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What is a fat quarter?

Fabrics are often sold in fat quarters, especially in bundles in the world of quilting. However until you know, you might be wondering what exactly a fat quarter is. So I thought I would write a post to explain this sizing…



This diagram shows the fabric roll at the top, the selvedges at the sides, the arrows show where a full metre of fabric is cut.



This diagram shows half a metre.



This is the fat quarter. Essentially it is the half metre cut in half down the length rather than the width. A thin quarter would be the half metre cut in half across the width.

There are lots of things you can make with a fat quarter – bags, panels on clothing, pockets, dolls clothes, quilt panels, decorations, bunting, cushions to name but a few projects. Books have been written with projects you can make from one fat quarter.

A fat quarter is a handy size to have amongst your stash to call upon for a multitude of projects. Most of the fabrics in my new online shop can be bought as a fat quarter or multiples of quarters to cater for all your sewing projects.


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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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