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

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    I don't really buy FQs unless at a yard sale or something like that. What I do is make my own when I deconstruct clothing, linens, etc. from the thrift store, yard sales and such. By folding those sizes of fabrics into FQ shapes and storing them together, I have the convenience of FQs without the extra expense of buying them precut. Here is a photo of my mostly homemade FQ's.

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    Jamie there a 18 by 22 piece of fabric that can be used for scrappy quilts,applique lots of things,,,,,

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    Wildyard - what a neat idea, I like that.

    I have only bought 1 FQ so far (to see what it was about - I am new to quilting) - and like someone else here said, I find myself "saving" it for ---. Need to research some FQ patterns for ideas and I am dabbling in applique and paper piecing where it seems like they would probably be good.

    QUESTION: Has anyone ever refused to cut/sell you less than a yard of fabric at a time? The back of my mind is reminding me it seems like I saw a "minimum of 1 yard cuts" somewhere.

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    some online stores with sales going on will say no less than a yd, but quilt stores, joann's that Iv gone to Iv gotten 1/8 of yd without any problem, just needed a little to finish up a project

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    I buy FQs for applique - and just because I like looking at them on my shelf!

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    I don't buy FQs. I just can't justify paying that much more than fabric per yard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    I don't really buy FQs unless at a yard sale or something like that. What I do is make my own when I deconstruct clothing, linens, etc. from the thrift store, yard sales and such. By folding those sizes of fabrics into FQ shapes and storing them together, I have the convenience of FQs without the extra expense of buying them precut. Here is a photo of my mostly homemade FQ's.
    Linda, I love your repurposing idea! That is something I am going to look for at yard sales and thrift stores.

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    I have quit buying fat quarters unless I need them for applique :-D

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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 unbelievably beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenda5253
    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard
    I don't really buy FQs unless at a yard sale or something like that. What I do is make my own when I deconstruct clothing, linens, etc. from the thrift store, yard sales and such. By folding those sizes of fabrics into FQ shapes and storing them together, I have the convenience of FQs without the extra expense of buying them precut. Here is a photo of my mostly homemade FQ's.
    Linda, I love your repurposing idea! That is something I am going to look for at yard sales and thrift stores.
    I love your repurposing idea also. I am downsizing my dvd and cd collection and have a similar cabinet that is about 5 feet tall. Already thinking how "pretty" it will look with fabric on its shelves!

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenda5253
    I don't buy FQs. I just can't justify paying that much more than fabric per yard.
    I also agree with this statement.....never could figure out why people would pay the amount they do for fats when buying the same yardage was much less expensive. I do realize many people make many scrappy quilts so this gives them more of a variety to use. I don't purchase any of those other types of pre-cuts either....just seems like it's so much more expensive rather than purchasing yardage. I can always find more uses for my leftover fabrics rather than having to depend on the pre-cuts and fats concerned that they would truly give me the amount of fabric I need. Have always worried if I mistakenly cut something wrong I'd be in a real mess. I just think there are people that cut without mistakes so it's no problem for them.

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    thanks,I tought it was the little expensive pieces but wasn't sure.

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    Fabric is so expensive when one lives on a stricy budget. I often make scrap quilts but with a theme quilt sometimes i only need one or two more prints. I do not buy them if I can buy a half yard. Lots of place here in Ok do not sell by the yd but prepackaged or fat quarters.

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    I can't see paying that much a yard. I buy 1/2 yard, get 2 fat quarters if the pattern calls out for a fq, use one and put the other in my stash. Many times in fq you can't see the mfg.'s name, I like to know it is a reliable name when putting that much work in a quilt.

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    I guess I should call this TIGHTWADS REIGN! If I like a fabric enough to buy it, I usually buy a minimum of 2 yards. It has to be pretty spectacular ( like when I'm at a quilt show) for me to pay $10 a yard. Being extremely frugal, I use every 50% coupon I can. I have a JoAnn VIP card that gives me an additional 10% off...so I will occasionally buy a fabric marked 40% off, then still use my VIP card. After a specific project, I cut up the remainder, usually getting at least one fat quarter and a smaller piece. At my $5 a yard preferred price, I never buy fat quarters unless they are $1.25 a piece..which is rare. I will admit they are convenient for a lot of patterns but if you pay $2.50 a piece for them, you're back up to $10 a yard. (cheap,cheap,cheap)

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    I just went to a sale and bought fq's for 50 cents each. It's hard to pass them up at that price. I bought certain colors to go in quilts i will make.

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    That's a good question. I just love FQs. Not sure exactly why. I actually find it difficult to buy "yardage"...too much of a commitment?

    I have to say that I enjoy making quilts that are more of a "scrappy" nature so this might be part of the reason. Also, you get to have more of a variety or more bang for your buck I guess.

    Don't really know...just love them! :thumbup:

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    I am not really in favour of fat quarters (saying this I do buy them on occasion) as I think they are too expensive for a little bit of material that you really can't do a lot with in a project, again dependent on size. Would rather buy a 1/2 metre or more.

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    sometimes I buy them because of the patterns that is on them that I cann't find on a bolt.

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    I never buy fat quarters.
    I don't really do scrap quilts so I need more yardage I make queen /king size quilts fat quareters just don't do the job.

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    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 liked it so well I can't wait to make another one and I'm finding all kinds of fat quarter collections I love.
    QuiltsRFun, could you please be more explicit with this Eleanor Burns book. I googled Quick Quarter Quilts book and didn't find anything by Eleanor Burns. Thanks,
    Janet in Ohio

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    Don't buy as many FQ as I USED to ... but they are great for applique, for scrappy quilts which I LOVE, and just to give that varied background look or for more shades of color ... like someone here said, why use just 1 red etc when you can use 10 or 20 ... I agree ! :)

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