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October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?

We want to know: Do you use pre-cuts when quilting? If so, tell us your favorite pre-cut size and why it is your favorite. 

To participate in this month's survey, simply scroll down and post your answer in the "Add a Comment" box below. If your comment is chosen for our Easy Quilts Quilters Club of America Notes you will receive a $10 gift certificate to ShopFonsandPorter.com.


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Barbara wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 7:03 AM

I use alot of charm packs and Layer cakes ,it is so nice to not have to cut my fabirc to those sizes and they work wonderful for applique .  Barbara

Teresa wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 7:53 AM

No, I don't use pre-cuts but would/need to learn! I think from what I've seen I would probably choose jelly rolls.

Teresa wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 8:05 AM

I would like to add the "why" I would choose jelly rolls over the others.....I think jelly rolls are more versatile in that they can stay long, can be cut to diff. sizes, can be pieced together then cut in postage stamp size or any other size. The others can too, but I think it would be more involved than the jelly rolls.

AKnox wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:21 PM

No, I have never used pre-cuts due to the fact that I want to make my quilts ALL by myself, including color, cut, sewing, ironing, to hand quilting ALL of my quilts. But, I would use a pre-cut if I were to receive them as a gift!

lhharris72 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:25 PM

I've used charm packs and made several quilts using jelly rolls.  The thing I like best is the accuracy of the cut as I am cutting "challenged"!  Always have been - since kindergarten, and probably always will be.

Elizabeth wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:27 PM

I have used Jelly Rolls, probably will again - strips are so versatile.

I received a charm pack as a door prize, not sure what (or if) I'll use ti for.

Can't see the point behind layer cakes!

fazora wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:28 PM

The answer is no, I don't usepre-cuts. I do mostly appliqué and  happen to buy some charm packs once in the blue moon, but I never used them.

QUILTER OVERWHELMED wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:33 PM

No, I prefer not to use pre-cuts as I always wash my yardage as soon as it comes home with me.  It would be too hard to pre-wash pre-cuts.  I know they say you don't need to pre-wash your fabric any more, but I still prefer it.

Teresa Hatten wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:34 PM

I don't buy pre-cuts, but I make my own by cutting up my left-overs and scraps into various sized strips and squares.

Pam wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:39 PM

I sometimes use precuts- it depends on the fabrics whether I buy them in the first place. They really have to catch my eye as a grouping. Then I usually use charm packs or jelly rolls.

lifeisgrand wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:41 PM

The precuts I use most often are the 5" charm squares and the 2 1/2" strips.  I use both these sizes quite often since so many patterns call for those common sizes.  (And both of them can be cut down to a 2 1/2" square very easily!)

Candis wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:41 PM

I love the Jelly rolls! And fat quarters.

NatalieAPrice wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:42 PM

I have a few jelly rolls but have not yet used them and only have them because they were on sale. I usually avoid them because of cost-per-yard.

marymackmademine@gmail.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:43 PM

I've used jelly rolls, 5" charms and FQ bundles.  Each offers quick, ready to piece quilt options.  I love the patterns by Quilt In A Day (Tossed 9 patch, Grandmother's Flower Garden, Pinwheels, etc) ) and by Cozy Quilts (any strip tube patterns).  I can sit and sew without too much thought.  I need that some days.  Other days, when I want the challenge, I cut fabrics to make what I choose.  They are also great for beginner projects, where you want to teach accuracy, but the cutting skill isn't as practiced yet.  The beginner can work on piecing skills, knowing their charms or strips were cut well.  You just need to watch for some batik strips, which are sometimes not as accurate.  

Karen M C wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:46 PM

Just purchased my first pack of Bali Pops!    Haven't used it yet, but I love the fabrics and know the precuts will save me a lot of time.    I have the pattern planned and can't wait to finish up the Chrismtas quilt I'm making so I can dig in to it!

swalker287 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:48 PM

I haven't used precuts yet, but have recently been thinking about giving them a try.  I am hesitant about mixing the somewhat wilder fabrics and would like to see what the professionals come up with.

weze aka Louise Raymond wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:56 PM

I use a lot of the pre cuts all the time I love the 2 1/2 inch strips cham paks I have a lod of  too it makes it much eaiser to use as many of us have arthritis in our hands I find it so very help full , I also use my Acuquilt Go to do a lot of work for me too its a God send in helping us that are lucky enough to have one. I love all the batik fabrics and love getting them in fat quarters and as many different styles of cuts . turn overs i loev too I offten buy the whole set of items to do different things when I can find them on sale so I hunt for the sales , being retired navy wife here I have to look for sales all the time.

bitty bundles I get too so many to pick from . I have a few pattern books that use all the different style of cuts too you name it any thing easy is for ME LOL

bec02 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 12:58 PM

Yes, I do use precuts sometimes.  I've used jellyrolls for a "rail fence" quilt for my mom.  I put it on diagonal and did fancy machine quilting in the border triangles.  It turned out spectacular.  I've also used charm packs several times.  Right now I'm making an eight sided Christmas tree skirt with charms.  I think I like charm packs the best, not sure why though.  I love precuts for scrappy looking quilts because I don't have to pick out all the fabrics.  You get a little of a whole line of fabric that goes together.  

Catharine Gay Youngman wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:01 PM

I didn't until I purchased a couple of Craftsy workshops that used the precuts.  I really like using them, because cutting out tons of small pieces can get monotonous.  The cost is somewhat prohibitive, though, so I wait for the sales.

befb1939 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:03 PM

I like the jelly rolls.  Great for log cabin blocks, long "braids" and I just saw a "jelly roll race" video that is my next project.

Harriett Williams wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:05 PM

Yes, I use precuts on my Accuquilt cutter.  My hands are not very steady and this makes then come out correctly.

bree5037 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:07 PM

I don't use precuts. I find them cost prohibitive. Like Teresa mentioned, I cut my "leftover material" into strips and squares for future use. If I were to use them, I would buy strips because they can be utilized for so many different cuts.

PJM wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:08 PM

I use fat quarters mostly for table runners . I use jelly rolls for quick quilts and to fill in colors. Don't use layer cakes and /or charm packs yet. On my list of things to try.

Susan wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:10 PM

I have, but  with great trepidation. It is difficult to prewash them and I always worry about shrinkage or colors running if they are not prewashed.

Ladymax wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:11 PM

I use many pre-cuts in my quilts, but I use jelly rolls and fat quarters most often.  I find that I have more selection in colours, and print sizes with these pre-cuts, than I would if I purchased yardage.

MELANIEE wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:15 PM

I use precuts sometimes.  I did a beautiful dresden plate with a jelly roll.  I will try using my Accuquilt cutter with precuts.  That is a good idea!

Sylvia wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:22 PM

I use them as often as possible.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE precuts!  I use charm packs, jelly rolls, honey buns, layer cakes and any I can get my hands on. What can I say, I have a sweet tooth when it comes to precuts.  LOL! I don't like cutting a buzillion squares and precuts are so easy.  The fabric lines all coordinate together and are just beautiful.  I never prewash or worry about the colors running or coming out wonky.

Alice Wilson wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:25 PM

I love pre-cuts.   Jelly rolls and Charm Packs are my favorites because that's what I have used.

I have a couple of Layer Cakes waiting in the wings.  So much faster than cutting all those squares and strips and no worries about uniformity.

reindeer wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:26 PM

I don't necessarily buy "Pre-cuts", but make up my scraps into pre-cut sizes so they are all ready for me when I want to tackle a project.  Storing these pre-cut pieces in co-ordinating colors and having them all the same size saves time for me, sice I hate cutting, and haven't a budget that will allow buying precut packages all the time.

Lyn7952 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:32 PM

No - I have never used them but recently came upon a purse I wanted to make and pre-cuts would have been perfect I spent a couple hours cutting out the 2 1/2" strips from my stack of fabric - pre-cuts certainly would have helped.

Jaci Emerson wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:33 PM

I'm not very fond of the pinked edges on precuts.  I don't feel like I get the accuracy that I do with a straight edge.

joygross wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:36 PM

I dont very much , but I do like them.

