Thursday, October 29, 2015

10 Ways to Cut a Fat Quarter



How many of us have a huge pile of fat quarters that you don't know what to do with? You can cut these fat quarters into the popular pre-cuts that fabric shops are offering to make quilts and use them that way.  Popular sizes are  layer cakes (10" squares), charm packs (5" squares), and jelly rolls (2 5" x 44" strips).

As most of you know, fat quarters are a quarter of a yard. But, instead of cutting 9" the width of the fabric (WOF*), it is 18" cut WOF, then that is cut in half. In other words, this is a half yard cut in half lengthwise and then crosswise. The fat quarter should be approximately 18" x 22".

If you are lucky and get a fat quarter from someone who thinks in 'meters' instead of 'yards' you will get a few extra inches in your fat quarter.

*WOF - Width of Fabric

Here are the Numbers:

You can cut the following from one fat quarter:
    1. (99) 2" squares
    2. (50) 2" squares
    3. (42) 3" squares
    4. (30) 3" squares
    5. (20) 4" squares
    6. (16) 4" squares
    7. (12) 5" squares
    8. (12) 5" squares
    9. ( 9) 6" squares
    10. ( 6) 6" squares

      And a Bonus- Number 11
    11. ( 2) 10" squares (not very efficient)

1 comment:

Carla said...

Thanks for the tip.