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    You can practice cutting squares for me anytime
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    I am so excited. SheriR explained how to cut squares more accurately than the way I was doing them. Of course I had a major need to practce. I also got the flat rate bags from the p.o. I'm almost good to go.

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    OK you got my curiosity how were you cutting them and what way is more accurate... who knows maybe I need a more accurate way also! inquiring minds need to know!!!!
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    I couldn't figure out how to use the rotary cutter, and do the squares. I wasn't thrilled with the accuracy. I was taking a piece of fabric, and had a couple of 1.5" templates made at Lowes. I hold the template to the fabric, and go around it. I was able to sit in front of the boob tube, and multitask. SheriR explained how to cut it with the ruler, cutter,and mat. I was able to put it on my cocktail table, and I'm able to sit, and watch the boob tube. I have been cutting a bunch for the next swap. It was really bothering me, as even though nobody complained about the quality of my cutting work, I question it. I was in a swap with another group, and I got a bag of squares from another participant that was a month after the swap closed, and they weren't worth going over, as the squares were all sizes within millimeters, and looked like they were torn. Some had selvege. I was a little upset, and hoped that nobody was getting packets from me with those kind of problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barri1 View Post
    I couldn't figure out how to use the rotary cutter, and do the squares. I wasn't thrilled with the accuracy. I was taking a piece of fabric, and had a couple of 1.5" templates made at Lowes. I hold the template to the fabric, and go around it. I was able to sit in front of the boob tube, and multitask. SheriR explained how to cut it with the ruler, cutter,and mat. I was able to put it on my cocktail table, and I'm able to sit, and watch the boob tube. I have been cutting a bunch for the next swap. It was really bothering me, as even though nobody complained about the quality of my cutting work, I question it. I was in a swap with another group, and I got a bag of squares from another participant that was a month after the swap closed, and they weren't worth going over, as the squares were all sizes within millimeters, and looked like they were torn. Some had selvege. I was a little upset, and hoped that nobody was getting packets from me with those kind of problems.
    Barri1, I hope you are using a small rotary cutter with that 1.5'' template. You are putting your fingers at risk if you are using a larger cutter. Have you thought about cutting 1.5'' strips and then cutting them into 1.5'' squares? You can cut your strips any length and then set your template on top of the strip and cut away. I think it would speed up your cutting time and be safer for your fingers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dottie dodge View Post
    Barri1, I hope you are using a small rotary cutter with that 1.5'' template. You are putting your fingers at risk if you are using a larger cutter. Have you thought about cutting 1.5'' strips and then cutting them into 1.5'' squares? You can cut your strips any length and then set your template on top of the strip and cut away. I think it would speed up your cutting time and be safer for your fingers.
    SheriR explained how to use the ruler, and not the template. I have a 28 mm, 45mm and 60mm. I am using the 45mm, and it's really working nicely. Right now I am using a ton of scraps that a couple of people gave me, plus some of my own.
    Think I have them under control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barri1 View Post
    SheriR explained how to use the ruler, and not the template. I have a 28 mm, 45mm and 60mm. I am using the 45mm, and it's really working nicely. Right now I am using a ton of scraps that a couple of people gave me, plus some of my own.
    Think I have them under control.
    I worked in a quilt store and am missing some flesh on the ends of my fingers is why I cautioned you about using too large a cutter. Yes, ouch! I want friends like you have that just give me scraps of fabric. All my friends quilt and keep all their scraps! Boohoo! I've swapped with you on another list and your squares were not too bad, but I'm glad you are now using a rotary cutter. It is more accurate and once you get used to it I think it is faster. Keep those fingers! LOL

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    Thanks Dottie dodge...I'm laughing, as I have a load of friends who are waiting to suture my fingers after I cut them. Now that I think of it, I will change my blade to as this one is getting dull. 12lbs of scraps was acquired, or actually saved. A very nice member asked how to make a dog bed, and use scraps to stuff it. I mentioned that I would love her scraps. I sent her money for postage, and asked her to send some to a friend. She sent me two boxes, and my friend one. The scraps were beautiful. I cut of pieces for myself, as I don't want duplicates in the PSQ. I'm still cutting them. I am also cutting for the next swap. I really hope to share them. I'm not in denial about my skills needing to be better, but you can't imagine a bag of 100 squares that I got that weren't worth the time, or effort to see which were salvagable. I wonder if you can put a note up that you are looking for scraps. I think there might be a bunch that do not plan on using them. You never know. it also might infuse different fabrics into the swap

