I don't play with precuts very often.. I never know what to do with the pinked edges. Should I cut them off? Measure from the outside edges, or the middle or the inside of the pinked edges? There is also the possibility that the precut piece isn't exactly the nominal size on the package. I've had 2 1/2" strips that were a little narrow, and some a little wide. This isn't a problem for something like Jelly Roll Race quilts, but if the pattern needs exact cut sizes, that can cause trouble. In this case, the packages of 10" squares came home anyway because it was just too pretty to stay on a store shelf.
An idea for a scrap quilt had been simmering for a while and it occurred to me that I might be able to make it from precut 10" squares instead to use up the pretties that came home. Technically, I should have been able to cut four 2 1/2" x 10" strips from each square, but the square wasn't quite square so I had to settle for fewer cuts per square. This leads me to a question for users of precuts and patterns: would you rather have the cutting instructions assume the theoretical maximum possible cuts, or less efficient cuts that result in leftovers but won't cause problems if the precut pieces are not quite the size they should be? Please chime in with a comment!
Next on the list for this project:
- Find a better name
- Settle on a design to use up all the bonus HST generated in making the quilt top
- Quilt and bind