Discussion and Questions regarding Step 1

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Michelle replied on Tue, Mar 26 2013 7:09 PM

Thanks Ginny for the help! That worked. Now I can post my material for this MQ8! 

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Sheila replied on Tue, Mar 26 2013 10:57 PM

Here is my pile of MQ8's...all 5 of them!  (I couldn't settle for just one combination so I used all my choices. With a few cutting tricks I only used about 1-1/3 yd. for the dark cuts and 1-2/3 yd. for the light cuts.   These 5 sets only took me 2 days to cut, so now what do I do until Friday????  Back to my UFO's, I guess.

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Kris replied on Tue, Mar 26 2013 11:43 PM

Sheila:
These 5 sets only took me 2 days to cut, so now what do I do until Friday???? 

Wow Sheila,

you could come cut mine. I'm done with what I'm using for dark but haven't gotten to the light yet.

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Greetings everyone and a special thank you to Nana for leading the MQ8 project! My name is Vicki. I live in south central Missouri and I've been a quilter since 1996. I have enjoyed reading the discussions, questions, and pictures of your fabric choices.  This is my first Mystery Quilt with QCA and I am looking forward to the challenge and the experience.  Attached is a picture of my fabric choices which arrived in the mail yesterday.  Please let me know what you think. 

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Marilyn B replied on Wed, Mar 27 2013 4:10 AM

Sheila:
With a few cutting tricks I only used about 1-1/3 yd. for the dark cuts and 1-2/3 yd. for the light cuts.  
Sheila I am intregued can you share your cutting tricks?

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Jayhawker replied on Wed, Mar 27 2013 5:08 AM

I really like the PoP fabric on the right, the bright is so pretty.

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Jayhawker replied on Wed, Mar 27 2013 5:12 AM

Karla your fabric selection is nice...really like the border...is says WOW!

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Leslie replied on Wed, Mar 27 2013 5:36 AM

Hi Vicki, welcome to MQ8

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Sheila replied on Wed, Mar 27 2013 10:57 AM

Marilyn B:

Sheila:
With a few cutting tricks I only used about 1-1/3 yd. for the dark cuts and 1-2/3 yd. for the light cuts.  
Sheila I am intregued can you share your cutting tricks?

 

Some of the things I did to save fabric:  the first 2 "dark" cuts can be done in one strip...make the cut 12-1/2 in. by WOF, turn and slice 2 of the 12" blocks (turn them again and slice off the extra 1/2 in)....open up the remainder and slice the last 12" block (trim off the extra 1/2")....you are left with 12-1/2" by whatever...slice that to 6-1/4 wide, turn and cut that in half and voila!, "dark" cut 1 and cut 2 done with very little waste.

Another one:  the 1" x 8-1/2" pieces...slice two 8-1/2" by WOF strips, stack together, turn and slice the 1" pieces...the leftover piece will give you enough for the eight 2-7/8" squares plus some of the 2-1/2" squares.

Same with the 2-1/2" x 8" pieces:  cut three 8" by WOF strips, stack them and slice off the 2-1/2" chunks...the leftovers are good for a bunch of 2" squares of the "light" cuts.

I just merrily cut stuff up, then cut whatever I could from the leftovers, and had very little waste left.  It didn't take me very long because I will stack up to 10 layers at a time but I do not recommend doing this if you are cutting the usual way...I have an Alto's QuiltCut system that makes stacking easier.  I have to do everything one-handed because MS took away the use of my left arm and hand, so I am always looking for ways to streamline everything and make it easier and quicker.

Hope these hints help someone else!

 

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tnmtgrl replied on Wed, Mar 27 2013 12:09 PM

Welcome Vicki, your fabrics are really pretty!

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Nana replied on Wed, Mar 27 2013 1:39 PM

Vickie

I love your fabrics.  Especially that beautiful border fabric.

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I have decided to post the material I am using along with a picture showing that I have cut everything out. Also it shows that I have my Ta Das ready to go. Actually I have already sewn and cut one section already. I first learned to use them when I made the "Christmas Pickle" quilt that has 480 HST in it.

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Nana replied on Wed, Mar 27 2013 4:28 PM

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Have fun Ta Da ing......LOL

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Dara replied on Wed, Mar 27 2013 6:21 PM

vickiebrown1954:

Greetings everyone and a special thank you to Nana for leading the MQ8 project! My name is Vicki. I live in south central Missouri and I've been a quilter since 1996. I have enjoyed reading the discussions, questions, and pictures of your fabric choices.  This is my first Mystery Quilt with QCA and I am looking forward to the challenge and the experience.  Attached is a picture of my fabric choices which arrived in the mail yesterday.  Please let me know what you think. 

Piecefully Quilting, Vicki 

 

Welcome to the group Vickie.  Your fabrics are beautiful; especially the large floral.  You'll have a wonderful quilt when we get to the end.  I'm glad you decided to join us.

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Dara replied on Wed, Mar 27 2013 6:25 PM

Sheila:

Marilyn B:

Sheila:
With a few cutting tricks I only used about 1-1/3 yd. for the dark cuts and 1-2/3 yd. for the light cuts.  
Sheila I am intregued can you share your cutting tricks?

Some of the things I did to save fabric:  the first 2 "dark" cuts can be done in one strip...make the cut 12-1/2 in. by WOF, turn and slice 2 of the 12" blocks (turn them again and slice off the extra 1/2 in)....open up the remainder and slice the last 12" block (trim off the extra 1/2")....you are left with 12-1/2" by whatever...slice that to 6-1/4 wide, turn and cut that in half and voila!, "dark" cut 1 and cut 2 done with very little waste.

Another one:  the 1" x 8-1/2" pieces...slice two 8-1/2" by WOF strips, stack together, turn and slice the 1" pieces...the leftover piece will give you enough for the eight 2-7/8" squares plus some of the 2-1/2" squares.

Same with the 2-1/2" x 8" pieces:  cut three 8" by WOF strips, stack them and slice off the 2-1/2" chunks...the leftovers are good for a bunch of 2" squares of the "light" cuts.

I just merrily cut stuff up, then cut whatever I could from the leftovers, and had very little waste left.  It didn't take me very long because I will stack up to 10 layers at a time but I do not recommend doing this if you are cutting the usual way...I have an Alto's QuiltCut system that makes stacking easier.  I have to do everything one-handed because MS took away the use of my left arm and hand, so I am always looking for ways to streamline everything and make it easier and quicker.

Hope these hints help someone else!

 

Sheila,  I did the same.  Like you said, it can be done with very little waste.

    Mineral Wells, West Virginia

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