I recently returned from a quilting retreat - COF (Circle of Friends) in Branson MO. Months before the retreat, all participants were send a FQ (fat quarter a piece of fabric approximately 18" x 22") in a beautiful leaf and fern print. If I'm not mistaken the fern is the state plant of Missouri.
The FQ challenge was to make a project, put it in a paper sack, and submit it to be voted on in several categories.
I made a Kindle cover. I didn't even vote for it myself. While I believe it is definitely pretty. And I used almost all the FQ provided. The other projects were so far superior in design that I could not vote for my own.
The next retreat is June 2013 in Harrisburg OH. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend.