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Thread: Fat Quarters Question

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    I honestly don't know where others have been purchasing their FQs, I've found them to be exactly the cost of what 1/4 of a yardage would be, and I've shopped in quilt shops in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC, Yukon and Alaska. I've not seen them work out to be more $ then buying yardage.

    I'm sorry I can't help you about Missouri Quilting but I can tell you that I love Fat Quarters. I find that when I have a bit extra $ it's always fun to stop in and buy a FQ to add to my stash. I love the variety of fabrics I'm able to get in my quilts using a variety of FQs rather then yardage of just a few fabrics. I tend to buy yardage only for my border fabrics.

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    They are nice if you want a variety but I prefer to buy yardage.
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    I like buying fat quarters, but the ones from JoAnn aren't cut on the grain. By the time I straighten out the fat quarter and trim I have less fabric, which is disappointing. But the price is right, and I don't complain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    What is the advantage of using them? How does the cost compare to fabric off the bolt? I just did a couple of baby projects using them and it made it very simple. Has anyone ever bought from Missouri Quilting?
    You'll have to judge the price yourself. Not cheaper for sure.
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    I have several in various color combinations. Someday......I will make a quilt but just keep looking at them for now. It is nice to have the colors all cordinated for you.

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    I never buy fat quarters or any precut fabrics. They are more expensive because someone has to cut them.
    I always buy yardage. Plus this gives you fabric to build a stash, you always have fabric to make a quilt whenever
    the mood strikes or you need a gift.

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    I love fat quarters, I buy them when on sale, otherwise i buy yardage and cut into quarters, then i am ready for swaps and sewing. And I love MSQC, customer service is fabulous, and jenny who does the tutes is great, lots of nice patterns to buy and for free. Love all her tips and ideas.
    I have so much fabric, i could wrap the state of Illinois 100 times and still have too much. Sew little time, oh me
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    I love purchasing FQ's for small projects and variety. I purchase mine locally and they are still $.99 each and are true FQ's (18" x 22").
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    THey are more expensiv so cheaper to buy yardage. However if they are on sale I do buy them as that way I can get variety of some different fabrics that may not be available in yardage as sometimes they will use ends of the bolts at LQS to make the fat quarters.

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    Precuts just make it much easier for you to start a quilting project. MSQC is terrific and they have WONDERFUL tutorials!

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    I love buying fat quarters for the variety for scrappy quilts but also love buying yardage. OK, I admit it, I just love buying fabric!

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    It's getting so that I only buy yardage for sashing, binding, and backing. I do mostly scrappy, sampler type quilts so that works for me. There are a couple of "staples" like black, while, and red that I find handy to have in yardages. I try to buy only for current projects so stash building is not my aim.

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    I try not to buy FQ's as they're not really economical but they look so lovely in their colourful bunches that I usually succumb to temptation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nyelphaba View Post
    I buy from MSQC. They are terrific.
    Ditto. froggyintexas

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    The fat quarter size is the advantage over the flat quarters. They are 18x22 instead of 9x45.

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    I agree-I love the 'deals' and the quick service

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    I love fat quarters. I usually get them from ebay, but occasionally other places if the price is right. Right now I have a bid up for a set of 10 fat quarters at a price of $5, so with shipping (if I win), it would be about $11.50. A while back I got 11 fat quarters for 14.00 and free shipping. I use them for smaller projects, small doll quilts, table runners, etc.

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    Hey, Val in Ind. Your idea of buying an extra yard and cutting it into strips and fat quarters is a neat hint. Thanks for the tip.

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    Love, love, love FQs! However, I've purchased only one precut stack (batiks). I often buy a half yard off the bolt and then, if I like, I can cut it into 2 FQs = a little cheaper.

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    I like my fat qtrs as a newbie it gives me more play room with colors. But planned larger quilts I go for yardage. My last quilt for DGS has enough yardage left over to make one for his dad using leftovers - no out of pocket expense except for the batting (purchased on sale of course).
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    I bought 3 packages of fat quarters 12 pieces in a package for $3.99 a package That was a good buy for me working on a quilt now using them

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    I don't usually buy fat quarters. I buy when on sale, and usually there is a 1/2 yd minimun. I do, however buy a lot of half yard cuts and make fat quarters out of them, but that is when I need one for guild or a swap. Before I had a stash, I did buy fat quarters for a small project here and there, but now, I don't really need to, since I have a large stash.
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    I use fat quarters only when I need to add variety to what I don't have in my stash. If I am trying to fussy cut, they are just a waste of fabric because in many prints, I miss more of the pattern than I cut out. Judge for yourself. The smaller the print and repeat, the more you may be able to use, and the larger the print, the more you will waste.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EllieGirl View Post
    What is the advantage of using them? How does the cost compare to fabric off the bolt? I just did a couple of baby projects using them and it made it very simple. Has anyone ever bought from Missouri Quilting?
    I wouldn't hesitate to buy from Missouri Quilting. I've watched their videos on YouTube, and I think any company that puts that much attention into educating their customers (and doing it so professionally) would have excellent customer service. I haven't bought from them yet, but I will.
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    I like fat quarters....I do a lot of applique and its much easier to use a fat quarter for speed and convience.....I also like f/q for storing...and I also use them for my Cricut when I cut fabric....and thats my story and Iam sticking to it lol.....Trish

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