Thursday, July 28, 2016

Clarissa was a Superstar

That's the name of my new leader-ender project, but I will probably end up calling it "Clarissa". You can read more about the inspiration here
I redid the math on the block pieces since the first block I made was too small. I finally got the four patch hourglass blocks to be the size I wanted. 
The plan is to cut out scraps whenever they appear in my sewing room, and to always have a pile of triangles beside my machines to sew at the beginning or ending of every bit of sewing I am doing on my primary projects. The key to being successful with leader-ender projects is being organized, and having all the pieces ready to sew together without any thinking required.

I experimented with different ways of constructing the hourglass units and decided on using the Companion Angle ruler to cut the triangles. (To read Bonnie Hunter's lesson on how to figure out the math click here.)  This ruler is quick and easy to use and gives me an hourglass block that works with this design.
Now I am ready to roll!
Each block needs 36 hourglass units, which means I need to cut 144 triangles to start!

10 comments:

  1. I can see your hour glass blocks but the colours you have used makes it look like pinwheels. They are what I can see most. So glad you worked out the measurements though. Such a better result for you than your last attempt.

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  2. You are so right about organization - I really need to get better at it when it comes to quilting. Having everything prepped and ready to go really does lead to good things!

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  3. They look wonderful. I am going to make Dolly Madison stars with the hour glass units (use up more scrap).

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  4. It is always good to have a plan for the leaders and enders before you start. I love the design of the quilt Clairissa.

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  5. I'm always so tempted to start a new leader and ender, but I started one a long time ago with a postage stamp quilt and should get back to it...I don't know why I lost interest :( Maybe it got boring? lol, maybe I do need to start a fresh leader and ender afterall!!!

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  6. What a great leader ender project!

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  7. Mine will be a bit bigger. I love Bonnie's method, using the Companion Ruler.
    QuiltCAM tonight!

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  8. Love the colors in your block. Yes, it is so true that being organized and having things prepped by the machine make things move along so much faster. I need to get back to my 15 minutes of sewing a day.... amazing how much I can get done in that little bit of time over the span of a week.

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  9. I made a Clarissa block already just to test it out and used exactly the same ruler and 1.5 strips to make mine and posted about it last Monday linking back to your blog post about the quilt. Thanks for the inspiration. I love it.

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  10. block looks god, like you I have the companion angle but unlike you have not used it!

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