I think I will start with a few easy tips for the beginner to get this weekly tradition restarted.
How to cut a fat quarter.
First, a quick definition. A quarter yard is 9" cut across the width of the fabric (selvedge to selvedge), usually 44/45". A fat quarter is 18" x 22"
To cut a fat quarter, first cut 1/2 yard , 18", across the width of fabric
Points to ponder:
- Be sure to align the selvedge edges to even. This may require pressing new fold in the center.
- Believe me, not all bolts of fabric are folded in the dead center. Be sure to keep your fabric grain straight.
- place the fold of the fabric so that it is straight on the cutting mat. In this pic, the fold is on the bottom grid line.
When you have a nice "squared" half yard, slide your scissors into the fold & cut along the fold.
- A fat quarter is 18" x 22".
- cut a half yard...18"x 44"
- cut the half yard in half on the fold into 2 halves of 18" x 22" each.
You now have 2 pretty Fat Quarters ready to swap, give, or use in your favorite pattern!