What's a Fat Quarter?
A fat quarter (FQ) is one quarter-yard of fabric that measures approximately 18 inches by 22 inches. A quilt shop cuts fat quarters by cutting a half-yard (18 inches wide by width of fabric, normally about 44 inches), then cutting that piece in half at the fold. Fat quarters often provide more usable fabric for quilters than a regular quarter-yard cut, which is 9 inches by 44 inches.
A fat eighth is a 9 inch by 22 inch piece of fabric (a fat quarter cut in half at the selvage). This size, again, yields more usable fabric for most quilting projects than a traditional 4-1/2 by 44 inch cut.
Selvages are the edges of the fabric. The fabric manufacturer and designer names are usually printed along one selvage, along with the name of the fabric group or "range."
|Brown-Bag Swap Guidelines
- Collect your fabrics or project according to the Swap theme.
- Place the designated fabrics or item in a plain brown paper bag. "Plain" means the donor can't be readily identified by the markings on the bag. (See more, below)
- There should be NO Donor-Identity MARKINGS on the bag: Do not put your name or initials on the bag.
- You can put a sticker or symbol identifier known only to you on the bag. The sticker or symbol prevents you from picking up your own bag. Don't tell other Swap participants which bag is yours. Store logos are OK as long as they can't be traced to you individually.
- It's OK to decorate the outside of the bag, and might be fun.
- Enclose a note with your name and words of encouragement
- Add a small treat with your swap item(s), if you like.
- Fasten, tape, staple, or otherwise fix the bag closed (no peaking!)
- Bring the bag with the fabric in it to the designated WSQG meeting.
- Drop off your bag with the Swap Coordinator on your way into the meeting room.
- Pick up a bag on your way out of the meeting.