I actually finished putting the borders on it last night, so I'll so the finished top to you on Friday. But that being said, it's now time for a new leader/ender project.
If you're not familiar with leaders/enders, Bonnie Hunter explains them really well on her blog and you can read all about them here. Basically, you have a side project that you use to end your chain piecing on your regular projects. Something simple that you can keep a stack of next to your sewing machine works best. Over time, those little pieces add up, which is how I came to complete that beauty up above!
As I was assembling that top, I took a good look at my scrap baskets and determined that my 1-1/2" box is overflowing. Thus I needed a project that used up 1-1/2" pieces. I really have been wanting a postage stamp style quilt and originally thought I'd just do a simple 36-patch block. But I wanted it to be a bit more interesting. This is what I came up with:
I'm calling it Patches and Pinwheels. (Yes, I seem to do best with simple graph paper.) So what I've decided is to work with a controlled palate and add some pinwheels between the 36-patches. If you're interested in joining in, the 36-patches are made with 1-1/2" squares/strips. The pinwheels are 3-1/2" HST's.
Reminder, an easy way of doing your HST"s is to use the Easy Angle Ruler. If you are making 3-1/2" HST's, you layer 3-1/2" strips of your two fabrics, right sides together, and use the ruler to cut them at the 3-1/2" marks. The ruler removes the dog ears prior to sewing so there is no waste. I love this ruler since I know that I'm making 3-1/2" HST's that I can just go to my 3-1/2" box to pull the strips. Nice and logical, just like I like it.
Please let me know if you want to join me in this leader/ender (or any other leader/ender) challenge! Maybe we can do a monthly link up to show our progress.
Hope you get a lot of sewing time in today!!
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