Before I came to Texas this summer, I cut most of my CWR scraps into tumbler shapes. The tumblers filled one of my cute metal lunch boxes. I thought that would be enough to last me though fall.
Even though I have a good-sized bin of Civil War repros, I had to beg more background fabric from my friend in Ohio. Thanks, D'Awn! Faith didn't like the block with Abraham Lincoln (upper left in photo) appearing upside down, so I flipped this photo. The rows aren't sewn together yet, so if it looks like the tumblers don't match up -- they don't!
Bonnie explains that "Leaders & Enders" take the place of the scraps of fabric many quilters sew onto at the end of a row of stitching. Rather than using scraps that you'll throw away, why not sew together pre-cut shapes. I've used 2.5" squares and the cut-off triangles from snowball blocks or flying geese. My tumblers are cut from 3.5" strips using the EZ Dresden Tool from Darlene Zimmerman. The narrow end of each tumbler is at the 2.5" line on the template. I calculated to make my "tumblers" quilt a large lap-size, I need to make 30 rows of 33 tumblers each.
Do you use "Leaders & Enders?" Are you making this quilt, too?
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