How To Make a Fat Quarter Quilt

Fat quarter can be fast, simple, and fun for the beginner or more experienced quilter.  There is an array of fat quarter patterns, such as the famous Turning Twenty.  No matter which fq pattern you decide to go with, all of you fabrics will need to be the exact same size, and you need to decided if you are going to pre-wash your fabrics.

If you do not pre-wash you will get that homey crinkly feeling if you wash your quilt after construction.  Those that don’t like the crinkle should wash their fabrics before they start cutting.

A fat quarter, or fq, is 18 by 22 inches.  To get a fat quarter you cut a yard of fabric in half to get two 18 by 44 rectangles.  You then cut the 18 by 44 rectangles in half to get four total 18 by 22 smaller rectangles.  Four fat quarters make up a full yard.  The difference between a fat quarter and a regular quarter of a yard is that there’s not much you can do with a long skinny 9 inch wide strip of fabric, but there is a lot you can do with 18 by 22 inches.

Now that you have your fat quarters stop cutting and get to sewing.  It takes 16 fat quarters to make a twin size quilt and 20 to make a full size quilt.  Take your freshly cut quarters and sew them together randomly to get a chic quilt, or you can find a pattern online if you are the kind of crafter who likes to follow directions.

With many fat quarter patterns you end up cutting your fat quarters even smaller and sew them together with half of them turned sideways.  After you have your fqs sewn back together you can take extra fabric and add sashing or a border.  When you are pleased with your quilt top, sandwich your quilt with 100% cotton batting.  You can either use baste in a can or pin your layers together.  Your top goes on top, batting in the middle, and your quilt backing as the bottom layer.

With your quilt sandwiched, quilt as desired by hand or by machine.  You can even stop here and have you quilt professionally quilted with a long arm machine.  The last step is binding.  This keeps your layers in tack and makes the edges beautiful.  Pick a matching color and bind as you would any other sewing project.


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