MaggieNae wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:41 PM

I've been amassing charm packs, but have not used any of them yet.  I haven't used any precuts yet, but am really only on my 15th (?) quilt.

Janet wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:45 PM

I have never used precuts as I like control of my fabric, however I have been thinking it is time to try something new. Jelly rolls would be my choice for a first project.

clisbell21 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:45 PM

I have used pre-cuts in several projects, but I don't do it all that frequently.

hutchfarm2001@yahoo.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:49 PM

Jelly rolls are yes and a few charm squares, but not machine cut shapes.  Cost is deciding factor in fabric purchases and sometimes it is best it do it yourself instead of prepackaged if projects allow.

Susan wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:56 PM

Yes, when ever possible. They are very precise and save a lot of time. Less stress on my hands and shoulders.

Jessica wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 1:58 PM

I have not used pre-cuts as yet. When these treats became availble I had been quilting so long that my stash was huge. I have not been able to justify buying any pre-cuts. These days I am usually buying a backing for a finally finished UFO.

grannie1320@embarqmail.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 2:07 PM

Sometimes.  I use Charm Squres and Fat Quarters mostly but I do like to do the large stars with pre cut triangles. It takes so many to do them that it is easier to buy the triangles than to cut them.

vsteckbeck@aol.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 2:08 PM

I love jelly rolls and have also used charm packs.

jennjenn wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 2:18 PM

I have bursitis and the jelly rolls take care of a lot of unneeded pain when using the rotary cutter.

Glorianna wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 2:23 PM

I occasionally use charm packs.  However, I find that most are not accurately cut.  Takes a lot of time to recut and end up going from 5 inch to 4 1/2 inch squares.  What I do like is adding the variety of different fabrics to use with scraps I already have.

jbening wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 2:27 PM

No I haven't so far.  Maybe some day.

signal@ncn.net wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 2:36 PM

I have used jelly rolls---found them particulary good when teaching my granddaughters to quilt.  With an ever growing stash, I cut my leftovers to use instead of buying precuts.  I think the pre-cuts, charms, jelly roll etc. make a lot of sense if you are teaching beginners.

brendaln wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 2:37 PM

Sometimes.  Just depends on the project and what I have in my stash.

ok2quilt wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 2:38 PM

Definitely! Always trying new patterns that use jelly rolls, layer cakes & charm packs.

Casey wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 2:47 PM

no I have never used pre-cut fabric but I would like to try a quilt with 2 1/2 inch strips.

Maryanne Edmundson wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 2:50 PM

Yes, being a new quilter, I enjoy the shortcuts available with the jelly rolls, charm packs, etc.  Love how all the pieces coordinate.  It isn't as frustrating to learn with most of the cutting already done!  :-)

Sheila wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 2:54 PM

The only thing I've used pre-cuts for is to get a variety of fabrics to use for applique. LOL - yes, really!

MARYC-39 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 2:56 PM

I like using charm packs for two reasons...I am a scrappy quilt lover and I like wall hangings , runners , and other smaller projects.  The assortment of fabrics allows for lots of design opportunities  and there is usually a color way for seasonal projects as well.

Janet wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:06 PM

I haven't yet, but I look at them every time I go to a fabric store.  I make a lot of children's quilts and think they would be wonderful to get me a headstart.  Definitely jellyrolls and squares of all sizes would save lots of time.

Julie Ann Smith wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:08 PM

I usually use the 5 inch pre-cuts and have never used anything else.  Recently though I bought a layer cake and I think I died and went to Heaven.  Wow, not only did the quilt turn out amazing, but it was ever so fast!  I think I've found my new favorite pre-cuts!

Janet wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:08 PM

I haven't yet, but I look at them when I go to fabric stores.  I make a lot of kid's quilts for charity and I think the jellyrolls and squares of all sizes would save me loads of time.

grammyto2 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:10 PM

The only time I use pre-cuts is if I'm taking a class that calls for them.  I still pre-wash all my fabric even though I know it isn't really necessary any more, but I just want to do it.   I do use fat quarters once in a while.  Sometimes I wash them by hand, but have used them without washing especially if it is for a wall hanging.

jcomingore wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:12 PM

I love the versatility of pre-cuts.  They save so much time -- I especially like using charm packs because you get the whole fabric line without having to spend a large amount of money -  The charm packs make quick and easy tote bags but my favorite way to use them is to make them up into a nine patch toss up for quilts our quilt guild makes for the fire department to hand out as needed in case of emergeny

tqr_lla@juno.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:21 PM

I prefer to make my own pre-cuts, but do like the jelly-roll and the layer cake as they are easy sizes to fit most patterns.   If I am using either of the two, I will add cuts of my own stash of those sizes to fill  in the blanks in my design.

CHERYLM-4 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:28 PM

Yes sometimes. I can't resist those jellyrolls!

Bonita wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:30 PM

I love precuts, I haven't seen many charm packs I don't like. I made a Christmas quilt using turnovers so easy and came out very pretty If I do say so myself.

Mil-du wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:44 PM

I use the 5" charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes.  Since I teach quilting these save me valuable time. My scraps end up in different drawers of these sizes plus any other size square that will use every bit of scrap fabric...they all get used and are so much faster to use up if the cutting has already been done.

Georgie Dziubek wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:47 PM

Yes, I use pre-cuts most of the time.  I have arthritic fingers & sometimes my cutting is not as accurate as it should be with the yardage cuts. I also have limited room, so I work on my kitchen table.  I buy fat-quarters, 10" squares & charm squares. I haven't tried the jelly-rolls yet.  I prefer the 10" squares. I can cut them in a variety of shapes & sizes or leave them whole. After I decide on a pattern, I buy the pre-cuts for the central design & buy a few yards of coordinating material for the borders.  This system works very well for me & cuts down on the amount of large pieces I have to deal with.

Ms MoomMist wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:48 PM

Oh yes, I found jelly rolls and have totally fallen in love with them. What a time saver! I've use charm packs and also made a quilt using several layer cakes. It is amazing how fast a quilt can come together when the cutting is all done for you!

Evelyn wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 3:53 PM

I like the jelly rolls, since they are a size that you can do a lot with.  I have used some of the 5 inch squares also.  I like the cutting done for me if I can get it.  That is why I like the Go Machine, it makes rag quilts go so much faster.

gracelise wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 4:19 PM

No, I really don't like them.  I have used one jelly roll, and have enough coordinating fabrics to make my own.  Also, I like to keep costs down, and am trying not to buy any more fabric (Ha ha) and precut would just become unpackaged and added to the mess, never to be found again.

rmbutler2@verizon.net wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 4:38 PM

I have used charms and jelly rolls. I like the charms for when you need some small pieces for applique. I like the jelly rolls for purses.

grannie04 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 4:44 PM

I just started buying precuts a few months back.  I find they are perfect when you need to whip up just that "little something".  I love them, because you get all the pieces in a collection, and there are now lots of great patterns especially suited for them.

OmaCornelia wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 4:44 PM

Mostly I use Jelly Rolls and make scrappy looking quilts and table toppers.

Marilyn wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 4:49 PM

Only recently started using jelly rolls and charm packs. I love them and will definnitely incorporate them into my fabric stash and quilt projects often now that I have started using them.

Mimismother wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 5:09 PM

Yes, I have used precuts; primarily the 2.5 inch strips.  I did have a bad experience with the last strips which were included in a kit but cut by the manufacturer.  Apparently, the cutting machine was having a very bad day, and many were less than 2.5 inches--not good especially when using them to make trianagles.  I will be leery of the precuts in the future.

lindadm wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 5:14 PM

Oh yes! They're my new "go-to" when I just want to see without picking out all the coordinating fabrics! And the new patterns make them go together so easy with wonderful results.

Emily wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 5:15 PM

I haven't used pre-cuts because I am an appliquer but I have purchased some and, Shazam!, I find them useful in applique because I can see the colors at a glance and they are the right size for flowers, etc.  How do you like that for a run on sentence??

