Saturday, November 5, 2016

Double Irish Chain--Leader Ender Quilt

Bonnie Hunter from the Quiltville blog has a theory that you can make more quilts and be efficient about it by using pieces of one quilt while working on another quilt. Sounds confusing and it is a bit but it works. She has written a book about it called More Adventures with Leaders Enders. I gave it a try and chose the Double Irish Chain pattern.

This is how it works: I had a stack of light batik fabrics and a stack of aboriginal fabrics by my sewing machine ready to sew into pairs each time I finish piecing whatever else I was working on. Quilters are big on chain piecing so once a chain of something was done I used a pair of these as the period to the chain. The pairs then got sewn into 4 patch units and into blocks etc.
This is one block. Each block has a yellow center.

I have ONE pirate in the quilt for fun!

The rows were sitting in a UFO pile for a LONG time.

I took the rows to NC to work on and assembled them there.

The fabrics work well together. Who knew batiks could play so nicely with aboriginal prints?

The quilt top is 95 x 95.

I like the purple border with the dark print.

Rambo looks HUGE on the quilt, haha.

I have no idea how I'm going to quilt something this large. 
I'm thinking about having it machine quilted by a pro.
For now it's a finished quilt top!

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