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From: ~Amy~
Date: 09-01-2006, 10:07 AM (1 of 4)
Please tell me what these are.
I assumed they were precut squares for quilting, but they are always too big, and not square.
Does anyone sell precut quilting peices? Like small triangles and squares?
User: ~Amy~
Member since: 08-30-2006
Total posts: 29
From: HeyJudee
Date: 09-01-2006, 11:10 AM (2 of 4)
A fat quarter is a quarter yard of fabric. But instead of the quarter yard being cut in a long strip the WOF (9"x45"), it is cut 18"x22" - basically a yard that is cut in half both ways. Quilters prefer a "fat quarter" as it provides for a better variety of cutting different squares. e.g. you can cut a 12" square from a fat quarter but not from a regular quarter yard.

Definition of Fat Quarter (

Hope this helps.
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User: HeyJudee
Member since: 01-25-2005
Total posts: 1366
From: carman
Date: 09-01-2006, 11:12 AM (3 of 4)
fat quarters are a 1/2 meter of fabric cut at the fold, 18 X 22 ish, that gives the best use of the fabric instead of it being a skinny strip. they do sell pre-cut fat q's but most shops charge a slight extra charge so depending on how many you need, a meter will give you 4 fat q's, hope that helps :re:
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Member since: 04-17-2000
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From: plrlegal
Date: 09-01-2006, 11:16 AM (4 of 4)
Amy you can buy prepackaged quilting kits and I think the pieces are all cut out in them but I'm not sure as I've never used one of the kits to make a quilt top. JoAnn Fabrics and Hancock Fabrics both sell quilt kits and there are a lot of online places that sell them. Just google "quilt kits" and see what you come up with.

User: plrlegal
Member since: 05-19-2001
Total posts: 318
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