10 Ways to Cut a Fat Quarter

How many of us have a huge pile of fat quarters that you don't know what to do with? You can cut these fat quarters into the popular pre-cuts that fabric shops are offering to make quilts and use them that way. Popular sizes are layer cakes* (10" squares), charm packs* (5" squares), and jelly rolls* (2.5" x 44" strips).

*These terms are registered trademarks by Moda Fabrics, but you'll find other fabric companies selling pre-cuts of the same size, but have different names.

10 ways to cut a fat quarter

As most of you know, fat quarters are a quarter of a yard. But, instead of cutting 9" the width of the fabric (WOF*), it is 18" cut WOF, then that is cut in half. In other words, this is a half yard cut in half lengthwise and then crosswise. The fat quarter should be approximately 18" x 22".

If you are lucky and get a fat quarter from someone who thinks in 'meters' instead of 'yards' you will get a few extra inches in your fat quarter.

*WOF - Width of Fabric

Here are the Numbers:

You can cut the following from one (18" x 22") fat quarter:

    1. (99) 2" squares
    2. (56) 2.5" squares
    3. (42) 3" squares
    4. (30) 3.5" squares
    5. (20) 4" squares
    6. (16) 4.5" squares
    7. (12) 5" squares
    8. (12) 5.5" squares
    9. ( 9) 6" squares
    10. ( 6) 6.5" squares

      And a Bonus- Number 11
    11. ( 2) 10" squares (not very efficient)