I'm "newish" to quilting and have a question about patterns that ask for a fat quarter. I don't have a lot of fat quarters, but I do have a lot of quarter yard cuts. If a pattern asks for a fat quarter can I use a quarter yard cut instead?
Many thanks for you help!!
a fat quarter is half of a quarter yard; It is 18" x 22". so yes you can use yardage. Happy quilting!
EDIT: Oh my goodness- yes, I worded it incorrectly! That's what I get for posting in the middle of the night, half asleep. I am sorry!
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A quarter yard piece is 9" X 44". A fat quarter is 18" X 22". There may be a difference in cutting the pieces if you use a quarter yard instead of a fat quarter. If your pattern calls for a fat quarter cut into a 2 1/2" strip, for example, you will have a strip that is 22" long. Using a quarter yard, your cut will be 44" long. So you only need to adjust how you cut the fabric.
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It's called a fat quarter, because it's "fat" instead of the long skinny one. Usually this is bought already cut as a fat quarter, as many stores are reluctant to cut a half yard, and then cut that in half so the quarter you get is "fat."
Many swaps are done with fat quarters, and this is a great way to get a variety of similar fabrics.
Thank you for responding Erin, Carol and Patti! I truly appreciate it. I should have been more clear in my question as I knew the dimensional differences between the two cuts. I just didn't know if you can interchange them within a set pattern. I guess it really just depends on the quilt and what is required of the yardage. Figuring that part out comes slow to this newbie. :)
You are correct, a fat quarter and a quarter yard are not necessarily interchangeable. From a quarter yard the largest cut that can be made is 9" wide and then whatever length. ie: if your pattern is for a big quilt and requires a square LARGER than 9" X 9" you cannot use the quarter yard. Hope this helps.