Bayla Singer wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 5:18 PM

I haven't use precuts (unless you count fat quarters); I like to make my own assortments of fabric.  Most of the jellyrolls etc that I've seen include at least two or three prints I wouldn't want, which makes a pricey item even more expensive.

I'm new to quilting, though, and may change my mind!  

quiltdiva1805 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 5:19 PM

I don't use precuts because I like to wash my fabric before cutting.

Mag wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 5:20 PM

Not always I buy a lot of fabric by the yard.

Lucysweetlips wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 5:26 PM

No, but I'm seriously considering it, mainly because it seems like such a time saving way to get your project done. Also, I have severe RA (arthritis) and using shears for more than a short time is an impossible task. So, I might start cutting shapes in January and not finish until the following December! No worry, mostly, I do other things! But, back to your question - I would use precuts, even just strips and squares!

Linda wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 5:39 PM

I love fat quarters!!!! I've used charms and a jelly roll once. I think I'd use jelly rolls more if they were within my budget. I've used 10" square stacks and liked them, but again they are out of my budget. So most of the time I use fat quarters or yardage and cut my own.

snowrvn wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 5:40 PM

no I have never used precuts before

Mary wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 6:02 PM

I haven't used any precuts yet, but I have a few sets which I he to use this winter.

Faye wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 6:03 PM

I like the convenience of the precuts. However, I am frugal and buy fabric on sale to cut my own strips and squares.

Wiredbeader wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 6:11 PM

I've been using a lot of jelly roll-type precuts recently.  I had seen a pattern on the Hoffman website that I liked and made several different color versions of it.  And I purchased a couple of charm packs with a plan in mind to use them in some sort of Irish chain pattern but now realize I should've stuck with jelly rolls instead--lol.  I love precuts!

Barbdavison wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 6:18 PM

I have been quilting for a number of year's, and have yet to buy any pre-cuts,  I've been drawn to them, buy always pass them by, simply because they are so expensive.  However, I often cut strips and charm blocks from my stash.  Would I like to receive a pack?  Oh, yes!  Then I could try what has always intrigued me!

cindyph wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 6:29 PM

I use pre-cuts all the time, mostly because they are convenient, you get an entire fabric line in one, and they're just plain FUN! :cD

clemon wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 6:29 PM

I haven't used pre-cuts. I can't afford to buy them. Too expensive.

Linda Garmon wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 6:35 PM

I love precuts - I have an entire drawer full of them.  Collect them everytime I go out fabric shopping.  I love them because you have a taste of the entire line of fabric - all the color ways and prints.  I purchase charm packs, layer cakes and jellyrolls all because they are like buying candy - my fabric sweet tooth.  I have made quite a few quilts with them, and it is amazing to see people's faces when I tell them they are from a precut.  They are impressed with all the choices I had.

dkring wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 6:51 PM

I have used them and would much more except for them being so costly as I do mostly quilts for Project Linus

stpres0102@earthlink.net wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 6:56 PM

I use pre-cuts fairly often, especially jelly roll-charm square combos, to which I am addicted.  I also make my own from leftovers of traditionally-cut quilts.

Scop wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 6:57 PM

No because I make art quilts nor pieced quilt tops.

MARYB-31 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 7:02 PM

I have used jelly rolls and layer cakes for several quilts.  I am still a little nervous with the rotary cutter, so these pre-cuts give me a boost when I need a quilt in a hurry for a gift.

Retrogirl wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 7:19 PM

I have used jelly rolls, bali pops, charm packs and even a layer cake.  I love the variety of color ways you get.  I have made baby quilts, twin guilts and lots of table runners with charm packs.  I think pre-cuts are great!!!!

JANETN-7 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 7:31 PM

I do not use precuts very often. I would like to, in the near future, experiment with jelly rolls or charm packs. They look like lots of fun - also quick and easy.

sylvenwaterwulf wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 7:31 PM

ive used fat quarters... but often i buy scrap yardage from the crafts stores, often waiting for clearance sales that allow me to pick up a variety of matching pieces for low prices...

Sheryl wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 7:50 PM

I love pre -cuts....  My current favorite is charm packs and using the twisted tool....  Also, enjoy working with Jelly Rolls

Bingo wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 7:55 PM

I use charm packs and fat quarters.  It is easy to create projects using so many different coordinated colors of designs from charm packs.  The fat quarters also are easy to put together for certain projects.  But those are the only 2 pre-cuts that I use.

ldfalk wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 8:00 PM

Except for fat quarters to obtain a few missing colors, no I do not use pre-cuts.  I do cut my own shapes when quilting as necessary.

Liz wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 8:24 PM

I use charm packs, jelly rolls, and some pre-cut shapes when quilting, but have cut most of my own pieces during my quilting days.  There are some really cute cutouts with Sunbonnet Sue and Sam and others whimiscal shapes that would be so cute to use.

Judith B wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 8:29 PM

I do sometimes use them. They certainly are a time saver and are a big help for a special gift to someone. I like them all but I really like the 10 inch squares which can be sub cut into such quick unique design squares.

Judith B wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 8:36 PM

So many wonderful choices! Yes I have used them on occasion. They are a great help when you want lots of choices without having to buy large pieces of fabrics. I especially like the Layer Cakes which can be sub cut into various new design squares. They are great for a last minute gift or project.

Sue wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 8:37 PM

Mostly I cut my own  as I like English paper piecing.  I just bought 5" charm pack to do a small quilt

bettybean wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 8:44 PM

No, I don't.  For me a lot of the fun is in choosing the fabrics I like best to coordinate. Allows me to be more creative.

MachelleH wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 8:50 PM

No.  I prewash my fabric and I want the freedom to be able to cut it into whatever size I need.  

Iris Rivera wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 9:00 PM

Oh! Yes I was always interested in quilting, but I thought it was to difficult, but thanks to Craftsy.com I took the course of "quilting quickly" with Jenny from the Missouri Star Quilt Comp. and she explained how easy it was with precuts that I got hooked then little by little I have been experimenting on my own and I can cut and combine fabrics on my own. But I don't think this will be possible if I haven't started with precuts.

heatherkmc wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 9:19 PM

I use precuts because I can get right down to sewing.  I use layer cakes, charms, and jelly rolls in addition to cutting some fabric on my own.  I'd like to learn to use the turnover sizes, but can't find a pattern to start with.

Rita Smith wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 9:44 PM

I use pre-cuts about half the time especially the quick projects.  Layer cakes are my favorite because you just have more to work with.  

L Kohl wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 9:49 PM

I do not use pre-cuts as a rule.  Most often the quilts I make require larger pieces or at times I fussy cut special images.  I have used jelly rolls ocassionally when they fit the design.

RosemaryRivas wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 10:12 PM

I like the convenience of the pre-cuts, but so far I'm trying to use up my stash that I've collected over the years. I would like to use the jelly roll to make a braided project as I am intrigued by that design.   I do have some black/white squares from a Shop Hop, so I am looking for something that I can make with them--any suggestions besides a quilt?

DaisyM35@sbcglobal.net wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 10:27 PM

No, I don't only because I don't know what to make with them

SHARONM-26 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 10:59 PM

Yes i did an online mystery quilt that used a jelly roll. I liked the speed of getting everything cut out. I have used a charm pack for some applique. I have started buying more precuts to use when i need a quick qift.

MacThayer wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 11:00 PM

The first time I used pre-cuts, it was jelly rolls, and I used them to make a lap sized quilt top.  I finished and quilted the top, and then washed it in cold water, gentle cycle, top loader, small amount of orvus soap, 3 color catchers, and half a cup of white vinegar in the cold water rinse just to get the soap out (I know vinegar doesn't "set" colors).  It was a disaster.  The dark colors ran onto into the light colors, and the entire quilt was ruined.  This was the first time I'd never pre-washed, because I'd always bought fabric before.  What a waste of money, time and effort.  I have since bought a couple of jelly rolls, but the time I spent washing (actually soaking them), hand agitating, rinsing, spinning them out in my salad spinner, and lying them flat to dry and then press -- well, to be honest, it takes me less time to cut the strips from pre-washed fabric.  And I was NEVER use anything but pre-washed fabric in anything I quilt again!

