Sunday, August 31, 2014

Enders and Leaders

Two years ago I organized my 10 years of scraps into colours and then put them into storage bags.  I have kept every usable size of scrap since I started quilting and the ever increasing tub of scraps was weighing on me.  I wanted to use them, but I couldn't decide what to use them in.  I had various tones and themes of fabrics which made picking a pattern even harder for me.  I didn't have enough of one style of fabric to make a whole quilt with.

I loved Bonnie Hunter's idea of enders and leaders.  I chain piece whenever I can, so her idea of sewing on a quilt instead of a scrap piece of fabric made perfect sense to me.  I have followed her lead and decided to dive into my tote of scraps and take them from this

and this

to this

It took me three days of cutting to get through my scraps.  My plan from here was simple.  I stacked even piles of the same colour, one half getting sewn into half square triangles in order and the other half getting thrown into a storage tub for random selection pairing.  Yep, thirties are getting paired with brights and civil war fabrics are being paired with bright greens and such!  My only sort of rule is that one has to be darker than the other.  A red can be a light one time and a dark the next.  And I'm even breaking my cardinal rule and I'm mixing batiks and prints!!(just for you, Christa).  I've more than once reached into the random basket because the fabrics looks horrendous together, but I've made myself comply to the rule "Anything Goes"!!  I also left out almost all of my light fabrics such as whites and creams.
My first pinwheel
All of my scraps were first cut into 2.5 inch squares and then cut in half diagonally.  The half square triangles finish at 2 inches and the pinwheels will finish at 3 inches.  The main reason that I chose half square triangles was because I kept 12 years worth of triangles cut from my binding strips.  I really wanted to use these as I had a ton.  Time will tell if this will be a HUGE waste of time, but it was really fun to reminisce through my old fabric.  I remember almost every fabric and the quilt it was sewn into.  So why can't I remember what I made for supper last night?!?  Its all priorities, heh.
My first five pinwheels
As of today, I have hundreds if not thousands of triangles to use as enders and leaders.
All paired up

Waiting to be paired (and my "random tub" isn't quite so random!  Baby steps for me.)
Happy sewing to you!  For me its back to my Birdseye quilt made with Ladies Album fabrics.  


  1. There is hope in the world!!!! You have come along way and this will look great scrappy!! Good for you pairing prints with batiks!! You have conquered your greatest fears!!!

  2. Looks like you have some beautiful quilts on the go. Love the idea of leaders and enders.