# Talk

## Fat quarters

(6 Posts)
hotbot Fri 11-Jan-13 20:05:52

Hi, I am new to this malarkey, and am going to attempt a roman blind for ds room. The fabrics I like are in fat quarters. Here's the maths . I need to cover a window 2m wide with 120cm drop . I think I need 10fqs. Do I though.
Thanks hot bot......

amazingmumof6 Fri 11-Jan-13 20:42:10

patchwork cotton is typically 110cms wide, so this is a the basic for my calculations

IF the fat quarters (FQ) are exactly 50cm x 55 cm and cut straight you'll still need at least 12! (so when patched up you'll have 4x3 rectangles)

width would be 4x 55 =220 but remember seam allowance, folding under the edges and you need to cut selvedge (woven edges) - you'll have to be very precise, so I don't recommend it if you are a beginner (sorry!)

so 3 rows of the above sewn together would give you the length:
3x 50 = 150, which is a bit more fabric, but same rules apply (seam, selvedge, edges)

so this is your starting point, I'd actually buy 15 FQs and assemble them this way

5x 50cm +250 cm - for width

then 3x 55 for length

if you are buying fat yards (so sizes are anything between 45cmx 45cm - 45cmx 55cm ) you might need even more!

if you are buying any other type of fabric, the fabric might be wider to start with - so FQs will also increase in size (and area!), so you'll need less

if you can't find your fabric as one piece or really want it as a patchwork project of course go for it,
but it might be easier and cheaper to try and find the same fabric as a one piece 1st
try online (Ebay) or call up some fabric shops if you know the exact item number and description.

any other questions? I'll check later, happy to help more!

hotbot Fri 11-Jan-13 20:50:23

God..... Amazing you are aptly named.
It's prob just as well as I was looking at fabric of maps of the world.......snort (blush) thanks so much for your advice.

You need to go back and get the rest of the roll... otherwise you will be stuck in the Med forever!

hotbot Sat 12-Jan-13 07:59:37

Wouldn't actually mind being in the real ned forever!

AndABigBirdInaPearTree Wed 16-Jan-13 16:43:11

If you can't find any more of it and there is no name on the selvage then you can try taking a picture and doing a search by image on google.

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