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    I tend to agree with JCY here. While I like the PDF patterns, I basically watch the tutorials a couple of times and then when I want to cut or sew, watch them again. I finally put a PC in my sewing room so I don't have to watch the videos on my desktop in the living room.
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    My first quilt from a pattern, I cut out everything. Then sewed it all together. Well, I got to the end and didn't have enough pieces, but kenw I cut what they said. Off to JoAnns to buy more fabric. Not until I got home and sat down to sew the new pieces, did I realize I was sewing on the line I drew across my HSTs instead of 1/4 inch on each side! I kept wondering why I was wasting so much by cutting off so much and tossing. I do like watching tutorials for an idea. I also do a good bit of winging it.

    Going to take a class with Bonnie Hunter in a few months. We'll see how that scrappiness thing goes. A bit out of my comfort zone.

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    I guess I'm really the oddball on this one. I love cutting out all the pieces first and as they dwindle down, I feel a real since of accomp;lishment. I really like it when they spell it out .. so many A's, so many b's etc. What I don't like is when they tell me that and then they want me to cut some of them different later on in the instructions.

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    Another reason I don't do all the cutting at the same time is due to wear & tear on my wrist & hand, esp. since I've had the carpal tunnel release surgery.

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    The one time I have cut out all my pattern pieces, the pattern was wrong in three places. Since this was for my grandson and he ask every time he saw me when was I going to finish it, I had to purchase more fabric. It was so wrong there was no getting around it. . I learned a lesson if its a printed pattern go search to see if there are any corrections before you cut. I also have arthritis in my right arm and hand so cutting out a couple of blocks works better for me.
    I do also like video's. I will watch them and then rewatch them and take notes so I have something to refer back to.
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    I generally cut enough to get started and build my blocks from those pieces. Then I have a "Oh crap" moment when I have to stop sewing and go cut some more, but how much cutting can a body really stand? Also, this system does keep me from sitting too long. A plus I guess. A lot of times I work without a pattern and off what I've seen on a video. Sometimes I keep the video up on my computer for replay when needed. I have worked off patterns too. It just all depends, but I never cut enough pieces for the whole quilt.
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    I guess I am a little OCD, I like cutting everything out, counting it into litttle stacks and seeing everything ready to sew together. I have been lucky that I haven't encountered too many wrong patterns.
    I do like the videos and have finally gotten enough experience to look at some quilt pictures and figure out how to make them. I do also graph some things out so I can make them my size rather than what the pattern says.

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    Claire, we seem to be in the minority. Those little stacks are so reassuring to me I think because I always fear there won't be enough fabric.

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    I like cutting out all the pieces because then I can chain piece. I have learned to make a test block or 3 before I do all the cutting; though.

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    Reading through these posts, I'm thinking I might try to mix it up and not do all the cutting, then all of step 1 or 2, etc., in one go. Maybe I'd feel more motivated if I was producing finished blocks earlier in the process.

    If a technique is new to me, like curved piecing, I've done a test block with scrap fabric first. Otherwise, I'm very methodical and read the pattern over a few times before selecting and pressing my yardage, cutting, sorting pieces, and so on. I love to get lost in an audiobook or podcast while I'm chain piecing or pressing a huge stack of blocks.

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