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

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    Super Member justflyingin's Avatar
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    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?

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    I'm brand new so I have been stocking up on them to help me build a stash. For me the fat quarters are like alot of peoples "scraps". I have had to buy a ton of them the last couple of months to do the boomerang swap and different paper piecing projects. I now have a nice set of blenders from FQs :D

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    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.

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    There are some great patterns that you can use fat quarters with....I use them to also build my stash! Sometimes the fat quarters that I find, don't come in yardage, so I will buy more than one if I have a certain project in mind and I need more... :)

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    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.

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    I kind of wondered about that to. If I really like the fabric or it fits perfectly what I need, I will end up wishing I had more. But at the rate I finish projects it will be practically old fashioned by then.

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    I love buying FQs too, especially fabric collections which are so pretty, I'll want to own one of each design. I buy them too to build up my stash for future FQ projects. There are actually many gorgeous projects you could find online or in books dedicated for FQs.

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    I use fat quarters for small triangles; tumblers or strips...I love some of the patterns too so it's worth cutting!

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    Why use 1 red when you can use 20? A lot of times if I'm doing a quilt with repeated blocks instead of using just one fabric I'll use several. It gives the quilt personality. Fat quarters are a measured amount and I know I can pull four out and they're a yard.

    I have done a couple of quilts that were really fat quarter friendly too. I pulled 10 yellow, 10 orange, and 10 pink fat quarters from my stash and made the queen size Orion Star Thangles quilt. Beats paying $200 for the kit! And I like my colors way better.

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    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.
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    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.

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    I love them for appliques in my SW babt quilts. I can use diierent skis and ground looking fabrics then do a buffalo applique onto the block.

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    Gday, i don't like buying fq's mainly cause i don't really have a project in mind when i am buying fabric, so if i see something that i like i tend to buy either a metre/yard or more. I am still learning. I have plenty of books that gives me ideas for projects, so i have alot to do. I enjoy the collecting and building my stash also. :)

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    I like to use lots of colors, or shades of the same colors so I use lots of fat quarters in my quilts.

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    I normally don't buy fat quarters on purpose. However, I do have a small stash of them that I have accumalted ove the years and they are great for applique when you need alittle something extra or for adding that unusal zinger to a block.

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    i have some in my stash that came from swaps or as gifts and i've never used them.

    i don't make scrappy quilts, just not my style.

    when i buy fabric the minimum cut is 3 yards

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    Never bought any except for secret pal swap. I prefer the regular quarter yd & have a lot of them mostly in blenders.

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    I buy them to satisfy my addiction without going totally broke! Plus I've gotten into using multiple fabrics of one color in my quilts of late, I like the interest it adds when viewing up close.

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    I like fat quarters because of the manageable size to cut. Plus I have a few FQ books that I want to make quilts out of. AND, I found a tutorial on this board for a sweat shirt jacket I want to try! ;o)

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    I don't buy FQs; however, I have lots because of swaps and gifties through the years. They are wonderful for scrappy quilts. I've also been doing 2" squares and also trades for these squares. It's so much easier to pull out a FQ than to pull out yardage.

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    i only buy fq's if i need a (little bit) of something for a quilt....when i made my sister in law's sandhill crane quilt i wanted all neutrals and did not have alot of variety...buying fq's allowed me to put more variety into the quilt than i would have been able to had i been buying yardage. also if i see something i just absolutely love but have no idea what i will do with it...i will get a fq...if i see a fabric and think of a dozen things to do with it i buy yardage...fq's just allow us to accumalate more variety with less expense...like buying charm packs so you can have a piece of every fabric in a collection-often 40-50 different fabrics...a charm pack or other pre-cut gives you all of them instead of buying one or two at a time in yardage.
    all that being said...i very seldom buy precuts...but once in a while they turn out to be just what i need.

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    I kind of made that mistake with my first quilt. It is a king size and I used all fat quarters to make it. Well the Walmart I bought them at sold out, mostly by me I think, and didn't get them in again. I had to end up haveing a field day of visiting every Walmart I could find in Maryland to find more of the ones I had run out of to finish the quilt. I ended up with 1 fat quarter of the main color left over. EWWW, that was close. I was frantic! LOL I will not use just fat quarters again.

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    So some of you just make more tonals...and don't worry about matching the fabrics as long as the colors are similar (as in the picture of the Cal King with burgundies and greens (it was gorgeous!)

    Thanks for the ideas. I have some fat quarters and don't find myself using them, so maybe I should search for some "fat quarter quilts".

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    I don't buy fat quarters nor have I used them. I sewed for years before I started quilting. I think I just got used to buying yardage and it is firmly ingrained in my brain. I also like having plenty of extra for "just in case I goof up" and I usually do. :)

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    I don't use them either.

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