|main project under the needle with the leader-ender block waiting|
Thankfully I was not tempted to start ALL of Bonnie's leader-ender challenges usually because I liked the unfinished ones I was already working on! Here's the list of L/E projects Bonnie has inspired over the years with a link to either Bonnie's page or my version if I made one:
2019 Shoo Fly, Shoo (started in July and presently obsessed!)
2018 Jewel Box Stars
2017 Rail Fence
2016 Hourglass (one of my favourites - top finished in 2018)
2015 Tumblers (I made a sweet "tiny tumble" version)
2013 Split 9 Patch
2012 Spools (one of my favourites - top finished in 2016)
2011 Cheddar BowTies
I have also started my own leader-ender projects over the years. The most recently finished leader-ender projects was Maverick Stars. It's one of my all time favourite quilt tops and it's in the queue for quilting.
In a recent blog post Bonnie said:
"Sometimes we have to get inventive to move the fabric that has been neglected for whatever reason".
She gave lots of ideas (click here) on how to be inventive, one of which was how to cut 5" square for 3 sets of HST's. Brilliant! I have a few odd charm squares that needed to be gone.
Hope you are sewing your own leader-ender projects and if not, why not start with the Shoo Fly project?!?
The shoofly blocks are habit forming! Happy Stitching!
really nice to have all these links in ONE post...... including your "stars". Thanks.
I always have a leader/ender project at the machine and have done most of BH's challenges to use up bits. The Alamos are lovely.
Your Alamos are delicious! So much color. My L/Es are usually pretty short term, not headed toward an entire quilt. Right now I have a basket of crumbs that I'm using, picking up two random bits to sew together. Slowly they grow into slabs...
I love the concepts of leader-ender projects, but I have a hard time putting them into effective use! I get excited about the LE project and then just work on that and use up all of my cut pieces and parts too fast!
I started a new leaders and enders lately. They are small log cabins. The centres are 1" finished and the logs are 1/2" finished. I can already tell that I'm going to love this quilt!
Love these blocks!
Your Alamo Stars is one of my favorites! Have never done a leader/ender quilt though I started one years ago. It kind of drove me crazy so I put it aside and never returned to it! lol I admire the quilts you and others make with that same method though! It seems to work wonderfully well for so many.:)
I only did the Bow ties and Hourglass L/E. Still need to finish my Scrappy Hourglass quilt. Not using her layout. I want to start the Shoo fly but haven't yet. I love her Essential Triangle Tool to cut the scraps.
I love working on leaders and enders but are nowhere near as prolific as you. It always seems that you get something for nothing and end up with piles of small blocks for hardly any effort!
I always have a LE next to the sewing machine but it isn't always the same thing. At the moment, the reconstruction of Good Fortune is my LE for my 365 Challenge blocks. When I get tired of GF, I sew 9 Patch. We always need 9 Patch right? Or some crumb blocks. I always fabric for those. They do add up and one day, I'll have enough to make a free quilt. Love your Alamo Star. I think you need a little bit more orange blocks. But that's just me and my love for orange. ;^)
I'm not sure I could sew without a leaders and enders project at the machine. It is a great way to make progress on a project with a lot of pieces (like a Bonnie Hunter mystery?). Your scrappy projects are always so fun to watch come together.
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