Thank you all for sharing your favorite quilting books. Such a huge variety of suggestions came in! If you haven’t had a chance, you might want to peruse the comments from the previous post. We will also be compiling a list of the most frequently mentioned books, which we’ll put up in a couple of weeks.
Someone asked us to explain what a fat quarter is. Not a dumb question at all!
Most cotton fabric is 44″ wide. When you order a yard, you get a piece of fabric that is 36″ by 44″. When you order a half yard it is 18″ x 44″ and usually when you order a quarter yard it is 9″ x 44″. Makes sense, right?
Well, 9″ x 44″ is pretty long and skinny. There are only so many ways you can chop it up if you’re trying to make shapes for your quilt. Plus, it is awkward to work with–harder to use a rotary cutter on it and harder to position on your cutting mat.
To create a more user-friendly shape for quilters, you just have to cut the fabric a little differently. Imagine a 1-yard piece of cloth. Cut along the fold so you have 2 pieces that are 36″ x 22″, then cut those in half so you have 4 pieces that are 18″ x 22″. Fat quarters!
All that said, we don’t usually sell fat quarters. Why? The least we have to cut off the bolt is a half yard, then we cut that in half to get 2 fat quarters. We always end up with a leftover piece of fabric. If we had a retail shop it would be easier to tie them in a bow and put them by the registers for impulse buys (you’ve all seen it, I’m sure.) But online, we just end up with leftovers. Our apologies, quilters!
Thanks again for all the comments, everyone. We’ll be posting an overview of Quilting Month very soon. I have to say, it is looking very exciting! We have unbelievable guest writers and lots of opportunities for you to participate.