I have spent hours this afternoon looking through my patterns, books and the Internet looking for patterns that use fat quarters. I know there are a million out there, but most of them require augmenting the FQs with fabric from your stash which then just complicates the whole process - at least for me it does. I've also come to the conclusion that the bundles I have don't include light, medium and dark fabric values which are necessary for any of the quilts I like. They also don't include enough tone on tone. Those florals suck me in every time!
I have a cute story regarding the tied bundle above. A couple of years ago Leo went to Florida on a fishing trip and I knew he was going to be very near Rainbow's End Quilt store. I told him he couldn't be so close to the largest quilt store in Florida without bringing me something back.
Well, I was sitting at work one day and got a call from a sales assistant at Rainbow's End. She explained that my husband was in the store and he didn't have a clue what to buy me - even although I had told him what I liked (brights, pastels, almost anything Moda) and didn't like (30s, Civil War fabrics, reproductions). She asked me what my preferences were and he brought me home that Moda Sandy Gervais bundle called Think Spring. I really like it but I want to make something special with it and inspiration hasn't hit me over the head yet.
The last quilt I made from a fat quarter bundle is the UGLIEST quilt I have ever made. It was one of those quilts that I didn't like right from the beginning, but I kept thinking it would get better once more blocks were added. Well, it didn't and I should have known if I didn't like one block I wasn't going to like 20. The individual fabrics are nice, but all together it looks like a dogs breakfast. It's still waiting to be quilted. Maybe I'll get it finished and give it to someone I really don't like. I could donate it, but I don't like giving away anything I don't like myself. Weird, I know, but that's just the way I am.