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The biggest gripe I have with most online fabric shops is the fact that they don’t sell fat quarters! I personally find myself drawn to, and thus want to create, quilts that have a lot of different fabrics. I’m only two plus years into this hobby and one of the cheapest and most effective ways to get variety in my stash is to purchase fat quarters, when I can that is.

Lucky for me (and you) there is the Fat Quarter Shop.

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Selection:

The selection relies heavily on Moda and although it is called the “Fat Quarter Shop” they don’t actually sell fat quarters of all their fabrics. 😦 What they specialize in is fat quarter bundles of various collections as well as all the whole spectrum of precuts that Moda has to offer. On one hand this means I can get a fat quarter bundle of most of the hip, new collections, on the other I don’t usually want to purchase every single print in a collection and would prefer the ability to purchase individual fat quarters. The smallest cut you can purchase of an individual fabric is 1/2 yard. Although their primary focus seems to be Moda they also sell some of the most popular fabric collections from other manufacturers like Free Spirit, Alexander Henry, Michael Miller, and Riley Blake to name a few.

They do offer some unique features such as the ability to view the “top sellers” and fabrics that are “almost gone.” I love the idea of both since I don’t know about every single fabric line that has come out and seeing what everyone else is buying gives me an idea of what’s out there and popular. The almost gone section lets you know if you need to purchase something now before it goes out of stock. You can also shop by collection, designer and theme which is cool although I really wish they (and other fabric shops) would allow you to shop by color. Finally the Fat Quarter Shop offers a whole variety of fat quarter clubs, block of the month clubs, quilt kits, and exclusive quilt patterns.

Price by the Yard:

-1 yard cuts cost between $8.50 and $9.50
– Fat Quarter bundles depend on tne number of prints varying from $30 to $100

The price by the yard is steep for an online shop and I would only purchase yardage here if I couldn’t find it anywhere else but the fat quarter bundles are reasonably priced and you can’t find most of them elsewhere.

Shipping:

“All orders placed before 3 pm CST will be shipped the same business day unless notified otherwise. If orders are placed on a weekend or holiday, they will be shipped the next business day.

All UPS Ground orders to the contiguous US are upgraded to 3 business day shipping at no additional charge.
Every product shown on our website is currently in stock and can be shipped today unless noted.

If you’d like your package shipped on a certain date or a certain way, just let us know, we are happy to fulfill your request!”

Communication:

They have a newsletter which I subscribed to a month or so ago. It’s nice but since this shop features Moda heavily and I don’t like most Moda lines I only browse the newsletter for discount notifcations. They also have a blog, and again if you like a lot of Moda lines then you will like the blog. They feature various fabric lines, show different projects etc. and it looks like they blog pretty regularly which is always cool. A neat feature are the email notifications you can sign up for to find out when certain things come in stock (which is how I snapped up this fat quarter bundle of Dream On)

This was the first time I’ve ever purchased a fat quarter bundle or a charm pack and I’ve yet to use either. I’m not sure that I’m a fan of precuts, to me the appeal is that you can get every print in a line at a reasonable price because you are getting smaller cuts. However, I don’t often make quilts using only one fabric line and I don’t often love an entire fabric line. I would be much more likely to shop here if they offered fat quarters of individual prints versus bundles but the large variety of fabric collections and products is appealing.

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