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Thread: Why do so many people buy so many fat quarters?

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    Super Member IBQUILTIN's Avatar
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    I do a lot of applique, and am always looking for just the right piece that I don't need a lot of. Fat quarters are a lot cheaper to collect for that

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    I mainly buy fat quarters & love them! I like having a little bit of lots of fabrics. Now, when making a quilt, if I need bigger pieces, then I will buy some, but even buying fqs, I feel like it takes forever to use them all up, so why would I buy bigger pieces. I also like using lots of different fabrics in my quilts, so they take care of that too. Works for me!

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    [quote=kellen46]
    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    I wasn't very excited about fat quarters until I made a quilt from Eleanor Burns Quick Quarter Quilts book.

    I thought I had all her books but this is one I have not seen. I checked on the web site and did a search but could not find it. Is it quick trip quilts? Can I see a pic of the cover. It sounds like one I would like a lot.
    Me too! ;-)

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    I've used them when I am making single blocks for charity & memory quilts, for applique, for quilted baby cowboy boots, etc. They do have their uses.

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    Love having all kinds of choices for scrappy quilts and applique. Also buy a lot of half yards. I can never decided on several yards of one fabric, so will buy a lot of fats or half yards.

    Brenda

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    I buy quite a few fat quarters. Some patterns don't really require that much of a particular color. They are also good for when you need just a little bit of a color in applique. I love all the colors and I thinkI have hundreds

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    That's kind of my thought - 3 yds or nothing. FQ's do give a variety, but I have figured how much some of them cost by the yard and it's way too high for me!!!!!

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    I do alot of Bonnie Hunters quilt and others that are scrap happy ,we live in a RV fulltime and I don't have alot of room for fabric so for me the fQ's work great I have two totes that I can keep them in
    when I do a big quilt with just 3 or 4 fabrics I just go buy than, not ahead of time it works out pretty good

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    I love your australian fabric quilt. I have been collecting those fabric for awhile. Did you use a pattern? What size are your blocks? All of your quilts are beautiful.

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    I wear mine!!!! hahahhaha!!!

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    I bought my first two fat quarters last week to make cell phone pouches. Even a fat quarter was more fabric than I needed and the prints were exactly what I was looking for. Today I couldn't find a fat quarter print I liked as well as a by the yard piece I found. At my local JoAnne's fat quarters are $1.99. I got a half yard of my yardage for $2.50 at reg. price. That was an extra .50 for twice the amount of fabric. Seemed like a better deal to me.

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    i love them..they are like the candy bars at the checkout in the market... always get a few...

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    I love fat quarters---for some inexplicable reason---I am just crazy for them and then I like to either find some way to mix and match them, or just hang on to them "in case". I have three sets of rolling plastic drawers which are perfect for FQ's, usually they are filled to bursting, but times being what they are, I have dipped into my "savings" stash to make various projects!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kateyb
    I use fat quarters for BOM's, accents for some of my quilts and it is fun to use for a variety in a design. Here is one I made for my niece who likes purple. She loved it. Pattern from Fons and Porter magazine.
    purple is my favorite color... great quilt.. lucky niece!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    My stash consists mostly of fat quarters. I like scrappy quilts and that is how I quilt. Even the quilt behind my little girls has multiple different oranges, greens and even different whites. I like the feel of quilts that are not perfect matchy match and fat quarters force you to do that.
    Your quilts are sooo beautiful !! :-)
    I am starting a scrappy churn dash :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by justflyingin
    I have been wondering this for a long time, but a fat quarter really isn't enough to do much with in a quilt. It is fine if you are doing a scrappy type quilt, but when doing a quilt that is larger and you use 8-10 different fabrics, a fat quarter is like "nothing".

    Why do so many people seem so focused on buying fat quarters? I do scrappy quilts--and will continue to do them, with scraps, mostly, not purchased fat quarters.

    So, I'm wondering, what do you all do with your fat quarters? Do you buy more than one of the same, and if so, why not just buy 1/2 yard or more of yardage?
    I have many FQ because I use them for turning Twenty Quilts or I make ,I call them Turning 10s or even turning 5. They are so fun to use. I might have close to 200 of them. I make a FQ out of scraps from a quilt too.

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    I only buy them if they are really cheap then I use them for
    scrap quilts.

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    I also make some small items such as luggage tags, passport wallets, table runners, doll quilts, miniature quilts, etc. Fat quarters are more than enough for most of those.

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    I also buy fat quarters to use as "zingers", something for added interest or to get your attention. I LOVE fabrics with metallic gold trim, sparkly stuff, wild prints, crazy color combinations, etc, that you would only want a little bit of in your quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tropical
    I like fat quarters for appliques. I don't like cutting in to a whole yard just to get enough for an applique. Also, I often can't find yardage in something that I like in a fat quarter. As others have commented you can use several shades of a color and not have to buy whole yards of each. They are good for my cloth dolls and totes, too.
    I agree for appliques. FQ have a whole 'nother use!

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    Loved all the photos of the scrappy quilts. I buy both yardage and fat quarters - always find a use for both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScubaK
    Fat Quarters usually end up being expensive for the yard...so I will try and find the fabric and buy a 3rd or a half.
    I could never do much with a FQ (IMO) so I quit using them and just buy yardage.
    K
    I figured the price of fat quarters for a yard also.....too expensive for me so I just buy yardage.

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    what are fat quarters?

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    I use FQ's for foundation piecing. When making a pillow cover they are just the right amount to use for the paper pieced portion of the pillow. That way I don't have a lot of material left over that I might never get around to using for anything else.

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    I buy fat quarters for alot of reasons listed here. Its easier to get alot of different styles within a color range so that scrappy quilts have even more personality. I also like them because you can do applique or paper piecing and not mess up yardage for a small piece. I also have several patterns from magazines and books that use only fat quarters for various quilts. Sometimes you just love a fabric but you can't find it on the bolt so you just take a taste of it for your stash.

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