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    Senior Member Rosie the "Ripper"'s Avatar
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    Used to buy fat quarters because I liked the pattern, color, print etc. Now I have waaay too many. What would you make with them since they don't really go together. I guess I could sort them some way but would you make scrappy quilts or buy something that matches several and find a pattern. If so, what pattern would you use?
    Thanks for your opinions.

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    Scrap quilts but than I love scrap quilts. Go to quiltville.com and look at all her beautiful work and get inspired.

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    I took fat quarters and made a scrappy disappearing 9 patch

    was so much fun!

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    Sorry you must have mis typed ! How CAN you have TOO MANY FQ's, just take them out of their store once in a while which is what I did yesterday when it was rainy and miserable and just cheered myself up by sorting and handling them, Its cheaper than any therapy I know, insulates your house , does not depreciate and can ultimately be used to construct something beautiful.....however if you really don't want them... I could help!! LOL

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    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by melissa Dove
    Sorry you must have mis typed ! How CAN you have TOO MANY FQ's, just take them out of their store once in a while which is what I did yesterday when it was rainy and miserable and just cheered myself up by sorting and handling them, Its cheaper than any therapy I know, insulates your house , does not depreciate and can ultimately be used to construct something beautiful.....however if you really don't want them... I could help!! LOL
    Great post!!! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosemary krupski
    Used to buy fat quarters because I liked the pattern, color, print etc. Now I have waaay too many. What would you make with them since they don't really go together. I guess I could sort them some way but would you make scrappy quilts or buy something that matches several and find a pattern. If so, what pattern would you use?
    Thanks for your opinions.
    Please note, that you cannot have too many FQs!! :)

    There are many patterns out there that are designed for FQs only. Some end up just as scrappy mish-mash designs ... and some are quite lovely patterns that you'd wonder how it was only FQs. And too, there are countless possibilities if you start looking at sampler quilts.

    Cruise around and find some patterns that intrigue you. And go for it!

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    you can use them for purses

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosemary krupski
    Used to buy fat quarters because I liked the pattern, color, print etc. Now I have waaay too many. What would you make with them since they don't really go together. I guess I could sort them some way but would you make scrappy quilts or buy something that matches several and find a pattern. If so, what pattern would you use?
    Thanks for your opinions.
    Here is a good site to check for FREE PATTERNS
    http://www.fatquartershop.com/freequiltpattern.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by melissa Dove
    Sorry you must have mis typed ! How CAN you have TOO MANY FQ's,
    I was rather confused by that statement too! :shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by rosemary krupski
    Used to buy fat quarters because I liked the pattern, color, print etc. Now I have waaay too many. What would you make with them since they don't really go together. I guess I could sort them some way but would you make scrappy quilts or buy something that matches several and find a pattern. If so, what pattern would you use?
    Thanks for your opinions.
    Here are two quilts that used FQs - of course there is more yardage required for both. Scroll down - the first is a Krazy Quilt - I had yardage for the border and used FQs for the blocks. The Woven Ribbons comes from a book on FQs - I have the name on the photo and all the patterns in that book use FQs.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-138138-1.htm

    And, of course, scrappy strip quilts are always great.

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    You could do some tube quilt patterns ... they call for WOF but something like my avatar quilt, it doesn't matter if it is WOF or just part of the width! And too, you could strip the FQ, join them back up to make the WOF.

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    Look at them for high contrast,like light/dark, yellow/navy. go from there

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    I understand exactly what you mean. When I first was buying them when I'd hit a sale, I'd just buy what caught my eye and not paying attention to what went together. So I was in the same boat.

    What I did was cut them all up into squares and strips and made scrappy quilts. I still have a few that I really like but can't figure out what it goes with so, I just decorate with them.. a nice basket with pretty fat quarters is very pretty.

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    I have the same problem. What I did is sort them so they go together. I have 1930, civil war, primary colors, kids prints, home decor, batik, etc. I make quilts and then add a border and or back by buying more fabric if need be. also at times I skip borders and just make the blocks go to the edge and then bind. FQ are great for scrappy quilts. If you can not make them work maybe offer to trade on the board and get some FQ or yardage of what you need.

    Also look at- Bonnie Hunts wedbsite
    http://quiltville.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkys_mom
    Quote Originally Posted by rosemary krupski
    Used to buy fat quarters because I liked the pattern, color, print etc. Now I have waaay too many. What would you make with them since they don't really go together. I guess I could sort them some way but would you make scrappy quilts or buy something that matches several and find a pattern. If so, what pattern would you use?
    Thanks for your opinions.
    Here are two quilts that used FQs - of course there is more yardage required for both. Scroll down - the first is a Krazy Quilt - I had yardage for the border and used FQs for the blocks. The Woven Ribbons comes from a book on FQs - I have the name on the photo and all the patterns in that book use FQs.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-138138-1.htm

    And, of course, scrappy strip quilts are always great.
    Wow! Your crazy quilt looks awesome. That is a definite possibility!

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    Great! Next you are going to tell me that there will never be a chance of being too skinny or too rich. I understand that the chances are so slim as to be impossible, but there is a bigger chance of these happening than of having too many fat quarters.

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    I would (and have) cut them up into various sizes for scrap quilts.

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    I'm hooked on Eleanor Burns' Quick Quarter quilts. The queen size takes 26 different fat quarters. And it's quick and easy to make. I never was much of a fat quarter buyer till I got that book. It's called Quick Trip Quilts.

    Here's the quilt I made.
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-101781-1.htm

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    I have books from the library that use jelly rolls. There's no reason you can't cut the FQs in 2 1/2" strips. Most of the patterns cut up the strips, anyhow.

    Kimberly Einma: Jelly Roll Quilts and More
    Pam and Nickt Lintott: Two More From One Jelly Roll Quilts
    M"Liss Rae Hawley: Fat Quarter Quilts (I really like this one.)

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    Lucky Stars, by Atkinson Designs (my avatar). If you use a muslin or light background it will tie them together. You could use a mix and match of all your colors, or pick a specific color scheme. It takes 1 FQ plus background fabric for each block. Then you mix and match the centers/points/surrounding blocks. It's a very easy pattern to do. The background extends beyond the points and is squared before you put the borders on. No cut off points!

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    Turning twenty quilt pattern comes to mind

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    Go scrappy.

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    :lol: I would hate to have this problem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by COYOTEMAGIC
    Quote Originally Posted by melissa Dove
    Sorry you must have mis typed ! How CAN you have TOO MANY FQ's,
    I was rather confused by that statement too! :shock:
    Me three!! LOL One whole shelf on my rack is mostly FQs, and I always find one or two to work into most quilts I make.

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