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Kerstin01/10/2008 18:21:00
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I live in Germany and everything here is in metric. But I use inch when I quilt. I think it's so much easyer to work in inch. The metric rulers are so confusing with all the different lines. But that is just my opinion.

Fiona22/11/2008 12:50:00
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Having started school just as metrification became official, I grew up with both systems - imperial at home and metric at school. I do find it very confusing as now my children only use metric. When they were tiny, I used to weigh them in metric for the chart in their baby records then convert it into "real money" but I basically measure their height in cm  as that's how clothes are sold! I cook in imperial as most of my books are that way (and the markings on the kitchen scale are bigger than the metric ones.)  My weight in kg means nothing without converting it back. I cannot visialise a journey in terms of km although I can convert it to miles.

I buy fabric in metres but use imperial for cutting - and that "extra" 3 inches of fabric can come in handy at times.

GMB25/01/2009 22:07:50
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I am 60 years old and have used metric measurements for all aspects of life since the age of 11. Patchwork is the only activity that requires me to use the old Imperial system. I think we should have chenged over much more quickly than than this. We have procrastinated for far too long. I am always surprised when much younger people say that they have no idea what 10cm for example looks like. Perhaps it is because their teachers haven't fully converted to metric themselves. I taught primary school children from 1969 and taught them to estimate lengths and distances metrically from day 1. (So much easier than my own childhood when we used the full Imperial system which included terms such as rods,poles and perches as well as furlongs etc.)
I have lived in other countries and have had to deal withnon-metric measures including okes, rotalos, ells and fabric bought by weight not length. All converted back to metric in my mind.
Sorry for the rant, but I feel very strongly that the UK lost a chence to make life easier for all with its wishy-washy attitude on metrification.
Janet M25/01/2009 23:28:07
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Hello GM,
Sorry to be so formal!
I couldn't bear to work my patchwork out with metric, I can look at fabric and see the 1/4" straight away, and dead on, but if I have to do metric I am at a loss. Sorry.
My girls are metric my grand daughter is metric also. Just me.
Stuck. In my Imperial rut!
I agree with Kerstin its best for patchwork.
Ros26/01/2009 14:05:25
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Hi GM,
I'm not a great one for measuring anything, so who care's if its imperial or metric!  Live and let live, I say.
Tessa26/01/2009 18:58:26
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Hi GM,
I'm with the other the shop where I work we have to sell in both metric and we have ladies from over 4 generations coming in for their sewing needs.   No one seems to mind....everyone takes it in their stride.  In fact they are pleased we can convert back and forth quite easily. 
I personally could never be without my feet and inches.  I cut metres and 1/2 metres for myself when I'm needing fabric, but when measuring for a quilt it's always inches. 
It's what you're happy with is what's best....not trying to conform with what other people feel is appropriate. 
Janet M26/01/2009 23:03:11
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Go Ros!!!!!
Heike05/11/2009 11:12:03
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We never had anything else but metric here in Germany and even though I used to live in the US and being in a British environment for over 30 years now I still find it hard to think imperial.
Cutting fabric inches is really confusing for me and I have managed to mess up the odd piece of material already.
The only time I find it easy is when I'm cooking as I have used british and american recipes now for approx 30 years as well. An ounce in my head is 30 grams, a pound is 450 grams (500 in Germany) and oven degrees are in my head, too. 350F is simply 180C. I can convert miles to km by multiplying with 1.6 and loosing a stone means 6.3kg
Now this gets me thinking.......will it take me 30 years to get used to inches? I do hope
Have a good one
Pam Wegener02/01/2011 10:38:16
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I live in New Zealand where the whole country is metric EXCEPT Quilting. We buy all our rulers, cutting boards and patterns in imperial but purchase fabric in metric. unless ordering on line from USA. Somebody reviewed a quilting book and wrote a review in the paper ending by saying it would be such a hassle to have to convert everything in it. Obviously not reviewed by a quilter. Keeps the brain working.
Janet M04/01/2011 00:20:20
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Excerpt from GMB's post up above....

 {I taught primary school children from 1969 and taught them to estimate lengths and distances metrically from day 1. (So much easier than my own childhood when we used the full Imperial system which included terms such as rods,poles and perches as well as furlongs etc.}
I have re-read your message and find it hard to believe you were actually using rods poles and perches unless it was for curtains, fishing and birds of some sort. I am older than you and so was at school more or less the same time, we certainly didn't bother with any of those. Good old inches feet and yards were the norm.
I hate metric, I cannot relate 5 10 or whatever cms to inches on fabric. Also when buying clothes for my GD why must it be in metric? Why do we always have to follow others. I taught my girls to be individuals as they grew up, not just tag along with the others.
Oh dear, now I appear to be ranting!!!!!
Jan McE

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