I love fat quarters! The pretty bits of fabric are so tempting when beautifully displayed on shop shelves or in bins. I simply can’t resist them. The 18″ x 21″ pieces of fabric are often easier to work with than full-length quarter-yard cuts since you can cut wider pieces or large appliqué shapes. Given their variety and versatility, it’s no wonder they are irresistible!
Once you start collecting these little bundles of fabric, they can quickly grow from a tidy collection into a chaotic mess. Shelving used to store CDs can be repurposed to store fat quarters.
Most of my fat quarters are sorted by color. I also try to keep them separated by value, within each color family. Keeping the fabrics separated by value, makes it easier to pull them out when making quilts that need light prints and dark prints. Just Because, by Alene Bailey, from Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts Spring 2015, is a prefect example of positive/negative quilt blocks.
Plastic bins are also handy for storing fat quarters. Although, I store all of my 30s reproduction fabrics together, I still separate them by color.
That way, when I’m making a quilt such as Spin City from Easy Quilts Fall 2012, I can grab the bins of 30s fabrics and head to my cutting table. And remember, you don’t have to make a quilt exclusively from fat quarters. For this quilt, I combined fat quarters with a coordinating fabric for the background.
I often fall in love with a fabric collection and want to use one fat quarter of every fabric in the line. Which is what I did to make Square Connections from Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts Spring 2015. Here again, I added coordinating fabrics to calm down the explosion of color.
And what do I do with all those fat quarters that could fit into several different color families? I put them all together in one bin. They’ll work great together to make a colorful quilt someday!
So, just how many squares you can cut from a fat quarter? Here’s an easy reference chart to help you get started on your next quilt patterns using fat quarters.