Friday, January 13, 2012

Leaders and Headers....

One of my 'collections' of scraps was some brights in 4" squares... I matched these up with some plain white (good quality ex sheeting) and sewed THIS WAY into 4 half square triangle squares....


This was done over the year as I just sewed one or two when I was doing a project to keep something in the machine....

Now they have magically turned into things

these are little doll quilts ..... for grandiegirls with baby dolls....


and then I made a hot pot stand with some left overs... 


there were still some little squares left.... so they became a mug rug

I threw the last single square out!!! - maybe it should have become a pincushion?


So this week I spent time getting my new headers and leaders project prepped...

I found these very good condition hardly used extra large pillowcases whilst thrifting one day.. (50c each)


I can get 4 x 12 1/2" squares out of each pillowcase....


I hate throwing fabric out..... and I love scraps
I have paid for scraps
I have scrounged scraps from others
I have lusted over other bloggers pictures of STASHES of scraps
and I have a nice box of scraps....
(yes... just one... I know... not very impressive....but it is a good size box!
I love them just the same
and I am amazed at just how far they go)
(PS... that doesn't include selvages.. they get saved in a different box!!)

this is a bunch of strips that I have ..... so I set to straightening them out.....


I found quite a lot of this lovely charcoal eyelash fabric that I used in a border once
so I will use that as a foundation


I thought I should do a practice run.....


I now have a pile sitting right by my machine
ready for heading and leading my projects this year

they will do this....


then this....



I might even make a block every now and then even when I am not heading and leading
those scraps are so adorable


Hubz mumbled something about just moving mess from one place to another

38 comments:

  1. Leaders and enders are wonderful things....and so are your projects, both the finished ones and the new ones. I want to do one of those star thingy quilts too!

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  2. Love what you made form the leaders & enders. The star looks great. Hugs,

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  3. that block is great, I love the scrappy doll quilts they are just gorgeous.
    You are too clever!

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  4. I thought I was actually looking through a kaleidoscope (don't know if that's how you spell it!). It's looking great.

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  5. Men!!! - great idea with the leader and enders. I have been trying to organise myself to do that - but I'm still using a few scraps. This has got me going now. Thanks

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  6. I like the little doll quilts. Little things look so cute so doll quilts are on my list. I love your scrap block. It certainly is colourful.

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  7. Love what you have done...those little dolls quilts are so cute

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  8. What do men know anyway! I only just found out about leaders and headers...fabulous idea. xx

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  9. Hi there Fiona :-)

    These all lookabsolutley fantastic. I love the little dolls quilts and mug rugs, what a great idea to use the sheets. I have some really good quality sheets that have been cut up.
    Those leaders and headers? look amazing.

    Hope you are doing really well. Have missed catching up xx

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  10. pppppppfffffffftttttttttt @ your hubby's comment. lol Your leader and ender projects are fabulous. I love your project to be!

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  11. Fantastic doll quilts, mug rug and pot holder...all out of a few half square triangles...and as a leaders and enders, I am very impressed! I do honestly think about leaders and enders and thats as far as it goes, so good for you, having a whole project for the new year..I call that mega organised!

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  12. Hubzez don't get it like we do, do they? Your projects are great!

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  13. WOW!!!!! It is amazing what you have made out of your scraps. Maybe I need to keep my too and make something...

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  14. Wonderful use of those scraps ,love the little doll quilts, mug rug etc. just sweet and I REALLY like your plan for this year , wow that is going to be beautiful and is on my list of things I want to do .I am not as organized as you though as I do not have my scraps cut into strips but maybe I need to start. hugs,Sheila

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  15. Fantastic results. Love those little HST projects, and the star strips look amazing. Keen to see how it looks when finished.

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  16. I have started a leader and ender project with 2 inch squares into 9 patches. I'm only making the rows of 3 now so it will be a while til I can put anything together. Maybe I should have started with doll quilts rather than a full sized quilt. Oh well!!! Your projects lokk great.

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  17. Ifr it wasn't for scraps, I probably wouldn't be able to afford make quilts anymore! Love your projects, esp. that last one!! Quite stunning.

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  18. I am a regular reader of blog and enjoy it everyday! Today's post just knocked my socks off! The way your fashioned your scraps around the simple white is unbelievably gorgeous. I am heading off today to a workshop with none other than,
    Bonnie Hunter! She came to our area this week and I am in quilter heaven.

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  19. YAY for thrifting (I always head right to the linen section in the thrift stores when I visit), yay for scraps (eye candy - just as pretty as yardage!), and yay for those spider web blocks - I love them!

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  20. Love your little doll quilts....so sweet! And your spider web is great! Will look wonderful with all that color jumping around them!

    And yeah, the guys just don't understand! Better they just stay out of our way! lol

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  21. Hi Fiona ... i am an avid follower of your blog! I absolutely love the clever use of scraps & that kalleidoscope quilt is absolutely fabulous!

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  22. Your little doll quilts are fantastic, I save scraps too, but they are still piling up, hardly ever touched, so it's lovely to see some great scrap ideas .....

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  23. You are so clever and creative.

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  24. Lovely new project - a very nice way to move the 'mess' about.
    Enjoy making the spider web blocks.

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  25. All the HST projects are great. Love all the bright colours.
    And I am very impressed with the new leaders and enders project. Wow!

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  26. Gee Bubz...love both of your projects...they really are just so good...

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  27. Fantabulous! I love the kalaidescope one. The little dollies quilts are too cute. You are amazing girl!

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  28. Wow I love it!!!! It reminds me of a Kaleidoscope I had as a child. Cheers Helen

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  29. Wowee Fi!! You are just so darn quick!!! I really wish I had your initiative!! LOL! ... Your leaders and enders projects are all gorgeous ... And the new scrappy project is fantastic too!!!

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  30. I think there will be some very happy little girls when they receive their dolly quilts. They are super cute. You did well to use all bar one of your squares. Your new project looks like a lot of fun too.

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  31. Fiona you are amazing! I love the little quilts you made and the new scrappy one is going to be beautiful.

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  32. What a great way to use up scraps...I should be so organised. I can't believe how many things you made from them. The next lot are going to be pretty impressive too!

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  33. Thanks for sharing such a fantastic idea.
    Your finished items look great!

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  34. Wow Fiona - look at all the projects you've done - I love them all!! A quilt of hst's is on my my list! Good score on the pillowcases. Love your spiderweb blocks, that's on my list too, a good project to just pick up and put down whenever. Lovely!

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  35. Love your scraps, especially what you have done with them. Your star/strip quilt is stunning. And I love your mouse pin cushion, he is too cute!

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  36. All my scraps find another good home, but I love your little triangle quilts. I really LOVE them!

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  37. those little triangle quilts! Awwww, they're soo sweet Fiona!

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