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Thread: Stash-building with quarter-yards ... "fat" or "skinny"?

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    1/4 yd. cuts are far more economical and ready to cut into strips. They also store nicely. Everyone seems to love Jelly rolls so you get a double at 1/2 the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    fat but I really like half yards.
    ditto

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    fat

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    Definitely FAT!

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    I would say skinny. I rarely ever cut a strip wider than 2 inches.

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    If all fabric were cut perfectly straight on the grain, I would really like skinny quarters. The reality is, it's not, and when you go to square it up, you end up losing significant portions due to poor cutting by clerks. Consequently, I like fat quarters for stashing.

    How is buying one's fabric in quarter yard increments more expensive? I pay the same for 4 fat quarters as I do for a yard cut. Is that not your experience?

    RST

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    Prefer half yard cuts. But if I get a quarter yard it would be "fat".
    Me too!

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    I used to buy fat quarters, but now tend to get 1/4 yrd skinny's. I like a lot of color in my quilts and I find the 1/4 yard skinny works better when laying out designs. I just ordered 50 1/4 yard cuts in purple and green batiks for a quilt I will be making, from Fabric Depot. Should be interesting. I haven't decided on the pattern yet.

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    Fat quarter, unless it is a print that runs across the width of the fabric from selvedge to selvedge.

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    I have learned to buy yardage - don't think I would ever buy skinny.

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    FQ's are much more usable for me. I have purchased regular quarters at the LQS only because they won't cut a FQ, when I just need a small piece for applique.

    I do buy FQ bundles and really like them because I can add a variety of fabrics to my stash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beachlady
    I have learned to buy yardage - don't think I would ever buy skinny.
    Skinny is yardage. It's 1/4 of a yard.

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    fluffy "fats" please

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    Fat, but I love anything that begins with the directions "cream butter and sugar." Especially pecan cake, pudding, cupcakes, pie, chocolate cake, ice cream...... Did I mention cake?

    We are talking about cake, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Isn't stash building with quarter yards kind of like saving for retirement with pennies? Yeah, you can do it, but it's a very long (and higher priced) road. :?
    That quilt/image in your avatar could have been made with 2 blue fabrics.

    Wouldn't have been very interesting.

    Now, if you happen to have 24 turquoise 1/4 yard cuts (fat or skinny) , there is nothing you can't do with that that you couldn't do with 6 yards of one fabric.

    And it costs the same.

    Which quilt would be more interesting? And which stash would be more flexible?

    This quilt below (from 2001 - it was my 2nd) has over 150 different fabrics in it. All I needed was an 8" square from each piece. I could have made it all from 3 fabrics - one blue, one green and one orange. Would have been pretty boring, I think.

    Also, this quilt that was posted today on QB:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-104065-1.htm - also could have been done with 2 fabrics - one red and one tan. It would hardly have the same effect.
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    Fat!

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    I prefer both, but if it comes to deciding on just one, it would be the fat.

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    Same here.....but I won't pay more for a fat quarter than a skinny quarter.

    Quote Originally Posted by erstan947
    I'm a scrappy quilter so it's usually does not matter:)

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    Fat. but I really prefer yards.

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    In my area, fat quarters are $3-4 each the last I noticed.I buy fabric on sale at 50% off.So that's way cheaper for me.I also like a skinny because I can get 3 jelly roll cuts from it.

    Quote Originally Posted by RST
    If all fabric were cut perfectly straight on the grain, I would really like skinny quarters. The reality is, it's not, and when you go to square it up, you end up losing significant portions due to poor cutting by clerks. Consequently, I like fat quarters for stashing.

    How is buying one's fabric in quarter yard increments more expensive? I pay the same for 4 fat quarters as I do for a yard cut. Is that not your experience?

    RST

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    Quote Originally Posted by deema
    If I'm buying a 1/4yd, I want it fat for the most part. I don't usually buy less than a yard for stash building purposes, though.
    Ditto

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    When adding quarter-yard cuts to your stash, do you prefer fat quarters (18" x 22" ) or skinny (9" x 44" )?
    I find the full width of the fabric work best for me, so skinny, but I prefer 1/2s.

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    Fat quarters for sure - always have something left that way.

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    Fat

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    fat :lol:

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