RoseMary Whittet wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 11:29 PM

I've never use pre-cuts.  If I use a pattern, I usually change size, shape or color of it.  I'm sure I wouldn't enjoy sticking to something I hadn't used my creativity on.  My granddaughter used pre-cut strips for her first quilt when she was 15 but she didn't stop there.  She's making up her own designs now.

Jennifer wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 1 October 2012, 11:32 PM

I have used charm packs and jelly rolls in my quilts. It depends on the pattern and the quilt I want to make. I really like the jelly roll strips because I know they are cut straight and true, and there are so many great designs that can be made from them! However, I like to use yardage just as much, so it all depends on the project I'm working on.

nemcvey wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 1:27 AM

I have used only a few fat quarters, but found them to be very flimsy material.  I would have been better off to buy 1/8th of a yard instead.  I only bought them because I was in a hurry and the colors I wanted were available in the fat quarters.  I tried the Accuquilt but decided that I could get twice the number of squares when I rotary cut them, and didn't waste so much fabric.

Barb Colvin wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 4:45 AM

I like all pre-cuts. Charm packs are a great way to get a taste of a whole collection. I've used them as they are for table toppers, and combined them with solids for some great hst projects.  I keep fat quarters around to add variety to my quilts. When a pattern calls for, let's say, red fabric, I can pull out lots of different reds to add some pizzazz!

Sue Case wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 5:03 AM

I use charm squares and Jelly Rolls.  The charm squares make great bags!!!

Marty Askins wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 6:54 AM

I haven't used any pre-cuts yet.  But I have some, so that I can try.

dardar wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 7:24 AM

I don't use precuts. The smallest piece I buy is a fat quarter. I have started to cut left over's into 2.5 squares and 2.5 inch strips.

daffydolores@yahoo.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 7:33 AM

Half of the fun of quilting is in the cutting out the pieces.  However whenever I make a quilt and have

scraps left I will cut the pieces into small block and set aside for a future quilt.

Barbara wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 7:57 AM

I use charm and jelly roll also fat  quarter too.

dewey_decimal wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 8:22 AM

No, I do not use pre-cuts because I treat my fabrics with the product Retayne which uses very hot water so my fabrics are also pre-shrunk. I want chemicals removed and fabrics starched before using so  anything smaller than a Fat Quarter is simply too much hassle.

I, too, make pre-cut fat quarters, squares and strips. I have only one small box labeled as scraps.

Thanks

Paulette wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 8:39 AM

I really like using the Jelly Rolls. I'm not good at cutting

strips, so, with them they are already cut. Also, you get

a sampling of all the fabrics in a collection.

mcguth@mtco.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 8:43 AM

Yes, I do use some precuts but also cut my own.  Mostly use jelly rolls.

ddstitcher wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 8:50 AM

I used a few fat quarters (plus some yardage) to make a quilted tote bag for my daughter.  I had never used pre-cuts prior to that.  I have recently become fascinated with jelly rolls and would like to make a quilt with them.  

ddstitcher wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 8:55 AM

I used a couple of fat quarters, plus some yardage, to make a quilted tote for my daughter.  I had not used any pre-cuts prior to that.  I am fascinated by the jelly rolls and would like to make a quilt with some of them.

Fletcher wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 9:16 AM

I don't generally buy precuts, but I make my own. Often my friends and family knowing my love for fabrics will bring me boxes of scraps that they have found in various places (ie auctions, garage sales etc) In order to organize all my scraps I make them into precuts like charm packs (5 or 6 inch), Jelly rolls, or fat quarters. I Love to make scrap quilts and have many different patterns that I use, and always searching for new patterns. My husband laughs at me when I get new boxes of scraps he says "Don't you have enough?". I just tell him "It is a disease, I never have enough."

tflandermeyer wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 9:40 AM

I use Fat Quarters a lot.  They are just the right size to make a blocks, purses and I pad covers.  I also use them to make place mats and table runners.

Elizabeth P. wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 10:38 AM

I use a lot of Fat Quarters.  I do a lot of applique work and by buying fat quarters I can get a wide range of tones and patterns in a single color group, in nice usable sizes.

When I finish my current project, which is quite complex; I plan on getting my first jelly roll and make a quick and eazy nine patch--something very relaxing.

Jean H. wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 10:47 AM

I bought a kit with precut appliques in it. The only thing I didn't like about them was having to trim them out again after attaching to fusible. I'd rather draw my shapes on fusible and cut them out after attaching to fabric.

L Moran wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 10:52 AM

I am a relatively new quilter and I haven't had much success with precuts.  I find they aren't exact and on grain and therefore I became very frustrated.  I know it takes longer, but I do prefer to cut the fabric myself and then I know it is on grain and exactly the size I require.

Pat Brich wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 10:53 AM

I have used jelly rolls for my french braid projects and would use them in more projects if I could find them in just the right fabrics.  Charm packs, layer cakes and fat quarters are great for making my own precuts and applique items.

Carol wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 10:59 AM

I use fat quarters some, for variety, but mostly cut my own from scraps~~I cut into squares of all sizes and strips~~so I can use for all the scrappy quilts I love to make (Three cheers for Bonnie Hunter!)

Cathy Parker wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 12:15 PM

No, I want my work to be mine and if I make a mistake it is mine and not using someone else to do my work to be better.  What is the fun of creating if you have someone else do it.  I look at all the precuts and the colors and designs are not me and don't look worth the cost, but I did buy one as I thought the color combination was great until they arrived and I was so disappointed.   So as a creative nut, I will do my own even if I buy more fabric then I need.  Self Creation is the word for a self created project.  Love that quilt.

betty drake wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 1:08 PM

Yes, I use precuts.  I much prefer the sewing part of making quilts then the cutting part.  I'm usually in a rush and the pre-cuts are a great time saver.  I also like getting the many different coordinating fabrics in one package.

yessanth wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 1:32 PM

I use pre-cuts when I am in a hurry to complete a project.  I will purchase precuts when I love the collection but do not want to invest in several yards of each fabric.

1Sampson wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 2:01 PM

I have used jelly rolls before in my quilts, which made the color selection and cutting part more easier.  I have ordered for the first time precut appliques.  I have a quilt that is already finished and when I looked at it, it needed something more in some of the fill in squares.  I was going to either embroider something in them or use appliques.  I chose to do appliques and found some real cute ones online.

evance wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 2:36 PM

I've used a charm pack once but nothing else.

Liz Lambert wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 4:50 PM

No I don't use pre cuts, I guess I'm an old fashioned, I like to wash and iron all fabric, and I like the leftovers for my stash?  I don't imagine there would be much left over from a jelly roll, plus they are more expensive, I find, then buying yardage

Pdt659 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 5:05 PM

I have used jelly rolls that is all. I have a pre-cut quilt but haven't tryed to put it together yet. I got it out and looked at all the pieces and that is a lot of pieces. Thought I don't know if I can do this or not. Someday I will try.

caouetteinmd wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 6:44 PM

I do not use pre-cuts because I want my quilts to be my design and total built by my loving hands. I might use some when I start doing charity quilts, though, because there is such a call from charitable groups for quilts for special needs. I would definitely cut down on preparation and design times.

Gee wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 7:08 PM

I do not, because I pre-wash everything. My scraps get cut in strips and squares, so I sort of make my own!

ester nelson wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 8:06 PM

I have made a quilt using a jelly roll, but I haven't used my charms yet. I hope to do that one day, and  using the  5" charms with my fabric collection or fat quarters (I make my own fq's with every yardage that I buy.) I do like all the different colors and variety that's in the pre cuts, though.

Calicobear wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 8:25 PM

Have used Fat Quarters, and recently made a Tumbler quilt with Charm Squares.....would love to try Jelly Rolls!  I do cut up my scraps into strips, squares & rectangles tho too.  

