Let’s Talk Fat Quarters

Fat Quarters have been around for a long time now. We all have them in the nether reaches of our shelves, drawers and cabinets. Some are folded, others are rolled, and if you are like me – a few are even squished behind stacks of fleece and vinyl that are temporarily forgotten.

For me, it is not from a lack of knowing how to use them in sewing or quilting, but rather the number of them gets overwhelming and it just seems easier to purchase a new set of fat quarters (Get yours here). (Nothing wrong with that!) But, I am a big believer in using what you’ve got!

However, if you are new to sewing or quilting, you may not have heard of a fat quarter. What is it? We need to start with a yard of fabric. Typical quilting cotton fabrics are 44″ wide, one yard is 36″ x 44″. A quarter of a yard is 9″ x 44″. There is not a whole lot you can do with that size of fabric. However, if you quarter the yard – ie. cut in half, then cut in half again – you will end up with a piece of fabric that is approx. 18″ x 22″.

You can do MANY things with that size.

What you can cut from a Fat Quarter:

  • 99 – 2″ Squares
  • 56 – 2.5″ Squares
  • 42 – 3″ Squares
  • 30 – 3.5″ Squares
  • 20 – 4″ Squares
  • 16 – 4.5″ Squares
  • 12 – 5″ Squares
  • 9 – 6″ Squares
  • 6 – 6.5″ Squares

Also, any denominations of these squares. For example, from 1 fat quarter, you can get 2 – 10″ Squares, 4 – 5″ Squares and a 2.5″ x 22″ Strip.

From Squares, you can make LOTS of triangles, smaller strips, it is almost limitless!

Projects made from Fat Quarters

Do you love Fat Quarters? What have you made with them? Show us pictures (in the form of a link) or tag us on Facebook or Instagram – @threadedlines. We adore seeing your projects!

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