The Skinny on Fat Quarters


The Basics of a Fat Quarter

Fat quarter’s are fun to collect, trade and give as gifts. They can be purchased in pretty matching bundles or as individual little treats. A fat quarter is half a yard of fabric cut apart on the fold to make a ¼ yard. This creates a fat piece of fabric as opposed to a long skinny one. A standard ¼ yard is 9” by the width of the fabric.

Fat Quarter Measurements

A yard is 36 inches and most quilting cottons are 45” wide (including the selvage edge).   This means the standard measurement for a fat ¼ is 18” x 22” as we do not count the selvage. Some fabrics are narrower than 45”, making the fat ¼ narrower. A 42” wide quilting cotton will yield a fat ¼ that is 18” x 20 ½.

As with yardage, when calculating how much fabric to purchase for your project you must consider the fact that you will need to straighten an edge of your fat ¼ to ensure that your pieces are cut with the grain of the fabric.  It is essential to take trim room into account.  Here is a basic, easy to follow guide of what you can expect to be able to cut from one fat ¼.

80                         2 ” squares
56                         2 ½” squares
35                         3” squares
30                         3 ½” squares
20                         4” squares
16                         4 ½” squares
12                         5” squares
9                           5 ½”  squares
6                           6 ½” squares
4                           7, 7 ½”, 8”, 8 ½” squares
2                            9” squares

For half square triangles, take the finished side of your desired square and add 7/8”.  Then you can compare this to the above chart to see how many pieces you will get.

For example, if you are making 4 inch (finished) half square triangles, you will cut your pieces 4 and 7/8”.  Compared to the above chart the measurement that is closest to 4 and 7/8” is 5”. Therefore you will get 12 squares from your fat quarter.

If you are making quarter square triangles you will add 1 ¼” to your finished size. If you are making 4 inch (finished) quarter square triangles you would cut your pieces 5 ¼”.  When comparing this to the chart, this means you would get 9 squares for your quarter square triangle units.

Check out my video posted on our Facebook page.  Here you will see me demo cutting fat quarters!

Choosing Fat Quarters

Star bundles or fat quarter bundles are very popular and offer a great selection to the new quilter or the fat quarter collector. You can also choose fat quarters by looking at selections of prints or colours.  Come in and check out our new bright colours for summer and our deep, rich tones for the fall.  Christmas fabrics are also arriving daily.

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Fat Quarter Patterns and Books

Two new Fat Quarter books have just arrived at Snip and Stitch! Simply Fat Quarters includes 10 fat quarter quilts that can each be made in four sizes: crib, lap, twin and king. With a variety of styles and genres, there is something for everyone. This book is perfect for quilters of all skill levels. All are suitable for a confident beginner, yet will have appeal to quilters of any experience level.


Fat Quarter Quickies helps you discover the versatility of fat quarters with 11 quick and easy projects.  The popular author Kathy Brown presents an irresistible collection of quick and easy to make quilts.  This book will help you to learn how to efficiently cut fat quarters for any quilt pattern.  This is a must read!


The Yellow Brick Road pattern is an incredibly popular pattern (used in one of our beginners classes) that brings together the simplicity of using fat quarters and the visual charm of a complex looking quilt. This easy to follow pattern allows the creator to design quilts of various sizes.

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Don’t miss our next Fat Quarter Frenzy sales! Saturday July 20, August 17, and September 21.  The more you buy the more you save!


Come see me at Snip and Stitch for a demo or to have any further Fat ¼ questions answered!

Happy Quilting!


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Sewing for the Kids: Snip and Stitch’s Kid’s Section

In the past year I have become a grandma to a beautiful little girl and a handsome (not so little) boy! Being a new grandma has inspired me to expand Snip and Stitch’s children’s section.  Snip and Stitch is now carrying bright, bold and fun fabrics and patterns for the little ones in your life.


My grandson helping me sew a bib!

Here is what our new and improved children’s section has to offer…

Vanilla House bib patterns –  These modern bib patterns offer style and functionality at the same time. Check out the adorable Monster Babies for the boys and Diva Babies for the girls.   If your little dude needs to arrive in style, the Dude Babies pattern is the perfect fit.  These patterns are not only adorable but they are easy to make!

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Owl Wonderful line of fabrics by Olivia Audi – This colourful, fun fabric is the perfect fabric to make baby bibs, wipes and even receiving blankets. There is a pre-printed cloth book panel that can be created into a book that can be read and played with over and over.

