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Thread: Interesting tiny fact on Fat Quarters

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    What is a Fat Quarter?
    A half yard of fabric cut on the fold to produce a wider yield.

    How big is a fat quarter?
    18 inches by 22 inches (approximately)

    What can be cut from a Fat Quarter?

    99 2 " sq.
    56 2 1⁄2 sq.
    42 3 : sq.
    30 3 1⁄2" sq.
    20 4 " sq.
    16 4 1⁄2" sq.
    12 5 : sq.
    9 6 : sq.
    6 6 1⁄2" sq.

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    That's good to know. Thanks for the info!

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    You should be aware that some of those yields will be off if a) the fat quarter is prewashed and shrinks or ravels at all and/or b) the fat quarter was not cut accurately and you have to square it up. Watch out especially for the 2", 3", 4", and 6" squares.

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    Thanks for sharing. That is always good to know. I'm going to copy that and put it in my wallet for future use. :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    You should be aware that some of those yields will be off if a) the fat quarter is prewashed and shrinks or ravels at all and/or b) the fat quarter was not cut accurately and you have to square it up. Watch out especially for the 2", 3", 4", and 6" squares.
    Thanks to both of you!

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    Great info Elisabrat!

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    Very interesting! Thanks!

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    Helpful info to know, thanks!

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    Thank you BOTH for the tip I`m new here and every bit help`s!!...............Thank`s again

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    thanks for that tidbit of info, I really never thought about that.

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    Great info! I was shying away from fats until recently. Starting picking up a few here and there but my fear was not having enough once I got started using one but with this information it will be very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

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    They can be off too if you they have used 42" wide fabric, then you get 18 X 21 :wink:

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    Interesting. I never got past the measurements of a fat quarter. Thanks for sharing the info.

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    A fat quarter is 1/4 of a yard, i.e. a yard cut into 4 quarters, not a 1/2 yard.

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    thanks :-D

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    thank you gilla that really help`s me

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    And 21 3"X6" bricks...

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    Thank You Mamagus

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    Hey, that's my motto!!!

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    If I find a fat quarter print I really like I always buy atleast two.

    Also with our little group of quilters when one of us goes on a trip and goes to a quiltshop We find a neat fabric and buy a yard and pick up a few of the shops cards and make fat quarters and give then to our little group. We get a fat quarter and also with the business card we know where it came from. Its fun and a nice way to remember a trip

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilla
    A fat quarter is 1/4 of a yard, i.e. a yard cut into 4 quarters, not a 1/2 yard.
    I work in a LQS and we cut half yard pieces and then cut down the center length wise to get two fat quarters. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilla
    A fat quarter is 1/4 of a yard, i.e. a yard cut into 4 quarters, not a 1/2 yard.
    Which can also mean 1/2 yd cut in half. Isn't it all the same? I have watched them cut 2 fat quarters from a half yd at the store.

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    I once had to explain to my husband... A "Fat Quarter" is not a body part!

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    Quote Originally Posted by doowopddbop
    I once had to explain to my husband... A "Fat Quarter" is not a body part!
    Does that apply to jelly rolls too!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilla
    A fat quarter is 1/4 of a yard, i.e. a yard cut into 4 quarters, not a 1/2 yard.
    Which can also mean 1/2 yd cut in half. Isn't it all the same? I have watched them cut 2 fat quarters from a half yd at the store.
    sounds like good cutting to me and would come up the same results !!!!!!!!!!!

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