That's one of the first tips I teach to my beginner class.... Measure twice, cut once. Here are Linda and Shelly concentrating on getting their cutting down pat. We are teaching the beginner class with Eleanor Burns Beginner book. Linda is working with batiks and Shelly chose wonderful spring fabric just new at the store. Look at the concentration in these ladies faces. So fun teaching beginners...they are like sponges... and haven't developed any bad habits yet...either.