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    What kind of "quarters" do you prefer?

    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! :-)

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    Well I never really knew what to do with the fat quarters at first but now I have used a few for blankets and mug rugs. I like fat quarters for a smaller project, but hope to find more uses for them.
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    Definitely fat quarters unless there are many, many of the monetary kind... I think fat quarters give you many more possibilities when cutting. Besides, they fold up so well for storage!
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    I don't think I will be much help but...I have to say it depends what the project is - I have a couple quilts in mind that need the linear quarters- but most of them call for fat quarters. If I am just buying to have on hand I buy the fat quarters ... Told you I wouldn't be much help , sorry
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    I like fats for piecing. Maybe the skinnies would be useful for binding strips or sashing.

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    It really depends on the project. If I need long strips, the linear ones work the best, but needing a piece larger than 9" then the fat quarter works better.
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    Totally depends on what project I am going to do. At my fave LQS, they will cut a FQ of any fabric you want. I have found that as long as I don't need over 9" it is cheaper to get the "skinny quarter" than the FQ.
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    I would rather buy half yards or full yards ... it often happens that I don't have enough fabric from a fat quarter. Then, of course, I need the pocket quarters!

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    Agree it depends on the project

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathdavis View Post
    It really depends on the project. If I need long strips, the linear ones work the best, but needing a piece larger than 9" then the fat quarter works better.
    I agree with kathdavis.
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    I collect fat quarter squares like kids collect ball cards. Ha ha..But, if doing a strip quilt, then prefer the 9 inch , quarter yard. As my 5 year old Grandson says, "That doesn't make sense."
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b View Post
    I don't think I will be much help but...I have to say it depends what the project is - I have a couple quilts in mind that need the linear quarters- but most of them call for fat quarters. If I am just buying to have on hand I buy the fat quarters ... Told you I wouldn't be much help , sorry
    Same here. I like FQs LOTS but sometimes I also want to cut (for example) a 2.5" X width strip also & that doesn't work with a FQ. I really like half yards the best... then I can cut a FQ & the other (which is also a FQ) I can use for something else.
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    I sort of go back and forth between the two, but lately I find I'm starting to buy 1/2 or full yds.

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    Fat quarters are more convenient because they are precut and you don't have to wait to get your fabric cut. They are like candy, easy to grab a handful on impulse. However, you do pay for that convenience...they are marked up slightly compared to fabric off the bolt.

    Some patterns require fabric cut the width of fabric, in which case you need regular 9x44 cuts. I usually buy at least 1/2 yd or more. If it is an especially beautiful fabric that I absolutely love, I have to have at least 3 yards.

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    Have not seen linear quarters but I'm sure they would be handy depending on the project.
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    The monetary quarters...then I can buy the kind of quarters I want/need at the time!
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    I mainly use Cheaper by the 1/2 Dozen quilt pattern that calls for fat quarters. But if I'm buying fabric from the bolt from Joann's or some place that doesn't sell fat quarters I want linear quarters. I had been buying 1/2 yards from Joann's but decided I it was so much better to buy 1/4 yards.
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    I like the 9 X WOF best. It seems like I have more waste working with regular fat 1/4s . But there are so many patterns geared toward the traditional fat 1/4's .

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    FQs are my fav ... IF they're cut right !
    I don't buy as many as I used to, buy 1/2 yds more now ... can't stand to run short of a fabric !

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    I buy fat quarters all the time but I really like to buy more. I like half yards and yards of fabric. I have so many fat quarters but I don't really use them. I could make some fun quilts with them if I ever got around to it. I have a lot of fat quarter books.
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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! :-)
    IMO, generally speaking I get more fabric from a fat quarter. So many cutters are careless and I'd not even try to get a 1/4 yd WOF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S View Post
    I like the 9 X WOF best. It seems like I have more waste working with regular fat 1/4s . But there are so many patterns geared toward the traditional fat 1/4's .
    How do you get your quarter of a yard to be straight when you have it cut?
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    The cat and I prefer the "quarters" that go with shots of rum.
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    both- sometimes a fq is what is needed for what i am working on- other times a linear quarter is needed- it is totally dependant on the project at hand.
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    I never buy fat quarters when I can get a full quarter yard for the same price. For me fat quarters are not very cost effective.
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