Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
Do you ever make leader and ender quilts? Do you use scraps or coordinate the fabrics? I have done both. I am getting ready to start a new one and I think all this recent discussion on scrap bins (thank you Beth :)) is inspiring me to do a scrappy one this time.
I would love to know what other quilters do for leader and ender quilts.
If you do not know what I mean, or if you have not tried it, check out this link http://quiltville.com/leadersenders.shtml
Yep, we think alike. While doing my blocks for the rr, I did have corners cut off from the flying geese so I did the leader ender and got those sewed. Then chain stitched with two blocks so I could get things done. Finished it and love the scrappy blocks I did. Can't say much, Rogue is reading here also. Have to keep secret till she opens it.
I didn't count what I cut, but I have enough to get me started. I just did the scraps in my immediate sewing area, so I'll probably have to cut more later.
Deb, the quilt along is at justquiltin.wordpress.com Her sample is really cute. It's not that my fabric is ugly, it's just big red and black print. Just not me.
I had a light bulb moment after I cut my squares. I can do my connector blocks as leader enders! My scrappy 9patch may have to take a back seat.
And last but not least, my new iron arrived today. WooHoo!
I had a Maytag cordless for hitting the seams when I piece, but it stopped steaming. Then it started putting brown spots on my white fabric. It was such a good iron, but they don't make them anymore. So after searching, I ordered a Panasonic from Amazon. I really like the cordless iron, because I'm always getting the cord caught on stuff. But a cordless is not good for yardage. That's when I use the Rowenta (with cord).
My first Rowenta took a leap because of cord and cat and no, they don't fly well. Hubby got me the Maytag for Christmas. Loved it till I tried to press a 3yd. piece. Wouldn't stay hot long enough. I got the current Rowenta on sale for a good price. It's getting old now, but works fine as long as I remember to clean it once in a while.
I loved my Rowenta, just found they didn't last as long as one would think. I currently have a Black & Decker Digital Advantage. I love it. It is the best consumer rated one I could find. I even tried an Oliso. The Oliso started leaking and ruining my blocks in under a year :-(
I've got my border rails and corners done for the quilt along. So I've been sewing squares as I go! Next, to finish border loops!
Still working on the blue and light scrappy as my leader and ender. Seems as if it takes forever this way, but at least I am really motoring on the double wedding ring. I get about two or three squares of my leader/ender done each day when (if) I sew. Hope you are making progress too! I'll post pics once I iron these hourglass units.
I need to take pictures. I've got a bunch of squares sewn into 3 patch strips. Debating about finishing with all the squares, or turning them into 9 patches. I thought they were adding up fast considering. If not as L/E they wouldn't be done at all! ;-))