It’s working!

I am pretty excited by this picture – it is the leaders and enders project I’ve been working on since March 8.  I came up with a scrap management plan as part of the Pink Castle Fabrics Spring Cleaning series.  It took about a month, but then I actually started putting my plan into action.  Prior to this plan, all I had done with my scraps was pile them up in a bin, so it feels pretty good to be finally using them to make an actual quilt!

Since I do my own machine quilting and also make appliqué quilts, there have been fairly long stretches of time when there hasn’t been any progress on this project.  But, as of yesterday (just shy of 20 weeks), all 387 squares have been sewn into strips of three and are ready to be made into the final nine-patches.

It is so tempting to just sew them together into blocks now, but I’m committed to doing this as a leader and ender project so I won’t indulge myself.  (It isn’t like I don’t have enough other projects to work on!)  Here is a reminder of what the final quilt will look like.  I need to make 18 traditional nine patch blocks with the dark in the center and corners and 17 where the dark is in the center only.  The remaining strips and four cornerstones will make up the pieced border.  I wonder how long the next step will take!

Are you trying to deal with your scraps?  How is it going?

1 Comment
  • Brenda
    Posted at 16:47h, 25 July Reply

    I'm doing the opposite — making scraps by cutting older yardage into pillowcases to give away. I've cut my bits into standard sizes, but then found I didn't use those at all. I ended up giving away a huge collection of bricks, but I've also made some quilts from them. so you can see, I'm all over the map on this one.

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