It would have been my father's 70th birthday today. Happy Birthday Dad, I love you and miss you every day. Triple chocolate cake all around. ( I would bake him a cake, but Ontario Hydro was working in my neighbourhood on Saturday and when they turned the power back on, they created a power surge that destroyed the control panel on my stove, and that part is not longer available, so I need a new stove if I ever want to use an oven again.)
What is a leader and ender project. When you sew a seam, you waste a lot of thread at the beginning and at the end of the seam. Also, when you are sewing with small pieces of fabric, such as in a quilt, occasionally they tend to get pulled down into the machine by the needle. To alleviate this, you can start and end the seam with a small scrap of fabric, called a leader and an ender. To increase your productivity, instead of a scrap of fabric, substitute in pieces from a long term quilting project, hence a leader and ender project. As far as I am concerned, Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville is the goddess of such projects.
Wednesday last week was a full day of cutting. This time, I was into blue fabric. My neighbour is expecting her first grandchild in Novemeber and was hosting a baby shower this past weekend. I was hoping to at least get a few of the blocks completed for the quilt. By the end of the day, I cut all the pieces for the baby quilt, the rest of the blue pieces for my leader and ender project (the one shown above) and then I cut all but the background for a new project. It's the cover one from the Fall 2013 issue of Fons & Porter's easy Quilts.
Star Power CD-ROM from Electric Quilt. Note, you must have EQ7 to be able to use this software.
Time to make flying geese. I needed 32 and decided to use the no triangle method. There's a good tutorial at Patch Pieces.
Flying geese all done.
Time to make the blocks.
Oh wait, that's after I piece 90 some odd half square triangles.
One centre block
Four corner blocks.
Daughter suggested that I use green for the outer border. Turns out that was the correct choice.
The top finished at 53 1/2 inches and I did have it ready to take to the baby shower. Next step is to finish it before the due date in early November.
On Sunday, I am planning a mini show of my mother's current projects. I have been alluding to some of them in my posts over the past few months, but kept forgetting to take my camera. I finally got my act together and we took a bunch of photos. See you then.
Tami, at Just One More Thing, has posted a new prayer flag that she made and some lovely pillows.