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  • The way that I've seen the term "fat quarters" used is on material intended for quilting or other frabric crafts. Nominally it's a quarter of a yard, but calling it a "fat quarter" should indicate that it's a generous quarter yard of fabric. In other words, it should be slightly more than a quarter of a yard. Jan 6, 2006: I've since learned that "fat quarters" are, as described in another answer, quarter yards that are cut in such a way as to provide more usable material for crafters.
  • Fat quarters are 1/4 yard cuttings of fabric, but instead of cutting across the fabric in a narrow, 1/4 yard length these are half of a 1/2 yard cut.
  • Fat quarters are approximately 18" X 20" Fat eighths are approximately 9" X 20"
  • One-fourth yard cut of fabric that usually measures 18" x 22" instead of the typical 9" x 42" quarter-yard cut.
  • 18" x 22" pieces of fabric
  • A fat quarter is produced by cutting a half of a yard of fabric from a bolt, and then cutting that piece of fabric along the fold where it's folded in half to fit on the bolt. That way, instead of being the width of the fabric and a quarter of a yard wide, 9" x 45", which is a long strip, it gives you a nice fat rectangle that is almost a square, about 18" x 22". Then, you are able to make larger squares of fabric without having to buy a larger piece of fabric, and also it's simply easier to work with.
  • A fat quarter is not a quarter of a yard. Each fat quarter measures 18" x 22".
  • What is a fat quarter used for

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