Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Verification on fst quarter size >

Verification on fst quarter size

Verification on fst quarter size

Old 04-24-2013, 10:19 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Montana
Posts: 62
Default Verification on fst quarter size

I have nevr ued anything except yardage for making quilts but came across a pattern that I fell in love with that uses fat quarters. I am thinking hat would be 9x9 piecesut would like to be sure before I start anything. Really don't want to go out and buy more fsbric and would like to use from my stash so want to know that I can get the right size pieces out of my stash. Thanks for your help. Mary
Threads 77 is offline  
Old 04-24-2013, 10:23 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Michigan. . .FINALLY!!!!
Posts: 6,726

Fat quarters are 1/2 of a half yard of fabric. 18 x 22 roughly depending on the width of fabric.
auntpiggylpn is offline  
Old 04-24-2013, 10:24 AM
Senior Member
AndiR's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: S. Dakota
Posts: 512

Fat quarters are approx. 18" x 22".

A regular 1/4 yard of fabric is 9" wide by the width of fabric which is about 44". A fat quarter is cut twice as wide (18") and then cut on the fold of the fabric. So it's the same amount of fabric, just short & fat instead of long & skinny.

AndiR is offline  
Old 04-24-2013, 10:27 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 4,061

fat quarters are 1/4 yard cut 18" along the selvage and 22" (or half of the width) ... I usually cut mine 18" - 20" by 20" - 22" depending on the fabric. I cut a half yard then fold selvages together and cut along the fold for FQ swaps. hope that helps ....

most of the time when a pattern calls for FQs, they must be cut to specific sizes, so you don't have to start with FQ just at fabric as big as FQ .....
MaryMo is offline  
Old 04-24-2013, 10:37 AM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Montana
Posts: 62

Good thing I asked!! Thank you for your help...love this board.
Threads 77 is offline  
Old 04-24-2013, 02:42 PM
Super Member
katier825's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: FL
Posts: 7,084

Something to keep in mind is how much is usable. Sometimes the selvedges can be and inch or so and you lose that. The 18" measurement should always be consistent. Most of the fabrics I buy are closer to 41-42 than 44-45, so the other dimension will be half of that width.

Afterthought - I have bought some in the past that were not cut straight. Could be wider at one end than the other. If you need absolutely every inch, it's best to measure before you buy.

Last edited by katier825; 04-24-2013 at 02:44 PM.
katier825 is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
J Miller
For Vintage & Antique Machine Enthusiasts
09-22-2014 07:15 PM
12-13-2013 02:26 PM
Favorite Fabrics
08-15-2009 11:41 AM
06-25-2007 04:52 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter