October 29, 2014

Halloween Quilt

I made this quilt a few years ago for my sister-in-law, Carly. I asked her to snap a few pics for me so I could share it with y'all and link up with Val for her Tuesday Archives this week.

I don't buy a lot of kits, but I really fell in love with this one. The center is a panel and it has a pieced nine patch for one of the inner borders.

Those pumpkin cornerstones were part of the panel, I believe (if I'm remembering right!). 

I love how playing with borders really can add character to a panel quilt.

Carly thrilled me when she told me last Halloween that my little nephew saw this when she pulled it out to do the Halloween decorating and begged to have it on his bed for the season.  :)  Love it when the little ones enjoy my quilts!

Go see what everyone else is sharing this week at Val's Tuesday Archives linky party!

Sagittarius Done!

Now that I finished up the Split Nine Patch, I was able to work on the Zodiac Stars again last night. I managed to finish up Sagittarius....

I can be such a perfectionist!  That one side doesn't quite match up so I'm seriously considering ripping it out and doing it again.  But overall, i really love it, so for now, it can stay.  Hopefully tonight I can do the three little starlets out of these blues and then move on to the next block.

Also, I finished up my sample blocks for my new leader/ender project, Patches and Pinwheels.  Read more about it here.
Each block measures 6-1/2".  I seriously love these little blocks.  The pinwheel goes together so fast compared to the 36-patch!  It makes a nice break before the next patch block. 

What are y'all working on this week???  Come see everyone's projects over at Freshly Pieced.

October 28, 2014

Let's Talk About Leaders/Enders

If you've been following along, you know that I just recently finished up the center of my leader/ender project for last year, the Split Nine Patch.

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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