It took me a long time to realize what a leader/ender was, or why I would want to use them. But now that I’ve started, I can’t imagine not having one to finish off a line of stitching and save my spot under the needle. In between other projects, I’ve been sewing together tumblers which is the leader and ender challenge this year with Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville’s Quips and Snips.
Bonnie is using 2-1/2″ tumblers but I’m not crazy. I drew up my own templates for a 5″ finished tumbler (then messed up by forgetting to add the seam allowance, so mine are 4.5″ finished). Inspired by the vintage quilts that she often shares, I am using recycled men’s shirts and novelty prints featuring gingham and plaid patterns from my stash. My target is for a quilt 75″ square, I’d like to make a picnic quilt to take to the beach or the park.
I’m almost through the batch of tumblers that I cut, sewing up pairs, then I’ll have to count to make sure I have enough. If you would like to join in, you can follow Bonnie’s instructions, buy a template, or you can use the ones I made here (4″, 5″, or 6″ sizes). You’re welcome.
Linking up to Sew Cute Tuesday with Blossom Heart Quilts and Let’s bee Social with Sew Fresh Quilts.