Thanks for chance to win drawing! :)

LMR wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 8:30 PM

I've used them and then again, I've cut my own.  It all depends on the fabric selection - if I need a lot of different fabrics in a quilt it is usually more cost effective to purchase charm packs, jelly rolls, or layer cakes, etc.  Quilting is soooo much fun because there are really no rules - well except for that little quarter inch thing!!! :)

Sue wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 2 October 2012, 9:54 PM

I have bought some jelly rolls and charm packs, but the only thing I've really done with them so far is the "jelly roll race quilt"- I'm still looking for just the perfect project for the others!

Karen wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 12:11 AM

I have used jelly rolls, charm packs,and fat quarters.  I do prefer to choose and cut my own fabrics for a project, but pre-cuts are great to use when i just want to make a quick quilt, the only choice I have to make is which pattern I will use.

weezee56 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 12:47 AM

I haven't used a pre-cut yet, but I will. I bought a block for the month from JoAnn's and it is a pre-cut. I used my VIP card from QCA. Thank you for such a great club.

Kathy R wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 6:35 AM

Yes I use pre-cuts.  I've used Charm Packs and Jelly Rolls from a "collection" of purchases made online.

D L Woodbury wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 6:56 AM

I have a small tote of jelly rolls and charm pack sets I've collected. I wasn't sure just what to do with them until I got a great tip from Fons & Porter's Easy Quilts Fall 2012 magazine to, "use a coordinating solid fabric for the background color" (as in the "Hello Garden" quilt from the issue).  

Sandra wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 8:11 AM

Yes, I do.  I love the charm packs and jelly rolls.  I use the charm packs more often, they're the perfect size and I don't have to spend hours cutting.  The whole fabric line is included, so I know all the fabrics will coordinate together.  Sometimes I mix in my own cut scraps to add to the scrappy look of my charm quilts.  

Rilene wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 10:10 AM

Jelly rolls are my favorite. I've also used charm packs and turnovers.

2011gypseygirl wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 11:00 AM

I like the idea behind pre-cuts. Saves time, and the bundles are already pre-coordinated. I am a beginning quilter and find that they are very expensive and it takes something out of the learning process of making a quilt. There is an important creative expression that comes from coordinating your fabrics and planning a design. There is also that ...meditative-ness that comes from just cutting the fabric into the size and shape your need. But pre-cuts have thier place like if you are in need of putting a quilt together quickly, or if your teaching a group, or if you developing arthritis and cutting is a painful part of quilting (my grandmother had this problem in her later years).

Kelly Love-Schwarz wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 11:40 AM

I have purchased precuts, but never just taken them alone and made a quilt. I have pulled pieces from them to accent other pieces, and some - like the jelly rolls - are too cute to unwrap!

Anita Spicer wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 12:37 PM

I have never used precuts.  I like to chose the colors and design of fabric for each of my quilts.

shirlgirl wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 2:29 PM

Yes I do!  I especially like charm squares because you can whip up a nice gift in a hurry, or create a piece for home decor when company is coming.  Table runners, disappearing nine-patch articles, baby quilts, are just a few.  Tip-buy two of the same pack for more versatility and larger projects-believe me you will use them up.

shirlgirl wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 2:30 PM

Yes I do!  I especially like charm squares because you can whip up a nice gift in a hurry, or create a piece for home decor when company is coming.  Table runners, disappearing nine-patch articles, baby quilts, are just a few.  Tip-buy two of the same pack for more versatility and larger projects-believe me you will use them up.

shirlgirl wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 2:30 PM

Yes I do!  I especially like charm squares because you can whip up a nice gift in a hurry, or create a piece for home decor when company is coming.  Table runners, disappearing nine-patch articles, baby quilts, are just a few.  Tip-buy two of the same pack for more versatility and larger projects-believe me you will use them up.

shirlgirl wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 2:30 PM

Yes I do!  I especially like charm squares because you can whip up a nice gift in a hurry, or create a piece for home decor when company is coming.  Table runners, disappearing nine-patch articles, baby quilts, are just a few.  Tip-buy two of the same pack for more versatility and larger projects-believe me you will use them up.

Marcia W. wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 2:38 PM

I like to use pre-cut fat quarters from a collection for making quilts. I'm not that great at selecting fabrics from a variety of collections that work together yet like the look of quilts made with lots of prints.

hlbartel wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 3:51 PM

I have never used precuts, except for fat quarters.  I guess the cost of the jelly rolls, etc. has kept me from buying them as, when I figure the cost per yard, it is higher.  And these packs may come with a variety of fabrics, not all of which appeal to me.

Oma Michelle wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 4:31 PM

Yes certainly I use pre-cuts!  I appreciate that they have done that work

valerie wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 5:45 PM

I have not done this yet--but since I have been sewing so much more lately I think jellyrolls are in my future

Linda wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 7:42 PM

No I don't use precuts. I have one jelly roll in my stash and have yet to use it. I use fat quarters, but don't consider those precuts.

wicwas3@msn.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 3 October 2012, 11:37 PM

I've used charm squares for baby quilts and bags, but I have other pre-cuts (jelly rolls and dye-cut shapes)I haven't used yet. Don't know why....same reason I buy more fabric when I have plenty to choose from....I just hate to use it because then I won't have it anymore!

Claudia Baduy-Bixel wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Thursday, 4 October 2012, 5:38 AM

I like Jelly Rolls, Charm packs 'cause you have a little beat of the whole fabric collection, but I think is more expensive and at least in my case I need to take care of money; be sides you skip the fun of cutting fabric wich I injoy a lot. I think how grand grand mothers way back struggle with all kind of things and for us now everythings is sooooo easy, I love quilting and like to do it and I don't have to "save time" or steps in the proces... God Bless you'll

joriffle@cox.net wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Thursday, 4 October 2012, 3:15 PM

Yes.  They can give you variety of colors that work together and save time.  Something we all need more of.

Eileen wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Friday, 5 October 2012, 8:33 AM

I've used jelly rolls, charm squares & layer cakes. They are fun to work with because the cutting is done and they include fabrics from the full line. I like the layer cakes best so far because I can cut them into charms or keep them full size. Some jelly roll patterns would work with layer cakes as well.

Leslie A Kendrick wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Friday, 5 October 2012, 10:56 AM

I have used these for special projects.  I used the jelly rolls, charm packs, and layer cakes.  I have the triangles and honey buns yet to use.  I like the pre-cut  as it eliminates a lot of time and effort in preparation.  However, I do like to use up left overs by cutting into small sizes like a lot of the pre- cuts.

brat8690@yahoo.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Friday, 5 October 2012, 2:23 PM

Yes, I've used charm squares and fat quarters.

lindawwww wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Friday, 5 October 2012, 2:36 PM

I've occasionally used precuts but mostly I love the process of cutting all the pieces out.  I find it so relaxing.

Qwlt Ldy wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Friday, 5 October 2012, 2:54 PM

I have used the 2 1/2" strips and the charm packs 5" squares. For the most part I have used the 5" squares to make blocks that go along with the nickel quilt patterns.

Miranda Gabrielle wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Saturday, 6 October 2012, 7:17 PM

Yes, I like precuts.  I like jellyrolls of 2 1/2" strips.  I can do all sorts of different shapes and styles on blocks with those strips.  :)

greenmonstr wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Saturday, 6 October 2012, 9:21 PM

I use charm packs for quilts I make for a local NICU.  They work very well for this...I use a 5 x 6 square layout, then add a border of about 3" all around, quilt diagonal cross-hatch, and it's done! I also end up with some extra squares for myself since I have 10 left over from each pack.   Another precut that I use is the jelly roll.  I use them as binding, so I don't have to cut a lot of strips.  I purchased one pastel jelly roll which I use for binding for the baby quilts, and one jelly roll will bind a number of those little quilts.  For those who aren't sure what to do with a layer cake, don't forget that one layer cake = four charm packs - just cut it in half in both directions.

dragonrider wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Sunday, 7 October 2012, 12:10 AM

I have not yet tried pre-cuts I have a couple of jelly rolls that I keep looking at thinking about what possible quilt I could put together. They are ones that I won in a local shop hop that I did. I'm almost afraid to try them for fear that I won't like what I make. Maybe some day?

bmuzzy wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Sunday, 7 October 2012, 7:43 AM

Yes I have used them to make quilts. They are ok, but much rather have one piece.

judy0149 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Sunday, 7 October 2012, 10:36 AM

No - I have never used pre-cut fabrics but would love to learn how.  I, too, am cutting challenged and growing very frustrated with my attempts at log cabin blocks.  If pre-cut fabrics would make my life easier and happier, then I'm all for it.

gwen wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 8 October 2012, 11:09 PM

I used jellyroll once and liked the convience, I will probably try others as time goes on.

