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Thread: Fat Quarters Question

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    Super Member QuiltnLady1's Avatar
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    When I returned to quilting years ago, I bought fat quarters. Unfortunately, whenever I used them I ran out of a fabric I needed. Now I rarely buy anything less than a yard -- preferably more.
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    Instead of buying fat quarters I have the store cut 1/3 yards off the bolt. It is 12 x 44 where a fourth of a yard would be 9 x 44, a shape that is very hard to work with as nothing can be larger that 9". I don't know of any online sources that will sell 1/3 yard for you, but fabric shops do it all the time. And often buying 1/3 yard off the bolt is cheaper than buying a fat quarter made from the same fabric.

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    Yes I have purchases some items from Missouri Quilt company. The templates came withing three days, in perfect condition and to my delight no extra promotional e-mail. I was please and have used the templates for several projects. I have not purchased fabric. Do love the tutorials!

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    I prefer to buy yardage. I think the precuts are much to expensive.
    When life gives you scraps, make a quilt.

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    I love scrappy quilts, and used to buy FQs. Eventually I decided to prewash all my fabrics. Many FQs were cut off grain, and with the shrinkage they really weren't as useful. Now I buy 1/2 yards on sale, and after washing and ironing I sometimes cut a 6 1/2" strip to set aside for ready use. Saves a lot of time since I don't do a lot of sewing and need instant gratification. I can't believe the prices on the precuts- even online! $40 + for 30 - 40 2 1/2" strips! $9 for 30 charm squares? The precuts have fewer pieces, and the prices increase. I've had some slight bleeding and shrinkage with brand fabrics, so I'll continue to prewash.

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    they are only good for A-small projects, B-learning new blocks/techniques, and C-swap blocks where you need a good variety albeit small pieces!

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