So what is a fat quarter? A fat quarter, in the sewing world, is something you really need to embrace. It is a really great fabric size used for quilting and other projects. Fat, in its positive connotation, means generous, abounding and prosperous. The fat quarter is just like that. It is a measured cut of fabric that can give a variety of different sizes and pieces to use for all sorts of sewing and quilting patterns.
WHAT IS A FAT QUARTER?
In simple terms, a fat quarter is a pre-cut pieces of quilting fabrics that are 22 inches (56cm) wide by 18 inches (46cm) high. There are 4 fat quarters per yard (0.90m). There can be a slight difference in fat quarters in different countries. For example, in Australia, they measure fabric by the meter so a fat quarter is a little wider.
Fat quarters are so generous with the number of pieces you can cut from one fat quarter. The quarter can become an eighth and the eighth diminishes to other sizes going down the line to teeny tiny 2’’ squares. All these sizes have delightful names, like charm squares, layer cake squares and Jelly rolls. You can indulge in all these treats and not have to count one single calorie.
How to cut a fat quarter
See how you can get 4 fat quarters to a yard and these can be further cut down into fat eights.
The fat quarter is abounding with multiple sizes do you know you can cut 99 X 2’’ squares from one fat quarter. Wonderful facts to know, but how do you remember the numbers are in that magic moment when you find the most amazing fabric? That’s when you pull out your Handy Fabric Shopping guide with all the measurements on one piece of card. It is a printable masterpiece that you can fold and store in your wallet. Then off you go with this, compact, size guide to any fabric shop. This Handy Fabric Guide comes with measurements in meters or inches. Exactly what you need for whichever system of measurement you use.
Click the below image to download your printable fabric cut guide.
Take your Easy Quilting Fabric size guide wherever you go. When you see all those tempting rolls of fabric tied up with ribbon you can pull out your guide and know just what each piece measures. You can feed your desire to have beautiful fabrics. Go out and buy all sorts of fat quarters and turn them into delicious, handmade creations.
Bon Appetite and enjoy indulging in a fat quarter or two!
Now you know what is a fat quarter it is time for some projects!