Monday, June 15, 2015

Leaders Enders and Leftovers

If you are familiar with Bonnie Hunter and her scrap savers system, you probably know about Leaders and Enders.  She came up with the brilliant plan to use quilt pieces to begin and end rows of stitching rather than putting just a scrap under the presser foot to keep all those thread tails controlled.  It saves thread and the bonus is that parts of another quilt are being put together while you are working on your current project.

Many times I just feed squares through that become either 4-patch or 9-patch units if I don't have a particular Leader Ender project going.  These add up quickly!

This weekend I was playing with some Leaders and Enders along with some Leftovers from a past quilt project that I had made too many units.  I needed a class sample so I started playing first in Electric Quilt and came up with these possibilities using the units I already had on hand - yep, those Leaders Enders and Leftovers.

These were fun to play with!  Do you EQ?

Then I got out the units and laid them out on the floor.  This may not be the final setting.  Nothing is sewn together yet, I just wanted to make sure I liked this as much in fabric as I did in EQ.

So what do you think?  In a matter of minutes, this little wall hanging was laid out.  Yep, it's pretty scrappy, but the dark blue triangles and "stop border" hold it together.  I may still rearrange a few units to balance the colors.  Just a few of the 4-patches and leftover half/square triangles are laying beside it.  There are MANY more waiting to be used in a project.  I think the beginning students will have fun learning how to make this little cutie.

Mostly I have been working on a secret project that I can't show you until it is done, but I have spent a bit of time setting the 1,000 Pyramids 30 Year Wonder Quilt together.  I have only two long seams left and it will be a top.  This photo was taken when I was just starting to set the blocks together. I'll take another photo when the last two seams are sewn and share it with you.

Just the top two rows of blocks had been stitched at this point.  All of the small triangles were hand stitched, but I am sewing the blocks and rows together on the machine. I want this baby done!

Hope you are keeping cool this Summer and having some time to create!

Until next time,



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