VIDEO: Cutting Fat Quarters
A Fat Quarter is a term associated with Patchwork Quilting, where a piece of fabric is cut to a certain size. In the instance of a Fat Quarter, it's a piece measuring either 18" x 22" (46 x 56cm) for an Imperial Fat Quarter, or 50 x 56cm (19.6 x 22") for a Metric Cut Fat Quarter. A Fat Quarter is essentially a quarter of a yard (or a metre) but instead of receiving it in a long strip across the width of fabric, you receive a more useable area in the form of an (almost) square.
Fat Quarters are usually cut from a bolt at a quilt shop - most normally cut into half yard/50cm pieces first, and then cut in half again along the fold line of a bolt to create the two Fat Quarters. A few days ago I was cutting nearly 560 Fat Quarters from the range, Little Ruby, for my customers. I thought it might be interesting for fellow patchworkers to see how I slice a 50cm piece of fabric in half to create two Fat Quarters, by uploading a video of the process. It was immensely popular on my Instagram page, receiving shocked responses and surprise, with over 2,000 views in a matter of days.
I didn't realise that my method of slicing Fat Quarters was truly that fascinating, but it seems it is! I slice my Fat Quarters using a pair of scissors. They are a spring-loaded pair of scissors, by a brand called Triumph. Whilst I've been able to achieve the same process using other scissors, I do find these purple ones to be the best. If you would like to attempt this method of slicing Fat Quarters and have not done so before, then I highly recommend starting off with cheaper old fabric. Just incase your scissors go askew!
I simply insert one blade of the scissors into the fold of a Fat Quarter, with my other hand pinching the two sides of the fabric together just above. And then simply slide straight along the fold line with your scissors. The scissors should naturally follow the grain of the fabric, slicing accurately along the fold. Always make sure the Fat Quarters are even at the selvedge edge before you slice - this ensures the two Fat Quarters are the same size.