July 17, 2024

2024 Leader & Ender Challenge: County Clare!

2024 Leader & Ender Challenge: County Clare!
2024 Leader & Ender Challenge: County Clare!


Leaders and Enders not only save thread, but they keep your chain piecing continuous so there is always something left under the presser foot to save your spot while you go press the chain that you snip off from behind the presser foot.

It also stops birds nests at the beginning of seams, and stops triangles from getting sucked down the needle hole.
The object is to always have some unit of some kind holding your place while you stop the chain to get to the next step.
In this photo, I have sewn the two columns of Unit B together, and my scissors are busy snipping the star units from behind my presser foot.
Press seam out toward the neutral rectangle.
What can you do with these blocks? SO MANY THINGS!
2024 Leader & Ender Challenge: County Clare!
Diagonal Chains!
2024 Leader & Ender Challenge: County Clare!
Set them on point for vertical chains.
2024 Leader & Ender Challenge: County Clare!
Turn them into a Barn Raising layout.
2024 Leader & Ender Challenge: County Clare!
Here is the same layout with sashings and cornerstones.
2024 Leader & Ender Challenge: County Clare!
Without sashings, and some blocks turned.
(I think this one is really cool!)
2024 Leader & Ender Challenge: County Clare!
Round and Round with sashings –

2024 Leader & Ender Challenge: County Clare!

And just another idea in what this could look like in another colorway.

As I said – the ideas are endless.  
I’m excited to be making this quilt.  I love that it has an Irish Chain take to it.  I can’t wait to see what you do with it.
I just want to dare you to use it as a Leader & Ender project and not have it finished in 2 weeks, okay?  Kay!
Can you strip piece these units?  Of course.  And if you decide to, you could then just do the assembly of units as Leaders & Enders. It’s your project.
Could you use all one  background?  Yep.  But I’m going scrappy because that’s how I roll.
Could you do the whole quilt with only 3 fabrics? Of course.
Can you do it rainbow?  Yes!  I can see rainbow in place of the blues, but using one color where the greens are to give it somewhere for eyes to focus.  Red would be good.
See what I mean? Endless!
2024 Leader & Ender Challenge: County Clare!


Quiltville Quote of the Day –
And yes! It’s still a long holiday weekend – 
No need to get the zoomies until Tuesday at least!
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


2024 Leader & Ender Challenge: County Clare!