Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Iron Craft Challenge-Week 10

This week on the Iron Craft Challenge, we were instructed to create something using a fat quarter.  A fat quarter is a fabric piece measuring roughly 18x22 inches.  I get the quarter part (quarter of a square yard), but can anyone explain to me why it is called fat?

Last week, I ended up using a fat quarter to create my project for week 9.  I thought I would see what other fabric jewelry I could come up with this week.

I started with a gorgeous set of fabrics that I bought at Joanns and a pack of wooden disks:

Although I ended up using bits of several of these fabrics, my total fabric count was still less than one fat quarter.  I decided to cover the fabric disks and stack them together to make a large statement-piece necklace.

The most challenging part for me was connecting the circles once I had them covered.  I ended up using glue to hold them in place and then I stitched them together in the back.  It has held up well to repeating "floppings" so I feel pretty confident in this method; however, I am open to suggestions. 

Here is a picture of the finished piece.  It's larger than the necklaces I normally choose for myself, but I'm really pleased with the final result.  I'm thinking of exploring this more and maybe even putting some of these on my etsy site.

1 comment:

  1. Love your necklace - very creative! A fat quarter is a quarter-yard of fabric cut in a different way, often used by quilters. Quilting fabric is typically 44" wide. A quarter-yard cut is 1/4 of a 1-yard (36") length cut, or 9" by 44". A fat quarter is the roughly the same total area of fabric, but cut only half the width (22"), so it is twice the length (18"). It allows for larger pieces to be cut for creating a quilt - you could cut a 10", 12" or even 15" square block from a fat quarter, but not from a standard quarter yard. Hope this helps! - Suzanne in MI, a new quilter


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