I’d like to throw out to you another idea for a use for fat quarters. They are versatile in so many ways.
This particular way features using them as a backing on your quilt. Everybody seems to do the traditional way of using the 108″ fabric for backing. This may be out of your “comfort zone” but something you might want to try. Most everyone has fat quarters in their stash or scraps of fabric laying around that you might now know what to do with. By piecing the fat quarters, it can actually save you some money and it can add interest to the back of your quilt as well as the front.
Below is a breakdown to help you figure how many you need and how many squares to cut of each. This breakdown is based on a piece of fabric measuring 17″ x 19″. Fat quarters are usually 18″ x 22″ but when you wash them, they have a tendency to shrink some. Hence, the 17″ x 19″.
- Quilt Measurement Number of fat quarters Size of squares
- 33-1/2″ x 37-1/2″ 4 2″ x 2″
- 50″ x 56″ 9 3″ x 3″
- 66-1/2″ x 74-1/2″ 16 4″ x 4″
- 66-1/2″ x 93″ 20 4″ x 5″
- 83″ x 93″ 25 5″ x 5″
- 83″ x 111-1/2″ 30 5″ x 6″
- 99-1/2″ x 111-1/2″ 36 6″ x 6″
This is a great way to use up some of your stash fabrics.