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« on: August 05, 2007 12:57:31 PM »

So I have all these fabric pieces, and I just can't bring myself to start cutting.  I'm so worried about ruining it.  Am I crazy?  Have I discovered a new phobia?   Shocked
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« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2007 04:11:43 PM »

completely not, i find it counter-intuitive to cut. i used a cutting wheel to do sashing for my first quilt and was worried initially, but by the end of the piece, i loved it.

i am, however, scared about cutting my first log cabin. i am aiming to start by the fall...a lot of other projects on the go.

what are you using to cut?
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2007 04:46:40 PM »

it's okay.

take a deep breath and start cutting.

once you start, it'll get easier.
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2007 09:32:20 PM »

the amount of cutting fear is directly proportional to the expense of the fabric, how much you love it, and your uncertainty about trying a new technique.

As you gain experience, it will abate to some degree but there will always be pieces you want to horde and take into eternity with you!
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2007 12:58:26 AM »

I was just thinking about using fabric scissors, they're very strong. 

Thanks for all your replies, I was really starting to wonder about myself, lol.  I think Cmoore has a point, I really love the fabric, and that is maybe the problem.  I just have to think I'll love it even more after I've made something beautiful to hang up!
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2007 10:08:26 AM »

I can relate.  Have you tried using a rotary cutter? For me, they take a lot of the fear out of cutting fabric I love because they're easier to handle and more accurate.  I can just run it up the fabric flush against a straight edge, no problem.
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2007 10:57:10 AM »

And no marking on the fabric with a rotary cutter.  I loooove cutting since I discovered the cutting mat and roatary cutter.
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2007 04:37:27 PM »

Wife loves to collect fabric, hates cutting it.

I don't love fabric that much, so I don't have a problem with it.

You just have to trust in yourself and start cutting.  After the first few cuts, and you realize that there is no going back, it gets much easier.

Just like swimming, getting in the water is the hardest part. 

Getting your feet wet metaphors aside, I have a technique that might help.  Try taking a piece of fabric and ripping it rather than cutting it.  All you need to do is snip about an inch or so with the scissors.  Then hold the piece out in front of you, hands on either side of the fabric, then pull down with one hand.  The fabric will tear neatly along the grain.  Then do some more ripping and make a simple bag or something like that.

What you get from this is the realization that you have power over the fabric. 
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2007 12:50:52 AM »

I have fear of cutting too. Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2007 02:30:39 AM »

Patrick, leave it to a man to come up with a practical answer!  But seriously, I am going to get a rotery cutter, I already have a cutting mat (for other projects involving craft knives).  I am guessing this is the type of thing where its' worth springing for the better quality item.
 
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