What is a “fat quarter” anyway?

Welsh rose garden quilt low resThe number of times I’ve been asked that! A fat quarter is a particular way of cutting up a metre (or yard) of fabric to get a more usable piece. Basically instead of cutting a quarter across the whole width of the fabric (which would measure around 25 cm x 137 cm) a fat quarter is a half metre cut in half down the length of the fabric (which measures roughly 50 cm x 68.5 cm).

Lots of fabric stores on the high street and on-line sell a fabulous range of pre-cut fat quarters and many will cut them from the fabric of your choice. Some companies even sell a selection of toning fat quarters to get you started. Buying fat quarters is a great way to get started whether you’re intending to make quilting your hobby or you just have one project in mind. Recently, it’s been a personal challenge of mine to use entire fat quarters as a way of designing a quilt.

The “Welsh Rose Garden” quilt is my first attempt at doing just that (pictured). I was madly inspired after attending a lecture on colour by Kaffe Fassett last year. After sitting in the dark listening to him speak my language of colour and looking at his amazing collection of inspiring photo’s I hot footed it back to Calico Kate www.calicokate.co.uk (my favourite fabric shop, it’s in Lampeter) and selected 18 fat quarters designed by Kaffe Fassett and Philip Jacobs for Rowan fabrics. I had no idea what I would do with them except that  I wanted to use every last piece of fabric in the quilt, nothing extra for a binding. I worked out that you can have four squares and two strips from each fat quarter but only with very careful cutting!

I have now designed another fat quarter quilt in a chevron or zig-zag design please join me and learn how.

Saturday 5th July 10 am until 4 pm

Quilt top in a day – using fat quarters or reclaimed fabric. Beginners machine piecing or a way of using up some of your fabric.

Contact me to book a place contrarymarydesigns1@gmail.com or call  01558 824781

For more information about forth coming workshops see workshops page.

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