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    Barri, I'm glad you've found rotary cutting easier than using a template and scissors. I remember you posting about this method and thinking you were crazy. I also know, we do what we gotta do…right? Do be careful, like dottie mentioned. I was cutting tiny squares late last week and my rotary cutter landed on top of my finger. I looked at it and thought, “I wonder if that’s going to bleed…” It did, then it hurt, but luckily it was not a big cut and I decided it was time to go to bed. My first rotary cut ever, however I have many hot glue scars…. Be careful!!
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    I got nicked already. Nothing to brag about, but it was a warning. I have a heathy respect for sharp objects, and that is another thing. I insist on working with sharp tools. I use a scalpel instead of a seam ripper, and love it. I always remember to cover it, and use the cover on the rotary cutter.
    SheriR... I'm laughing as the cutting around the template with the scissors was faster, but I wasn't happy with the accuracy. I also liked sitting on the couch, and cutting. I really didn't want to stand up, and cut, as I'm too tired when I come home, and like to play with my fabric. I brought a small mat to the cocktale table, and I'm good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barri1 View Post
    SheriR... I'm laughing as the cutting around the template with the scissors was faster, but I wasn't happy with the accuracy. I also liked sitting on the couch, and cutting. I really didn't want to stand up, and cut, as I'm too tired when I come home, and like to play with my fabric. I brought a small mat to the cocktale table, and I'm good to go.
    Barri that's a great way lol. I brought my kids OLD play table in front of my couch.

    Little table + little mat + little rotary cutter = little squares.

    I'm still trying to figure out the best storage method. Right now I have one container with bagged stacks of color coordinated stamps, and one container with snack baggies of my coordinating 1.5" and 2.5" stamps. Any suggestions?
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    I took the baggies apart, and sorted them into colors. It took a long while, and I try to sort them when I have a few minutes. I don't sew during the week, as I am too tired, and try to do no brainer things. I will eventually throw all of the squares into a bag, and just sew what I grab out. I'm not doing a patternon the first one. Maybe on the next.

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    I use a boot shoe box for my 'stamps' storage. If I am doing 20 sets of 50 different fab I cut 20 of one color at a time and put them in stacks until I have 50 stacks - then I have 20 baggies pinned on a bath towel on my closet door and that is where I make up my packets.
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    Hi Nelco..
    I like your fabrics

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    Quote Originally Posted by barri1 View Post
    I was in a swap with another group, and I got a bag of squares from another participant that was a month after the swap closed, and they weren't worth going over, as the squares were all sizes within millimeters, and looked like they were torn. Some had selvege. I was a little upset, and hoped that nobody was getting packets from me with those kind of problems.
    Barri1, your stamps are good. I was in the same swap and got a packet from that swapper. I copied the hostess with my emails to the swapper addressing my disappointment in the swatches and will let the hostess decide whether she can participate in the next one. And, yes, our swapping partner admitted that she tore the strips as her granny taught her so as to keep it on the grain. I kept telling myself, "It's only scraps, it's only scraps." But it didn't help.
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    I think I've finally decided on a pattern for my postage stamp quilt so....I'm going to start putting it together. I hope I can keep those little monsters in line and not too wonky.

    P.S. I have some wonky cut squares and thin fabric squares I received in another swap. If anyone would like them, send me an PM and I'll send them to you. Not a bunch but I didn't want to throw them out if someone wanted them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evie View Post
    Barri1, your stamps are good. I was in the same swap and got a packet from that swapper. I copied the hostess with my emails to the swapper addressing my disappointment in the swatches and will let the hostess decide whether she can participate in the next one. And, yes, our swapping partner admitted that she tore the strips as her granny taught her so as to keep it on the grain. I kept telling myself, "It's only scraps, it's only scraps." But it didn't help.
    Sounds like we all got the same swap partner. I salvaged what I could, GRRRRRRR!
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    [QUOTE=Twisted Quilter;5547152]I think I've finally decided on a pattern for my postage stamp quilt so....I'm going to start putting it together. I hope I can keep those little monsters in line and not too wonky.

