Monday, May 29, 2017

Leaders & Enders on Steroids

Have you ever gotten carried away with your leaders & enders, and they became your drop-everything-and-make-it-now project?

I had been using these little units as leaders & enders for awhile, but the box was getting kind of full, so I counted to see how many I had and figured how many I'd need. On Saturday I cut enough pieces for the rest of the blocks I'll need. Then I couldn't resist - I chain pieced until I had all of them sewn. The fabrics are all batiks from stash.

Here they are on the wall, first placement without moving anything around. In the photo I see some areas where I need to fix some things. This layout needs one more column on the left and another row each at the top and the bottom, but I ran out of wall space. I'll be able to add the rest after I sew some of these units together and it shrinks up some. The flimsy will finish at 72 x 84".

If you start at the light center and follow the lights clockwise, you'll see that the layout is a continuous spiral.

Now that the units are all made and this is on the wall, I guess it's not a leaders & enders project any longer, so I'll have to count it as a WIP. I guess I need to get busy and move some WIPs along to finishes!


Linking up with the new Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts, and with Em's Scrapbag and Love Laugh Quilt



13 comments:

  1. A very dramatic quilt. Batiks add so much color and texture to a project. Enjoy your stitching time this week.

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  2. Fabulous effect! and sometimes my L&E becomes my main focus, too!

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  3. I like the motion that the spiral and angled piecing give this quilt top.

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  4. How much fun! (and yes, my LE projects typically take over the studio)

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  5. Hi Jan,
    I love this project, and yup - it deserves it's own acknowledgment now. It's no longer a leader/ender any longer. Beautiful! I would be thrilled to receive this quilt. ~smile~
    Roseanne

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  6. I don't do well with leader/ender projects for this exact reason. Once they are started, they seem to want to be finished. What a fun design you've created! And I love all of your batiks.

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  7. I have the same problem as Romona. I start out as a leader/ender but then that is all I want to work on and it becomes my main project.

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  8. I find it very easy to get distracted by my Leader/Ender projects. Can't WAIT to see this quilt put together!!

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  9. Actually, I have done that before. These look great. Were they a Bonnie Hunter L/E of the year at some time? I seldom do hers as I really don't like the idea of starting more projects! This has a lot of motion in it. Nice job.

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  10. LOL, that's pretty much how I do leader/enders. This looks fantastic!

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  11. I did just that - follow the spiral from inside out. It is very Impressive, Jan. Wish there were more pictures. Guess, I will have to wait till it is finished :-)

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  12. Oooh, nice! Love the spiral effect, too. I fail at leaders and enders, mostly for the same reason--that project just takes over! This one was definitely worth it!

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