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    I am curious about a fat Quarter!
    18x22"
    So you could get 4 from a standard yard of fabric?
    Correct?
    Thanks,
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    Yep!

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    Yes, K--you can get 4 fat quarters from one yard of fabric. First you cut
    your 1 yard piece of fabric at the 1/2 yard line. You now have two pieces that are 18" X 45". Next you take each of those pieces and cut them in 1/2, but this time you are cutting them in half on the fold line. Each half becomes 18X22"--ta dah---a fat quarter. It is "fat" because a regular 1/4 yard is only 9" long. You can do a lot more with a fat quarter than a regular quarter yard.

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    when buying precut fats, beware. 95% of the time you will be thrilled with your purchase. however, some of them are 18" at only one end, and less at the other. some are at least 18", but by the time you square them off on the straight of grain they are much less. some will fray and/or shrink like crazy, leaving you with less than 18" usable inches of fabric.

    no kidding. i bought a batch of fats from a famous LQS in houston. when i finally went to use them i found all sorts of unpleasant surprises.

    if you're buying in person, lay them out and measure again to ensure you are getting a full fat with no damage hidden inside the folded parts.

    if they won't let you do that, either walk away without the fat(s) or make sure you pay no more than $1 for each. that way if you don't end up with a full fat, at least you didn't pay full (or more) of the per-whole-yard price.

    if you're buying online for the first time from that vendor, order only a few. if they're good when you get them, it should be safe to order more from that same place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    when buying precut fats, beware. 95% of the time you will be thrilled with your purchase. however, some of them are 18" at only one end, and less at the other. some are at least 18", but by the time you square them off on the straight of grain they are much less. some will fray and/or shrink like crazy, leaving you with less than 18" usable inches of fabric.

    no kidding. i bought a batch of fats from a famous LQS in houston. when i finally went to use them i found all sorts of unpleasant surprises.

    if you're buying in person, lay them out and measure again to ensure you are getting a full fat with no damage hidden inside the folded parts.

    if they won't let you do that, either walk away without the fat(s) or make sure you pay no more than $1 for each. that way if you don't end up with a full fat, at least you didn't pay full (or more) of the per-whole-yard price.

    if you're buying online for the first time from that vendor, order only a few. if they're good when you get them, it should be safe to order more from that same place.
    Thank you, Patrice for this information. I am so new at this that this info will probably save me some $$$

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    Oh, thanks for the tip. I hadn't thought about that...duh...and I use FQ's all the time. :roll: :oops:

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    Thankyou Patrice for the info.
    That is so true!
    I was just trying to convert a pattern that needed x amount of fQ to yardage.
    Thanks again everyone!
    K

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    Thanks Patrice for the warning. I was going to say that the last pack I bought was short and had no selvage edges....kinda weird. But in all the years I've been buying them, this was the first one that was noticeably off. I bought FQ long before I started using them LOL. :D

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    That very true Patrice.I had bought fat quaters from a few different LQs in the area and went to use them ia "turining twenty" quilt,so I should have needed only 20,well I think I ended close to 30.not fun

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