Gina C wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 9 October 2012, 1:07 AM

I haven't used any yet, but am planning to in the future.  I have bought a jelly roll and have some fat quarters.  So far I have cut my own strips and then pieces from them.  

Carey wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 9 October 2012, 12:22 PM

I used the block of the month precuts before that or fq's only so far. Haven't bought Jelly rolls or anything else to costly.

Spudgrandma wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 9 October 2012, 4:55 PM

Yes, I have actually used them quite a bit!

LeftyLou wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 9 October 2012, 7:26 PM

I'm a newish quilter, and the price of the precuts makes me gulp.  I'm also afraid I'll end up with piles of fabric that I don't like/appreciate.  Perhaps when I have a bit more experience I'll experiment with them.

Mamawpaula2 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 9 October 2012, 7:45 PM

I have not as of yet used pre-cuts. I have only been quilting a couple of years.

Jacqueline VH wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 7:32 AM

I just love fat quarters and jelly rolls. I have several books in my personal library dedicated to the use of one or the other. Being disabled, I find it is a lot easier to work with pre-cuts. And of course, fat quarters fit into an envelope sooo easily, and makes a nice, quick gift to my quilting buddies!

memoose wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 5:44 PM

I do use precuts sometimes. I like the layer cakes, because I can cut them into 5" or 2.5". I like 5" charms, too. But my favorites are fat quarters, I have lots of those! They are so versatile and allow me to have alot of selection. If I visit a shop somewhere, I can always rationalize a fat quarter, just to get SOMEthing!

baborina wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 6:04 PM

If you call fat quarters 'precut', then, yes, I do.  But I have tried a couple of kits with precuts and they were a disaster.  Mainly, I guess, because I WILL prewash everything.  When I finished, some of the charms were down to 4 1/2.  So I had to rethink the pattern and buy more fabric (it DID come out pretty good, even if I do say so myself!).  I HAVE used strips with a bit more success.  I was told to piece and then wash, but I fear running and ruining my quilt.  Though it is nice to know that others have used them with no problems.

Pat Frontuto wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 8:24 PM

Not me, I am still using my rotary cutter, although I would love the Accquilt system, just too high for my blood right now.  It takes time, but for me that is the purpose to slow down and smell the coffee, tea, flowers so to speak. Blessings to all:)

Maia wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 10 October 2012, 10:13 PM

Sometimes, I like using jellyrolls for specific projects and have done one jellyroll race which was really fun.  I've used a layer cake and fat quarter bundles on occassion as well, but I mainly buy yardage.

rdowner wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Thursday, 11 October 2012, 1:57 PM

I usually buy my own fabric. So I cut my own pieces.

barefootT wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Friday, 12 October 2012, 12:41 AM

the first precut I used was a jelly roll that I won. I made a dress for my granddaughter. I was hooked :)  I use jelly rolls, charm squares, and layer cakes.  they help to make many projects go faster, I love when I can find them on sale. I have used a few fat 1/4 bundles too, when I wanted a specific grouping of fabrics.  I do quite a few swaps, and fat 1/4's are great for them.

my favorite cut is 4-6 yards, depending on how much I like the fabric. :)

Georgia Girl Quilter wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Friday, 12 October 2012, 7:47 AM

I've used some charm packs, but sometimes they have more of what I don' like than what I do. I just as well buy a half yard of each of the collection fabrics that I do like. I do use jelly rolls a good bit. I find they have a little more variety. I prefer though to just buy a yard of each piece of fabric that appeals me.

gonder wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Friday, 12 October 2012, 9:56 PM

I use layer cakes and jellyrolls. Have done several "strip club" quilts and many Twister (using layercakes). Great to relax and let the color selection be done for me sometimes!

Kelley wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Saturday, 13 October 2012, 10:59 PM

Jelly rolls definitely..... so many things I can do with these...

Wendy wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Sunday, 14 October 2012, 3:14 PM

My quilt group and I do lots of charity quilts, so we defiantly use lots of precuts because the quilts go together so quickly. We use lots of jelly rolls. I myself love to use layer cakes and charm packs.

judyandian wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 6:32 AM

They are useful sometimes but they are very expensive given that not all the fabric in any given collection will appeal. Also the grain is not always straight which can present problems.

Mia wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 8:57 PM

I prefer to cut my own so that I have extra left over scraps for another project.

ltlmiss wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 9:40 PM

I use charm squares and jelly rolls.  Last quilt I made used a jelly roll which worked perfectly for the ribbon pattern.

abott wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 9:54 PM

No. I make a lot of bed-sized quilts and it would cost too much. I buy yardage and cut what I need. Pre-cuts would cost way too much in that quantity.

Rose-Marie wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 10:05 PM

I occasionally use them.  They are fun.  Mostly I work from scratch.

Patty Ann wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 10:25 PM

You could say I use precuts sometimes, but not ones bought at the shop.  When I do a quilt, the left over fabric is cut into 3 inch strips and different size squares.

rita goshorn wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 10:25 PM

i use precuts in many ways:   fat quarters, jelly rolls and layer cakes can make a quilt top and charms are mostly used for applique, as are all the leftovers.   jelly rolls strips can make binding.  precuts can be expensive, but there are some really good sales out there to take advantage of.

darlene1958 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 10:32 PM

I like to use the charm packs because they have all the prints together to make different blocks

koda wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 11:01 PM

Don't use precuts partly because I have tons and tons of scraps and partly because when using fat quarters I have found that they need squared off simply because of not being cut straight to start with. If that squaring problem happens with fat quarters, I would be afraid to start out with something smaller!

eestep wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 11:07 PM

I have bought 5" charms but haven't had time to use them yet. Strips would be my favorite of any pre-cut. I like the patterns that use strips.

LinH191 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 11:18 PM

I have only used jelly rolls to make small quilts.  I always look at the precuts and do think.........

Carolyn Mulligan wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 11:20 PM

I have used charms and strips - it really makes everything go quickly!

kfequilter wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 11:22 PM

I am just beginning.  I have not used precuts yet.  I have seen some very pretty jellyrolls.  I am anxious to try some as soon as I know what I am doing.

Nancy wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 15 October 2012, 11:46 PM

Yes, I use pre-cuts, especially for charity quilts. Easy to use and the color and print combinations usually make for a nice looking quilt top.

Carol Barringer wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 1:32 AM

No, I don't use them, for several reasons: they are an expensive way to buy fabric, I prefer pre-washing, I have an extensive stash from which to make my own fabric combinations, and I like the resulting quilt that is uniquely mine. I really enjoy washing, ironing and cutting my fabric. I feel that I get to know the fabric intimately this way, and just handling the fabric is its own special pleasure! Studying the fabric and choosing others to go with it -- it's all part of the creative process. In addition, it's getting to the point where I can recognize a quilt that is made from jelly rolls and they are starting to look "canned" to me. I don't want to make quilts that anyone else could make!

s.ackermann wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 1:54 AM

I love the concept of pre-cut fabric, and I have made one lap quilt with a Jelly roll. But thought it was a little misleading to say you could make two quilts out of one Jelly Roll, when you really had to add a lot of fabric with the strips. They just are too expsensive I feel a little cheated that I didn't do it all from beginning to end.

Betty Macpherson-Veitch wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 2:51 AM

Yes I use precuts. I find that they make it both faster and easier to get that part of the process done.

thetalented1 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 3:50 AM

I use the precut floral, animal & other shapes.  I can make a very simple background & add these shapes to make it look oh so much more difficult to our non-quilting friends.  This helps me get so much more done for charity.  I have given 45 quilts to charity this year - all made & quilted myself.

carolejoiner wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 4:02 AM

Yes I love using fat quarter pre cuts in my quilts

lle608093 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 4:11 AM

I've never used precuts,I've always purchased yardage and cut my own.

lle608093 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 4:13 AM

No I've never used precuts

marcyann wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 5:45 AM

Have never done so in my short quilting career.  Seemed expensive but so convenient if I wanted to do a project in just that color/pattern/shape.  Do use jelly rolls and fat quarters so maybe they will be in my future.

