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« on: July 10, 2006 09:06:21 AM »

I am wanting to start sewing, I see this full quarter, fat quarter everywhere, I know it is a length, but i don't know what it is.

« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2006 09:40:54 AM »

a full quarter is 9 inches of fabric cut from a bolt at the cutting counter. fabric in the us is typically a sheet of fabric,
43-48 inches wide, depending on the producer, and then folded in half the long way and wrapped onto a bolt. the bolt is usually about 36 inches, so that's why the fabric has to be folded. at the cutting counter, you ask for 1/4 yard they'll cut it while it's folded. so your 1/4 yard will be about 9" x 45" or so.

a fat quarter is a whole yard, folded inhalf, then folded in half again and cut so you end up with four quarters of fabric. usually they are 17 x 22 this is a useful starting point for quilters.

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