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Date: 4/16/13 2:41 PM

I know everyone loves them and they are so cute and they are. All those different fabrics. Less time spent cutting. I got sucked in for a few. But to me they are kinda of a waste and limiting and expensive.You usually don't get enough for one project. I never know what kind of project I'm going to be doing so I would rather just have yardage. A fat quarter or bigger. I just saw jelly rolls for sale for like $35. If I shop right I can buy 5 or 6 yards of fabric for that. 40 2/5 inch strips are only about 3 yards of fabric. Now the smaller cuts charms, layer cakes would be good for applique. But the strips are really limiting.

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Date: 4/16/13 3:07 PM

i like jelly rolls particularly if the fabric collection is large or if the fabric store doesn't stock an entire collection, but i also really like them because i am very fussy about things matching. i greatly prefer to have things match perfectly which i know i will get when i keep my fabrics to a particular collection. :)

i like squares and half square triangles, so jelly rolls can be great for that if you want a 2" finished size.

i can't use jelly rolls for a lot of what i do, but i certainly think the have their place (i've also used charm packs, mini charms, and layer cakes).

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Date: 4/17/13 6:39 AM

I buy pre-cuts because I am not very good at picking fabrics that go together. This will get better with time. I am working on a Jack-in-the-Box baby quilt that I used charm squares left over from another project. My picture is the quilt on the EZ3 frame my aunt sent me.
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Date: 4/17/13 10:09 AM

I like jelly rolls in solids best, to use for sashing.

I also find print jelly rolls limiting, I use charm packs most often because they make easy kid's quilts.

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Date: 4/17/13 10:34 AM

I never thought of the jelly rolls for sashing what a great idea. Easy for attic windows also.

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Date: 4/17/13 10:41 AM

For me, they are just too expensive.
I don't cut very accurately myself, so that isn't an issue- but a lot of people say the cuts are often skewed a bit.

When I made my 'jelly roll race' quilt- I cut my own strips. The top cost me less than $12... finding a jelly roll on sale for that would have been tough!
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Date: 4/17/13 10:49 AM

Do you get the Missouri Star daily deal emails? They often have jelly rolls on sale at a great price.

For me it's about cost of time more than price of fabric. I am willing to pay for the time I save cutting when I have such limited time to sew and I try to get at least one quilt a month done for Project Linus.

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Date: 4/17/13 10:57 AM

I don't love precuts.

Bundles are overpriced.

A $3 FQ = $12 @ yd.

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Date: 4/17/13 11:00 AM

Unless it is a solid, all quilting fabric is at least $12.99 a yard. Some stores are higher. A few are lower, if you hit the crazy sales.
I prefer FQ's over anything else. At least so far...
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Date: 4/17/13 11:14 AM

I love my charm packs and candy bars. I scour the web until I find them really cheap so they are usually discontinued ones. I have found them to be just right for my projects, so far mainly the disappearing nine patch. I wouldn't buy a jelly roll. I think it's too expensive. I'd rather cut the strips myself.

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