have a picture?
    Yes, got a pic up now! My internet is slow tonite, rural you know! I might add a friend gave me this scrap pieces of about 1/2 yard each..not including the odd ends.

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    I do it for applique pieces and for puzzle quilts.

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    Those look like some of the donated fabrics I get from someone taking a class & having to cut a weird shapes out!! I cut them straight across & do as you do put the rest in the scrap bin!

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    Whenever I cut appliques out, I leave my fabric like that. I never know what I'll cut out next, lol.

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    I am on the fence about this. I hate that look too but then again I have needed that little point to make enough room for a odd shaped piece so if I can fold it up and not have a big messy pile I leave it.

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    People do things differently. I like to keep my big pieces together, and cut all of the small pieces into bins using Bonnie Hunter's method for a guide. It is working for me. I usually cut off a small piece of my fabric when cutting out a project, depending of what I am doing, but I do find some like that, but later on they do get trimmed and later into proper bins. I am almost caught up with my scrap control on cotton. But still out of control on my flannel, but I am getting it organized slowly. When I get this done, my second goal will be to finish up all of my UFO's, so I can move on to other projects without all that clutter going on. Wish me luck!! HA HA HA

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    Those look like mine lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    Because I never know what shape I will need next and tehn I might regret trimming it off. Does that make sense? OK the pieces I am looking at do look really odd. I would have cut off those peaks.
    ditto here

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkabasketlady
    Those look like some of the donated fabrics I get from someone taking a class & having to cut a weird shapes out!! I cut them straight across & do as you do put the rest in the scrap bin!
    Thank you, nice to know it makes sense to others too!

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    That is exactly what my stuff looks like. LOL. Sorry. & some scraps are even pinned back to the main fabric.

    ?? I might need it?? Dunno. but no, I dont trim off the peaks.

    cheep cheep cheep, I guess. :)

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    Back in the olden days (so I've been told) fabric was cut using scissors and templates. I imagine this would be the result. (Also with applique pieces being cut out.)

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    That fabric looks like it's been used for clothing.
    I have trouble with that type of leavings, because it's hard to tell where the straight grain is and that's a problem if I don't want to use the bias.

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    I have some pieces that look like that left over from fussy cutting or clothing. I just leave it because I don't know what I will do next. Sometimes they are perfect for paper piecing.

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    Not only do I leave those odd cuts on the main piece, I also fold any small scraps of the same fabric inside. I have no small scrap heap.

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    Looks like my fabric. I'll cut each piece to the shape I need it when I need it. I never know if I will use it for an applique piece, something for a baby's clothing or a piece for a quilt. If I cut it straight across it would probably be just enough to prevent me from being able to cut out a small shirt or a long stem or leaf. Where's the fun in having everything cut into squares or rectangles?

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    I tend to neaten mine unless the odd shape is at the fold. Those I leave because the piece when opened up can be big enough to cut a shape out of.

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    A lot of mine looks like that when I have been paper piecing. I just cut out the fabric I need to fit the piece I need - it's not neat. :-(

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