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Thread: Two Fat Quarters vs . . .

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    Two Fat Quarters vs . . .

    . . . a half yard. Same amount or one more?

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    There are the same number of square inches of fabric in 2 fat quarters as there are in a 1/2 yard.

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    ​It should be the same amount but if you need WOF, go with the 1/2 yd.

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    My LQS charges $3.50 for a FQ. Since the yardage may be as low as $7.99yd, I always check to see which will be cheaper.

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    It’s the same yardage, but sometimes you get more cuts from the wof half yard.
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    depends on what you want to use it for..... But I agree that FQs can sometimes be way overpriced compared to WOF.... I only buy them on sale now. I used to go to a LQS in Houston that would have sales of FQs twice a year and it was worth it to build a stash....now not so much with the cost...

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    I never buy fat quarters or any precuts.
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    My friend gave me a great idea, when traveling and you get to visit a Fabric store, buy an "I Spy" fat quarter.
    You help patronize the store and you get to build your I Spy stash!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I never buy fat quarters or any precuts.
    I'm curious....why don't you buy precuts or FQ?
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    I like 2 fat qtr vs 2/4 yards, because they are different. I live variety and scrappy.

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    I don't like FQs. I'd much rather have the WOF. Just find it more versatile to use. I always look at the FQ and think--well, this isn't enough to do anything with!

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    Fat Quarters are very often more expensive than buying fabric (if you watch sales). Also, you get limited to sizes and shapes. I find I can usually get a lot more bang for my buck from WOF. Exception is when they are having huge sale (right now the 2 for $2 at Joanns), I will buy a few of the truly odd colors that I rarely use (oranges) or a strange print that I may use for a small focus piece for my wreaths. I used to pick up the occasional jelly roll or honey bun, but I have found they are often not cut precisely and they fray so very much. I bought the strip ruler and am very pleased with it. I will admit that the honey buns in black and in white were very handy.

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    I buy fat quarters because I hand applique and need a variety of fabrics. They are usually more expensive than by the yard.

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    I love FQ's. I am a Jo Morton, Kathy Tracy fan and use them often.

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    I love FQ because it gives me a variety of fabrics when I do paper piecing. Beside, a friend gave me five plastic containers of them. She made doll clothes so used a lot of small print fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teen View Post
    I'm curious....why don't you buy precuts or FQ?
    As others stated it's usually a better price to buy from the bolt and I can get wof strips when needed. Even when I only want a small amount I'll often get the 1/2 yd rather than a FQ...more bang for my buck. I don't generally buy precuts because I'm a prewasher. Anything smaller than a FQ is a pain to prewash. Iv'e also found precuts there's not enough of the couple of fabrics that catch my eye, I'd rather buy yardage of what I like most.

    Like anything else, it all depends on what your preferences are and what you are trying to accomplish. There's no right or wrong.
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    Since 2 fat quarters are simply a 1/2 yard cut at the fold they are equal. You just can’t cut 42” strips from a fat quarter, you get (2) 21” strips.
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    I have bought a package of fat quarters when I want to make something specific - i.e.: a Turning 20. Otherwise, I would rather buy 1/3 or 1/2 yard. I found that when I buy just a 1/4 yard sometimes the person cutting is not very good at cutting and one end is not the full 9 inches, the 1/3 yard is 12 inches and I can do more with that than 9 inches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltingcandy View Post
    I have bought a package of fat quarters when I want to make something specific - i.e.: a Turning 20. Otherwise, I would rather buy 1/3 or 1/2 yard. I found that when I buy just a 1/4 yard sometimes the person cutting is not very good at cutting and one end is not the full 9 inches, the 1/3 yard is 12 inches and I can do more with that than 9 inches.
    That's a good idea about buying 1/3...I'll have to keep that in mind
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    I think they are the same and I use both. I like yardage but also like fat quarters for variety.

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    If you know what pattern you will be making you need to check your cutting instruction. 1/4 yard is 9X40 and fat quarter is 18X20.

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    I watch the prices, too. If FQ's are much more that 1/4 yd wof, why pay the extra? I often fold the 1/4 yd cuts to the same size as FQ's and store them together (by color), since most patterns work just as well with either shape.
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