Using Fat Quarters
A fat quarter is not what it sounds like. A fat quarter is not a quarter yard of fabric.
A fat quarter is a pre-cut piece of fabric that has been cut to measure 18" x 22".
Whereas a quarter yard of fabric would measure 9" x 36" or 44" depending on the width of fabric on the bolt.
The fabric used for a fat quarter is usually cut from cotton, flannel, velvet, and sometimes silk.
Fat quarters are usually used for patchwork quilts, Scrappy quilts, applique, crazy quilts and various craft projects .
A fat quarter gives you the ability to cut a larger piece of fabric than you would be able to with a quarter yard of fabric. For instance you need to cut a piece of fabric for your quilt that measures 10" x 10 "....you would not be able to get that cut from a quarter yard of fabric...but you can cut it from a fat quarter.
Fat quarters can be cut from your own stash . most fabric stores or quilt shops offer pre~cut fat quarters. You can purchase a single fat quarter or a bundle of assorted fat quarters.
An Assortment Of Fat Quarters
There are many quilt patterns that are fat quarter friendly. They are very popular with quilters due to the fact that they are affordable and you can choose from many varieties of color and pattern without having to buy more fabric than is necessary.
Fat quarters are easy to organize, because they take up less space, and are affordable you are better able to build your stash.
Because of the small size it easy easier to cut your quilt pieces out on a medium size cutting mat. Therefore taking up less space when you are ready to cut in your sewing/cutting area.
It is fun to swap fat quarters with friends. From one yard of fabric you would be able to cut four fat quarters.
Fat quarters can be cut from your own stash .
To get four fat quarters from one yard, you would cut along the fold line, you would then have two pieces of fabric. Cut each of the two pieces of fabric in half width wise and you now have four perfectly cut fat quarters.
A Value Quilt Tutorial
Value Quilt Tutorial
Value quilts are some of the first quilts that she ever made. Most of us that are addicted to fabric will find this style of quilt a great display tool for your fabric stash. Baby quilts, wall hangings, bed quilts, or a favorite throw or blankie to cuddle up in on the couch.
Fresh lemons Quilt
Jigsaw Puzzle Quilt Pattern
Lemon Squares Quilt Pattern
The lemon Squares Quilt Pattern is a squares-in-squares quilt that is made out of only 6 types of blocks.
Jigsaw Puzzle Quilt
This colorful jigsaw puzzle quilt is assembled with the traditional "H" quilt block. Puzzle-pieces emerge when adjacent quilt blocks are rotated -- the little squares along the design's midpoint become the tabs that "lock" each piece together.
A fun quilt to make using and assortment of colorful fat quarters and or using up some scrap pieces.
|Fat Quarter||18" x 22".|
11" x 18"
9" x 11"
generally 5" or 6" squares
sold as an assorted pack of squares
2 1/2" x 44"
Sold as assorted packs of strips rolled together
More About Quilts
- How To Make A Charm Quilt
Charms can be created out of scraps of fabric, swaps with friends or you can purchase packs of charms. A charm quilt can be made as a memory quilt using pieces of fabric that are dear to your heart..say pieces of your baby's clothing or from your wed
- Scrappy Quilts With Free Patterns
I have a love for scrappy quilts. I use left over scraps from planned quilts, fabric exchanges with friends and even pieces from used clothing. Which means great savings.
- Applique And Quilts
Applique is beautiful to be sure. Consisting of a background fabric of which shapes are placed upon and stitched down.Sun Bonnet Sue was a really fun project to applique. I made this as A block of the month.
Did you know that you can use a Cricut Machine or a Silhouette Cameo to cut fabric pieces?
This is so easy and fun to do..Who would have thought that quilting would be anymore fun than it already is
The Fabrics Tutorial
Faythe Payne (author) from USA on January 17, 2013:
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Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on January 15, 2013:
Maybe, I will try to find a class. Thanks for the hub-:)
Faythe Payne (author) from USA on January 14, 2013:
You can learn to quilt..I think you are smart
Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on January 14, 2013:
Now I wish I could learn how to quilt. I tried once but am not very smart.
Faythe Payne (author) from USA on January 13, 2013:
Thank you for stopping by RTalloni
RTalloni on January 13, 2013:
Thanks for the information on fat quarters and for the the quilt patterns. The design examples are delightful, so full of color!