I’m stuck, but in a good way.
I can’t stop making these lovely little blocks I call Windmills.
I started piecing them as “leaders and enders.” I first heard about leaders and enders through Bonnie Hunter at quiltville.com—it’s done while you’re chain piecing, but instead of feeding a useless scrap through the machine, you feed real patches through as “leaders” and “enders” to your chain. It’s like piecing for free, and eventually you end up with enough blocks to make something wonderful.
(Here the block is laying on a piece of pale green fabric.)
This is a super simple little block with small-ish patches. The patches are all cut 1.5″ by 2.5″. For one block, you need four patches from one fabric and four from another fabric, preferably with some contrast.
The only trouble was that I got so excited about these, I couldn’t keep myself from just making a whole bunch of them. They were like M&Ms. I could not stop! Then I started playing with them in different layouts. More trouble: possibilities galore.
To make a long story short, my pile of blocks has grown dramatically.
So far I’ve pulled out some green and blue blocks and made this baby quilt:
I quilted it with a new-to-me technique called “Just Leaf It” from Kim Stotsenberg. Kim has written a book by the same title, which I highly recommend.
You can read more about Kim’s technique in the Nov/Dec ’08 issue of Quiltmaker.
This technique was amazingly easy and so very forgiving. I will definitely be using Just Leaf It on many more quilts.
Here are blocks I made last night, up on my design wall:
It’s saying “baby girl quilt” to me. I can hardly wait to get back at it.