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Category Archives: Leaders & Enders

Correct Corners

Since I’ve started going back to the gym, I’m only gone for a little over an hour, but it sure has eaten into my quilting time.  That’s because I’m still wiped out. It was a little better Monday (day 3), not that I have a finished blocks to show for it.  I do however have correctly made corner units. 


I rooted around in my yardage and decided the second Easy Breezy quilt will be red.  Both quilts will have the pink floral as the backing. I haven’t decided if I’m going to try and load them both at the same time or not.  Either way, I plan on using “Leather” as my thread color.

I have the 4 extra Easy Breezy blocks cut to use as my leader/ender for a little bit longer. My postage stamp quilt is my backup L/E.  I’ve been working on it since the Spring of 2011.


I have 25 blocks made (in the bag) and enough quarter units for 10 more blocks.


Quilting in 2021

The first day of 2021 saw me assembling 1/4 of the wedding quilt I’m working on, piecing 4 sampler blocks and completing 3 Easy Breezy blocks as my leader/ender project.

As for my quilting plans for 2021, as with years in the past, I’d like to cross a few quilts off my UFO list. With 40 quilts in progress, 20 tops needing to be quilted, and 1 which needs to be bound, I could work on a different quilt each week and still have a few left over.

As for challenges, I think I will participate in Prairie Moon Quilts 350 Blocks Project. The 2020 challenge is wrapping up and the 2021 challenge will begin mid-month, but our block count begins today.   I’ll try to remember to put the tally’s at the bottom of my posts.

Tomorrow I think I’ll tackle that binding that I picked out for my 3rd Task.

Edited:  I was looking for some challenges and this morning (Saturday) I found Finished (or Not) Friday at Alycia Quilts. So, I’m linking this post.

350 Challenge = 15

Easy Breezy = 92

40 Day Challenge – Day 30

Ten days left in my 40 Day Challenge and I probably should have put the binding on the baby 4-Patch Stacked Posy quilt then the only thing left would be Frolic. Perhaps I’ll do that tomorrow. Today, I finished 8 more blocks to Frolic. You’ll notice there are a few smaller blocks on the wall.  Those are the first blocks from the 2020-2021 Quiltville Leader/Ender Project – Easy Breezy.

Bonnie posted 2 different sizes and I’ve opted for the smaller 4 -1/2 inch blocks. The first two blocks I made as she showed, but given one block was getting made as I finished each Frolic block and I don’t have many pieces cut, I’m now only sewing one piece at the end of each line of stitching. I think I have 3 more blocks cut, so I’ll need to cut more blocks before I finish the rest of the Frolic blocks.

Tomorrow I hope to  finish the rest of the Frolic blocks, and at least determine what I  need to cut for the setting triangles.  Or maybe I will put the binding on the quilt. Here’s what’s left:

  • Bind Baby 4-Patch Stacked Posies
  • The blue, black and white quilt is my Frolic the goal is to finish the top. Started with 5 blocks I need 41, 16 side setting triangles. 4 corners and the pieced borders for my enlarged quilt.
    • 3 blocks 6/26/2020
    • 3 blocks 6/27/2020
    • 6 blocks 6/28/2020
    • 3 blocks 6/29/2020
    • 5 blocks 6/30/2020
    • 8 blocks 7/2/2020
  • Bonus #1 – Pillowcases:
    • Allietare
    • Narragansett Blues
  • Bonus #2: Pillowcases for quilts already completed
    • Christmas Crazy 8s
    • En Provence (2)
    • Carolina Chain
  • Bonus #3: Quilt, bind, label and make pillowcase (2) for Frolic.

What’s On My Design Wall


Clue # 4 of Alletore is done! Now on to Clue # 5. Oh wait. I didn’t get that clue downloaded and saved. But no fear – I can use Clue # 6 to back into Clue # 5. This evening I’m going to finish the cutting which I’ve skipped — the pieces for the outer edge of the quilt center and then pack everything together so I can work on other projects which need to be finished sooner than later.


Meanwhile, the  Tumbers Leader/Ender project has been moving along. 400 more seams and then I’ll be ready to sew rows into a quilt top.

Check out what others are working on over at Patchwork Times.

480 Tumblers


July 1st I started this year’s Leader/Ender Challenge that Bonnie Hunter is hosting. My tumblers are from recycled shirts. Thus far I’ve managed to stitch 480 tumblers into 240 pairs while working on the Disappearing 9-Patch quilts over the past 7 weeks.

Speaking of the Disappearing 9-Patch, I didn’t quite get the 3rd section sewn together. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll finish the quilt top tonight. Since I’ve run out of light tumblers. I’ll stitch the pairs into 4’s until I finish the D9P. Then more tumblers both light and dark will be cut as I cut the squares for the backings.

What’s on My Design Wall


Hey, hey. There’s a change on my design wall this week. Ok, not much of one, but I’m not using the same picture.  Last week I took down the Sew Scrappy blocks as I made more progress on the Red Disappearing 9-Patch.  Show me the progress you say?


Those 4 huge 9-patches will become 12 DP9 blocks.  The stack in the top right corner are 52 blocks waiting to go up on the wall.  I still have 10 more big 9-patches to sew together.  Of course my wall is not big enough for the whole quilt – 11 x 13 blocks – so I’m not sure how I’m going to lay it out.  May just sort the 4 matching blocks into 4 sections and make sure each section looks good.

I started the Tumbler leader/ender Challenge quilt on July 1st as well.  I’ve repurposed the strips I had cut for Rectangle Wrangle to cut tumblers using my Dresden Plate ruler.


My tumblers are 2-1/2″ tall and so far I’ve got 12 pairs made. I want to be able to mix the colors up in the quilt and so far most the ones I’ve made are red.  My guess is that after the first of the year I’ll start sewing them into rows once I have ton of pairs made.  I need over 1100 tumblers for a small lap quilt and twice that many for twin.  I have 24 sewn together.

See what other are working on over at Patchwork Times.

What’s On My Design Wall


This past week I worked on two projects. The blocks at the top are for Sew Scrappy using my Kansas Troubles fabrics. There are another 20 of the blocks like the one at the bottom of the design wall which need the sashing and cornerstone added, then it will be time to make those 25-patches and get them sashed.

But Saturday evening I decided I needed something a bit more mindless to work on, so I pulled out the red Disappearing 9-patch. This is about 1/4 of the blocks, so they are not in the final order. Given the size of my design wall, I guess I’m going to have to work on this quilt in quarters. The quilt will be 11 blocks wide and I can only get 8 up on the wall.

Finally, I’ve been debating whether or not to join the 2015 Leader & Ender Challenge – Tumblers. I have a L&E project – my postage stamp quilt and I have plenty of pieces currently cut so I really don’t need a new project.  However, aren’t these so cute? Maybe if I can find a quick and accurate way to cut them – preferably without buying a template.



Hop over to Patchwork Times to see what others are working on.