Thursday, September 28, 2017

My Leader and Ender Projects

Each year Bonnie Hunter has a Leader and Ender challenge. This year, her project is a Checkerboard Rail Fence

While I may make her project down the line, right now I'm focusing on my own Rail Fence version. I'm doing a two-rail block (color + neutral) with 2"x 3.5"rectangles. These simple units stack up quickly alongside the other projects I'm working on. My goal is to see how many donation quilts I can make with the year's challenge.

So far, I have two finished tops.

They look very much the same even though the mix of scraps is different in each.

They do have different backing/binding fabrics, so I can keep track of how many of them I wind up with!

I also tried different techniques of quilting to see if one was preferable. One has a stairstep pattern of quilting, whereas the other has a simple SITD around the squares.

I have one more stairstep top that I think I will FMQ. I also have a completed windmill top (same units, just set differently) to finish.

I'm thinking I might mix it up a bit when I cut my next pieces--perhaps all bright solids with black? We'll see--right now, I'm having fun with these.

I'm linking with Fiber Tuesday 129 at The Quilting Room with Mel .


  1. looks really nice I like the quilting going "down the steps"

  2. Thanks for sharing your rail fences with the link to Bonnie’s. I enjoy seeing permutations of the same pattern. The two rail ones are delightful. I made a similar version with Sujata’s method although I don’t have as much neutral as you. So mine was purple and yellow.
    I also think you’re smart to choose an annual donation pattern. Fun.

  3. Thanks, Ann. I like using the same pattern for donation quilts for a period of time--it gives me the chance to directly compare color choices, assembly methods, and quilting options. I sometimes get tired of the pattern by the end, but I always feel like I've learned something in the process.

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

  4. Such colorful l/e Quilts. Great that you will give them to charity. Keep up the good work!


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