Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Spool Quilt and Leaders & Enders

This week, I've spent some time organising my stash and sewing area. I only have a small corner of a room and if I want to get my cutting mat out, I have to transport it, my rulers, my rotary cutter and my fabrics into the dining room, to have a table big enough.

I'd sorted through my stash a week or two ago, but yesterday, I spent some time cutting tumblers for my Leader and Ender project. I began a tumbler quilt two years ago, but only managed three rows of two and a half inch tumblers, before I put it away, enamoured with something else and it has sat there, my first ever UFO, awaiting completion, so i thought it was the perfect thing to get sorted, especially as Bonnie Hunter's current L&E is the tumbler! (I'm cutting up fabrics with any kind of animal print. My daughter is animal mad, and so this is for her)

So I started it last night. 

My main quilt challenge is a Spool quilt. The pattern for it is in Britain's Patchwork and Quilting Magazine and it works with Y seams. They instruct you to press the seams open, but I only had partial success with this and so I tried pressing the seams to the sides and had much better results. I'm using plains and neutrals for my background fabric and anything else for the spools. I really like it! It's a great little block to make and when it comes to sewing them together, there won't be any matching up to do with seams, except for the block edges themselves.

So there you have it! Are you following the Leader and Ender project? What are YOU working on? Who inspires YOU in the world of quilting?

Happy sewing!

Louisa x

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