Here’s a pic of twelve test blocks of my “Recycled Cabins” project. I am pleased with the balance of light/darks and the variation. These are 7″ finished blocks with 1″ logs. I’m not sure how big it will be when finished. I’ll see what layout I end up with and then see when it looks finished 🙂
I’m writing this mainly to get myself motivated to machine sew the binding on my Brooch quilt so it can be entered into the Quintessential Quilt 2007 show. The show details are on the Circle in the Square Quilters guild website, www.circleinthesquare.org and clicking on the link on the lefthand side. While I enjoy hand stitching the binding to the back I don’t enjoy machine stitching it on the front. Always seems like such a wrestling match! And, if you look at my project list you’ll see I have several waiting for their binding. Now if these quilts were gifts, they’d be done asap but if it can be put off, then cutting and piecing is more fun!!
I first heard the concept of “enders” or “leader/enders” from Teajuana Mahony (teaquilts.com) when she spoke to our quilt guild. Then I found Bonnie Hunter’s site (quiltville.blogspot.com) that also refers to this concept. I paid the same price for the fabric I use in my quilt as for the fabric that’s not in my quilt so using the scraps is getting most out of what I paid for. When you can sew the scraps together in place of sewing onto a scrap of fabric at the end of sewing you quilt pieces (chain sewing them on the the end, thus “enders” which become “leaders” when you start sewing again), the piecing is essentially free!! Teajuana recommends cutting your scraps into usable squares or strips at the same time you cut your quilt thus saving time later when you’d have to iron the scraps from being folded or squished. Can’t wait to have enough 4 patches to make something.