When Quilting, do you use Fat Quarters?

@saundyl (9690)
Canada
June 4, 2008 10:15am CST
When you quilt do you buy the fat quarters, go and buy a specific number of meters? Or do you use "Scraps" or left overs? I'm one that uses Scraps, leftovers, I take apart old clothes (especially pants) and buy metered fabric for specific patterns. I've never used fat quarters, up until a few weeks ago I wasn't even sure what they were.
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@susanh39 (200)
• United States
11 Jun 08
Hi saundyl, I do use fat quarters now and then, but I'm a big scrap quilter. I use yardage as well, depending on the project and the recipient of the quilt I'm making. Right now I'm working on two quilts made from my daughters' old clothes. Some of them need a bit of reinforcement, so I'm using interfacing on those pieces. I'm sticking mostly though with the 100% cotton clothes. I'm making one for each daughter and if there are any pieces left, I'll make something for myself. Some of the fabrics bring back sweet memories and I wanted to capture those. Do you use the foundation method for your scrap quilt projects? I like using muslin. Happy Quilting!! Susan
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
11 Jun 08
Interfacing to reinforce the fabric? I had never thought of that! I'll be borrowing that idea thank you! I usually just dont use the really weak areas of the fabrics. Memory quilts are so nice. I use alot of jeans for jeans blankets. Then i use the jean blankets for beach blankets as they are really really durable to the sand and other stresses. I'm not too sure what the foundation method is...so i cant say if i dont use it.
• United States
4 Jun 08
if i have the money and the fabric looks nice,i will-but most of the quilts are made of old clothes and scraps,so it's just an addition.i'm kind of disappointed many flour type companies don't offer feedsack cloth on their bags anymore,they made nice quilts.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
4 Jun 08
I've never seen feedsack cloth on flour bags before. I love old clothes quilts because I have so many memories saved in the quilt then. thank you for responding.
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@susanh39 (200)
• United States
11 Jun 08
There is a fabric line now that has reproduced many of the patterns that might have been used on feed sacks years ago. The fabrics are really sweet! Any quality quilt shop would probably carry them. :)
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• United States
11 Jun 08
oh cool:) i had seen some calico prints awhile back,i couldn't believe they were used on feedbags,they were so pretty.
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@SallyAnna (143)
• United States
20 Oct 09
Hi Saundyl, It depends on the project and what it calls for I've found that sometimes it's cheaper to buy the fat quarters. It can be less wasteful also again depending on the pattern.
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@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
20 Oct 09
I hadnt thought if it being less wasteful - However i tend to use alot of my "waste" bits for little things like barbie quilts and such for my sister's dolls.