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Rebecca Ruth Designs Smock Monsters – These adorable Monster Smocks can used for all of the activities your little one might get messy doing.  There are many options on how to make these smocks including different eye, mouth and teeth ideas!  You can also jazz up your bib/smock using Pompom trim or giant Rick rack embellishments

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Donut Holes Patterns – These are excellent patterns for beginning quilters.  Donut Holes patterns offer two different size options for the quilts.  One uses charms and the other uses layer cakes which are collections of 10″x10″ squares of fabric. Moda fabrics were the original designer of these and they are similar to charm packs but larger. Layer cakes are available by collection and are typically include 42 pieces of fabric.  Use the bold fabrics from the Moda Line combined with the Donut Holes pattern to create the ultimate children’s quilt!


Here is a picture of the Donut Holes Quilt that Linda created using 5” charms and quilted on her Husqvarna with the help of her decorative stitches (Serpentine Stitch) and walking foot.


Oink a Doodle Moo by Jenn Ski (for Moda Fabrics) – This is a great line for beginners as there are pre-cut panels.  This fabric is bright will intrigue children’s imaginations.

Using pre-cuts like Jelly Rolls make quilting easier.  Jelly Rolls are collections of 2 1/2″ x 44″ strips of fabric and usually contain approximately 40 strips. Options for Jelly Rolls include fat rolls, strip boxes, roll ups, tonga treats, Rollie polis, and Bali pops. Snip and Stitch carries a number of patterns that allow a beginner to look like a pro.

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Beginner Quilting Classes (page 10 of our class schedule)

-Beginners Jelly Roll Quilt
-Your Very 1st Quilt “5 & Dime”
-Modern Quilting “Think Big” Summer

Stay tuned for our Baby Essentials class that is planned for the fall!

Happy sewing,


Quilts of Valour: Recognizing Canadian Forces

Delivering Quilts of Comfort for Injured Canadian Soldiers

Snip and Stitch is a proud supporter of Quilts of Valour Canada. Quilts of Valour is an incredible organization that’s mission is to ensure injured Canadian soldiers are recognized for their service and commitment to our country. As of April 2013, Quilts of Valour Canada delivered 3920 quilts to injured soldiers.

Snip and Stitch carries fabric from Northcott Fabrics, who is a sponsor of Quilts of Valour.  Come into Snip and Stitch to check out this beautiful fabric and join the Quilts of Valour movement!  If you make a quilt for Quilts of Valour, Snip and Stitch would love to feature your quilt on our blog and Facebook page. Just bring in your finished product, that meets Quilts of Valour specifications, to Snip and Stitch to show Kathy.

If you are interested in helping out, Marilyn Fuller ( is the Vancouver Island contact for Quilts of Valour Canada.

Want to join the Quilts of Valour Movement?  Check out their website for more information and to see how you can help!

Threading Through Time: Janome Embroidery Machines with Donna

Janome Memory Craft 8000 circa 1990

Janome Memory Craft 8000 circa 1990

Computerized machine embroidery has come a long way since I first purchased a Janome Memory Craft 8000 in 1990!  The designs were very small (about 60 mm X 60 mm) and only had four colour changes but I was hooked within minutes as I watched my first design stitch out in the hoop.

Designs came on optional accessory cards that fit in a slot on the side of the machine.  It was so exciting when a new design card was released.  Just imagine the things you could do with these marvelous designs!

Right from the start I was trying to find ways to include these designs in my traditional quilts.

Janome Memory Craft 9000

Janome Memory Craft 9000

It was not long before Janome introduced the Memory Craft 9000 and this machine even boasted special features for quilters, including a design card of quilting designs!

During the life of the 9000, the first digitizing software for creating embroideries became available too.  Digitizer 2000 was revolutionary – professional embroidery design creation for the home machine embroiderer was now a reality!  Now I could turn my own drawings into embroidery designs!

The introduction of embroidery machines with 200 mm X 200 mm hoops in 2005 spurred my desire to use digitizing software to create my own machine embroidered appliqué designs for traditional appliqué quilt blocks.  Today’s multi-hooping capabilities allow me to create machine embroidered appliqué designs of any size.

Janome Memory Craft 12000

Janome Memory Craft 12000

Today’s modern computerized embroidery machines are available in a range of prices and capabilities.  There is one for everyone.  Hoop sizes have continued to grow in size and the software to design your own continues, to develop and improve.  With my current machines (both Janome and Husqvarna) I can now create those quilts I once only dreamed on doing on that little Memory Craft 8000.

At Snip and Stitch, I specialize in complete education for the machine embroiderer.  Classes of all sorts are offered:  new owner, beginners, confident users and advanced users, software use, and many projects with embroidery designs created just for class participants.  The classroom is open to all brands of embroidery machines that can receive designs from a computer.


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