Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Cheddar Bow Ties

I have become somewhat of a fan of Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville.  If you remember, I followed and did her mystery quilt last winter called Grand Illusion (you can read all the posts here).

She has what is called "leaders and enders", which are scrap blocks that you have pre-cut out, that you sew at the beginning and end of other major projects you might be working.  The theory being, that you can get a main project done along with a secondary scrappy project.

About 4 years ago, she did a sort of quilt along doing a leader/ender project called cheddar bow ties.  You can get the pattern and read the blog post about it here.

I have lots of scraps.  Any quilter usually does.  I decided to do something with my scraps by doing this leader/ender thing with a cheddar print by Faye Burgos of Marcus Fabrics. I was able to pick up 5 yards of it when I was on the coastal trip in February.  True cheddar fabric is hard to find, at least in the shops I go to, as it is doesn't fall into the new modern colors and fabrics that are all the rage now.  Call me old fashioned, but I like the older prints and colors.

Here is my project box with pre-cut cheddar squares and my pre-cut scraps.

This was my first block, which by the way finishes at 3 1/2 inches.

And here are a few more:

Different layout of the blocks:

It will take a lot of blocks to make a quilt, but I like having something that I can do when I only have 5 or 10 minutes to sew.  I guess I will just keep making them until I at least have enough for a large throw (twin size or about 500).  Then I will see if I want to keep making more blocks, or move onto another scrappy project.


1 comment:

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

I'm doing the 16 block as an ender and leader project, it's such a good idea from Bonnie! What is a cheddar fabric?