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Myra of Cheadle15/10/2015 11:54:48
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That is the real point, don't mix cats and dogs or inches and centimetres

Welcome Gillian ☺


Winnie the B.O.L.B15/10/2015 12:03:43
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Myra - I like your use of the mixture of "cats an dogs" to relate to the same thing with inches and centimetres!! It made me smile


Nicola Harvey23/08/2018 16:38:27
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I want it all to stop! It’s so confusing..... if we exclude the US, everywhere else uses metric, so perhaps we should be encouraging new quilt pattern designers from the whole world and then the US would have their own market, or they would be the ones who would have to convert!

Why does the entire world have to adjust to the US system, just because up to this date they have been the most prolific of quilt pattern makers. Having said all that I prefer imperial, as I find 1/8” and 1/4” so much easier to read on my rulers than any metric measurement! Lol

Fiona15/09/2018 20:04:01
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Technically speaking, the US took its' use of imperial measurements from us and it's the UK who decided to change to metric.

As a child who began primary school in the early 70's, just as metricification(?) began, I've never quite got the hang of exactly what a centimetre means in my head as we just didn't get enough hands on stuff to do. Oddly enough, I don't mind buying fabric in metres though, as it always allows an extra few inches just in case!

Mary Cunningsworth21/10/2018 08:14:59
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Well most of the books and tools etc are in imperial as the US dominates the quilting industry. I don't see that it matters what you are "used to" as it is just a set of numbers on measuring tools but switching between systems and converting must lead to inaccuracies and bigger .75cm. seam allowances to heavier quilts and problems with small patches.

As a previous writer has stated there are good reasons for using a 12" block as it has more divisions before resorting to fractions

When I did machine knitting I worked quite happily in centimeters as the machines were Japanese and pattern measurements were in centimeters and stitch and row numbers based on 10 cm tension squares. I just had to measure myself using the appropriate side of the tape measure!

Mary in Canterbury

Brenda in OZ23/10/2018 22:44:56
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Inches are easier to see on the rulers.

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