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Friday, December 11, 2009

Leaders-and-Enders: Scrappy Triangles











My leaders-and-enders project in recent months has been half-square triangles. [See www.quiltville.com/leadersenders.shtml for more about leaders-and-enders. Half-square triangles, HSTs for short, are not triangles. They are squares made out of two right-angle triangles.] I began with 3" squares and trimmed them to 2.5". The blocks are 12.5" unfinished and each contains 36 HSTs. There are 49 blocks, so the quilt has 1,764 HSTs (and thus 3,528 individual triangles). Many of the fabrics are repeated, so this is not a 'charm' quilt (in which each fabric must be different). It's 84 x 84 and I am not going to put a border on it. Did it make a dent in the box of 3" squares? Somewhat!

23 comments:

  1. Wow that quilt is stunning. I would love to see a close up. I have started my own leader ender project,now i am really inspired.Thanks!

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  2. That is a great way to use up some HST's. Nice work!

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  3. Wonderful quilt! Love all the colors and what a great way to use up those 3" squares, just a bit at a time. LOL, I do love it, beautiful quilt!
    Jane

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  4. oh this is fabulous... I'm also using Bonnie's leaders and enders idea for HST, but mine are from my 2 1/2" square tub so finish at 2"... I'm making the Ocean Waves, also Bonnie's pattern.... long way to go yet though...

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  5. OMGosh that is amazing Nann. What an incredible project! And what an inspiration that is. I might just have to start cutting out my 3" squares. Thanks so much for sharing a picture. You got 10 on the WOW meter. Reeze

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  6. Wow! And, oh yeah, did I say wow? This is impressive!
    Jan in TN from Quiltville Chat.

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  7. It's been so long since I sewed seriously that I can't even remember what my standard scrap buster was. Somewhere there will be a tub of sewn pieces to remind me.

    It is a lovely piece of work.

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  8. I'm working on a leaders-enders nine patch. I am close to 300 3" blocks so far. I've planned out a couple variations of a final setting... actually I have enough 1.5" pieces that I will probably get the chance to try out all the settings eventually. Congratualtions on the HST project!!
    Sarah

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  9. WOW!!! I can't imagine working on such a project with so many HSTs, but my hat goes off to you for following it through. It is beautiful :)

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  10. Wow! What a gorgeous quilt. I'm amazed that you've collected all those small HST. This is an inspiration to save more! (I usually end up making them into some other project before the collection gets too big.) I really like this! Thanks for sharing your project!

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  11. That is a stunning quilt and quite a testament to using scraps. congratulations on your finish!

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  12. Your quilt is wonderful. I had a lot of left over HST from another project and I made a sweet placemat with mine. I thought I had a ton of them but I could only make a placemat sized mini quilt. I have a picture of it on my blog too!! Come on over and take a peek.

    Stacey
    Driving Miss Stacey
    Sew Far Sew Good Quilt Shop

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  13. My goodness, what a lot of HSTs! And it's absolutely beautiful! You have done such nice work! :)

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  14. It's gorgeous Nann, I know what you mean about it not putting a dent in your box of squares - I just finished a 3rd HeartStrings top and my string bins are as full as ever.

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  15. This is gorgeous! Great setting, wonderful colors. Amazing what you can do with leaders /enders and HSTs. I'm making a rail fence now, but triangles have to get on that list quick!

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  16. Lovely!!! Doesn't Bonnie inspire???

    My leaders and enders: Her Carolina Crossroads 9-patches

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  17. This one is my favorite of the ones you have pictured here. This is fabulous! Phebe

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  18. this is beautiful. I admire the quilt and the tenacity of making that many HSTs. a wonderful effort all around.

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  19. Gosh, that's amazing! It seems to shimmer somehow.

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