Like kids in a candy store, quilters go crazy for fat quarters . And it’s easy to see why! Fat quarters, 18” x 22” cuts of fabric, are the perfect size to make a variety of quilt patterns . They also don’t break the bank, since they typically cost a fraction of the price of a full yard of quilting fabric .
If you’ve been collecting fat quarters for any amount of time, you know all too well that they seem to multiply like rabbits. Buying them is a great way to get a sampling of fabric prints, but there also comes a time to put those fat quarters to good use.
If you’re looking for some fat-quarter quilt patterns to help bust your stash, check out these designs!
Can you make a quilt with just four fat quarters from your stash? See a large baby quilt made from just four fat quarters and 3/4 yard of solid fabric on The Sewing Rabbit . The result is a fat-quarter quilt pattern that maximizes your fabrics with large patchwork blocks. It’s a great quilt pattern for beginning quilters to try out half-square triangles .
Divide and Conquer is a fat-quarter friendly quilt pattern by Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy . This project works great with coordinating prints, and Elizabeth says the quilt top is easy enough to finish up in one day or over a weekend. If you’re looking to use up fabric from your stash, this quilt is fat-quarter friendly and offers a great way to pair coordinating prints.
Angela Mitchell of Fussy Cut shares a free pattern for her Apple Crate quilt, featured at the Moda Bake Shop. This versatile pattern can be made with pre-cut fabric strips or fat quarters, which are great if you’d like to fussy cut printed fabric. Fat-quarter quilts offer a wonderful way to show off coordinating prints from a fabric collection.
Using eight fat quarters, the Tilt a Whirl Baby Quilt, designed by Faith of Fresh Lemons , is a paper-pieced pattern. Although this version uses prints from the same collection, this free fat-quarter quilt pattern would also work great with a mixture of prints from different lines or even solids. If you’d like, you can sketch out the fabric placement for your fat-quarter quilts using colored pencils, or just dive right in and stitch up individual blocks that you like.
Lindsay’s Equalizer Quilt featured on Pellon shows that fat-quarter quilts can lead to unexpected designs. Using 8 to 12 fat quarters, this fat-quarter quilt pattern resembles the bars of a music equalizer. With bold, geometric prints, it’s a masculine quilt design that relies on rows rather than traditional blocks.
Bluprint member linynp finished this swoon quilt , which uses fat quarters. It’s one of the class projects included in Camille Roskelley’s online Bluprint class, Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple . If you love to find new patterns that are pre-cut friendly, you’ll love Camille’s fresh ideas for working with fat quarters, pre-cut squares and rolls of fabric strips.
Tomorrow on the Bluprint blog, we'll share tips for perfecting the curved piecing technique.