Moleskin Journal Cover from Keyka Lou Patterns via Sew Mama Sew.

I’ve been looking for small projects on which to sharpen my sewing skills.  This definitely fits the bill.  It’s part of the Fat Quarter Project over at Sew Mama Sew.

In other sewing news, I’ve always wondered why they call these squares of fabric fat quarters.  It seems insulting, don’t you think.  I finally Googled and found this explanation at

“If the shop measures off half a yard (18″) beyond the cut made from the bolt for the previous customer, you’ll get a piece that has two selvages and is 18″ long between the two cuts. If the fabric is 50″ wide, as in the first example, your half-yard cut will be 50″ w x 18” h. This is a rather skinny rectangle. Great for bellpulls and small projects, of course, but not for a large project.A “fat” cut (called a “fat half” in this example) is when a full yard is cut off the bolt, and then this piece is cut halfway between the selvages. Now your piece has only one selvage and is 25″ w x 36″ h. This is more nearly square and is a more useable shape and size for a large piece of needlework.In both cases, your fabric has 900 square inches (50 x 18).”

So there you have it, the definition of fat quarter AND a project for the weekend!

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