Scrapperdeb wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 6:25 AM

I use pre-cuts all the time. When my husband and I went on an anniversary trip last year, I scouted out a quilt shop to browse while there. I looked around and didn't see anything but bolts of fabric. When I asked the lady behind the counter if they sold pre-cuts, she looked at me as if I weren't a real quilter. NO, they didn't carry pre-cuts!  But I love them...especially jelly rolls and layer cakes. Makes life much easier!

rshatto wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 6:26 AM

I havent used precuts, but with working full time, imiting my quilting time. I think I can see where this would be a time saver. I may need to look into this more.

Jackiet wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 6:37 AM

I use charms & jelly rolls. I especially like charms.

Anne Wright wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 6:39 AM

No, but I hope to some day. I think I would especially enjoy working with the charm packs. All of the precuts look interesting!

lsstriggo@aol.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 7:03 AM

Yes, when traveling in our Motor Home using pre cut charm packs, jelly rolls, and layer cakes makes it possible for me to make quilts and project as we travel.

Mil-du wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 10:24 AM

I use charms the most but have used jelly rolls and layer cakes. Charm packs are the cheapest way of making scrap quilts with the colors coordinating.  I make my own pre-cuts also from my leftover scraps.  They are awesome.  My own pre-cuts are a free quilt top.

Jan wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 10:29 AM

I have used a couple of pre-cut strips.  One particular pre-cut set.  I love the idea of all of the line together, but often find a number of them I do not like.  And they are a bit costly not to like.  I have used a couple of "fat eighth" bundles of the same color in different hues for applique and they work nicely.

mjmm773 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 10:32 AM

I like using charm packs and layer cakes, very versatile, I do like jelly rolls as well, mostly it depends on which project I am using.  Its nice to be able to get a bit of everything and you dont have to worry it if matches as that work is already done for you!

Kris wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 10:34 AM

Usually I don't use the pre-cuts as I enjoy the entire piecing process, cut, fiddle, sew, press and so forth. But there is always the exception and my husband loves to buy them for me when they catch his eye, so yes, I use them.

Kathleen Gabhart wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 10:42 AM

Sometimes.  I have used charm packs, fat quarter bundles and I recently purchased a Bali pack for a class I will be taking in November.  I have also used several "pre-cut" kits.  I admit they are accurate and save a lot of time but I really enjoy picking out fabric for my projects.

rhill85053@yahoo.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 10:45 AM

I do not use pre-cuts.  Can visualize a purpose for them for someone who is either cutting space challenged or who may have physical challenges.  Space challenge would be akin to our snow birds that come to Arizona in the winter in their 5th-wheels, or someone in a small apt, etc.  Jelly rolls are very logical to me and I would likely use them for their convenience.  The backed applique is also logical for use convenience, but rather expensive in comparison to doing it yourself.

ironqueen wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 10:55 AM

No, I never have used pre-cuts. I may in the future, but not now.

outamygourd wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 11:05 AM

I'm fairly new to quilting (about a year) and I only recently used my first pre-cut set: 5" charm squares. I would definitely use them again and I expect to try out a jelly roll, too. The pros: all squares were perfectly and precisely cut to be the exact same size; the starch helped them stick together and prevented inadvertent stretching of the fabric; and the pre-cut saved a lot of time for a project that I needed to complete within a short timeframe. Yay! The cons: I don't always like ALL the fabrics in the pre-cut set and I felt they somewhat stifled my creativity. Next time I use a pre-cut set I will likely be mixing them with pieces I cut myself and /or I may be re-cutting some of them into triangles or hexagons or applique pieces, or...? Quilting is an art and the sky's the limit!

shirley tener wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 11:11 AM

No I dont like precuts, I prefer to cut myself. I like the tutorials of the artist using them, like a one yard wonder or a fat qtr purse, but I always buy yardage because I change my technique alot.

djh wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 12:07 PM

I have not yet tried pre cuts.  I like to choose fabric and mix and match.  Also, I like to have "excess" fabric in case I make an error or become inspired to create another project!

Linda wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 12:08 PM

I love charms and jelly rolls the best. Fat Quarters are a close second.  As a beginning quilter, I found that my cutting skill leaves a lot to be desired and I waste more fabric than I accumulate for my stash.

kathy wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 12:33 PM

I have fq's. charms and layer cakes because I only make small quilts and the many patterns in each help me make my wall quilts easier and my doll quilts more varied. I feel I get more variety for the price and they take up far less space.

blueeyesfirst wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 12:59 PM

I love fat quarter's. They are the best, they are versatile enough and large enough to use on quilts, yet small enough to work easily with. They are wonderful for scrappy quilts, and cheap enough to be able to pick up several at one time.

strawberry mountain wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 12:59 PM

Yes, I made a king sized quilt top out of layer cakes.  I have a jelly roll to match, and I am going to frame the backing with it.  I have also used fat quarters.  They made excellent Sunbonnet Sues.

Louise King wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 1:34 PM

I purchased a set of fat quarters once to make flowers for an applique quilt. They were very pretty vibrant colors that I don't usually use. Usually I purchase 1/2-4 yd. pieces if I don't have a quilt planned for that particular fabric. I like to pick my colors and that is a lot of the fun of making the quilt!

Helen Bausch wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 1:42 PM

I like to use precuts but I especially like the layer cakes to make "crazy quilts". If you want a 6 patch crazy quilt block use 6 layer cakes (all different) and just cut into 6 different shapes. Use one  piece of each to make your block. Can cut the stack into any size or shape and can do as few as three and I have gone up to 9 pieces. Makes a neat easy crazy quilt.

Nancy wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 2:14 PM

I have so much fabric that I don't buy the pre-cuts.  

Time to quilt wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 2:17 PM

Not usually. I have urchased them occasionally but I haven't gotten arounf to using them. I guess you could call me 'fabric controlling'. ;-)

MelodyP MO/KS wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 2:21 PM

I have participated in a lot of pre-cut swaps, but more for the exposure to fellow quilters.  When it comes down to starting a quilt, I would prefer to buy the yardage to ensure I don't run short.  It also depends on the type of quilt.  Precut come in handy for a scrappy look.

MelodyP MO/KS wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 2:40 PM

When I quilt, it's to continue the craft of my Grandmothers.  I make my quilts to be functional.  I have participated in swaps for the fun of it.  But, when  I make a quilt I want to say I made it from scratch and know that there were no pre-cut, sewn, or quilted done by anyone else.  

catfriddo wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 3:05 PM

No,I buy it by the yard.  I like picking my fabric out and having leftovers if I don't make a mistake.

Them I can make a quilt with all my leftovers. Leftovers are so much fun.

liv2stch wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 3:14 PM

Excluding fat quarters from this category I have not used precuts.  Like a large number of quilters I'm still trying to use up my stash, however we all know that you cannot complete a quilt without purchasing additional fabric.  The one exception for me was a wool xmas quilt for my daughter, she picked out all the fabric from my stash.  I love looking at the charms and jelly rolls but feel they are cost prohibitive.  

MARYB-31 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 3:32 PM

I have used jelly rolls for several quilts. I like them because you a variety of fabrics that were designed to be used together.  Just add accent and border fabrics to personalize the quilt.  Best of all, the cuts are precise and uniform-- something that I don't always get if I cut them myself.  And they are great when you need a quick gift quilt.  There are so many patterns designed for 2 1/2" strips. I keep a few jelly rolls on hand so I am always ready to go when I see something new that I want to try.

Jan wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 5:48 PM

I do not use precuts because I like to be original.  I prefer to pick out my own fabric for each quilt I make.

