Precuts - Breaking down the different types and how to use them
Fat Quarter (FQ) - These are the equivalent of a quarter yard of fabric that is cut so that the piece is 18" by 22". It's created by cutting a half yard of fabric off the bolt and narrowly removing the fold to create 2 pieces.
Fat quarters are useful compared to a quarter yard cut (9" by width of fabric) because the piece is more square than it is long and narrow. Books and patterns are often written around fat quarters. Many fabric suppliers sell collections in 'fat quarter bundles' - these are grouping of fat quarters, usually 1 from each bolt in the collection.
We have a small fat quarter section in the studio but can also cut a fat quarter of any fabric in our shop upon request!
Jelly Rolls - These are different names for groupings of 2 1/2" strips generally made from collections which typically have 20 bolts. You typically get 2 strips from each fabric for a total of 40 strips in each strip set.
Unlike fat quarters, these have different names depending on the company that made the precut. Here are a few different names and the companies that use these names:
Strip Set - Island Batiks
Design Rolls - Free Spirit Fabrics
Roll Ups - Robert Kaufman
Pops - Hoffman Fabrics
Jelly rolls quilts are great projects for beginners. Here is a link to an article with many different projects you can make using jelly rolls - https://sarahmaker.com/jelly-roll-quilt-patterns/
Layer Cakes - 10" squares of fabric. Similarly cut from a collection - you typically get 2 from each bolt in the collection. These have different names depending on the company that made the precut. Here are a few different names and the companies that use these names:
Stacks - Island Batiks
10" Charm Packs - Free Spirit Fabrics
Ten Squares - Robert Kaufman
Crackers - Hoffman Fabrics
See article below for quilt patterns ideas using layer cakes!
Charm Packs - 5" squares of fabric. Like layercakes, these are generally in bundles made up of fabrics from a particular collection. 'Charm Pack' is a more universal name amongst fabric companies except Island Batiks, which uses the name Snaps. We don't offer many of these in our precuts section at the shop but layercakes can be easily turned into charm packs if needed (1 10" square = 4 5" squares).
We hope that was a great introduction to the world of precut fabric bundles. Here at the Quilter's Studio of Loveland we sell many different precuts and often carry precuts from our most recent and popular collections. See pictures of our precut sections below!