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Thread: Tonight I discovered fat quarters are different than 1/4 yards

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    Senior Member Happy Treadler's Avatar
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    Pulled our a very simple table runner that I may be teaching as a "beginner quilting" project at an upcoming retreat, and it calls for 3 fat quarters. I figured I'd make a sample one to take with me. Choosing ANY colors is always a big deal to me, as I always over-think it. SO I found a beautiful floral print I figured I'd use as my 'focal' point, then chose two other complimentary colors. Two out of three were 1/4 yard cuts, and until now I never realized that fat quarters are cut differently than just cutting off 1/4 yard. Am I the only idiot out here that didn't know this? The pattern's directions for cutting was simple with the fat quarter (of course), but I had to finagle some with the 1/4 yard, only doing so because I didn't want to change my mind again about fabrics. Man do I feel stupid. :shock:

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    (Giggles) :idea: Probably because I have cut so many.

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    NOPE. . I was right there with ya..

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    Well, we all should learn something new everyday. That's yours for today! Teehee!

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    Everyone has been there. The important thing is that everything worked out with your project.

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    its so confusing

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    Not sure if I'm understanding you. Do you mean you didn't realize they were 2 different shapes or that cutting would be different with either shape???

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    Technically, one should get exactly the same number of square inches from a "skinny" 1/4 yard and a "fat" quarter of the same fabric.

    You are not alone in having to learn the difference.

    I get confused on all the things like "layer cakes," etc"

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    You get the same square yardage but the dimensions are different and the width is limited on the 1/4 yard cut. Sometimes it's a good idea to follow directions exactly.

    Well, now you know.

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    I bet a LOT of people just learned that from this post. It wasn't too long ago I was right there with you!

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