Pat wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 16 October 2012, 5:50 PM

No, I have only used yardage and cut it myself.

mquilter99 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 6:41 AM

I use precuts all the time. I never thought I would until I received some in a gift bag and it was great! Now, I always keep several around just for those days when I just want to sew something...no cutting, no measuring, just sit down and sew. I make my own charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes, etc, whenever I'm cutting yardage for a project...whatever I have leftover gets cut at the same time and stored for later use! But I really like buying a precut pack. You get such a variety for a great price. I could never afford to buy all the yardage that you get in a precut pack. I also think it allows me to be more creative because I get to focus on what I love to do!

clusterfok wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 8:21 AM

Yep...I think they're great.  I work 12 hours/7 days a week most of the time, so pre-cuts is often the only way I will get any quilts finished in my lifetime.  Fantastic idea.  I can't afford to be a "quilt snob"; I'm not going to live that long.  I think pre-cuts is like having a granddaughter or someone helping me finish my quilt a little faster.

Janet Leigh wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 10:16 AM

I love FAT QUARTERS especially in collection bundles when they are already matched with other fabrics!

ROLANDEF wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 10:58 AM

I have used precuts and do not have a problem with it. I have used jelly rolls, fat quarters, charm packs. It saves a lot of time.

quiltycat wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 11:24 AM

I love the versatility of all precuts, not only does it save time but I can still use fabrics from my stash to add an unexpected pop to all of my projects.

Marlene Periard wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 2:23 PM

I have used precuts a few times.

pioneerwoman120537 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 5:35 PM

No, I have not used pre-cuts yet.  I have spent some time pondering the possibility in order to save time and effort.  My stash is a fair size so may be awhile before I get to actually doing it.

hendercats wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 5:37 PM

I've used fat quarters and fat eights (individually selected at my local quilt shop) quite a bit, and I keep *buying* charm packs but haven't done a lot with them yet.

MåMå wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, 6:03 PM

I like fat quarters - I do lots of small quilts like wall hangings, table mats, etc.  The fat quarters give me lots of different fabrics to choose from.

DJTquilt7 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Thursday, 18 October 2012, 6:54 AM

Yes, I do use pre-cuts.  My favorite is jellyrolls.  You get the whole line of fabric in 2.5 inch strips and there are so many neat patterns using jellyrolls.  I also belong to what we call the "strip club" and we meet every 2 months for a get-together of sewing, eating, and fellowship.  We pick a pattern and start sewing with our strips (jellyrolls).  Great fun!

Marilyn wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Thursday, 18 October 2012, 8:25 PM

I am only starting to use precut fabrics. I temd to work with traditional fabrics and patterns so I can see where the precuts would cut down the amount of time cutting the projects fabrics. I recenly received 2 jelly rolls and 3 charm packages that I definitely will use in one of my quilts.

Brenda E wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Saturday, 20 October 2012, 2:37 PM

I have used a jelly roll recently and it was nice to not have to cut the 2 1/2 inch strips for the quilt, but I usually buy the yardage. Plus, I am thinking about trying some layer cakes sometime soon.

northernquilter wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Sunday, 21 October 2012, 1:04 PM

I have not used any precuts for quilts but have seen several patterns I would make if I had the precuts.  I find that purchasing yardage fits easier with my stash.  

Dancing Needle wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Sunday, 21 October 2012, 1:50 PM

No I don't use them.  I have bought several but so far I am just admiring them.  When I pull fabrics to begin a quilt I go to my stash which is composed of fabrics I found and loved and purchased 1 yard of  because I didn't know where  it would be used and didn't want to run short.  Maybe some day I will put all my precuts together in one quilt just to use them up.

mindless wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 22 October 2012, 12:26 AM

Turnovers, jelly rolls, candy bars...oh my!  Dessert rolls, layer cakes & charm packs too!  I LOVE THEM ALL!

Pretty, pretty, pretty! Too pretty to cut into!

It was the pre cuts that started my stash & my addiction to quilting. All are a great way to buy all the pieces of a collection without having to order yardage from each individual collection.  Fabric colors, patterns & designs over the years were mostly for clothing ... now - wow! Fabric is ART!  Fabric is FUN!

Fabric is to drool over!   Ok, ok.... I mostly use charm packs, layer cakes & fat quarters....the rest I buy & just look at.

jnaatz@rocketmail.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 22 October 2012, 3:39 AM

I use use them all from time to time. They are wonderful for patterns designed specifically for them, but also for variety in my appliqueing. I have a lot of charms and mini-charms.

jnaatz@rocketmail.com wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 22 October 2012, 3:39 AM

I use use them all from time to time. They are wonderful for patterns designed specifically for them, but also for variety in my appliqueing. I have a lot of charms and mini-charms.

Stitchinpick wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 22 October 2012, 4:40 PM

Yes.  Since I have not been quilting long, I do not have a large stash.  It is wonderful to buy a packet of precut-fabrics that are all color coordinated and ready to go.

Claudia Warren wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 22 October 2012, 4:43 PM

I haven't used precuts in a quilt yet, but I own quite a few. I have 4", 5" and 6" squares. I am thinking of making half square triangles form the larger squares and somehow intigrating them all together.

Mag wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 22 October 2012, 5:13 PM

Yes thats mostly what I buy since I am a new quilter

hhquilter wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 22 October 2012, 7:39 PM

Yes, I use precuts charm packs,  layer cakes, and I'm getting ready to makle a log cabin quilt out off jelly rolls.

Deborah wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 23 October 2012, 1:42 PM

I've had charm packs in swaps I've participated in but have never used them as such ... They're handy for appliqué though when I want a variety of prints/colors.

Terri wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Thursday, 25 October 2012, 3:35 PM

I recently attended the Pacific International Quilt show for the first time in many years and I have to admit, I was "charmed" by all of the  charm packs they had there so I bought my first few. I can't wait to start using them! Jelly rolls do seem like a great idea, but I'm almost afraid to commit, since most likely I'm not going to like all of the strips. If I'm going to spend that much, I think I'd rather pick out all the fabric choices. But, who knows, I do love the idea of them!

Happy Quilts wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Friday, 26 October 2012, 5:53 PM

No not yet.  There will be a time when I can afford the price of pre-cuts or a Go or Baby Go. The cost per yard of pre-cuts sort of "goes against my grain".  I imagine that once I start using pre-cuts, my rotary cutter will be left on the side and the sounds of my sewing machine will fill my project room.  Thanks for the opportunity to express my views.

eschwanz wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Sunday, 28 October 2012, 2:27 AM

I LOVE making quilts from 5" charms.  I love that the fabric is already selected for me, saving me a lot of time.  I also love making up my own patterns for my quilts. It is like putting a puzzle together! Many variations are possible.  It's fun to see what will come up next.  :)  I have also purchased some Jelly Rolls and look forward to making them into an interesting quilt pattern.  Again, I love the fact that the fabric has been preselected for me, saving me hours browsing in a store.  I live in the country and do not get to the city very often.  Shopping over the internet is a ton of fun!

RITAR-5 wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Sunday, 28 October 2012, 11:50 AM

I do not use precuts very often. I would like to at some point experiment with jelly rolls. They are quick and easy to use but sometimes too expensive for a large project.

Dawn Childs wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Monday, 29 October 2012, 2:45 PM

I have used a few precuts.  Mostly Jelly Rolls.  They sure do speed up the quiltmaking process.  Other than cutting backgrounds and borders, you can just sit down and start sewing.

Francie wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Tuesday, 30 October 2012, 4:45 PM

I use some precuts for specific classes or block of the month kits. Jelly Rolls make 2 1/2' sqares so much easier to cut when you need a lot!

pamelaspatternsandquilts wrote re: October Member Survey: Do You Use Pre-cuts when Quilting?
on Sunday, 4 November 2012, 11:03 AM

I.use anything I can get my hands on. Precut allows me access for several types of quilts. And gives me a matching collection. But I have to admit there is nothing like the smell and feel of yardage on the bolt. You can feel the different designers and companies from the touch. And the sm. ell is just plain wonderful. I'm just like anyother true quilter. Touch, sight, and smell of fabric is half the fun of quilting

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