A long time ago, like clear back here in 2015, I broke up all my Moda Candy packs and sorted them into a whole slew of piles. (which of course I add to each time I have a small scrap when cutting out new quilts ;) I planned to use all of these little 2 1/2" squares for Leader and Ender Projects. I used the strictly tone on tone piles for my first Leader and Ender project, the Super Scrappy Triple Irish Chain quilt. When I finished it, I wondered what I could make with the next pile of 2 1/2" squares, the ones that read a certain color but had other colors mixed in with them. And then it hit me, I have always wanted to make a postage stamp quilt and what better way to make it happen then as a Leader and Ender project. And how perfect would it be to show a collection of all my favorite fabrics and designers!!!
So a postage stamp quilt became my next Leader and Ender project. I love that these projects just slowly build while working on other quilts ;) I started by making 2 patches, sewing a white background square to a color background square. Some of the "white background squares" read pretty dark and some of the "color background squares" read pretty light, but I didn't stress to much about this. I just went with it, trusting it would come out in the end. After having a massive stack of 2 patches, I turned them into 4 patches, and then 8 patches and finally into 16 patches.
I didn't worry about counting out the squares in the beginning, I just kept working up to 16 patches, and when I had a large enough stack of those (as in a few weeks ago) I finally sewed the blocks into a quilt top, and I am just so excited with how it turned out!!!! I didn't stress to much about placement, again, I just tried to keep it relaxed sewing and made sure I didn't have a super dark print right next to another super dark print. It pretty much balanced itself thanks to the initial 2 patch sewing.
And I just love all of those happy colors popping out among the lighter prints. I just love how it kind of looks like there is a pattern but then it also looks pretty random. So ya, Balanced is a good word I guess, and I am just thrilled with that because it is just a wonderful way to show off all of those 2 1/2" squares :) And I can now say I made a postage stamp quilt!!!!
When it came time to quilt it up, I decided on simple arches. I just love the way it makes the squares pop ;) And in the border (which I added last minute and love how it highlights the patchwork all the more) I did fun little swirls.
And look how awesome that texture is. So much fun!!! I love that arches come together to make that cool orange peel design. The interlocking circles just make me smile ever time!! And I made it 72" x 72" so we could use it as a picnic blanket and you better believe I will be running my hand over all that yummy texture every time we take it out :)
And for the binding, I got to go to my binding extra's box ;) Every time I finish binding a quilt, I put the bit of leftover in this cute little box. Then when I need a scrappy binding, I just pull out the pieces that match the quilt, sew them end to end, and I have a scrappy binding ready to go in just a few minutes. Love it!!!
And that is my Stamp Collecting Quilt!!!! And I just love it ;) And like any true collection, the fun part now is looking over it and seeing how many little pieces of patchwork I recognize. My kids were blown away last night when I let them randomly pick a square and then I would tell them the fabric line and the designer of the fabric ;) I did pretty good too if I do say so myself !! It truly is a fabric Stamp Collection of so many wonderful projects and memories all tied into this quilt ;)
You can play along too!!! It really is fun :) See a square your recognize, (you can click on the picture to see it larger) leave a comment with the name of the fabric line name and the designer. I wonder how many we can list ;)
And just in case you are wondering, I have my next Leader and Ender Project all planned out and ready to start working on. You can see more about it here :)
I hope you have a very Happy Quilting Weekend!!!