But before I do, I want to share with you an awesome quilt!
One of the things I absolutely love seeing as a teacher is the variety of Leader/Ender projects that students bring to class!
Over the past week between my time at Fabric Fanatics in Plano, and with the Quilt Asylum girls in McKinney ---I saw everything from 4-patches to 9-patches to half square triangles to tumblers, and yes there were bow-ties and spool blocks and every little unit that you can possibly imagine.
And as I walked by ---students were explaining to other students just WHAT these little units were and how a “free quilt” can build itself between the other lines of piecing. Nods of “Oh! I get it” were seen from those who were unfamiliar with the term or the concept!
This morning I want to share Susan’s awesome leader/ender quilt with you ---- Each of her “big blocks” contain 144 pieces ---or 16 9 patches, or 36 4 patches, however you want to build it!
The over-all effect is stunning!
Susan is the owner of Quilt Asylum in McKinney, TX. She worked from a plastic shoe box…cutting scraps into 1.5” squares, using the squares as leaders & enders in between piecing other projects. When the variety in the shoe box ran low, she’d scrounge up more scraps --- yes, working in a quilt shop helps ---she admitted to some pieces being harvested from trash bins!
There is no rhyme or reason to the placement of the value or color within each block – it is completely random.
After the blocks were made she decided how to set them, using a poison green print from a long past Pilgrim & Roy line to set them with ----and we laughed about fabric that resurfaces from the “Deep Stash” ((Said with your voice as low as you can get it….)) It was the perfect fabric for setting these blocks off! 9 patch cornerstones were the perfect choice!
Leader/Ender quilts do not have to take a lot of planning ahead of time. Just start with a handful of squares. You can cut more later ----just plan THAT far ahead ---and watch how you can “grow a quilt” without having to spend much time at it at all – just by ending each seam with a pair of squares that stays under the presser foot while you go press ---