Size of a Fat Eighth

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Can anyone tell me the size of a Fat Eighth?  Also, does the longer
edge run along the selvage or perpendicular to it.  Thanks!


Zo

Re: Size of a Fat Eighth
A fat eighth usually is half the width of a fat quarter, i.e. 9" x 10 or 11
" depending on how wide the original fabric was.

Betty in CT

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Re: Size of a Fat Eighth
Are you sure? Your figures have halved both the width AND the length. Surely
it should be 9" x 22" or 18" x 11" ?

earthmagic in oz


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Re: Size of a Fat Eighth
a fat eight is 1/8th yard cut in half at the fold so the long edge is the
salvage edge.
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Kathy in CA
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It's half of a fat quarter, but there isn't a standard as to which way you
cut the FQ in half. (Okay, well, diagonally would probably be non-standard!)

Since a FQ is generally supposed to be 18" x 22", a FE could be 18" x 11" or
9" x 22".

Hope that helps!



Re: Size of a Fat Eighth
A fat quarter is 18 X about 22.  A skinny quarter would be 9 x 44.  (36/4 =
9).  Imagine the yardage opened up so that one side  is 36 inches (one yard)
measured along the salvage, and the measurement in the other direction is
about 44 inches. (The fabric width) To get a "fat" quarter, you cut your
piece of yardage in half from salvage to salvage at the 18" point, and then
cut the resulting piece in half going the other direction at the 22 inch
point.  The resulting piece is one quarter of the whole.

A fat eight is a little different, because it is one half of a fat quarter.
It is not 9 X 11, although this is a common misconception.  9 X 11 is one
quarter of a fat quarter, and is therefore a fat sixteenth.  A fat eight is
either 9 x 22, or 11 x 18, depending on whether you cut the fat quarter
apart at the 9 mark of the 18 inch side, or at the 11 mark of the 22 inch
side. (Notice that both 9 x 22, and 11 x 18 will give you 198 sq inches,
which is one eighth of the total area of the yardage, which is 1584.)  A
skinny eight, of course, would be 4.5" X 44 inches.  (36/8 + 4.5).  It will
be easier to understand the numbers if you draw out a simple sketch.

Becky







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Re: Size of a Fat Eighth
If a fat quarter is a half yard cut in half at the fold, making 2 fat
quarters (18" by 20-22.5") then
a fat eighth is a quarter of a yard cut in half at the fold, making 2 fat
eighths (9" by 20-22.5").

If I purchased a "fat eighth" at a quilt shop and it wasn't roughly 9"x20",
I would not be happy (unless it was larger, of course! <grin>)
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Teresa in Colorado
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I've wondered the same thing.  I assume it is an FQ cut in half--but which
way?
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Ruth in Happy Camp
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Howdy!
  Depending on the quilter, cutter, or quilt shop,
well, it depends. <g>  I say that the word "Fat" is operative,
and the surgery should be done so the piece is a FAT eighth,
18"x11".
   9"x22" is long and skinny.   Not fat.   <VBG>
Often there is no selvedge on a Fat Eighth.  If I'm swapping,
I don't include that selvedge in the measurement.
Ragmop/Sandy

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Re: Size of a Fat Eighth
Hmm, you got me thinking... so I checked out various websites. From
www.quiltswappers.com Answer:  Easy .... half of a fat quarter... (9" X 22")
From www.quiltindex.com If you cut a half-yard of fabric (18" x 42") in half
along the fold, you end up with two pieces, each 18" x 21. Voila! A Fat
Quarter! And if you cut one of these fat quarters in half again, you have a
piece 18" x 10 1/2" -- a Fat Eighth!
From www.lunnfabrics.com We cut horizontal fat eighths which are
approximately 9-12" x 18" with the long side parallel to the selvedge. The
exact size of the short side depends on the original width of the fabric,
i.e., 38" wide up to 45" wide.
And, finally, a page from Australia, that has a picture!
http://www.countrydyeworks.com.au/order_forms.htm

So, the determining factor seems to be whether you START the 'surgery' with
a half-yard or a quarter. If you start with a quarter yard, you will get the
'skinnier' fat eighth, with the longer edge perpendicular to the selvedge.
If you start with a half-yard, you will end up with a 'fatter' eighth -- 18
inches long and anywhere from 9-10 1/2 wide depending on the width of the
fabric, with the longer side parallel to the selvedge.

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Re: Size of a Fat Eighth
Howdy!
 If that works for you, Lisa, go with it.
For me, fat is fat and skinny is skinny. <VBG>
As I said,  it depends on who's doing the cutting.
Many of the quilt shops are going along w/ an industry standard
and cutting skinny eighths and calling them "fat."
I tend to be more literal; as I don't reference any of the sources you cite,
I'll stick w/ my preference for fat fats. ;-D
    As long as it's fabric, es no importa.  It's just fabric. <g>
Ragmop/Sandy-- "It's just quilting"--M.E. Hopkins

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Re: Size of a Fat Eighth
Not very fat, is it?
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Ruth in Happy Camp
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