    Those little squares can get wonky fast can't they? I've been sewing 1.5'' squares into 5 x 5 blocks then into bigger blocks. Helps keep things in line for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twisted Quilter View Post
    I think I've finally decided on a pattern for my postage stamp quilt so....I'm going to start putting it together. I hope I can keep those little monsters in line and not too wonky.
    Would love to see a pic...even if it's just in the idea, chicken scratch drawing stage.

    And yes, I'm a victim from the other swap too! We love Mariposa, but doesn't that just make you love her and her swap's even more??? Happy Friday.
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    [QUOTE=Fraew;5547396]Would love to see a pic...even if it's just in the idea, chicken scratch drawing stage.

    I caught that act in two sizes! Ouch! I would love to see what you are planning too. I am just sewing my charms together, no pattern, no rhyme or reason. I have seen some awesome ps quilts that are planned but I had already started sewing and I really don't like to do the frog stitch!

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    I am so tired, and needed a laugh. I guess a bunch of us got the same crappy squares. Since I have a shortage of time, it didn't pay for me to go through the bag. I probably would've been upset if I found a square that I really liked, and it was cut too small. I also sent about 15 more squares just in case some of mine were short, or defective. I started practicing so hopefully the next batch will be better.
    Someone mentioned that if you do them in four piece squares, there is a better chance of them being in better alignment. In theory it makes sense.
    I better go in for a nap so I can play later. Whoa....

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    Wow I lost count how many of us got nasty ripped squares lol. YES I live Mariposa's swap!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraew View Post
    Would love to see a pic...even if it's just in the idea, chicken scratch drawing stage.
    Thought I was all set to start then remembered that I hadn't finished cutting scraps for a friend. Maybe next week. Right now I think every other square is going to be white.
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    Well if I ever send out a Crappy Square, Please send it right back to me and I will make it right! I hate messing up! I sometimes think I will end up in Quilters Hell, because of sending a bad cut!

    I love scraps and get them from every one I know. They think the little tiny scraps I make into small blocks are for looney tunes, but when I get a project finished they Love them then!

    Who ever it was that wanted scraps, let me know I will share if you pay for postage, but beware, I have seen some ugly scraps, thank goodness they are so small you can't tell the pattern!
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    Hi marytoddliz,
    Hold on to the scraps, and use them in the next swap. They will just infuse more variety into the swap. I am almost positive I got squares from you, and didn't see a problem. The only problem I had was with the one we all did.. I just remembered opening the envelope, and trying to make head, or tails out of it. The envelope was a month after the swap was over, and I forgot that I didn't get from one person. I did learn one major issue from all of you, and it sort of upset me, and embarressed me. I didn't starch, and iron my fabric, and everyone else's were very nice, crisp, and organized. Okay, so I've seen the light. I'm a changed woman...

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    hey twisted what pattern did you decide on? after my random one and my perkiomen daydreams one are "finished" i will be starting a new one. i have seen some great inspiration on the web so i don't know what the pattern will look like yet. it's good to know you are finally jumping in to start sewing on your psq.

    yep i got a bag of ripped squares also and i contacted the swapper about it. i let her know that what she sent was unusable for me and that she should sent out squares that she would want to receive. it would've been a good idea to contact the swap hostess but i hadn't thought of that.

    i'm looking forward to receiving my squares from this swap.

    Quote Originally Posted by Twisted Quilter View Post
    I think I've finally decided on a pattern for my postage stamp quilt so....I'm going to start putting it together. I hope I can keep those little monsters in line and not too wonky.

    P.S. I have some wonky cut squares and thin fabric squares I received in another swap. If anyone would like them, send me an PM and I'll send them to you. Not a bunch but I didn't want to throw them out if someone wanted them.
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