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Thread: What kind of "quarters" do you prefer?

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    I seem to be collecting fat quarters. I like them because I can get a large variety for not too much money. It seems the quilts I have been making lately need a large variety of fabrics. I recently made 2 quilts in 2 different classes that used almost all my leftovers. They were very scrappy.
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    Depends on the project but sometimes you can get a quarter yd cut cheaper than a fat quarter. Go figure!

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    Depends on the project I am doing which type of quarter I use. However, I actually prefer the monetary kind! :-)
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    If you want me to choose, I would buy a large fat 18 x 22. Now, if I know what I need and am doing I will only by a 1/4 yard of fabric so I can get the project done because some stores only sell fabric that way.
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    Yeah, depends on the project, and I agree with "auntpiggylpn" on costs...but usually I'll buy a 1/2 yard > cut it in half to make 2 FQ > use one FQ for a project and add the extra to my stash. Our guild is always doing some project that uses/trades FQ's.

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    All of the above!

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    I never buy fat quarters of any size. I only buy yardage.
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    For me it's about the size of the scrap left. If you cut one 2.5 inch strip from a WOF quarter then you have a strip 6.5 left over. I can cut two strips 2.5 inches from a fat quarter to equal one WOF strip and still have a piece of fabric 13 inches wide. That's a lot more useful scrap size.

    I have a friend that did art type quilts for a while and she pretty much only bought WOF quarters and when she quit doing art quilts I got a lot of her stash. It just isn't as useful and the scraps left from cutting squares is even less useful.

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    I think it depends. I like fats for a lot of stuff, particularly cutting squares, but I like linear if I am making a small quilt and want to make a narrow binding. Oh, and I love the jingle of the silver ones.

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    I agree, it depends on what you are doing. I am more prone/attracted to picture or art-type of quilts which the fat quarters are handier say to cut a little lady's dress to be appliqued, or a house, or odd shaped pieces of a background. If I do buy WOF, then I get 1/2 yd and essentially have 2 FQ's, then I can go either way. If it is just a neat fabric in a pre-cut FQ, then I will pick it up to add to my stash. Wmart sells the FQ's for 97 cents each, unless you buy a matched sequence, in which case it is $7.84 for 5 FQ pieces. And since their big remodel, even the pre-cuts seem better quality.

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    I love fat quarters. I use the skinny strips for dresden wedges when making plates. But FQ's give you more fabric to work with.

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    I like linear quarters for some things, but I use many, many fat quarters. I like to be able to stack and cut several layers at once. I do a lot of scrappy look quilts and fat quarters allow me to be so versatile.

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    Quarter of a pie, quarter of a cake, all of the pitcher of margaritas!

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    I like to use fat quarters,when the project allows it...there are so many different choices in a package, I like to cut them into sizes I need, Skinney are useful too, along with jellyrolls, gee now I am getting hungry....
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    It depends on what I am doing, cutting strips I usually like the 9x44 (watching girl carefully to see that it is 9 inches at both the selvage and the fold) I use the 18x22 if I am cuting squares or triangles.

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    I find that when I have a choice, I purchase the linear quarters. It seems that the size works out better for me than fat quarters.

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    Love the fat quarters as I make a lot of fabric gift bags, and sometimes need the width. Of course, if I have lots and lots of monetary quarters I'm able to buy more fabric to make more gift bags...it's a win, win situation!!!

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    I'm sorry, but what is a linear FQ?
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    Fat quarters 18x22 all the way. I throw 9x44 inch pieces in with scraps or cut them into 2 1/2 in. strips. I normally make entire quilts out of fat quarters 18x22.
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    I think fqs are more versatile...but for going to Vegas, I'm going with the "coinage"...
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    Definately fat quarters as I do mostly little quilts

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    aside from my love affair with FQs, I have been "commissioned" to collect State quarters while I'm in the good ol' USA ... I have 9 so far {giggle}
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    i am a fat quarters person

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics View Post
    What do you prefer, or find more useful?

    Fat quarters (18" x 22") ?

    Linear quarters (9" x 44") ?

    Or the monetary kind? - Sorry, just *had* to include this choice too! :-)

    Well this is interesting, what people think when it comes to fat quarters. Personally I am not a shopper of fat quarters on any description. This isn't to say I don't have any of them as I do buy the occassional FQ however on the whole I think fat Quarters are not cost effective and so I will buy at least a 1/2 metre of something I like and a whole metre or more of anything I really like

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    I buy FQ's when the pattern calls for a layer cake. I can buy 40 cheap FQ's for about the cost of a layer cake and have 2 layer cakes, 4 charm packs and a half strip jelly roll for the same money. I'm making snuggle quilts, not heirlooms, so I love FQs at Joann's when they are on sale for 99 cents.

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