Another reason they’re so popular is because you can do so much with them. Their shape offers many ways to cut them into smaller pieces.
What is a fat quarter? It’s technically a one-quarter-yard cut of fabric but in a more usable shape. A traditional quarter-yard cut is a short 9″ piece that’s cut across the width of the fabric.
A fat quarter is half of a one-half-yard cut, making it twice as tall (18″) and half as wide as a traditional quarter-yard cut (22″ wide instead of 44″). That also makes it a better shape to work with (unless you need cuts longer than 22″).
There are many ways to cut usable pieces from a fat quarter. One popular approach is cut other pre-cut shapes, like shown in the following illustration.
That’s just one of several things you can do with a fat quarter. You’ll find several other ways to cut up a fat quarter in the following article.
You’ll find additional information about fat quarters and more ways to cut them up in our “What Can You Cut from a Fat Quarter?” article.
Image Source: The photo at the top of the page is of fat quarters from the Regency Ballycastle Chintz fabric line from Moda. The line is available here while supplies last.