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Fat Quarters and Fussy Quilters

Summertime Fat Quarter Pack by KerrynB

Nostalgic Winter Fat Quarters by KerrynB Designs are available exclusively from The Textile District

Fat Quarters?  What are they?  What is the difference between a quarter cut and a fat quarter?  Why does it matter how my fabric is cut and why are patchwork quilters so fussy about their fabric?  Is it still the same amount of fabric?  Does it really matter? Well actually, yes it does matter when it comes to getting the most out of a fabric piece and especially as a patchwork quilter.  There is good reasoning to buying these cuts and I’m about to explain why.

Firstly, lets talk about fabric cuts.  If you go in to a fabric store and ask for a quarter of a yard (or meter), you will end up with a piece of fabric which measures ¼ of a yard x width of the fabric (usually 44” for quilting fabrics).  It would be a long strip which is great for small projects requiring strips, small squares or applique and is definitely usable.  However, patchwork is often made up of half square triangles and larger squares and these long strips may not be as usable.  This is when a fat quarter cut can be a lot more appropriate for your patchwork project.  A fat quarter is simply a whole yard x width of fabric which is then cut into four quarter rectangle pieces similar to the way you would cut a sandwich into quarters.  Rather than a 9” x 44” cut, a fat quarter cut is 18” x 22”.  Quilters can utilize this cut better and waste less of their fabric and just in case you haven’t heard, quilters strongly dislike wasting fabric. Accuracy and precision is paramount in the craft of patchwork especially when it comes to cutting and seam allowances.

There are also other benefits to using fat quarters.  They often come in a bundle of coordinating fabrics from the same collection, saving you the effort of having to pull designs and colours together.  Fat quarters are also great for making smaller projects, such as table runners or placemats.  This is a great way to get started with patchwork because you don’t have to make a full quilt at first. You can make a smaller project and then move onto a larger project once you get the hang of it. There are also lots of different patterns and designs that use fat quarters.

Now that you have a clear understanding of fat quarter cuts, what project will you be using them for?

Kerryn Egel

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Nostalgic Release

23 Feb 

Written By Kerryn Egel

Have you heard the news? Everything old is new again…again. Yes, that’s right, the stuff you remember from your childhood, the fashion from those awkward teen years. Remember the bold floral prints, fabulous paisley and the fun striped wall murals from the 70s? Well guess what, it’s all become popular again! The best part of all this is that it has inspired me to create a fun new collection of prints.

I created Nostalgic from the memories of my childhood, when florals were abundant, wallpapers were colourful, curtains were often covered with geometric patterns, and indoor plants were in every home.  I have always loved intricate patterns (especially paisley) and can recall studying the details in our loungeroom carpet design which was covered in large spots with swirly outlines.  I grew up in the 70s and 80s when florals were popular and in my early years my bedroom walls were covered in pretty pink, orange and purple flowers with sprays of green foliage.  I have fond memories of staring at that wallpaper before falling asleep.  I also remember many craft projects in primary school.  We made decorations with two pop sticks formed in a cross and held together by winding colourful strands of yarn around the sticks and Nostalgic Squares was inspired by this craft.  Nostalgic Flowers is a representation of the bedsheets from that era and Nostalgic Stripes is reminiscent of a skivvy I used to wear.  This collection is rather special to me as it has taken me back to a time when life was simple, kids played outside on the streets and covid didn’t exist.  I sometimes dream of going back there and the only thing that comes close to making it a reality is decorating my home with this collection which is available now from The Textile District in four different colourways and on your choice of substrates.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. What do remember as special from your young days? Did you love staring at patterns in carpets too?

That’s all for now.

Happy Reminiscing,

Kerryn