Leaders and Enders Madness

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 Leaders and Enders

Leaders and Enders

 Leaders and Enders

Leaders and Enders

 Leaders and Enders

Leaders and Enders

 ~Angela :-)

~Angela :-)

I think the incredible presence of Bessie is shining down on me. Because as I have been working on Rocket Boy'squilt, I have also been amassing quite a collection of leaders and enders. Remember those? Well, I've been just kind of sewing them in strips with a vague plan, and, wow, they're starting to pile up! You should join me. It's Leaders & Enders Madness! And it's super easy. And it's fun. And it's addictive. Seriously. It's so addictive I don't strictly sew them as Leaders & Enders. Sometimes I just start sewing them together in sessions. I can't help it, it's so addictive. Grab two squares. Sew. Grab sets of square units. Sew. Seriously, do this NOW! There's a quilt in the makings here, one happening so fast and so easily it will astound you. Since my squares were all cut wonky (long story), I can't do anything that requires matching seams, like Triple Irish Chain, which is what I wanted to do with them. So to start with, I'm just sewing them randomly into long strips. This is what I delusionally optimistically refer to as "a plan." If you want to join me in making this quilt that I swear I have a vague idea well-thought out pattern for, I would love to have you. Oh yes! You want to know the actual plan, is it? Right. Well, we're going to call this a completely hanging by the seat of my pants not sure what's coming next mystery quilt. But it's easy! And fun! Just take any 2" scraps you have laying around, and as you're working on other things, sew them together with a 1/4" seam allowance (approximately). Then sew those together until you have strips as wide as the quilt you want to make. In my case, I want to have a Queen-sized quilt when I'm done, so I'm sewing strips of 60 squares together, which is going to give me a finished top of...oops....grabbing calculator...90 inches wide. Allowing for 5% quilting shrinkage, that'll give me a quilt big enough for a Queen bed with 13" drop on each side. If you need help with sizes, say so in the comments and we'll all collectively help you. And if you decide to do this and it's your first quilt, I recommend starting smaller. Like a throw size. Maybe strips of 35 squares. How many of these strips? Um, I'd say about a dozen. Yes. A dozen. I'm completely guessing absolutely sure. A dozen. Okay. Now I have to figure out how to spend the rest of my day. Hmmmm.....Sewing.... Working.... Sewing... Working.... Anybody want to do my day job for me? Seriously. **This totally random fun mystery project brought to you by Cottage Magpie, where the quilting spazziness never ends!**