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Thread: Fat Quarters

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    Junior Member LadyCougar's Avatar
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    Hey everyone just wanted to give you a heads up - I purchased about 3 dozen fat quarters from Joann's - every one of them was short by 2" - they are 18"x20" - just beware. I have written to Joann's management team to find out what they are going to do about it. I'll keep you posted.

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    They should be called skimpy fat quarters

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    Wow, ya know I never measure them, wonder if it happens alot?

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    dieting fat quarters?

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    the fabric co's are going to a 40" wide fabric instead of 44-45"
    so all the fat quarters will be 18x20
    which is a fat quarter of that fabric

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    your fats were not as wide as you expected but odds are that they are correct.

    fat quarters are 18" by the width of the fabric.

    if the fabric was only 40" wide, your fat quarters would be 18 x 20

    if the fabric was wider but they trimmed off the selvages, it could still be "only" 18 x 20 but correct.

    since most quilting fabrics are between 40 and 44 inches wide, if a fat quarter is properly cut to 18" high, it will average between 20 and 22 inches wide.

    TO REPEAT: your fats were not as wide as you expected but odds are that they are correct.

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    Thank you for the explanation Patrice :D:D:D

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    I also noticed that they have some that are not called fat quarters...I think they are just called quarter pieces or something - that is the majority of them at our store.., and they are not tru fat quarters....deception in advertising, I think. They know we expected them to be fat quarters the way they are packaged..I just returned several for that same reason...

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    Quote Originally Posted by katmom54
    I also noticed that they have some that are not called fat quarters...I think they are just called quarter pieces or something - that is the majority of them at our store.., and they are not tru fat quarters....deception in advertising, I think. They know we expected them to be fat quarters the way they are packaged..I just returned several for that same reason...
    I am sure they are labeling them in this manner due to Patrice's explanation :wink:
    I am guessing we will see more labeled this way as 40" WOF becomes another industry standard :D

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    this has definately been an aha moment :)

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    Well that is aggravating.

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    I just got some fat quarters at a garage sale - one batch was from JoAnns, the other was from Hancock.

    Of about 10 fat quarters, maybe TWO of them were barely 18 inches in length. The rest were 17-3/4 to 17-7/8 inches long.

    I suppose in Jo-Ann's defense, the label DID say "approximately 18 x 22 inches" :hunf:


    For width, I assume 20-22 inches will still be "right"

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    Our Joanns has a sign hanging on the shelf above the FQs saying they could be shorter than the packaging says and if you are not satisfied, feel free to return them.

    Buyer beware!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlaceruby
    the fabric co's are going to a 40" wide fabric instead of 44-45"
    so all the fat quarters will be 18x20
    which is a fat quarter of that fabric
    This is what I was told, also. "It's not Joanne's it's the fabric companies."

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    Has anyone noticed that the markings on the salvedges are getting wider? Used to be about 1/4" to be trimmed off. I got fabric from ConnectingTheads and had to trim off over an inch. Is this also going to be the norm?

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    that's a good question. i got a fancy shmancy brand name fabric the other day in an order from a famous online quilt shop. the unprinted edge and selvage are around 2"!

    yoiks! :shock:

    fingers crossed it was an oddball bolt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    that's a good question. i got a fancy shmancy brand name fabric the other day in an order from a famous online quilt shop. the unprinted edge and selvage are around 2"!

    yoiks! :shock:

    fingers crossed it was an oddball bolt.
    That sounds like a "second" piece of fabric to me.
    (Golly - what if you had gotten that from "you know where"?)

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    They do want to sell more fabric you know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by katmom54
    I also noticed that they have some that are not called fat quarters...I think they are just called quarter pieces or something - that is the majority of them at our store.., and they are not tru fat quarters....deception in advertising, I think. They know we expected them to be fat quarters the way they are packaged..I just returned several for that same reason...
    My JoAnn calls them "fabric quarters." I didn't know why the different name, but I think I now understand. It's a quarter of the fabric and may or may not be from a 44"-45" width. :|

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    I bought a pack of fat quarters from HL, some of them are cut so crooked; by time I straightened them I got 16"x 18" good fabric. and the selvage was cut off.

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    That is the reason that they recently changed their vendor. And by recently, about March. They were completly out while the change took place. Hopefully they will give you your money back, if that is what you want to do.

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    The fat quarters I have bought are wide enough but not always long enough. Most are just stash builders but it can still be frustrating

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    Maybe the fabric wasn't but 40" wide to begin with...

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    when a fat quarter is cut the first cut is to cut 1/2 yard from the bolt; then the 1/2 yard cut is cut in half at the fold; SO
    the only consistant measurement of a fat quarter is the 18" cut. the second cut is dependant on the width of the fabric which can be anywhere between 36" and 44" giving you actual fatquarters which measure anywhere between 18"x18" and 18" x 22"...it is not the shop's fault if your fq's do not measure 18"x22", it is totally dependant on the width of fabric the manufacturer makes. so don't be too hard on the stores, it is not their fault that the width of fabrics is not consistant, and they would wind up with bad off cuts if they tried to cut what everyone believes should be the true measurement...anything narrower than 44"; if a fabric measures 40" wide and the shop cut the fq at 18"x22" the piece left over would only measure 18"x 18" ..... which would mean they would only get 2 out of a yard...instead of 4
    since manufacturers are making the fabric narrower we are going to have to adjust our thinking to accomadate the changes.
    i look at the change as the same as candy bars...lets raise the price a little bit, instead of 50 cents, we will now charge 75 cents...hey and if we take off an ounce it is still 'big-enough' but we will increase our earnings...if they want it they will pay....

    but if you are going to make contact and complain remember to complain to the right guilty party...the fabric manufacturers not the shop keepers who simply cut fq's from the bolts they receive

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    They should be called skinny quarters then!! ;)

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