During my time at Inspired, I picked up some wonderful goodies ... like these scrumptious little fat quarters. Aren't they pretty?
But it dawned on me recently, when I was talking with a friend who is just getting started in the world of creativity, that not everyone knows what a fat quarter is. So I thought I'd take this post to provide a simple explanation.
So when you go to the fabric store and you pick out a bolt of fabric that you like and take it to the attendant and ask for a yard of fabric, the attendant will start unrolling the fabric and once she has taken 36 inches of it from the bolt, she'll cut it. And that will give you one yard.
If you were to say to the attendant that you'd like 1/4 of a yard, she would unroll the fabric and cut it at the 9 inch mark and give you a narrow piece of fabric. But the thing is ... there's not really very much you can make with a narrow strip like that.
A fat quarter is cut in a way where the yard of fabric is divided into half and then half again so that you end up with a piece that is 18 x 22 inches ... giving you a piece that has so many possibilities to create fun little projects.
The only thing is that fat quarters aren't usually something you can request at the cutting table. They are pre-cut fabrics that you'll see in little baskets or bins that you can sort through and purchase ...
... which is exactly how these little fat quarters were presented by the vender who was selling them at Inspired. Right now I just enjoy looking at them as I imagine all the possibilities of what they can become with a bit of creative stitching and embellishments.
Happy fat quarters.
Happy creative stitching. :)