Leaders and Enders Project
I am so excited. I have had this big (slightly misshapen) bowl/vase/whatever thing on my sewing table for over a year now, full of 2" squares. Some of them are scraps from previous projects, but most of them are from eBay. I started a project with them that failed miserably, so I gave it up and they've been just sitting there. But thanks to the blogosphere, I now have a plan. Yes, you heard me, a plan.*
I found this awesome article about using "leaders and enders" for making quilt tops.
Let me explain. You know how when you're chain piecing, most people use a scrap of fabric to sew off of and onto at the end of the chain? (If you don't know, let me know). Like most people, I do this with a scrap of fabric and use it until it's too covered with thread to be easy to use, then I use another one.
What Bonnie in her infinite quilting wisdom has figured out, is that if you sew together a couple of 2" squares (or whatever you have handy) instead of using a scrap of fabric, that pretty soon you'll have a whole pile of blocks to set into a quilt top. So you get a whole quilt made while you're making another one! Bonus quilt top! (Bonnie's article has several photos of quilts she's made this way. They're awesome!)
So I have a plan for my little collection of squares. Unfortunately, since I bought most of mine on eBay, most of them are not perfectly cut to exactly 2". They're close, but not exact. So my plan is for a quilt top that doesn't require perfectly cut squares. More on that tomorrow.** Meanwhile, if any of the rest of you have leaders & enders projects, tell me! I want to see more photos!
* I know most of you regard my relationship with the word "plan" to be tenuous at best, but what's the point if life if one isn't striving? Hmmmmm? :-)
** This is not because I have the attention span of a gnat. This is making an informed decision to make sure I get back to doing that work thing, you know, the part that pays the bills.