Wednesday, July 15, 2015

A leader/ender project

 I know I said I would go for the tumbler project.....but after cutting a few of them, I knew it was a mistake.  I was quickly losing interest.  I will sew up the few I cut and make a snack mat and say done.   I figure it is better to  stop than end up with a permanent UFO.

  I ran across this saved magazine pattern from McCall's Quilting 2003, last week.  It is made with a majority of vintage fabrics and has a vertical setting of bricks.   Vintage fabric from the 80s and 90s old enough to be vintage?   Vertical setting......vertical setting is different and interesting.

I am not sure if it is the simplicity of the design or the randomness of the fabrics, but it sure is pleasing to my eye.   This is just  the thing for a leader ender project.  I adjusted the size to fit my scrap here is my cutting "recipe".       Fabric bricks 2" by 3 1/2"
      Neutral (muslin/tonal)  1 1/2" by 2"  for between the bricks
      Neutral vertical setting strip is 1 1/2" by what ever length it ends up!
Note---- the original version used 1 1/2" by 3 1/4" bricks and 1  1/4" for the mortar.

This pattern  would even make cute table runners.....or in holiday/seasonal get the idea.  
   It reminds me of the Charming Bricks from last year.    I love this little wall hanging.

I know  I won't make a huge dent in the scrap bin......but I keep trying!  Since I am still cutting several projects, I can cut some ends off and toss in the box for this.  
  With the heat --96 degrees tomorrow--returning for the rest of the week, I know I will be staying inside .   Happy stitching.


  1. What a cute project! I'm always looking for scrap quilts ideas and I think I just found the next one. Thanks! ~Jeanne

  2. The tumblers can be sewn in a row and used as a border. That is the best use I have found for them and it really adds a nice touch to a border.

    1. and if you already have bought the ruler, then it makes it less of a waste of quilting cash.

  3. 80's....vintage? Well, it sounds chic anyway, right? Even if it makes me feel pretty old! Would still help bust some of that scrap bin, and I love the little break-up with the flower blocks. Could do a lot there...

  4. Wise to cut your losses and go for something you will enjoy.
    That is a great pattern you have selected. It is very reminiscent of your little piece, and it is so sweet.

  5. I like your new choice. Let the stitching begin!

  6. We have a nice cool morning today and sounds the same for tomorrow with lower humidity both days. I'll send this weather your way. We just had 2 days of tropical humidity and high temps too.

  7. I''m skipping the tumblers, too - been there and done that (I hate to repeat). Fun bricks - always make for a great leader/ender. It finally is raining - broke the humidity so I have some windows open to gather some fresh air in the house.

  8. Now that's cute, I think I'd get pretty bored with the tumblers too so I'm glad you switched.

  9. I think this is a great project and like the size you are working with. Good leader/ender project as an alternative to tumblers.

  10. I don't seem to be able to get in the swing of leader/ender projects, but maybe just haven't been motivated enough. Your little bricks project looks like a sweet way to start out. Have toyed with the idea of the tumblers but don't think it would hold my interest all that long either.


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