Leader Ender Madness Quilt Timeline

Leader Ender Madness Quilt via www.helloquilting.com

When I first learned about the concept of “Leaders & Enders” from Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville, I thought it was such a delightful idea and knew that it was a way that I could finally make use of the badly cut 2” strips that caused the major fail in the Bright Scrappy Triple Irish Chain Quilt I attempted back in 2006. It’s a good idea, but between moves, babies and the squares just being kind of ugly fabrics, I finally abandon the project in 2008.

In 2019 I got so excited about finishing all the old quilts, and this was one of the first ones I brought back to life. I loved the idea of it and can’t wait to finish it!

Jar of Two Inch Square Scraps via www.helloquilting.com


Started: April 7, 2007
RE-Started: March 8, 2019
Size: Throw


Strings of Leader-Ender Two Inch Squares via www.helloquilting.com

April 7, 2007: Brainstorm! I realize the wonky 2” squares I bought on eBay for the Scrappy Bright Triple Irish Chain Quilt could be used for a more forgiving project. I dump them all in a jar together and start sewing them in strips.

May 18, 2007: I have collected many strips by using a leader-ender method and have decided to assemble them into a striped quilt. But then everything gets packed up and moved to our new house.

July 25, 2008: I finally give up on trying to make those cruddy 2” squares work and throw them away.

New Squares for Leader Ender Madness Quilt via www.helloquilting.com

March 8, 2019: I get excited about the idea of finishing every quilt I’ve ever started, starting with this one. Since the old strips are completely gone, I decide to start fresh. I re-do the pattern and cut all new squares, going with 3” size this time.