Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Between Charming Friends Quilt ALong

I know, I know. I have NO business joining in any more anythings. But I couldn't help myself. I am already doing this project, so it's not like I am actually starting anything new now is it? I got this pattern from a friend awhile ago and decided it was the perfect pattern to use for a Leaders and Enders project to use up the left over squares from my water quilt. So I am joining in the BCFQA. You should do it too.

I really like the pattern. I did not officially join up as mine will not be completed by the end of June or even July. It will be completed when it is done. I have really enjoyed using the blocks to make it work for Leaders and Enders. If you do not know what that is all about you should go and visit Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville. She has published a book all about it but she also explains it on her blog or website. Basically you keep some pieces that you have cut near your sewing machine. When you are finished sewing whatever you are working on and would normally either break your thread or use a thread bunny, you instead, pick up 2 of your pieces and sew them together. Go and press your primary project and then go back to your sewing machine. Therefore the secondary sewing was your "ender" and as you get ready to sew again becomes your "leader". If you continue in this way you end up with an entire second quilt sewn as you make your primary quilt! Ingenious, right? The only thing I have found is that, for me, I need to actually choose what I am going to do rather than sewing randomly.

When I saw the pattern, Between Friends, I knew this was the perfect pattern for me to use up the left over squares from my water quilt. Anyway, it looks like a perfect way to use a charm pack(s) depending on the size quilt you want to make, or to use up your scraps (like me). Let me know if you decide to play along!

I have to take some pictures of my Tisket blocks so I can share them with you. I plan on working on the embroidery part of this tonight so should be able to take some pictures to share with you all! I am soooo excited about how they are turning out.

In an aside, I was going to ride with my friend, Karen, to the shop hop to Shipshewana. Now my group has grown. I don't want us to all be packed into a car so we are driving separately. the good news is that I have Karen's cell phone number and hopefully we will be able to meet up IRL!!!! Bring your veteran's quilt with you too, Karen!! Even though we are not sharing a car I am still psyched to meet you!!!


dianne said...

if you're gonna be driving far away, make sure the wheels are on the car this time - you scared the beejeebies out of me the last time!!!

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

I'm so glad you're joining us for the Quilt Along! I'm looking forward to sewing along with you! Great idea on the leaders and enders!

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